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Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Characters created by John Ball. James Lee Barrett. March 6, — May 16, March 6, May 3, December 4, May 16, October 24, May 8, September 18, April 30, October 1, May 19, October 28, May 12, September 16, May 11, October 21, Starred in the lead role of William O.
Gillespie is a tough but honorable small city police chief. At first somewhat resentful of Virgil Tibbs, Gillespie later becomes very close to Virgil and the rest of the Tibbs family. Their relationship in the TV series is much less adversarial than it is in the film version. For the first six seasons he is the chief of the Sparta Police Department until he is fired by the city council at the beginning of the 7th season. He becomes interim County Sheriff after the previous Sheriff becomes too ill to continue his duties.
Chief Gillespie is a World War II veteran and identifies himself as serving with a black man in the th Military Police it is assumed the th was a colored unit and Gillespie was the commanding officer. Gillespie has a penchant for wearing high-powered sidearms such as the Colt Python and later a brushed chrome Desert Eagle. Gillespie was married at one time to Anna, his Italian war bride whom he brought home from his WWII service in Italy; both she and their son would die in childbirth.
He has an older daughter, Lana, played by Christine Elise. Gillespie eventually falls in love with and marries Harriet DeLong, the much younger black city Councilwoman. Throughout the series run, O'Connor was one of the actors to appear in every episode of the series on both networks NBC and CBS , with the exception of four shows near the end of the —89 season that he missed while recovering from open-heart surgery. Unlike the movie where he was just a visitor passing through, in the series, Virgil's character is rewritten as a Sparta native who later moves north and becomes a police detective in Philadelphia, PA.
He returns to Sparta after the death of his mother and is offered a job as Chief of Detectives and the rank of Captain with the city police department. A meticulous and highly intelligent man, Tibbs initially has a supercilious attitude towards those in the department and frequently criticizes the force for not being more contemporary or tech-savvy. He and Gillespie butt heads at the start, but soon become close friends; Gillespie becomes godfather to Virgil and Althea's twins.
Tibbs also clashed with Bubba early in the series, but after helping Bubba clear his name during a case where he is falsely accused of rape, they become good friends, as well. Though some city council members want to make him chief, Tibbs firmly rebuffs their offers, preferring to work with Gillespie. Virgil is a sensitive young man and expresses himself openly when something affects him.
After continued legal problems, Rollins was dropped from the series in , and Tibbs was written out of the series as having left the community following his graduation from law school and becoming an attorney in private practice. Rollins would return as a guest star several times during the 7th season in his new profession, attorney at law. Bubba is initially portrayed as a redneck.
Intimidating and physically powerful, he is never afraid to use force when needed, but despite his rough exterior, he is a good man. He is also a sort of ladies man around Sparta, as he always seemed to have a new girlfriend. He is known to turn female heads, including that of Althea Tibbs, who refers to him as a "hunk". Bubba is deeply resentful of Virgil's presence on the police force at first, clashing with him on several occasions.
He eventually became close friends with the Tibbs family, particularly after Virgil helped clear his name in a false allegation of rape. As the series progresses, Bubba is shown to be a brave and honorable man who is more complex and intelligent than people give him credit for. Through the course of the series, Bubba becomes more racially tolerant, referring to bigots and racists as "knotheads".
Bubba is from a large family and is shown several times during the series to be an expert shot with a rifle. When the Sparta police need a sniper such as when Captain Tibbs's wife Althea is taken hostage in the episode " And Then You Die" it is Skinner who takes the shot with a scoped rifle kept in the trunk of his squad car.
In Season 1, Bubba's rank seemed to be patrolman but is never explicitly stated. By Season 2's premiere, he is a Sergeant. Eventually, he rises to the rank of Captain before Gillespie leaves the Sparta Police. In Season 5, it is revealed that Bubba's first and middle initials are V. Bubba also always wears "white socks" with his uniform. Bubba usually is the one who is asked to arrest the tougher suspects due to his large size and immense strength.
