Question: What stage name was legendary WWF announcer Robert Marella better known by?
Last Question: What actor adopted the pen name “Matt Harris” to write episodes of In the Heat of the Night?
Answer: Carroll O’Connor
This is not your father’s Archie Bunker! In the Heat of the Night was based on the book and 1967 movie of the same name. It aired from 1987 to 1995. The show starred Carroll O’Connor (who was also an executive producer on the show) as police chief William Gillespie and Howard Rollins as Virgil Tibbs.
The series dealt with a variety of issues in it’s seven seasons on TV including: racism, drug abuse, rape, murder, incest, government corruption and drunk driving. Carroll O’Connor wrote several of the episodes under the pen name Matt Harris.
Sadly three of the stars have died. Hugh O’Connor (Carroll’s son), who played Jamison on the series, committed suicide in 1995 after a long bout with drug abuse. Howard Rollins died in 1996 due to complications from lymphoma. Carroll O’Connor, who had been suffering from diabetes, died in 2001 after having a heart attack.
Here is the theme song. If that voice sounds familiar, it is Bill Champlin, of the band Chicago, that is singing:
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