YOUNG RIDERS/ABC/1989-92 (Mute)
Ike McSwain (Travis Fine), mute Pony Express rider who worked at a prairie station near Sweetwater on the Central Overland Express line in the year 1860.
As a child, Ike was struck Scarlet Fever. The disease left him without any hair and without the ability to speak.When Ike’s family was massacred (he was not able to cry out for help), Ike was raised in an Catholic Mission.
Ike learned Indian Sign Language from his friend Buck Cross, who learned it from the Kiowa Indians.
In the series third season, Ike was killed while protecting the life of Emily Metcalfe, whom he loved. He jumped in front of a bullet meant for her that was fired by her father’s killer.