The Show “Boston Legal”, Cast, Pictures, and Trivia!
This series is, in a word, superb. This is a legal dramedy and a spin-off of the popular series, “The Practice”.
It centers around the fictional law offices of Crane, Poole & Schmidt, and one of its main characters, Alan Shore, (James Spader) also starred on The Practice. He is joined by others from that series as well. This show is dynamic, witty, interesting, and will continue to grab your attention no matter how often you watch it.
Alan Shore (James Spader)-Alan is the newest lawyer at Crane, Poole & Schmidt. He is incredibly talented, smart, handsome, and has a very strong moral core. He is afraid of clowns, has severe night terrors and is very disappointed with how our country seems to be changing. He is a staunch fighter for the underdog, so despite his strong moral character, he will go to almost any lengths, ethical or unethical, to win a case. He is known to be a womanizer, but at the same time is decent and caring to the women he gets involved with, and was at one time married, but his wife died. He knows that he will never attain the position of partner in the firm because he is unpredictable and the partners do not trust him. They do, however, realize what an asset he is to the firm and because his outcomes usually benefit them, he is given quite a bit of room to maneuver and do what needs to be done. Alan’s best friend without question is Denny Crane, despite their very different views on several subjects; they are loyal and devoted to one another throughout the show’s entire run.
Denny Crane (William Shatner)-Denny has been a lawyer for around fifty years and never lost a case. He is the founder and senior partner of Crane, Poole & Schmidt, and is considered by many, (especially himself) to be something of a legend in the practice of law. Unfortunately, he seems to be at the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease or something like it. He calls it “mad cow”, but that is highly unlikely and is more of a cover-up for his moments of confusion or what seems to be his crazy behavior. One of his favorite things to do, is to use his name as a way of letting people know of his legendary status, he simply says. “Denny Crane” and that says it all. Denny is also a womanizer, but unlike Alan, he is not nearly as caring of the women or their feelings. He has very little in the way of morals, and will sleep with anyone, no matter what the status of their love life at the time. He does, however, have one soft spot so to speak, and that is for one of the other senior partners, Shirley Schmidt (Candice Bergen). Denny and Shirley used to have a romantic relationship many years ago and he still loves and wants her after all these years. And although she does not feel the same way, she does still care for him deeply as a very close friend. Denny Crane is a definite original!
Shirley Schmidt (Candice Bergen)-Shirley is also one of the senior partners at the firm, as well as a founder of Crane, Poole & Schmidt. Years ago, she and Denny Crane were romantically involved, something she does not regret, but also something she does not want to rekindle. She is pursued by many men of intelligence and good looks, and is herself desirable and very sexy. Even her ex-husband, the handsome but womanizing, Ivan Tiggs, (Tom Selleck) wants her back. She just seems to have that certain something that drives all men wild. A brilliant lawyer, good business woman and a firm friend, once you get to know her, Shirley Schmidt is impossible to get over and a one of kind woman of the world.
Carl Sack (John Larroquette)-Carl comes along later in the show. He is also a senior member of the firm, but has transferred from their offices in New York in order to help Shirley run the Boston branch. He too, is an old romantic partner from her past, and once together, the two seem likely to re-light the flame. He does seem to have a bit of a problem adjusting to the Boston offices and the way that things are run, but eventually finds his footing and becomes an invaluable member of the team.
Jerry Espenson (Christian Clemenson)-Jerry is a wonderful lawyer, but this is at first somewhat disguised by his strange behavior. Though diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, his many outbursts and “quirks” seem to put it closer to Tourette’s at times. Some of these oddities are, for example, hopping up and down when he is excited, purring when he is anxious, or walking with his hands pressed tightly to his thighs. (The latter behavior caused him to have gotten the nickname “Hands Espenson” from other Crane, Poole & Schmidt attorneys.) He later gets behavioral therapy to help with these issues, after an incident involving one of the other attorneys at the firm. But despite all his problems, Jerry is a sweet and caring individual, as well as a first rate attorney.
Katie Lloyd (Tara Summers)-Katie is a young, good-looking British lawyer, who is hired specifically by Shirley Schmidt. She has good morals and is incredibly talented and kind. Carl Sack puts her in an office with the socially inept Jerry Espenson, and they quickly become very close friends.
Paul Lewiston (Rene Auberjonois)-Paul is a managing partner of Crane Poole & Schmidt, as well as their legal advisor and one of their most respected attorneys. He is one of those lawyers who is fine and upstanding and does things in a strictly by-the-book manner. Because of this attitude, he has become involved in numerous confrontations with both Alan and Denny over what he considers to be an apparent lack of respect for the law. And although he is a decent and moral man, his daughter did not seem to inherit those traits from him. His daughter is a meth addict and has a daughter of her own, which leads to issues and problems in Paul’s life on which he had never before counted.
Brad Chase (Mark Valley)-Brad is an attorney with the firm, and used to be in the Marine Corps. Due to his previous experiences in the corps, he is the one whom the others seem to go to for assistance when they need help (especially when that help includes intimidation). He is a good lawyer, handsome and likeable, except where Alan Shore is concerned. Brad and Alan have an intense dislike for each other right from the start. It softens a little as time goes on, but they never become friends. Moral, as well as slightly uptight, Brad is a decent man who tries to solve every problem he can.