Starred for six seasons as Virgil's wife, teacher and counselor Althea Tibbs. She herself was born and raised in Philadelphia and had never been south before the death of her mother-in-law. As the daughter of a retired police detective, Althea's life in Sparta is difficult: she is held captive by a murderous fugitive at the end of the first season, terrorized by an unstable ex-boyfriend and a racist mob at her home in Season 2, raped at the beginning of the third season, and later suffered a mental breakdown after witnessing the suicide of one of her students.
She is a caring individual who wants to assist her students and those in her community. At the end of Season 3, she announces her pregnancy, something she and Virgil had been trying for quite some time, and in the Season 4 premiere, it is revealed that not only is she pregnant, but pregnant with twins. Althea did not reappear for the 7th season, and her character was written out as Althea had been separated from Virgil and moved back to Pennsylvania.
Played Joanne St. John from to She is the owner of the Magnolia Cafe, a popular eatery in Sparta as seen in Season 2's opening and Gillespie's love interest. After it is revealed that Joanne was once a prostitute , she and Gillespie broke up and she eventually left Sparta out of shame, although she does appear in several episodes afterward, and was in the Season 2 finale with Gillespie when he was kidnapped.
She is briefly mentioned in the Season 3 episode, "Anniversary", but does not appear. Portrayed Officer Parker Williams. He is a very perceptive character. He genuinely loves the people of Sparta, whom he has sworn to serve and protect, and he often senses when someone is hurting. Like his movie counterpart Courtney, he has a habit of eavesdropping on the conversations of others.
Parker knows everybody in town and is able to get through to them because of his kindness. Parker generally sits behind the dispatcher's desk, handling the telephone and radio, although he is also assigned to patrol duty. In , he rises to the rank of Senior Sergeant. Parker is a Vietnam veteran , as explained in the episode "My Name is Hank". As the comic relief of the show, Parker always has a Mason jar of sweet tea on his desk, including when he is at the Tibbs' house for Christmas in the episode "Blessings".
Parker can be seen holding his tea jar with a Christmas bow stuck on it. He also has the distinction as the only cast member who never missed an episode during the entire run of the series. Cast as Junior Abernathy, a patrolman seen only during Season 1.
Junior is a young and inexperienced policeman who often is chastised by Detective Tibbs or Chief Gillespie for not knowing proper police procedure. However, Junior often rises to the occasion to assist in arrests or at other incidents in Sparta. Joined the cast as Officer Wilson Sweet in the second season as the cocky, young rookie fresh out of the police academy. Aside from Tibbs, Sweet is one of the first black men to join Sparta's police force.
He is very focused and detailed about what his goals were, as he spoke quite often of going to law school. He loves to read, mostly on topics that can assist him with his work as a police officer, as well as African American literature. With Virgil Tibbs as a reluctant mentor, he is well liked and a clever and driven asset to the department. A number of the racially conscious storylines on the show involved his character. His ambition is to rise in the ranks of the Sparta police force and become Sparta's first black Police Chief, a part which was eventually played by Carl Weathers.
By Season 5, he had been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. His character was eliminated when Thorne chose to exit the show after the sixth season ended and his departure is never mentioned or explained. Recurring Season 1, made a main cast member in Season 2. As Lonnie Jamison, he is an officer and later, acting investigator on the Sparta police force.
Lonnie eventually rises to the rank of Lieutenant and Acting Chief of Detectives. Lonnie is a very capable officer and takes his job seriously. He usually has a serious and straightforward personality, with a dry humor that always fits the moment, and he is an amiable and friendly person overall. One of the many facets of Lonnie's character is a fierce, never-give-up loyalty to his friends. A prime example of that loyalty occurs over several episodes as Lonnie's friendship with Harriet DeLong's son Eugene.
Lonnie is Eugene's track team coach at Sparta High, and it is Lonnie Jamison who is able to get through to the young man when Eugene's father is being tried for murder, episode "No Other Road". Lonnie is a crack shot with a rifle and is often selected by Chief Gillespie to handle a situation requiring a long range rifle shot, as in episodes "My Name is Hank", "An Eye for An Eye", and "Crackdown".
