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Encyclopedia > Sea Hunt
Sea Hunt
Genre adventure
Camera setup 35 mm
Picture format 1.33 to 1
Audio format mono
Running time 30 minutes
Creator(s) Ivan Tors
Developer(s) Ivan Tors
Producer(s) Frederic Ziv
Executive producer(s) Frederic Ziv and Maurice Ziv
Starring Lloyd Bridges
Narrated by Lloyd Bridges
Theme music composer David Rose (Ray Llewellyn, credited pseudonym)
Opening theme "The Sea Hunt Theme" (BMI)
Ending theme "The Sea Hunt Theme" (BMI)
Country of origin USA
Language(s) English
Original channel Syndicated
Original run 1958 – 1961
No. of episodes 155
IMDb profile

Sea Hunt was an American television adventure series from syndicator Ziv TV that ran from 1958 to 1961 and was popular in repeats for decades afterwards. It followed the adventures of scuba diver Mike Nelson, an ex-Navy frogman turned freelance diver, played by Lloyd Bridges, as he outmaneuvered villains, salvaged everything from a bicycle to nuclear missile, and rescued a downed Air Force pilot, trapped in his sunken jet in the pilot episode; kids trapped in a flooded cave; and even a dog in another episode, through use of his scuba skills. One unusual aspect of the series was that at the end of each episode, Bridges made a plea to protect the oceans. Ziv Television Programs, Inc. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... // SCUBA is an acronym for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. ... // This page describes a type of scuba diver. ... Bridges in The Sound of Fury (1950) Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Jr. ... Oceans (from Okeanos in Greek) are saline waters that cover almost three quarters (71%) of the surface of the Earth. ...

After Bridges was cast, he was given a crash course on scuba diving, by Courtney Brown, who would serve as his underwater stunt double. Over the course of the show's run, Bridges would get more involved in the underwater stunt work, graduating from close-ups in the earliest episodes, to doing all but the most dangerous stunts by the end of the series' run.

The series served as a stepping stone for some of Hollywood's most notable actors, including Leonard Nimoy, Larry Hagman, Jack Nicholson (in the last episode of the series) and Bridges' own sons, Beau and Jeff. Leonard Simon Nimoy (born March 26, 1931) is an American actor, film director, poet, musician and photographer. ... Larry Hagman (born on September 21, 1931) is a popular American actor who is famous for playing J.R. Ewing in the 1980s television soap opera Dallas and Major Anthony Nelson on the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. ... This article refers to the actor. ... Beau is a specialist twelve-string guitar player who first became known in the late 1960s through his recordings for John Peels Dandelion label. ... Jeff is a common given name for a male. ...

The underwater sequences were first filmed in Silver Springs, Florida, but were eventually filmed in Nassau, the Bahamas. On-land location shots were filmed throughout Los Angeles, Central Florida, and Nassau, or on a soundstage.

Famous pioneer divers such as Zale Parry and Albert Tillman were involved in production of the show, as was flying ace Charles Lindbergh's son, John. Pioneering underwater cinematographer Lamar Boren, who would work on other Ivan Tors' productions, such as the motion picture and subsequent TV series versions of Flipper, as well as three James Bond films (Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, and The Spy Who Loved Me) shot nearly all of the underwater footage for the series; John Lamboccasionally filling in. Zale Parry as Sam the hardware store owner on the set of the feature film Tillamook Treasure in Manzanita, Oregon Zale Parry flanked by actor Mary Stein and producer/writer/actor Richard Doyon on the set of the feature film Tillamook Treasure in Manzanita, Oregon Zale Parry is one of... Albert Tillman (January 16, 1928 - January 16, 2004) was an American educator and underwater diver. ... Look up flipper in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The James Bond 007 gun logo James Bond 007 is a fictional English agent[1], created in 1952 by writer Ian Fleming, featured in several novels and short stories. ... Thunderball refers to a James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming and its subsequent cinematisation. ... You Only Live Twice is the twelfth novel in Ian Flemings James Bond series. ... 2003 Penguin Books paperback edition The Spy Who Loved Me is a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming first published in 1962. ... John Lamb may refer to: John Lambe, English astrologer and adviser to George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham John Lamb (United States Congressman), former U.S. Congressman John Lamb (Vice-Chancellor), Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University John Lamb (bassist), bassist Category: ...

The show's producer Ivan Tors had tried in vain to sell the series to CBS, NBC and ABC, each citing the opinion that storylines involving an ex-frogman couldn't be sustained. Tors and Ziv Productions had the last laugh when they syndicated the series; each of the networks embarrassed over the show's subsequent popularity and success.

 shortlived revival starring Ron Ely and Kimber Sissons appeared in 1987. 

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