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SEA HUNT Principal Cast & Crew
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SEA HUNT used hundreds of actors and extras during its run and many unknown-stars-to-be appeared in those four years, check out The Scuba Guy's Sea Hunt Guest Stars page.  Below are some of The Scuba Guy's favorite Actors, Production Management, Consultants, and Recurring Stunt Artists & Support Crew.
 

The SEA HUNT Principal Cast and Crew

Lloyd Bridges, Actor playing Mike Nelson (Navy UDT Frogman turned undersea investigator)
Ivan Tors,
Producer & Creator
Frederic Ziv,
Executive Producer (Often seen misspelled as "Frederick")
Maurice Ziv,
(un-credited) Executive Producer
Johnny Florea,
Associate Producer & Director
Paul Stader, Second-Unit Director, Underwater Stuntman
Courtney Brown,
Diving Operations Supervisor, Divemaster, Underwater Stunt Double, Actor
Ricou Browning,  Underwater Sequence Supervisor (1961)
Lamar Boren, Underwater Cinematographer
Harry Redmond Jr.,
Underwater Special Effects
Reed Parham,
 (un-credited) Stunt Diver and Animal Handler
Bob Overbeck, (un-credited) Surface Special Effects Creator
Calvin Spencer,
(un-credited) Bridges' Surface Stunt Double
Dick Dial,
(un-credited) Bridges' Surface Stunt Double
Zale Parry,
Actress, Technical Advisor, Underwater Female Stunt Double (1958, 59)
Wende Wagner, (un-credited) Underwater Female Stunt Double in the Bahamas (1960, 61)
"Big John" McLaughlin, (un-credited) Underwater Stunt Double (1961)
Richard "Dick" Probert,
Grumman Goose Pilot, Actor (1958-60)
Robert Kinoshita, Art Director
Bill and Bob Meistrell, (un-credited) Custom Wetsuits, Dive Gear, and Scuba Training
David Rose (Ray Llewellyn, credited pseudonym), Original Music "The Sea Hunt Theme" (BMI)
Bob Gilbreath, (un-credited) Helicopter Pilot
Dale Hyldahl (un-credited) Animal Trainer
Al Tillman
(un-credited) Script Technical Advisor

Lloyd Bridges
Mike Nelson
Painted on Black Velvet!

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Lamar Boren  Underwater Cinematographer

Boren was the Underwater Cinematographer and is responsible for making divers in SEA HUNT look like they were a lot deeper than fifteen feet.  A career that spanned forty years, Boren's resume includes the four Bond movies "Thunderball" (1965), "You Only Live Twice" (1967), "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977), and "Moonraker" (1979).

The Scuba Guy worked with Boren on "Brewster McCloud" (1970).  Boren's wife Evelyn doubled for Claudine Auger in "Thunderball" (1965).  Boren was born May 3, 1917 and died January 15, 1986 in La Jolla California.

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Courtney Brown  Diving Operations Supervisor, Divemaster, Underwater Stunt Double, Actor

Courtney BrownBrown appeared in virtually every episode until the final episodes in season four.  Brown was Lloyd Bridges underwater stunt double.  Not remembered like Zale Parry, he actually played different parts in at least eight shows and appeared in most episodes as the underwater Mike Nelson in the two and long shots..  Brown taught numerous guest stars to handle the Scuba gear including teaching Bridges and his family how to dive in his home swimming pool.  "Courtney Brown was my mentor", said Bridges.  "He taught me so many things about the underwater world.  He... was responsible for making me look good.  We felt my form was very important, my strokes, how I kicked.  We wanted to set a good example for the growing number of divers watching".  Brown received $500 per week plus some expenses.

Brown was the stunt double diver that played Angelo Palazzi (Major Francois Derval) in the scenes where the bomber pilot is sinking to the sea floor in the James Bond thriller "Thunderball" (1965).  During that shoot, debris was so thick that Brown actually had serious trouble getting the air hose in his mouth and freeing himself from the mock bomber.  Brown recalls, "I saw all these red and green spots and vaguely realized 'someone' was trying to get me out of the plane."  That "someone" was one of the film's diving assistants and former SEA HUNT stunt double "Big John" McLaughlin coming to Brown's aid.

