WISEGUY/CBS/1987-90 (Crippled)

Daniel Benjamin Burroughs (Jim Byrnes), a.k.a. “Lifeguard”, a physically challenged employee of the FBI’s Organized Crime Bureau, who was the phone contact for special agents working undercover with the Mob.


Jim Byrnes as Lifeguard with the cast of the crime drama WISEGUY

Sitting in his wheelchair, Lifeguard (a.k.a. “Uncle Mike”) assisted agents in the field by offering them emotional support and by transmitting vital information to and from superiors.

In real life, actor Jim Brynes lost his legs in a car crash in 1972. He was pushing a stalled truck on a highway in Canada when he was hit from behind by a car.

Nine months after the accident he was fitted with prostheses and relearned to walk. He once said, “I’m physically handicapped but I’ve gotten this job because I’m good at it (acting), not because I’m handicapped.”

See also: Highlander: The Series


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s