Ben Casey is an American medical drama series which ran on ABC from 1961 to 1966. The show was known for its opening titles, which consisted of a hand drawing the symbols “♂, ♀, ✳, †, ∞” on a chalkboard, as cast member Sam Jaffe intoned, “Man, woman, birth, death, infinity.”[1] Neurosurgeon Joseph Ransohoff was a medical consultant for the show and may have influenced the personality of the title character.

The series starred Vince Edwards (credited as Vincent Edwards) as medical doctor Ben Casey, a young, intense but idealistic surgeon at County General Hospital. His mentor was Doctor David Zorba, played by Sam Jaffe. The show began running multi-episode stories, starting with the first five episodes of Season 4; Casey developed a romantic relationship with Jane Hancock (Stella Stevens), who had just emerged from a coma after fifteen years. At the beginning of Season 5 (the last season), Jaffe left the show and Franchot Tone replaced Zorba as new Chief of Neurosurgery, Doctor Daniel Niles Freeland.

Vincent Edwards as Dr. Ben Casey

Sam Jaffe as Dr. David Zorba (1961-1965)

Harry Landers as Dr. Ted Hoffman

Bettye Ackerman as Dr. Maggie Graham (In real life, Bettye Ackerman was married to Sam Jaffe.)

Nick Dennis as Orderly Nick Kanavaras

Jeanne Bates as Nurse Wills

Franchot Tone as Dr. Daniel Niles Freeland (1965-1966)

7 thoughts on “BEN CASEY

  1. LoL! Most definitely, the Ben Casey episodes and Days of Our Lives remind us just how quickly those years have gone by. Thanks aloysius for giving your feedback on those special times. That is so awesome! ❤ Enjoy your coffee today!

  2. There’s still a few medical dramas on the tube. Grey’s Anatomy. The Good Doctor. The Resident. Medical dramas have always been a popular format. Bye till next time, AOC!

  3. Oh my — I remember this. It was stapled fodder for when I got home after school and my mother was watching it, the forerunner I guess to Days of our Lives. A blast from the past indeed!

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