Brown married Wende Wagner a short time after meeting her during the filming of "September Storm" (1960).   Wagner was a notable actress doing underwater stunt work in the Bahamas.  During the filming of the third and fourth seasons of SEA HUNT, they lived on a 45-foot ketch-rigged motor sailer traveling back and forth between the Bahamas and Fort Lauderdale for supplies.  They had one daughter Tiffany.  As SEA HUNT came to an end, the couple's marriage and life in the Bahamas ended in divorce.  She is most remembered in the role of Lenore 'Casey' Case in the television series "The Green Hornet" (1966-67).  Brown was born in 1929 and is taking it easy in Florida.

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Ricou Browning   Underwater Sequence Supervisor (1961)

Ricou Browning often shared Underwater Sequence Supervisor duties with Courtney Brown in the latter part of the SEA HUNT series after they moved the underwater production company to Nassau.  An Olympic swimmer, Browning is best known for his underwater performance as Gill-Man in Universal's classic "Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954).  He actually held his breath for up to four minutes during a single take on that film.  Having to make an emergency bathroom visit, Browning emerged from the water in full costume near an unsuspecting mother and her small daughter.  "They took off, and that's the last I saw of 'em!", recalled Browning.

Browning was born February 16, 1930 in Fort Pierce Florida, and grew up at the nearby Jansen Beach.  He was producing underwater shows at Weeki Wachee Springs and topside water shows at Rainbow Springs.  He ended up as President of Tors' Florida studios and is said to be available today for new projects.

Browning made live appearances at the 3rd-Annual Screamfest October 2005 Horror Festival at the Coral Springs Marriott.  It was advertised as the Largest Horror Event in Florida.  In June of 2006, the Florida Governor's Office of Film and Entertainment unveiled it's first "Florida Film Legends Award" naming Browning as recipient.

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Lloyd Bridges   Actor starring as Mike Nelson, a Navy UDT Frogman turned undersea investigator.
Read more about it:  Lloyd Bridges Biography,  Lloyd Bridges Trivia

Lloyd BridgesBridges showed up for his SEA HUNT audition in a tight shirt and slacks displaying his muscular build and "seemed to be perfect" for the role.  Bridges had been deliberately marched by Frederic Ziv's office so Ziv could see him.  Ziv wanted Bridges for the role immediately.  Ivan Tors had seen Bridges playing Ray Douglas, a hard-hat diver in the film "Sixteen Fathoms Deep" (1948), and with Ziv's insistence, extended an offer for the part Mike Nelson in his new show SEA HUNT.

Bridges took some time to decide on the offer because serious actors in those days didn't want to get stuck in a weekly television show.  "But I needed to feed my family and it seemed so unusual", said Bridges and so he accepted the role.  Bridges died in his Loring Avenue home in Bel Air California on March 10, 1998 of natural causes.

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Dick Dial   (un-credited) Bridges' Surface Stunt Double

Dial's extensive work included doubling such legendary actors as James Coburn, Robert Duvall, Henry Fonda, Charlton Heston, George Peppard, Elvis Presley, William Shatner, and John Wayne.  Dial was a champion Golden Glove boxer, a tennis player, and an artist.  Dial was known for his humorous caricatures of celebrities.  Many of his well-known drawings are hung in Jean Leon's restaurants La Scala - Malibu and La Scala - Presto.  Dial also drew humorous cartoons and political satire for various publications including the Los Angeles Times.

Dial attended Oklahoma University and the Art Institute of Chicago.  He was born June 16, 1931 and died January 17, 1992

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Johnny Florea  Associate Producer & Director

Florea was the Associate Producer and Director on many of the SEA HUNT episodes.  But maybe more importantly, he often had the ear of Frederic Ziv.  Florea played many roles in shaping the look and feel of SEA HUNT in discussions with Ziv and Tors.

