|Created by||Donald R. Boyle
|Starring||James Earl Jones
Brian K. Grant
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Executive producer(s)||Robert Lieberman
|Running time||60 min.|
|Production company(s)||Lorimar Television|
|Original release||September 12, 1990– June 6, 1991|
|Followed by||Pros and Cons|
Gabriel's Fire is an American television series that ran on ABC in the United States during the 1990–91 television season. A revamped version of the series, entitled Pros and Cons, aired briefly the following season.
The main character, Gabriel Bird, was played by James Earl Jones. He was a former Chicago police officer who, over twenty years prior, had been wrongfully sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a fellow police officer. In fact, he shot the officer to protect a defenseless mother and child whom the officer was about to murder in cold blood during a 1969 police raid. Unbeknownst to Bird, the raid had been merely a pretext for the police to attack the members of a militant black nationalist organization.
This incident in the character's background was inspired by the 1969 death of Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton, who was shot and killed during a raid upon his residence conducted by Chicago police and other law enforcement personnel. On the show, the street on which the raid involving Bird had occurred was identified as "Hampton Street".
When Bird is released, he starts working as a private detective, hired by the lawyer who had helped free him.
Pros and Cons
- Gabriel Bird, played by James Earl Jones
- Jamil, played by Brian K. Grant
- Victoria Heller, played by Laila Robins
- Louis Klein, played by Dylan Walsh
- Josephine, played by Madge Sinclair
- James Earl Jones
- Madge Sinclair
- Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1991)
- David Opatoshu
- Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (1991); playing Max Goldstein in the episode "A Prayer For The Goldsteins"
- Brooks, Tim and Marsh, Earle. The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows
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