|"Diagnosis ... Ouch!"|
The other night an episode entitled "Physician, Murder Thyself" aired and I sat gobsmacked at the group of doctors assembled on the screen in front of me.
"Just a second!" I exclaimed to myself, "Wasn't that actor a famous doctor in another series? Hey, and didn't that fellow play a doctor in another program too? And that one?"
I was correct! There were in fact five other actors on the show playing the part of doctors in "Diagnosis Murder" who had played well-known doctors on other television programs.
First on the list was Jack Klugman who played Dr Jeff Everden in this episode. Earlier he played the quite famous "Quincy MD" in the series of the same name.
Another actor was Bernie Kopell who played the role of Dr Les Franklin here, but was well-known as Dr Adam Bricker on "The Love Boat."
Then there was Chad Everett who on this episode played Dr Clayton Andrews, but acted in the television series "Medical Centre" as Dr Joe Gannon.
Then throw in Wayne Rogers who was Dr Kent Morrisay in this segment, but played the well-known Dr Trapper John in the TV series M*A*S*H.
And finally the actor Stuart Damon gained a short part as Dr Michael but was apparently the original Dr Alan Quartermaine on General Hospital!
I think the cast co-ordinator must have had the best time putting forward these suggestions to play the roles!
I've heard of an episode of "Diagnosis Murder" called "Food Fight" in which six actors from "Happy Days" or its spin-off programs all appeared including, Pat Morita, Don Most, Erin Moran, Leslie Easterbrook, Conrad Janis and David Lander.
And the comedy continued with the "Drill for Death" episode where five actors from either the movie or the TV series M*A*S*H had roles such as Loretta Swit, William Christopher, Jamie Farr, Sally Kellerman and Elliot Gould.
Now THAT'S an episode of "Diagnosis Murder" I'd love to see, just for the fun of it! It's almost like the people involved in creating the "Diagnosis Murder" series had the best fun, occasionally adding in an extra entertaining episode for its faithful and delighted viewers.