Ziv was already thinking about re-runs and that widespread Color TV broadcasting may not be too far into the future. But TIME magazine had just proclaimed Color TV as "the most resounding industrial flop of 1956"Color photography was extremely expensive and a significant part of any production budget at that time.  Color film would require an additional $5,000 from the $40,000 per episode SEA HUNT budget.  Since much of the show was to be underwater footage with loads of associated Color balancing problems, Florea was responsible for convincing Frederic Ziv to save SEA HUNT budget dollars and shoot the series in Black & White.  This would solve the problems and costs of matching dissimilar film cuts that were shot in various topside and underwater locations and lighting conditions (Black & White film only requires contrast and brightness adjustments).

Florea directed episodes of  "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1982), "The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979), "CHiPs" (1977), "Primus" (1971), "Mission: Impossible" (1968), "Ironside" (1967), "The High Chaparral" (1967), "Gentle Ben" (1967), "Bonanza" (1964-65), "Honey West" (1965), "Daniel Boone" (1964), "The Virginian" (1962).  Florea was the only photographer present at both the WWII VE and VJ treaty signings working as a staff photographer for LIFE magazine and is credited for several of the magazine's covers.  Florea married Marjie Millar on April 23, 1955 and was married to Ruth Johnson when he died August 25, 2000 in Las Vegas.

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Bob Gilbreath  (un-credited) Helicopter Pilot

Bob Gilbreath flying a Bell 47GGilbreath's contributions can be seen in many SEA HUNT episodes and in many other 1950's TV shows and movies. An experienced Bell 47G helicopter pilot, Gilbreath's work includes piloting aircraft as a camera platform to establish location shots such as 'proving that the Argonaut is in the middle of the ocean' to establishing exteriors in "I Love Lucy" (1951-57). He also piloted for stunts and to create subject shots in "The Whirlybirds" (1957-59). He was regularly used by Desilu productions and piloted for the aerial shots in "Oklahoma" (1955).  Tors used National Helicopter Service and Engineering Company, a company founded by Gilbreath and others, to supply the needed helicopters for SEA HUNT.

On July 1, 1961, Gilbreath was killed in an unrelated helicopter crash in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.  Because of SEA HUNT's matrix fashion of editing previously shot footage into episodes, Gilbreath's  work would be seen beyond his death in episodes to the end of the series.

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Dale Hyldahl   (un-credited) Animal Trainer

Dale Hyldahl was the Animal Trainer that trained the dolphins seen in a few episodes.  Tors would use Hyldahl for dolphin training again when he created the "Flipper" (1963) movie and the "Flipper" (1964-68) television series.

Hyldahl died April 20, 2002 in Arlington Washington.

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Robert Kinoshita   Art Director

Kinoshita was the Art Director for lots of 50's and 60's TV shows including "Hawaii Five-0" (1968-80) and "Kojak" (1973-78) But Kinoshita is best known for his two robot creations: the $125,000 110-pound Robby the Robot created for "Forbidden Planet" (1956) and the $75,000 200-pound "B9" robot created for "Lost in Space" (1965-68).

MGM sold Robby the Robot to "Movieworld Cars of the Stars" in Buena Park California (no longer in business).  Fred Barton restored the robot and it was on public display at Movieworld for about ten years.  William "Bill" Malone acquired Robby from Movieworld and he spent more than a year restoring the robot again.  Malone is best known for directing the remake of "House on Haunted Hill" (1999).  The robot housing is VacuFormģ ABS plastic which was cutting edge material in 1955 but was no longer produced after 1958.  A broken piece of grill (a few inches below the right side of the head of the robot) was created when the grill was pulled from the VacuForm mold.  This broken grill is like having fingerprint-proof of the actual prop robot since this flaw can be seen in many of the more than forty movies and TV shows that the robot appears, including two episodes of "Lost in Space" (1965-68).  In 2006, Robby appeared in a commercial for AT&T.  A Japanese company offered Malone $1-million for the robot but Malone refused to sell it, so Robby remains in his private collection.  Brand new, full size, working, fiberglass copies of the robot are available for $17,000 to $30,000.

