Kojak (1973–1978)
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After a night drinking, an off-duty cop and his friend are attacked by a group of thieves. The friend is killed with the cop's gun. Though ordered to beat duty, the cop, who has battled ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles S. Dubin

Writers:

Abby Mann (created by), Jack Laird | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Telly Savalas ... Lt. Theo Kojak
Dan Frazer ... Capt. Frank McNeil
Kevin Dobson ... Det. Bobby Crocker
George Savalas ... Det. Stavros
Eugene Roche ... Patrolman Lyle 'Sandy' Beach
Richard Venture Richard Venture ... Capt. Reardon
Joseph Stern ... Nathan Markowitz
Lee Weaver ... Ozzie Turnbull
Joseph Bova Joseph Bova ... Morrie Rogaz
Richard O'Brien Richard O'Brien ... Sgt. Harry Doyle
Eddie Firestone ... Bunky Ott
Jason Wingreen ... Max Persky
Wayne Grace ... Grisco Cummings
Edd Gasper Edd Gasper ... Vince Nesmith
Tony Mumolo Tony Mumolo ... Barry Schuster (as Anthony Mumolo)
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After a night drinking, an off-duty cop and his friend are attacked by a group of thieves. The friend is killed with the cop's gun. Though ordered to beat duty, the cop, who has battled alcoholism over the years, impedes Kojak's investigation by trying to find those responsible for his friend's death himself. Written by a

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1975 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Alcoholic former detective
14 August 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One of the saddest episodes in the history of the Kojak series was this one with Eugene Roche playing a street cop who used to be one of Kojak's in Midtown South.

Roche a former detective is now a foot patrolman who has been become an alcoholic. One night when he was off duty and boozing it up with a friend he sees a robbery in progress and tries to stop it. But the bad guys overcome him, take his weapon and shoot his friend.

It's too late for him in the NYPD, Telly Savalas gives him some good advice to just coast for the next two years and the pension will kick in.. But Roche can't be told what to do. He starts his own investigation and does good at it. But the end result isn't good for Roche.

This may be one of Eugene Roche's best performance. Usually Roche plays blowhard bragadocious types. This is a different twist and dimension to what we usually get from Roche. It dominates the episode.


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