T.J. Hooker

T. J. HOOKER/ABC/CBS/1982-87 (Wheelchair)

Lt. Pete O’Brien (Hugh Farrington), tough, cigar-chewing police detective who was confined to a wheelchair who worked for the “LCPD” Police Department.

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Actor Hugh Farrington was injured in an airplane accident in the 1960s when as a passenger in his friend’s plane, they hit an electric high wire and crashed. He lay in a coma for three months (his spinal column was damaged).

An ex-Navy pilot, Farrington still flew regularly in his Piper Saratoga, a specially hand-controlled airplane kept at Gillespie Field in San Diego.

Hugh Farrington appeared on 18 episodes of T. J. HOOKER, including:

  • “The Lipstick Killer” (7 January 1984)
  • “The Two Faces of Betsy Morgan” (20 October 1984)
  • “Target: Hooker” (17 November 1984)
  • “A Kind of Rage” (1 December 1984)
  • “The Confession” (15 December 1984)
  • “Street Bait” (5 January 1985)
  • “Outcall” (2 February 1985)
  • “Homecoming” (9 March 1985)
  • “Return of a Cop” (2 October 1985)
  • “To Kill a Cop” (9 October 1985)
  • “Rip-Off” (20 November 1985)
  • “Funny Money” (27 November 1985)
  • “The Night Ripper” (29 January 1986)
  • “The Obsession” (5 February 1986)
  • “Taps for Officer Remy” (12 February 1986)
  • “Partners in Death” (7 May 1986)
  • “Blood Sport” (21 May 1986)
  • “Deadly Force” (28 May 1986)

Farrington was also known for such films and television series, Arizona Heat, Caged Fury, Coming Home, The Terminator, QUINCY, M.E., AIRWOLF, and THE GOLDEN GIRLS.

On an episode of THE GOLDEN GIRLS entitled “Stand By Your Man,” Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan) dates a disabled man named Ted (Hugh Farrington) who is in a wheelchair. Blanche eventually overcomes her prejudices about the disabled and discovers that Ted is no different than anyone else. But after learning that Ted has a wife, she says, “It never dawned on me that you could be a jerk in a wheelchair.”

Born June 9, 1931 as Hugh Smith, Hugh Farrington died on August 7, 2001 (age 70) in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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