Trivia / The Fugitive

TV Series

  • Directed by Cast Member: Barry Morse directed Season 4's "The Shattered Silence".
  • Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: Bill Raisch, who played the One-Armed Man, had lost his right arm in World War II.
  • Fake Nationality
    • Lt. Gerard was played by the English Barry Morse. A good thing, too, since anytime a person on the street got too threatening to him for being mean to Kimble, he could switch to his native accent and say, "Blimey, guv, I ain't who you think I am! Must be that bloke on the telly who looks like me."
    • "A Clean and Quiet Town" has Eduardo Cianelli as Viktor Lucheck.
    • In "The Last Oasis", Puerto Rican Jaime Sánchez plays a Native American.
    • Not a single member of the Hungarian Karac-family in "The Blessings of Liberty" is actually played by a Hungarian actor (instead it's one Austrian and three Americans).
  • It Will Never Catch On: Series creator Roy Huggins initially had great difficulty in selling the series to potential producers. Many of them felt that a series based on a wrongfully convicted man running from the law would be perceived as being too perverse, as well as a slap in the face to the American justice system.
  • The Other Darrin: Kimble's brother-in-law, Leonard Taft, was played by several different actors.
    • Also Gerard's wife. She appeared briefly in 2 episodes, each time played by a different bit actress (one of them was even uncredited). The one time she had a major role to play was in a rare two-parter where she was played by Special Guest Star Barbara Rush.
  • Trolling Creator: David Janssen and Barry Morse concerning the series's ending. A few examples:
    • Janssen liked to joke that Kimble killed his wife because she talked too much (most prominently, he stated this when asked about the ending in Joey Bishop's late night talk show, shortly before the finale was due to air).
    • Barry Morse and David Janssen also made up an alternate epilogue to the finale for fun: In it, Kimble wakes up in bed next to his wife, saying that he just had the most horrible nightmare.
    • There's a persistent rumour that an alternate ending, revealing Kimble with a false arm and therefore as the real killer, had actually been planned. In "The Fugitive Recaptured", Barry Morse suggests that this may stem from a plan he and Janssen had to pull some kind of false-arm gag at public appearances, even though they never went through with it. Either that or...
    • In an interview with TV Guide given around the time of the series finale, Janssen stated that his idea for the ending was to have Richard Kimble sitting on the beach, reading about the execution of the One-Armed Man in the newspaper. Then he would get up, detach his prosthetic arm and walk off into the sea. It's hard to say now, but he was probably kidding...
  • You Look Familiar: Lots of actors will guest star in more than one episode in a different role. Perhaps the best example is Richard Anderson, who played Kimble's brother-in-law, Len Taft in the last 2 episodes. Anderson guest starred in 6 episodes total. The last 2 are the only ones where he played Len.

Film

  • AFI's 100 Years... Series:
  • The Danza: Joel Robinson as Joel (the injured boy in the hospital whose life Kimble saves).
  • Deleted Scene: Plenty. If you can get a copy of the finished script or the novelization, you'll have an idea of what was cut. They seem to have been lost forever—unlike many other movies, there's been no "Director's Cut" released, nor were they included as extras on the Blu-Ray or 20th Anniversary DVD.
  • Development Hell: There had been plans to make the film five years before it finally came to fruition.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • Done by Harrison Ford to himself. He deliberately did not study the script for the scene where Kimble is being questioned by the police, since he wanted his responses and reactions to be as realistic as possible.
    • Then, he injured his knee during filming, but postponed surgery until the movie was complete. The result? A limp, which turned out to work perfectly because it emphasized Kimble's vulnerability, added even more tension to the chase scenes, and seemed completely realistic in light of all the physical things Kimble was doing.
  • The Other Marty: Richard Jordan was originally cast as Dr. Charles Nichols, but he was extremely ill (he ended up passing away a few weeks after the film was released), thus being replaced with Jeroen Krabbe.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: The chase through the St. Patrick's Day parade only happened because the parade was occurring at the same time as filming.
  • Spiritual Successor: David Twohy, one of the screenwriters for the film, went on to create The Chronicles of Riddick... a franchise solely about a Fugitive set in the distant future on absurdly inhospitable extrasolar planets.
  • Those Two Guys: Ron Dean and Joseph F. Kosala, who play Detective Kelly and Detective Rosetti, worked together in two other films previously that involved the Chicago Police Department: Code of Silence (starring Chuck Norris) and Above the Law (starring Steven Seagal).
  • Throw It In: Jones ad-libbed his famous "I don't care!" line (the scripted version was "It's not my problem") as well as many other comments his character makes. It was nominated, though not ranked, for AFI's "Quotes" list.
  • What Could Have Been
    • Micheal Douglas, Kevin Costner, Andy Garcia, Alec Baldwin, and Nick Nolte were considered for the role of Richard Kimble. In fact, Baldwin was cast, but dropped out over a salary dispute.
    • Jon Voight and Gene Hackman were considered for the part of Samuel Gerard.
    • There were plans to make either Dr. Kathy Wahlund or Dr. Anne Eastman (Julianne Moore's character) a love interest for Kimble. This was nixed as (a) it would have been distateful for Kimble to take a new lover while trying to solve the murder of his wife (whom he was clearly still grieving for), and (b) such a story would have distracted from the "chase" aspects of the film.
    • An early draft of the script had a movie that was much more similar to the original series:
      • The Kimbles' marriage would have been unhappy
      • Kimble traveling cross-country to find his wife's killer (presumably, this film would have taken place over a longer time period than the finished product)
      • Kimble finding love with Helen's sister (again, the longer time period would have made this more palatable)

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