Run for Your Life (TV series)
|Run for Your Life|
|Created by||Roy Huggins|
|Directed by||Nicholas Colasanto
Leslie H. Martinson
|Theme music composer||Pete Rugolo|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||85|
|Executive producer(s)||Roy Huggins|
Jo Swerling, Jr.
|Running time||45–48 min|
|Production company(s)||Roncom Films
|Original run||September 13, 1965– March 27, 1968|
Run for Your Life is an American television drama series starring Ben Gazzara as a man with only a short time to live. It ran on NBC from 1965 to 1968. The series was created by Roy Huggins, who had previously explored the "man on the move" concept with The Fugitive.
Gazzara plays lawyer Paul Bryan. When his doctor tells him he will die in no less than nine months, but in no more than eighteen months, he decides to do all the things he had never had time for. Much like Route 66, each episode features the main character on the move, encountering new people in new situations. Gazzara first originated the character of Paul Bryan on Kraft Suspense Theatre, in the episode "Rapture at Two-Forty", which aired on April 15, 1965 and served as the series' pilot. Well received, the show became a series that September. Near the beginning of that episode, the audience sees the conversation between Bryan and his doctor, which is heard only in voice-over in subsequent episodes of Run For Your Life.
Although the Bryan character was given no more than eighteen months to live, the series ran for three seasons.
Notable guest stars
Several guest stars had recurring roles on the series, including Fernando Lamas (who also directed two episodes) as professional gigolo Ramon da Vega, Jeremy Slate as race car driver Pete Gaffney, Ina Balin as Lisa Sorrow, Martin Milner as Mike Greene, and Stephen McNally as Mike Allen.
Other notable guest stars include:
- Dialogue in opening of episodes of "Run For Your Life"