The "B9" robot never had a name on "Lost in Space" but Kinoshita called it "Blinky" during it's design and construction in 1964.   Viewers would only know it as "Robot" but would learn that it was a "Model B9 Environmental Control Robot".  There are three versions of the original B9, one with the treads for full shots, one so the actor's legs and feet could be free to walk during moving close-ups, and a "dummy shell prop" used for explosions and damaging situations.  Paul Allen at the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle purchased the original B9 for $300,000 at auction and had Fred Barton restore it.  Its on public display at the museum.  Fully licensed, full size, B9 copies are being sold for under $25,000 from at least two different companies.  With more than fifty of these copies already produced, be very cautious if you think you are buying Kinoshita's original B9 that appeared on "Lost in Space".  An estimated auction value of the original B9 would be in the high six figures if the museum ever put it up for sell.

On May 19, 2004, Kinoshita was honored by the Hollywood Heritage Museum and posed for pictures with fans.  Robby was inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame at Carnegie Mellon University in October of the same year.  Kinoshita was born February 24, 1914.

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"Big John" McLaughlin  (un-credited) Underwater Stunt Double (1961)

"Big John" McLaughlin did some of the stunts in the last season and looked enough like Bridges to be used in some underwater close-ups.  It was Ivan Tors who gave McLaughlin his screen name.  Since there was already a John McLaughlin in the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), McLaughlin legally changed his name to Big John. "Big John is a real likable guy and one of the most complete divers ever.  He's trained in absolutely everything.  And I learned a lot about diving from him", said Bridges.

There was one close call on the set of SEA HUNT when the script called for Mike Nelson to free dive down to 120 feet to save a buddy trapped in a sunken "Scubasphere" Ziv #4.1.  McLaughlin told this story, "We were in 110 feet of water off the Lyford Cay wall and I'm down there in just swim trunks.  We shot for about an hour with me breathing off a safety diver's reg between takes.  Suddenly the Scubasphere started tumbling down the wall for real and my safety diver takes off after it. He just left me there. I wasn't expecting to have to do a free ascent and had already exhaled my last breath. That was a long way up.  I've been cut up quite a bit and had a shark rake me from ankle to hip, but otherwise I've been real lucky".

McLaughlin is a Master Scuba Instructor and is available for stunt work.

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Bill and Bob Meistrell  (un-credited) Custom Wetsuits, Dive Gear, and Scuba Training

In the days when SEA HUNT was filmed, most wetsuits were black.  That was fine for the bad guys, but Ivan Tors felt black was too villainous for Mike Nelson.  Tors had twin brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell, owners of Dive 'n Surf at Redondo Beach (who custom made the wetsuits and were the founders of Body Glove), spray paint Nelson's wetsuit with gray paint (which appeared white in Black & White TV)Bill MeistrellAngered for being charged $100 for the paint job, Tors had Harry Redman paint the next wetsuit needed while being worn by Bridges' stand-in.  The stand-in couldn't put his arms down before the paint was even dry.  Redman's team had to cut the suit off of the stand-in.  After that, Tors let Dive 'n Surf do the wetsuit painting.

The brothers taught the entire Bridges family to dive and taught other celebrities including Gary Cooper, Richard Harris, Charlton Heston, Hugh O'Brien, and Jill St. John.  The Meistrell brothers were recognized by the Surf Industry Manufacture's Association earning the SIMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

Bill was born on July 30, 1928 and Bob was born 20 minutes later on July 31 in Booneville, Missouri.  Bill Meistrell, a Korean War veteran that was awarded the Bronze Star, died of Parkinson's disease on July 26, 2006 at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes.  Meistrell dove his Scuba gear about 2 weeks before his death in his home swimming pool.

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Bob Overbeck aka Robert Overbeck  (un-credited) Surface Special Effects Creator

Overbeck worked on Surface Special Effects with Redmond on occasion.  His created miniatures and special effects on "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask" (1972),  "Star Trek" (1966), "Daktari" (1966), "The Addams Family" (1964), "How the West Was Won" (1962), "The Aquanauts / Malibu Run" (1960-61), "Men Into Space" (1959), "Rawhide" (1959), "Highway Patrol" (1955) and lots more.  He regularly worked at Desilu.

Overbeck made a full career doing special effects but the most famous was probably the miniatures he worked on without credit in the "Wizard of Oz" (1939).

