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The longest (26-1/2 hours), most expensive ($25 million) and most complicated (four directors, five producers, five cinematographers, almost 100 speaking parts, several hundred extras) project made for television up to that time, Centennial was shown in two- and three-hour installments over a period of four months. An adaptation of James Michener's best-selling novel, it told the story of the settling of the American West by looking at the founding of the fictional town of Centennial, Colorado, from the settling of the area in the late 18th century to the present. Emmy-nominated for film editing and art direction, it boasts of sterling performances from Richard Chamberlain as frontiersman Alexander McKeag, Robert Conrad as the French-Canadian trapper Pasquinel, and a surprisingly powerful performance from former football star Alex Karras as compassionate but iron-willed immigrant farmer Hans Brumbaugh.


Robert Conrad
as Pasquinel
Duane Loken
as 1st Cheyenne
Richard Chamberlain
as Alexander McKeag
Raymond Burr
as Bockweiss
Sally Kellerman
as Lise Bockweiss
Barbara Carrera
as Clay Basket
Michael Ansara
as Lame Beaver
Gregory Harrison
as Levi Zandt
Stephen McHattie
as Jake Pasquinel
Kario Salem
as Mike Pasquinel
Chad Everett
as Maxwell Mercy
Merle Haggard
as Cisco Calendar
Alex Karras
as Hans Brumbaugh
Mark Harmon
as John McIntosh
Dennis Weaver
as R.J. Poteet
Timothy Dalton
as Oliver Seccombe
Richard Crenna
as Col. Frank Skimmerhorn
Cliff De Young
as John Skimmerhorn
Glynn Turman
as Nate Person
Les Lannom
as Bufe Coker
Donald Pleasence
as Samuel Purchase
Brian Keith
as Axel Dumire
Anthony Zerbe
as Mervin Wendell
Doug McKeon
as Philip Wendell
Lynn Redgrave
as Charlotte Buckland Seccombe Lloyd
Lois Nettleton
as Maude Wendell
Bo Brundin
as Magnes Volkema
A Martinez
as Tranquilino
Karen Carlson
as Lisette Mercy
David Janssen
as Paul Garrett
Robert Vaughn
as Morgan Wendell
Henry Darrow
as Alvarez
Andy Griffith
as Lew Vernor
Robert Douglas
as Claude Richards
Dana Elcar
as Judge Hart
Sharon Gless
as Sidney Enderman
Carl Franklin
as Jim Beckworth
James Hampton
as Defense Atty. Prescott
Richard Jaeckel
as Sgt. Lykes
Michael Le Clair
as Young Jim Lloyd
Geoffrey Lewis
as Sheriff Bogardus
Jim McMullan
as Prosecutor
Sandy McPeak
as Soren Sorenson
Karmin Murcelo
as Flor Marquez
Greg Mullavey
as Mule Canby
Morgan Paull
as Philip Wendell (adult)
John Bennett Perry
as Maylon Zendt
Clive Revill
as Finlay Perkins
Jorge Rivero
as Broken Thumb
Pernell Roberts
as Gen. Asher
James J. Sloyan
as Spade Larkin
Julie Sommars
as Alice Grebe
Gale Sondergaard
as Aunt Agatha
Ray Tracey
as Young Lame Beaver
Jesse Vint
as Amos Calendar
Robert Walden
as Dr. Richard Butler
Morgan Woodward
as Gen. Wade
Robert Tessier
as Rude Water
Maria Potts
as Blue Leaf
Maria Yolanda Aguayo
as Blue Leaf (child)
Monika Ramirez
as Blue Leaf (age 14)
Ivan Naranjo
as Gray Wolf
Annette Charles
as Senor Alvarez
David Yanez
as Lame Beaver (age 9)
Steve Shemayne
as Pawnee Chief
Ken Yellow Moon
as 2nd Arapaho
Jim Bridger
as Reb Brown
Robert Easton
as Maj. George Sibley
Vincent Roberts
as Jacques Pascinel
Gordon Steel
as Donald McPherson
Stuart Silbar
as Col. Hanley
John Kings
as Englishman
Jaimie MacDonald
as Jacques (ages 6-9)
Tony LaTorre
as Marcel (age 7)
Steven Andrade
as 1st Arapaho
Marta Brennan
as Mary Sibley
Irene Tedrow
as Mother Zendt
Leslie Winston
as Laura Lou Booker
Nick Ramus
as Lost Eagle
James Kisicki
as Rev. Fenstermacher
Joan Carey
as Miss Kruger
Barney McFadden
as Abel Tanner
Gene Otis
as Stringer
Burt Douglas
as Capt, William Ketchum
Alan Vint
as Beeley Garrett (adult)
Mark Neely
as Martin Zendt
David Cass Sr.
as Frank Pettis
René Enríquez
as Manolo Marquez
Eric Lalich
as Jake Calendar
Robert DoQui
as Nate Person III
Dennis Dimster
as Timmy Grebe
Michael Goodrow
as Ethan Grebe
Mina Vasquez
as Soledad Marquez
James Best
as Hank Garvey
Morris Jones
as 1st Reporter
Lou Frizzell
as Mr. Norriss
Bill Thurman
as Uncle Dick
Bob Davis
as Bank Manager
Gloria McMillan
as Clara Brumbaugh
Robert Phalen
as Rev. Holly
Lani Grant
as Mrs. Takemoto
Damon Douglas
as William Savage
Barry Cahill
as Maj. O'Neil
Steven Rapp
as Kurt Brumbaugh
Alex Colon
as Truinfador Marquez
Ed Bakey
as Floyd Calendar
Ralph Davies Lewis
as Tom Ragland
Deborah Trissell
as Miss Keller
Alan Napier
as Lord Venneford
Steve Burns
as Pvt. James Clark
Robby Weaver
as Gompert
Alan Caillou
as Booth Cilbborn
Mari Michener
as Janice Welch
H.P. Evetts
as Orvid Pettis
Alex Henteloff
as Bradley Finch
Clint Ritchie
as Messmore Garrett
Julio Medina
as Father Gravez
Jeremy Duke
as Trunifador Marquez
Jay W. MacIntosh
as Emma Lloyd
Eric Server
as Young Truinfador
Joaquín Martínez
as Col. Salcedo
Rachel Orr
as Victoria Grebe
as Mr. Takemoto
Allan Hunt
as Stanford
Steve Shaw
as Paul Garrett
Lynn Borden
as Vesta Volkema
Tiger Thompson
as Young Beeley Garrett
Rory Dennis MacDonald
as Cisco Calender (age 9)
Art Metrano
as Maurice Cartwright
Byron Gilbert
as Elmo Pearce
Terry Phillpis
as Newscaster
Steve Sandor
as Charley Kin
William Bogert
as William Bellamy
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