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Encyclopedia > In the Heat of the Night (TV series)

In the Heat of the Night is a television series based on the motion picture, In the Heat of the Night that ran from 1988 to 1995. It starred Carroll O'Connor as William Gillespie and Howard Rollins as Virgil Tibbs. Tibbs had traveled to the Sparta area for his mother's funeral. He was persuaded to remain by the city government, who had felt the need to make the city's police department more diverse. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 film, based on the John Ball novel published in 1965 of the same name, which tells the story of a Northern Black police detective who becomes involved in a murder investigation in a racist small town in Mississippi. ... John Carroll OConnor (August 2, 1924 – June 21, 2001) was an American actor, most famous for his portrayal of the character Archie Bunker in the television sitcoms All in the Family (1971-1979) and Archie Bunkers Place (1979-1983). ... Howard Ellsworth Rollins Jr. ...


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Contents

Overview

Commonly dealt issues

The show dealt with a variety of issues. These included racism, drug abuse, rape, murder, incest, government corruption, drunk driving, among others.


Second season

The show used creative measures to explain the absences of its key characters at times. Howard Rollins also had problems of his own with drugs. While Rollins was in rehab, Rollins absence was explained as Virgil being in New Orleans doing work with the FBI. When Carroll O'Connor had open heart surgery during the closing weeks of the second season, his absence was explained as Gillespie having traveled out of town to attend a police convention as well as being kidnapped by white supremacists. During this time Joe Don Baker was brought in to replace him as the acting chief. A psychoactive drug or psychotropic substance is a chemical substance that acts primarily upon the central nervous system where it alters brain function, resulting in temporary changes in perception, mood, consciousness and behavior. ... Nickname: Location in the State of Louisiana and the United States Coordinates: Country United States State Louisiana Parish Orleans Founded 1718 Government  - Mayor Ray Nagin (D) Area  - City  350. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), serving as both a federal criminal investigative body and a domestic intelligence agency. ... Joe Don Baker (born February 12, 1936 in Groesbeck, Texas) is an American film actor perhaps best known for his role as sheriff Buford Pusser in the American film classic Walking Tall. ...


The second season ended in a cliffhanger in which Gillespie had been kidnapped by white supremacists. The second part of the cliffhanger was delayed because Carroll O'Connor wanted first to have the episode shown in which Althea Tibbs was raped shown at the beginning of the third season. This second part of the cliff hanger - "Anniversary" - was shown several weeks later as a flash back in which Gillespie was discussing with a government official the aftermath of his kidnapping at the end of the second season. Missing is an episode of the television series In the Heat of the Night. ... In the Heat of the Night was a 1988 television series based on the motion picture, In the Heat of the Night. ...


Seventh season

In the seventh and final season of the series, a number of changes were made to the show. Anne-Marie Johnson had left the series to star on In Living Color, and Howard Rollins had been dropped from the show due to continued legal problems. Their characters were written out of the series. (Howard Rollins would make a few more guest appearances until further legal troubles led to his being banned entirely from the county where the series was filmed). The police uniforms had undergone subtle alterations. Gillespie was finally fired by the city council after several of its members conspired to remove him from the police force. Gillespie was replaced by former FBI agent Hampton Forbes, played by Carl Weathers. Gillespie was soon appointed Sheriff by the county after the previous Sheriff had become too ill to continue his duties. In Living Color was an American sketch comedy television series which ran on the FOX Network from April 15, 1990 to August 23, 1994. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


