Cast & Characters
- William Katt as Ralph Hinkley (Hanley)
- Robert Cuilp as Bill Maxwell
- Connie Sellecca as Pam Davidson
- Michael Pare as Tony Villicana
- Faye Grant as Rhonda Blake
- Don Cervantes as Rodrigeuz
- Jesse D. Goins as Cyler Johnson
- Brandon Williams as Kevin Hinley (1981)
Broadcast HistoryFirst Telecast: March 18, 1981
Last Telecast: February 3, 1983
Original Network: ABC
Number of Seasons: 3
Number of Episodes: 44
Original Primetime TV Schedule:
- March 1981- May 1981, ABC, Wednesday 8:00-9:00pm
- August 1981- August 1982, ABC, Wednesday 8:00-9:00pm
- September 1982- November 1982, ABC, Friday 9:00-10:00pm
- January 1983- February 1983, ABC, Thursday 8:00-9:00pm
Theme Song Lyrics & Opening Credits
"The Greatest American Hero (Believe it Or Not)," by Mike Post and Stephen Geyer, sung by Joey Scarbury
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Greatest American Hero TriviaThe theme song for the series became a major hit on the charts during the summer of 1981.
The owners of the Superman copyright threatened to sue citing similarities in the suits and of the superpowers.
Connie Sellecca starred on another TV series before, the Greatest American Hero titled, "Flying High". Before the final season of the Greatest American Hero began, Connie appeared in a TV movie titled, "Hotel". She went on to re-create the role on a Hotel TV Show. The first episode of that series aired a measley 6 1/2 months after the final episode of the Greatest American Hero so Connie didn't have any substantial gap in her resumé! Before becoming an actress, Connie had a career modelling lingerie. The actors and crews that Connie works with know her as an expert practical joker. When she and Gil Gerard were married he would come home to find Connie on the floor, seemingly dead, with a huge pool of fake blood all around! That happened so often that Gil started rating how good her attempts were compared to previous ones!
On March 30, 1981, a man named John Hinckley attempted to assasinate President Ronald Reagan. Fearing public disgust over the similarity in last names (Hinkley & Hinckley), scripts were quickly rewritten to refer to the hero of the series as simply, "Mr. H" and sometimes even "Mr. Hanley". Eventually, however, things cooled off and his name was changed back to Hinkley.
Robert Culp's grandfather inspired him in his role as Bill Maxwell. He had also written an episode of his series, "I Spy" where he developed a character (Uncle Harry) who was also inspired by his grandfather.
Robert Culp wrote several of the Greatest American Hero scripts. He had previously written scripts for his first series "Trackdown (1957)" and also for "I Spy (1965)". He even won an Emmy for one of the "I Spy" scripts!
Thirteen years before appearing as an FBI agent in "The Greatest American Hero", Robert Culp played the role of a U.S. secret agent on "I Spy". Actually, the rugged schedule of shooting "I Spy" caused him on many occasions to say that he didn't even want to see scripts for TV pilots. Fortunately, a friend convinced him to change his mind for "The Greatest American Hero".