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Reed Parham  (un-credited) Stunt Diver and Animal Handler

Parham was another one of the "Tors' Originals", a group of remarkable divers and stuntmen.  He appeared un-credited in 55 SEA HUNT episodes and was "the poacher" in Ziv #1.16, "The Poacher", an episode that earned him an award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Parham was never the type to claim credit for his work, a trait that is unheard of in show business.  This is the first website to report Parham's SEA HUNT work thanks to a May 2007 letter written to The Scuba Guy by his wife Betty.  No doubt other websites soon will be copying this information from this website without credit as they have so often done in the past.

According to Betty, "he lived a truly remarkable life ... that if it was in a book, nobody would believe it. He was a pioneer diver and was experimenting with scuba ... making his own, even before Jacque Cousteau".  Decorated in World War II with two Purple Hearts, Parham joined the circus after law school and became an accomplished gymnast and trapeze circus performer.  He was part of the expedition to South America that brought back the first fresh water dolphin to the U.S.  He was a teacher and naturalist, and well known for his work with all kinds of animals. He was an expert on reptiles and dolphins but also worked intimately with big cats and apes at the Ivan Tors Animal Actors Academy located in Homosassa Springs Florida.

Parham worked directly for Ivan Tors for almost 20 years and his worked included Flipper (1964-68), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Primus (1971-72), Around the World Under the Sea (1966), Salty (1973), Salty (1974-75), Mako Jaws of Death (1976), Gentle Ben (1967-69), Namu the Killer Whale (1966), and Island of the Lost (1967).

Parham was born February 17, 1925 and died April 2005 in East Point Georgia at the age of 80.  He is survived by his wife Betty.

SEA HUNT Appearances
Ziv #1.16, "The Poacher", Original Release Date:  April 26, 1958, B&W
Ziv #1.19, "Diamond River", Original Release Date:  May 17, 1958, B&W
Ziv #1.22, "Underwater Patrol", Original Release Date:  June 7, 1958, B&W

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Zale Parry  Actress, Technical Advisor, Underwater Female Stunt Double (1958, 59)

Zale Parry (1957)Parry (playing Miss Edwards in one episode Ziv #1.15) is often said to have been Mike Nelson's female interest in the show.  Others have called Parry "underwater stunt girl".  She appeared only six times as different characters in the series (four episodes in the first season Ziv #1.4, Ziv #1.15, Ziv #1.33, Ziv #1.35, and two in the second Ziv #2.9, Ziv #2.38) and is erroneously remembered by many fans as a regular on the show.  She was a credited Technical Advisor and the underwater stunt double for many actresses during the first two seasons.  Ivan Tors hired Parry without a screen test.  Bridges said of Parry, "Zale and I did the pilot for SEA HUNT.  She taught me a lot about diving... and she was especially beautiful underwater".

Zale Parry recently in CozumelUnlike Bridges, Parry was an accomplished Scuba diver well before SEA HUNT went into production.   She was an underwater photographer, held the women's depth record of 209 feet (1954), and was one of the first female recreational Scuba instructors.  A cover girl on the May 1955 issue of "Sports Illustrated" magazine, she co-operated the first hyperbaric chamber for civilian divers in California.  Parry was named the Scuba Guy thinks Zale Parry is one good looking woman!1999 Woman of the Year at DEMA 2000.  In 2001, Parry was named a "Lifetime Ambassador at Large" by The Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences.

Parry played numerous parts as a diver in both TV programs and in movies. But it was her powerful portrayal of a female diver in SEA HUNT and her continued enthusiastic public speaking about diving that encouraged thousands of women and men to learn to Scuba dive. Perhaps the most important role Parry has ever played is that of "Scuba Good-Will Ambassador" for which she earns a place in the history and evolution of recreational diving.  Considered by many as the First Lady of Diving, Parry still enjoys diving and is available for personal appearances armed with diving stories, videos, and slides.  The Scuba Guy met Parry at the October 2004 DEMA Convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

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Richard "Dick" Probert  Grumman Goose Pilot, Actor (1958-60)

Pilot Richard Probert, one of the founders of the Catalina based airline Avalon Air Transport, was hired by Ivan Tors to fly the two Grumman Goose's that appeared in five episodes of SEA HUNT.  Probert not only flew the aircraft, but also played small roles in the show as the plane's pilot.

