IRONSIDE/NBC/1967-75 (Wheelchair/Injured Spine)
Robert T. Ironside (Raymond Burr), former Chief of Detectives for the San Francisco Police Department who was confined to a wheelchair when paralyzed (from the waist down) by a sniper’s bullet.
He was shot with a .30 Springfield rifle (the bullet grazed his spine) wielded by Honor Thompson (Geraldine Brooks), who owned a Sausalito metal art shop called The Forge.
Confined to St. Mary’s Hospital in Sonoma, Ironside recovered and returned to work as a special consultant to the police commissioner.
Ironside traveled the streets of San Francisco in a specially equipped police van fitted with an electric ramp for easy access/exit.
His support staff included Det. Sgt. Ed Brown; policewoman Eve Whitefield; policewoman Fran Belding, Eve’s replacement; and Mark Sanger (Don Mitchell), the chief’s personal assistant who pushed Ironside’s wheelchair and drove his van.
Note: In 2013, the IRONSIDE franchise was rebooted on the NBC network with Blair Underwood as Detective Robert Ironside, whose spine was shattered by a bullet in the line of duty. Returning to work, Ironside handpicks a team of law enforcement specialists to battle crime in the Big Apple. The series was canceled after three episodes.