A Death In The Family

'Shellshocked.' 'Like being hit with a punch.' 'It's a blow to Fells Point.'

May 14, 1999|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN STAFF

Characters we loved

What a great cast of characters: conspiracy theorists, the chronically depressed and the always angry. And those were the good guys, the cop stars of "Homicide: Life On the Street" for seven seasons.

The key players:

ANDRE BRAUGHER

-- Baltimoreans mourn the end of 'Homicide.'

Character: Det. Frank Pembleton

Characterization: Ruthless interrogator, intimidating presence, God's avenging angel. Seasons: 1-6

Left squad when: Probe of the Luther Mahoney murder case revealed the killer was one of his fellow cops, a revelation that convinced him to quit the department.

YAPHET KOTTO

Character: Lt. Al Giar-dello

Characterization: Fearless leader, morally righteous but wise in the ways of power.

Seasons: 1-7

RICHARD BELZER

Character: Det. John Munch

Characterization: Cynical, wiseacre conspiracy theorist. But what a way he had with the women.

Seasons: 1-7

CLARK JOHNSON

Character: Det. Meldrick Lewis

Characterization: A breakthrough character as one of the first black men on TV allowed to be just an average guy.

Seasons: 1-7

MELISSA LEO

Character: Sgt. Kay Howard

Characterization: Tough cookie. NBC executives wondered why she had to "dress like a man and wear her hair that way."

Seasons: 1-5

Left squad when: She was rotated to another detail.

KYLE SECOR

Character: Det. Tim Bayliss

Characterization: Conflicted cop, tried to jibe his Buddhist-inspired beliefs with his job. Oh, yeah, and then there was the matter of his bisexuality. But the boy did look good in leather.

Seasons: 1-7

[See Cast, 2e]

Pub Date: 05/14/99

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