Along with Bubba, the Sparta Police has a very lethal sniper team. Joined the cast in the final season as Police Chief Hampton Forbes. He is handpicked by the Sparta city council to lead the department after the controversial firing of Bill Gillespie. Forbes is the first black chief of the department and a year veteran of the Memphis, TN, police department, serving in one of the four police districts in the city of Memphis as an inspector.
Forbes becomes friends with Gillespie and often works closely with him when Gillespie becomes acting county sheriff. After the first black woman to join the force, Officer Christine Rankin, died in the line of duty on her first day on the job, Corbin is recruited to take her place. LuAnn often drove Gillespie around and was the go-between for him and Harriet before the two of them went public with their relationship. LuAnn was also a singer and was given several opportunities to showcase her voice on the series, in such episodes such as "Odessa" and "Singin' The Blues".
Gillespie once referred to her as "The Dragon Lady". But over the course of the series, Harriet sees Gillespie's softer, more caring side and begins to think more fondly of him. By the time Denise Nicholas becomes a series regular, Harriet and Gillespie are romantically involved, much to the disapproval of her son, Eugene, and others in Sparta who are opposed to interracial relationships. She is close friends with Virgil and is also a gifted artist. In the two-part episode, "Citizen Trundel", Harriet's sister, Natalie is the mistress of conniving millionaire businessman, V.
Trundel, who later has her murdered. They have a son named Eric from their illicit affair. Harriet eventually gains custody of him after Trundel deliberately crashes his private airplane after a confrontation about the murder with Gillespie. Emily Trundel, V. Dee Shaw. Harvey E. Lee Jr. Virgil's widowed maternal aunt Etta Kibby. Gray, the mother of slain prison victim, Eric Gray. Wilbur Fitzgerald. Jimmy Dawes, ex-con who becomes a police informant Seasons 2—6.
He was also cast in a Season 7 episode in a different role as an Atlanta detective. Lana Farren, Gillespie's daughter by Georgia Farren as the result of a long-ago love affair. They had no relationship while Lana was growing up. Seasons 5—7. Bob Penny. Scott Brian Higgs. Randy Calhoun, Lana's quirky and odd neighbor, although he appeared on the show as far back as Season 3, long before the storyline about Gillespie having an illegitimate daughter was created.
Seasons 3—7. Wallace Merck. Earl "Holly" Colmer, Sr. Adair Simon. Emily Trundel, wife of millionaire V. Trundel, who impregnated Harriet DeLong's younger sister Natalie during an illicit affair. Seasons 3, 5. Stuart Culpepper. He also appeared in other episodes during the run of the series playing other characters. Captain Tom Dugan, a retired Mississippi Highway Patrol police captain, Dugan appeared on the last four episodes of the second season.
Baker was brought in as a stand-in for Carroll O'Connor while O'Connor was recovering from open-heart surgery. Dugan is placed in the department by the FBI to uncover a plot by a white supremacist group to assassinate a civil rights leader during his visit to Sparta. Dugan is murdered by these same white supremacists at the end of the second season.
Dugan's godson, who had become involved with these people, later agrees to help the police. Season 2. Ron Culbreth. Culbreth appeared on nine episodes as Sheriff McComb. In the 7th season, McComb becomes too ill to continue his duties, and Gillespie is appointed as acting sheriff in his place.
Roy Eversole, Parker Williams' step-father. Hot tempered, Eversole had a great deal of difficulty maintaining steady employment. He was once a murder suspect after getting into a heated argument with a former employer, who is subsequently found dead a short time later.
Seasons 6—7. Maureen Dowdell. Jen Harper. Christopher Lobban. Bobby Johnson, a youngster that Gillespie takes in when one of his brothers murders the other, and his grief-stricken mother leaves Sparta and eventually passes away. Bobby wants to remain in Sparta so he can attend Sparta High once he's old enough. Althea Tibbs is a teacher and counselor at the high school and it was Bobby's slain brother's wish that Bobby be mentored by her.
Althea initially wants Bobby to move in with her and Virgil, but Virgil is not sold on the idea. To quell the tensions between the Tibbses over this, Gillespie volunteers to keep the boy in his home. When Gillespie moves into his new home in Season 7, Bobby moves along with him. Seasons 4—7. As the film progresses, the chief comes to have real respect for the Black detective and he comes to show a real integrity as a police officer--so much so that one can only wonder how he fared once the Black detective leaves.
