Ironside

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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