Captains and the Kings

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One of four dramatic miniseries carried by NBC under the blanket title Best Sellers, Captains and the Kings was adapted from a novel by Taylor Caldwell. Covering a time span from 1857 to 1912, this was the saga of the Irish-immigrant Armagh clan, with emphasis on the rags-to-riches career of Joseph Armagh (Richard Jordan). Achieving fame and prominence (if not full-fledged social acceptance) through a Byzantine series of investments in the oil industry, the elder Armagh was obsessed with the notion of having one of his sons become the first Irish-Catholic President of the United States (does this story sound vaguely familiar?). Along the way, Joseph and his offspring indulged in innumerable romantic liaisons, extramarital and otherwise. Featured in the all-star cast is Patty Duke Astin, who won an Emmy award for her portrayal of Bernadette Hennessey Armagh. Captains and the Kings was broadcast from September 30 to November 18, 1976 in seven installments, two of which ran 120 minutes, and the other six lasting 60 minutes -- a total of nine hours' air time in all.


Richard Jordan
as Joseph Armagh
Joanna Pettet
as Katherine Hennessey
Charles Durning
as Big Ed Healey
Barbara Parkins
as Martinique
Ray Bolger
as R. J. Squibbs
Vic Morrow
as Tom Hennessey
John Carradine
as Father Hale
Harvey Jason
as Harry Zieff
Robert Vaughn
as Charles Desmond
Blair Brown
as Elizabeth Healey Hennessey
Henry Fonda
as Sen. Enfield Bassett
Patty Duke
as Bernadette Hennessey Armagh
Celeste Holm
as Sister Angela
Katherine Crawford
as Moira/Mary Armagh
John Houseman
as Judge Newell Chisholm
David Huffman
as Sean Armagh
Perry King
as Rory Armagh
Cynthia Sikes
as Claudia Desmond
Burl Ives
as "Old Syrup"
Douglas Heyes Jr.
as Kevin Armagh
Jane Seymour
as Marjorie Chisholm Armagh
Ann Sothern
as Mrs. Finch
Neville Brand
as O'Herlihy
Pernell Roberts
as Braithwaite
Joe Kapp
as Strickland
Elizabeth Cheshire
as Young Bernadette
Johnny Doran
as Young Joseph
Kristopher Marquis
as Sean (as a child)
Missy Gold
as Mary Armagh (as a child)
Peter Donat
as Clair Montrose
Douglas Heyes
as Kevin Armagh
Terry Kiser
as Courtney Wickersham
Clifton James
as Gov. Hackett
Jenny Sullivan
as Honora Houlihan
Richard Matheson
as James Garfield
George Gaynes
as Orestes Bradley
Ford Rainey
as Abraham Lincoln
William Prince
as Jay Regan
Anne Dusenberry
as Ann-Marie
Philip Bourneuf
as Father Scanlon
Kermit Murdock
as James Spaulding
John Herbsleb
as Young Courtney
Mills Watson
as Preston
Roger Robinson
as Cpl. Lincoln Douglas
Lee de Broux
as Theodore Roosevelt
Robert Donner
as Wounded Texan
Ken Swofford
as Capt. Muldoon
Steve Coit
as William McKinley
Georgio Tozzi
as Foreign Gentleman
Byron Webster
as William Jennings Bryan
Tracey Gold
as Rosemary Armagh
Sian Barbara Allen
as Cara Leslie
Bill Quinn
as Dr. Harris Herbert
Connie Kreski
as PearlGray
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  • Jan 16, 2010
    The continuity is a little choppy but what an amazing cast! One like this could most likely never be assembled today. Old time movie stars, current stars and up and comers all mixed together to form a mosaic of a driven and rather despicable man's journey though his life and our history.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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