SEA HUNT Appearances
Ziv #1.35, "The Amphibian", Original Release Date:  September 6, 1958, B&W
Ziv #2.14, "The Persuaders", Original Release Date:  April 5, 1959, B&W
Ziv #2.37, "Base of Operations", Original Release Date:  September 13, 1959, B&W
Ziv #2.39, "The Raft", Original Release Date:  September 27, 1959, B&W
Ziv #3.14, "Pirate Gold", Original Release Date:  April 9, 1960, B&W

N327The 1939 Grumman G-21A "Goose" (N327, S/N 1051) used in SEA HUNT is better known as "Cutter's Goose" in the television series "Tales of the Gold Monkey" (1982-1983).  It was originally purchased by Avalon Air Transport from Peruvian Air Force surplus.   On July 22, 1994 a pilot crash-landed  the Goose in Bremerton Washington involving a port-side landing gear collapse resulting in wing tip, spar, keel, and structural damage mostly around the port-side main landing gear.  On February 15, 2005, the aircraft was damaged again during a forced landing and post-crash fire near Penn Yan Airport (PEO) in Yates County New York.  The NTSB reported that the aircraft had been destroyed but the Goose was purchased in April 2005 and was restored by Sam Damico in Rochester New York.

N1543VA 1944 Grumman JRF-5 "Goose" (N1543V, S/N B-41) was also used.  It was originally purchased by Avalon Air Transport from U.S. Navy surplus.  It's likely that this aircraft has been scrapped.  The aircraft or parts of the aircraft would make some fine SEA HUNT memorabilia.

Two years after SEA HUNT wrapped-up production, the airline changed it's name from Avalon Air Transport to Catalina Airlines and the carrier would go on to operate until 1968.  Probert married the company's chief stewardess Nancy Ince in 1965.  Probert was a stunt pilot in the Paramount movie "Forced Landing" (1941).

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Harry Redmond Jr.  Underwater Special Effects

Redmond was the guy that dreamed up the underwater SEA HUNT special effects.  He was responsible for special effects in "The Outer Limits" (1963), "The Aquanauts / Malibu Run" (1960-61), "Underwater Warrior" (1958), "Science Fiction Theater" (1955), "Riders to the Stars" (1954), "Donovan's Brain" (1953), "The Magnetic Monster" (1953), "Dangerous Assignment" (1952), "The Bishop's Wife" (1947), "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (1947 uncredited), "The Princess and the Pirate" (1944), "The Outlaw" (1943), "Lost Horizon" (1937), "The Last Days of Pompeii" (1935), "King Kong" (1933 uncredited), and many more.

In 1987, Redmond became the Associate Producer for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's new version of "SEA HUNT" (1987-88) starring Ron Ely as Mike Nelson and Kimber Sissons playing a new character, Mike Nelson's daughter Jennifer.

Redmond was born October 15, 1909 in Brooklyn.

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David Rose  (Ray Llewellyn, credited pseudonym), Original Music "The Sea Hunt Theme" (BMI)

Rose created the theme music for SEA HUNT.  In the book "TV's Biggest Hits" (1996), Jon Burlingame suggests that Richard "Ray" Llewellyn was a pseudonym of David Rose.  The likely reason for this is that Rose used the name for doing non-union projects to collect BMI royalties.  Some researchers believe the Llewellyn name was used by other composers as a joint pseudonym while working for Ziv Television Programs' World Broadcasting System library.

There are some clues about this controversy that do exist.  Rose's "Men Into Space" march theme sounds suspiciously similar to Llewellyn's "Highway Patrol March Theme #1".  The disc jockey liner notes for the LP "The Stripper and Other Fun Songs for the Family" (1968) by David Rose and His Orchestra say, "A recent survey showed that David Rose music was being used as theme songs for a total of 22 different TV shows!"  At that time, there were 14 TV shows in Rose's ASCAP listings and 8 in Llewellyn's BMI listings, totaling 22.