The cast

Actor Role
Carroll O'Connor Played the lead role of William O. "Bill" Gillespie. Gillespie was a crusty but honorable small town police chief. At first resentful of Virgil Tibbs he would later become very close to Virgil and the rest of the Tibbs family. For the first six seasons he was the chief of the Sparta police department until he was fired at the beginning of the 7th season. He would then become interim Sheriff after the previous Sheriff became too ill to continue his duties. Gillespie was married at one time to Anna, who became pregnant - both she and their son would die in childbirth. He also had an older daughter Lana by Georgia Farren. Gillespie eventually fell in love with Harriett DeLong.
Howard Rollins Starred in the lead role of Virgil Tibbs. An African-American, he had grown up in Sparta but later moved north and became a police detective. He would later return to Sparta after being offered a job as chief of detectives with the city police department. At first Tibbs and Gillespie butted heads, but would soon become close friends - Gillespie even became a godfather to Virgil and Althea's twins. Even though some city council members wanted to make him chief, Tibbs firmly rebuffed their offers, preferring to work with Gillespie. After continued legal problems, Rollins was dropped from the series in 1993, and Tibbs was written out of the series as having left the community following his graduation from law school. Tibbs would return as a guest star several times during the 7th season in his new role as an attorney before Rollins was permanently barred from the county where the series was filmed after another arrest.
Anne-Marie Johnson Starred as Virgil's wife Althea Tibbs. She starred in that role for six seasons. Althea's life in Sparta was very rough, having been raped at the beginning of the third season, and suffering a mental breakdown later after witnessing the suicide of one of her students. Althea did not reappear for the seventh season, and her character was written out as Althea had divorced Virgil and moved back to Pennsylvania. In reality, Johnson left the show for a role on the Fox Television sketch comedy show In Living Color.
Alan Autry Played "Bubba" Skinner. Skinner was something of a redneck. He was also a sort of ladies man around town. He eventually became close friends with the Tibbs family. Skinner was from a large family. Eventually Skinner rose to the rank of Captain.
David Hart Played Parker Williams. Parker generally sat behind the dispatcher's desk, although he would also be assigned to patrol duty. Parker was a Vietnam veteran.
Lois Nettleton Played Joanne St. John from 1988 to 1989. She was the owner of the Magnolia Cafe, a popular eatery in Sparta. After it was revealed that Joanne was once a prostitute, she eventually left Sparta.
Hugh O'Connor Played the role of Lonnie Jamison, an officer on the Sparta police force. O'Connor was the adopted son of Carroll O'Connor. O'Connor had gotten his son this role as a way of keeping Hugh close to him, and in the hopes of keeping him away from drugs.
Geoffrey A. Thorne Joined the cast as Wilson Sweet in 1988. Aside from Tibbs, Sweet was one of the first African Americans to join the force.
Crystal R. Fox Played Luanne Corbin. After the first African American woman to join the force died in the line of duty on her first day on the job, Corbin was recruited to take her place.
Carl Weathers Joined the cast in the final season as Hampton Forbes. A former FBI agent, Forbes was picked to lead the department after the firing of Bill Gillespie. Forbes was the first African-American chief of the department. Forbes became friends with Gillespie, and would often work closely with him when Gillespie became sheriff. Weathers was a replacement for Howard Rollins, who had been dropped from the series after continued legal problems.

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Additional cast members

Actor Role
Denise Nicholas Harriett DeLong - an African-American member of the city council. At first DeLong was opposed to Bill Gillespie, whom she considered as part of the old guard. But both she and Gillespie became very close friends, and soon fell in love. At the end of the 7th season the two married.
Dee Shaw Dee Shepard - a female member of the Sparta police force.
Tonea Stewart Etta Kibbe
Dan Biggers Frank "Doc" Robb - a doctor at the local hospital.
Mark Johnson Luke Everett
Randall Franks Randy Goode
Wilbur Fitzgerald Gerard Darnelle - the local district attorney.
Harvey E. Lee Jr. Ken Covey
Barbara Belmonte Christine Surillo
C.C. Taylor Charlie Peake
Christian LeBlanc Junior Abernathy, a patrolman on the force during the first season of the series.
Peter Gabb Horace Goode