Terrific performances from Poitier and Steiger. You've heard the most famous line, "They call me Mr. Edmund Reviewed in the United States on February 2, Great story and superior acting by every cast member! Puts the movie, "Guess Who's Coming top Dinner" to a. The movie was even more compelling upon its release in when the Ciivil Rights movement was in full swing, you could taste the drama of the movie back then in the theaters!
There are multiple sub-plots: 1 a murder; 2 racial prejudice in a changing south; 3 the rift between the old cotton farming community and the rise of the new industrialization; 4 the struggle between an old time, middle-aged southern sheriff and the new, young, educated, smart, black northern detective from Philadelphia.
It is perhaps this last sub-plot that is the most subtle and yet most powerful drama of the movie. The middle aged sheriff is caught in a downward life struggle that only offers a bleak, limited, unpromising future of isolation and poverty, while the northern black detective is the promise of a man on the rise and whose future is full of promise. Each man knows himself and his plight, it gives the viewer time to ponder life and its unfolding drama.
I'm a bit behind. I only saw this film just prior to leaving this review. I decided I should watch it based on the coincidences of watching a multi part documentary on films, a promise to myself that use as a year to see only films I've never seen and The story is gritty, sharp, paced, and heated. Passions flame. Intensity sparks in looks, words, and gestures. There are no gaps.
The plot is tight. Every actor seems a perfect fit for their part in a way that seems as if many are true life characters. This is a film to study for many reasons. On a technical level, the ending shot is masterful art. Dixon Reviewed in the United States on April 20, Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger elevated a somewhat mundane screenplay to our ionosphere. The acting, the rural setting, the searing theme, and the direction produced one of the greatest film in the history of cinematography.
I really enjoy this movie. The Blu-ray is so vibrant, and gives this film a resurgence. As a baby-boomer, I was barely a teenager in I vividly remember how racially sensitive that era was. I was in Detroit during that riot. I witnessed those wooden houses burning during the day, and the tanks rumbling down Mt. Elliott at night. When I forget all that racial strife, looting, confusion, and burning it is time for me to go because I have lost all memory.
Houyhnhnm Reviewed in the United States on June 1, Race relations as a theme wasn't groundbreaking then. I'm aware of the earlier movies "Lilies of the Field" and "Blackboard Jungle" in which race relations play prominently, but as far as I know the movies were pushing the envelope by putting the theme front and center. It's a dreary reflection of our time how the theme of racially charged police misconduct is still playing out in real life, as I'm writing this review in the midst of major George Floyd protests.
They were probably more controversial at the time. Both movies played on the antihero theme, which fit the unsettled, rule-breaking mood of the second half of the s, which most people would acknowledge as one of the more turbulent periods in U. I'm sorry the main plot in "In the Heat of the Night" is a formulaic mystery in the Agatha Christie style.
This makes an excessively neat and tidy wrapper for the compelling and messy story of prejudice and racial conflict. That is where the intensity and drama come through, and it seems to be the main interest of the actors, director and screenwriter. I'm not thrilled with the writing of the Gillespie character or Steiger's portrayal. I think for the most part Steiger played the stereotype, and I don't see any character development until the script lets him pour out his heart in a bid for sympathy.
Tibbs is a more interesting character that gives Portier more room to shine. He does a great job showing the struggle to keep outwardly calm and collected while he's constantly under fire. In fact, it revels in breaking the formula. Counting Oscar wins, "In the Heat of the Night" was the winner in , with 5 wins in major categories more than any other to one for "The Graduate. Police officer Warren Oates immediately thought he was responsible for a murder because of his color when in fact he was a cop from Philadelphia.
The story is about Poitier and police chief Rod Steiger being forced together to investigate a recent killing. The dilemma of course is whether they can actually cooperate or not. The movie is all about the interactions between Poitier and the white inhabitants of the Mississippi town he finds himself in.
I can only imagine what audiences thought of those scenes in Overall, the film is a satisfying murder mystery and even better to watch Poitier stand up for himself against racists.
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