According to production music library expert Paul Mandell, David Rose was the composer of the "The Sea Hunt Theme"  (BMI).  The original unpublished copyright date was 1958.  The original publisher was Esteem Music Corp. EP 127 991, © Copyright January 5, 1958, Ziv Television Programs, Inc., All Rights Reserved.  "The Sea Hunt Theme" (BMI) was recorded by Buddy Morrow and his Orchestra with arrangements by Ray Martin and was released by RCA-Victor LPM/LSP-2042 (1959)

Rose  was born June 15, 1910 in London England and died August 23, 1990 in Burbank of a heart attack.

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Calvin Spencer  (un-credited) Bridges' Surface Stunt Double

Spencer was Bridges friend and un-credited personal Surface Stunt Double.  Bridges and Spencer worked together the first time in "Abilene Town" (1946) through a career that would extend to "The Fifth Musketeer" (1979) and "Bear Island" (1979).

Spencer appeared as Bridges' Stunt Double in more than 25 movies and TV series and is often the person you see when Mike Nelson is walking away from the camera.

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Paul Stader  Second-Unit Director, Underwater Stuntman

Paul StaderPaul Stader was an accomplished underwater stunt man and was assigned as the Second-unit Director in Florida and the Bahamas.  He actually appeared in many of the underwater SEA HUNT sequences himself. 

Stader had been an actor-stuntman who worked at Columbia, Republic Studios, and RKO Studios.  Stader broke both his heels when he doubled for Ben Johnson in "Mighty Joe Young" (1949) when his slated fall from the second floor of a burning building did not work out as planned.  Stader did the famous cliff dive for actor Jon Hall (Dr. Tom Reynolds, "Ramar of the Jungle" (1952-54)) in the John Ford film "The Hurricane" (1937).  Stader was Rod Cameron's regular double on many of his films at Republic and on the TV series "City Detective" (1953-55) and "State Trooper" (1957-59).  He stunt doubled for Johnny Weissmuller, Gregory Peck, Cary Grant, and John Wayne.  After SEA HUNT, he became an un-credited stunt double in TV shows such as "Star Trek" (1966-69) and a Stunt Coordinator for "Lost in Space" (1965-68), "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972), "The Towering Inferno" (1974), "Battle for the Planet of the Apes" (1973), "Man From Atlantis" (1977), and "War and Remembrance" (1988) just to name a some of his credits.

Stader was born February 13, 1911 in Missouri and died April 10, 1991 in Los Angeles.

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Al Tillman  (un-credited) Script Technical Advisor

Al TillmanAl Tillman, NAUI Co-Founder, was an un-credited Script Technical Advisor and Consultant for SEA HUNT.  He was only given a few dozen of the 155 scripts to read.  Tillman would send his comments back to the writers and was paid $25 for each script.

His assignment was to look for technical errors and unrealistic storylines.  In spite of his efforts, there are lots of technical Scuba errors and unrealistic storylines in Sea Hunt that certainly weren't Tillman's doing.  The writers just thought the questionable ideas would make the storyline more interesting and the average viewer wouldn't know the difference.  The point is that you would be much better off taking a Scuba certification class at your local dive center than to try to learn Scuba diving from watching SEA HUNT.

Tillman died January 16, 2004 on his 76th birthday of a cerebral hemorrhage.

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Ivan Tors  Producer & Creator

Ivan TorsTors was truly the father of SEA HUNT.  He conceived the idea for a possible spin-off TV show with an underwater hero in 1955 while producing underwater sequences for "Science Fiction Theater" (1955-57).  The show would be called UNDERWATER and would be the story of UDT Frogman JASON DOUGLAS with a post war and post military story.  Tors fought for the show that all three networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, the old Dumont network was gone) thought could not have enough different story ideas needed for a network show.

Bridges said, "Ivan Tors was the brains of the whole thing.  We wouldn't see him on the set very often.  He was off dreaming up the next episode. He would give his ideas to a staff of about four or five writers".  Tors compensation was 5% of the gross plus a salary in connection with the production of each episode.