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Recurring cast

Actor Role
Jen Harper Dr. Day
Thom Gossom Jr. Ted Marcus
Fran Bennett Ruda Gibson
Karen Carlson Sarah Hallisey
Rugg Williams Eugene Glendon
Wallace Merck Colmer
Christine Elise McCarthy Lana Gillespie - Gillespie's daughter.
Bob Penny Alvin Epp
Scott Brian Higgs Randy Calhoun
Afemo Omilami Jimmy Dawes
Burgess Meredeth Judge
Stuart Culpepper Judge
Joe Don Baker Captain Tom Dugan - A retired 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 was placed in the department by the FBI to uncover a plot by white supremacists to assassinate a civil rights leader. Dugan was murdered by these same white supremacists at the end of the second season. His nephew, who had become involved with these people, later agreed to help the police.
Ron Culbreth Sheriff Nathan McComb - the former county sheriff. Culbreth appeared on nine episodes as Sheriff McComb. In the 7th season, McComb became too ill to continue his duties, and Gillespie was appointed as acting sheriff in his place. Prior to his appearances as McComb, Culbreth also appeared on the episode Missing in another guest role.
Maureen Dowdell Tracy Boggs
Pat Hingle Roy Eversole - Parker Williams' father. Hot tempered, Eversole had a great deal of difficulty maintaining steady employment. Eversole was once a murder suspect after getting into a heated argument with a former employer, who was subsequently found dead a short time later.
Hugh and Carroll O'Connor as Lonnie Jamison and Police Chief Bill Gillespie on In the Heat of the Night.

Three of the actors who played main characters in the series have since died. Hugh O'Connor, who had played Jamison, committed suicide on March 28, 1995, after having had problems with drugs for many years. He was then followed by Howard Rollins on December 8, 1996, who had died of complications from lymphoma. Finally, on June 28, 2001, Carroll O'Connor, who had been suffering from diabetes, died after having had a heart attack. Thom Gossom Jr. ... Joe Don Baker (born February 12, 1936 in Groesbeck, Texas) is an American film actor perhaps best known for his role as sheriff Buford Pusser in the American film classic Walking Tall. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... White supremacy is the variety of white nationalism that believes the white race should rule over other races. ... Pat Hingle (born July 19, 1924) is a TOWERING American actor, born Martin Patterson Hingle in Denver, Colorado. ... Download high resolution version (504x640, 56 KB)Hugh and Carroll OConnor as Lonnie Jamison and Police Chief Bill Gillespie. ... Download high resolution version (504x640, 56 KB)Hugh and Carroll OConnor as Lonnie Jamison and Police Chief Bill Gillespie. ... Death is the cessation of physical life in a living organism or the state of the organism after that event. ... March 28 is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A psychoactive drug or psychotropic substance is a chemical substance that acts primarily upon the central nervous system where it alters brain function, resulting in temporary changes in perception, mood, consciousness and behavior. ... Howard Ellsworth Rollins Jr. ... December 8 is the 342nd day of the year (343rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... June 28 is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 186 days remaining. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ...


Locations

The television series also took place in a fictionalized version of Sparta, Mississippi. While there is a real Sparta, the version of Sparta shown on television is very different than the real town. For example, the TV Sparta is situated along Interstate 20, while the real town is nowhere near any interstate. During the first season, Hammond, Louisiana was the site of the show's production. In the second season, the show was moved to Georgia, and it remained there for the rest of its run. The principal area of Sparta was in fact downtown Covington, Georgia. Rural scenes were filmed in a wide surrounding area, in the Georgia counties of Newton (where Covington is located), Rockdale, Walton, and Morgan. Sparta, Mississippi is a small community located in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, which is in the northeastern part of the state. ... This Interstate Highway article needs to be cleaned up to conform to both a higher standard of article quality and accepted design standards outlined in the WikiProject U.S. Interstate Highways. ... Interstate Highways in the lower 48 states. ... Hammond is the largest city in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana. ... Covington is a city in Newton County, Georgia, United States. ... Rockdale County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. ... Walton County is a county located in the state of Georgia. ... Morgan County is a county located in the state of Georgia. ...


See also

The following are a list of episodes of the television series In the Heat of the Night, which aired from 1988 through 1994. ...

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