Ivan Lawrence Tors married Constance Dowling in 1955.  They had three sons, Steven, Peter, and David, and a foster son, Alfred.  She died October 28, 1969.  Tors was born June 12, 1916 in Budapest Hungary and died June 4, 1983 in Mato Grosso Brazil.

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Wende Wagner  (un-credited) Underwater Female Stunt Double in the Bahamas (1960, 61)

Wende WagnerWende Wagner, who was already a notable actress, began doing underwater stunt work for films and television in the Bahamas.  During the filming of "September Storm" (1960) she met fellow stunt diver Courtney Brown. They married a short time later and she began doing underwater stunt work on SEA HUNT.  Wagner received $100 per day that she worked on the set.  Brown coached Wagner during the underwater shooting.  Their home was a 45-foot ketch-rigged motor sailer.  "Two years in" to the shooting of SEA HUNT "my daily wardrobe consisted of... a bikini.  I was in the water so much that I thought I might develop gills!  We were always going back and forth to Miami or Fort Lauderdale for supplies.  Or for me to catch a plane somewhere to do a job", said Wagner.  Wagner gave birth to daughter Tiffany.  As SEA HUNT ended, the couple's marriage and life in the Bahamas ended in divorce. "We decided to separate.  It was a purely mutual thing. I agreed to help him take the boat back to Miami for the last time, where he would sell it."

Wagner moved back to California and continued a very successful acting career.  Her most remembered role was that of Lenore 'Casey' Case in the television series "The Green Hornet" (1966-67).  Only Ms. Case, Kato, the District Attorney, and TV viewers knew the Green Hornet's secret identity was "The Daily Sentinel" owner Britt Reid played by Van Williams!  

Wagner was married to actor Robert Mitchum's eldest son James for a while.  According to Celebrity Sleuth magazine, her measurements were 36-22-35.  Wagner was born December 6, 1941 in New London Connecticut and died in Santa Monica California on February 26, 1997 of cancer.

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Maurice Ziv  Executive Producer

Ziv was a working executive in charge of production.  He was the executive that watched the SEA HUNT budgets while his brother Fred was watching the overall corporate operations.  He wasn't involved in day to day production issues of the show.

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Frederic Ziv  Executive Producer (Often seen misspelled as "Frederick")

Frederic ZivIvan Tors shopped the SEA HUNT pilots to all three networks  but the idea was turned down as being too limited in scope for a long running TV series.  It took the "King of Syndicated Television" Frederic Ziv to mastermind a deal with United Artists to get the show on the air.  Ziv syndicated the series to 160 television stations that included more than 180 markets.  That translates into more than 40-million viewers.  SEA HUNT became the most successful first-run syndicated television series ever.  Ziv syndicated SEA HUNT internationally in Australia, Cuba, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, the Virgin Islands, and the list goes on.  

Ziv produced lots of memorable shows in the 1950's and had been associated with Ivan Tors on several projects including "Science Fiction Theater" (1955-57). Ziv produced classics such as "The Cisco Kid" (1950-56), "Boston Blackie" (1951-53), "Highway Patrol" (1955-59), and "Bat Masterson" (1958-61).  Ziv's company had become the largest privately owned television production company in the world.  "Mr. Ziv was like God", said Lloyd Bridges.  With nearly 2,000 employees worldwide, Ziv was producing more than 250 half-hour TV episodes annually with a production budget that exceeded $6,000,000.  Ziv ran his studio from a four-story office building on Madison Road in Cincinnati because it enabled him to remain in the background.  The corporate offices were in New York.  In 1959, Ziv sold 80% of his company to a consortium of Wall Street investment firms for $14,000,000.  Ziv explained, "I sold my business because I recognized the networks were taking command of everything and... I didnít care to become an employee of the networks".  In 1960, Ziv sold his remaining share of the company to United Artists.  His impressive body of work includes more than 80 TV programs, many regarded as television classics.  He remained a consultant to United Artists until 1965.  Ziv spent 22 years of his retirement teaching at the Conservatory of Music college at the University of Cincinnati.  A pioneer in syndicated television, Ziv died October 13, 2001 at his Hyde Park home in Cincinnati of natural causes.

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