Denise Bauer (Julie Bowen)-Denise is a beautiful, talented and somewhat aggressive attorney, which tends to belie her rather petite looks. When she is first brought onto the show, she is in the process of divorcing her husband which has some very interesting twists and turns to it. She is well-liked and has a great career at the firm, as well as some persistent romantic interests.
-Lori is a former prosecutor and a junior partner at Crane, Poole & Schmidt. A friend of Shirley’s, she is not on the show very long but is there just long enough to be insulted by Denny’s constant and inappropriate remarks to her. She is also strangely drawn to Alan Shore, but cannot figure out why, especially since she loathes him as a human being.Tara Wilson (Rhona Mitra)-Tara is a new lawyer at the firm and has an attraction to Alan Shore, a feeling which is completely returned by him. (Both were on “The Practice” and had been flirting with each other during that time period as well.) She only recently finished law school and joined Crane, Poole & Schmidt, after being a paralegal for Alan’s former law firm, “Young, Frutt & Berlutti”.
Sally Heep (Lake Bell)-Sally was also on the show, “The Practice”, later moving on to an associate of Crane, Poole & Schmidt. When “Boston Legal” first starts, she and Alan Shore are in a relationship, however, it does not last long.
Garrett Wells (Justin Mentell)-Garrett is not an attorney that really stands out. He is young and tends to behave impulsively. He is attracted to fellow lawyer, Denise Bauer, and is not one to produce much of an air of effectiveness, to say the least.
Jeffrey Coho (Craig Bierko)-Jeffrey is from the New York branch also, and is a criminal defense lawyer. Intense and theatrical and full of ambitious ideas, he almost enjoys making enemies more than he does friends and therefore is not particularly close to anyone in the firm, with the possible exception of attorney Claire Simms.
Claire Simms (Constance Zimmer)-Claire joined the firm at the same time as fellow attorney, Jeffrey Coho. She enjoys flirting with witnesses and is attractive, sexy and smart.
Clarence Bell (Gary Anthony Williams)-Clarence is known by several different personalities, these are Oprah, Clevant and Clarice, but as Clarence, he is very shy and reserved and has problems with socialization. Because of these impairments, he role-plays as other people who demonstrate some of the traits that he is unable to. He has not had much in the way of romance during his life, but after being at the firm for a while, he gains some perspective and courage that he did not previously poses, which helps him with his love life. He is also taken under the wing of Alan Shore, who sees him as a kind and decent man, with whom he can also be friends.
Lorraine Weller (Saffron Burrows)-Lorraine graduated from Harvard Law School and though she was born in England, is here as a result of an agreement with the British government. Her former profession before joining Crane, Poole & Schmidt, had been that of a high class Madame in London. Her clientele consisted of high-ranking British officials and (was rumored) members of the Royal Family.
Sara Holt (Ryan Michelle Bathe)-Sarah is a junior associate of the firm, and is friends with Garrett Wells. A good mind and a good lawyer, despite her rather inexperienced track record.
Whitney Rome (Taraji P. Henson)-Whitney is a great lawyer with excellent prospects. A sexy and talented woman who does not use her looks for gain in the world of law, but works hard for all that she has.
This show is amazing. It shows the ups and downs of having disabilities and dealing with the outcomes of that. It has a cast of actors that are superb when acting by themselves, but are even more talented when working together. Spader could have made the show himself, being the incredible actor that he is, (he actually has a brand new show called “The Blacklist” which promises to be as wonderful as Boston Legal) but the addition of people like William Shatner and Candice Bergen just made it unbeatable. This show was on for five seasons and is absolutely phenomenal. My only complaint about this show is that it was not on nearly long enough! I give it 10 out of 10.
Alan Shore-James Spader
Denny Crane-William Shatner
Shirley Schmidt-Candice Bergen
Paul Lewiston-Rene Auberjonois
Brad Chase-Mark Valley
Denise Bauer-Julie Bowen
Jerry Espenson-Christian Clemenson
Clarence Bell-Gary Anthony Williams
Carl Sack-John Larroquette
Katie Lloyd-Tara Summers
Lori Colson-Monica Potter
Tara Wilson-Rhona Mitra
Sally Heep-Lake Bell
Garrett Wells-Justin Mentell
Sara Holt-Ryan Michelle Bathe
Jeffrey Coho-Craig Bierko
Claire Simms-Constance Zimmer
Lorraine Weller-Saffron Burrows
Whitney Rome-Taraji P. Henson
Judge Clark Brown-Henry Gibson
Bethany Horowitz-Meredith Eaton
Catherine Piper-Betty White
Gracie Jane-Jill Brennan
Melissa Hughes-Marisa Coughlan
Judge Robert Sanders-Shelley Borman
Judge Paul Resnick-Michael Ensign
A.D.A. Frank Ginsberg-Currie Graham
Judge Victoria Peyton-Roma Mafia
Lincoln Meyer-David Dean Bottrell
Judge Harvey Cooper-Anthony Heald
Judge Willard Reese-Ron Canada
Judge Brian Hooper-Armin Shimerman
Judge Gloria Weldon-Gail O’Grady
Attorney Adam Jovanka-Mark L. Taylor
Daniel Post-Michael J. Fox
Bernard Ferrion-Leslie Jordan
Det. John Stephenson-John Thaddeus
Atty. Melvin Palmer-Christopher Rich
Judge Byron Fudd-Chuck McCann
Judge Gordon Kolodny-Lou Beatty Jr.
Chelina Hall-Kerry Washington
A.D.A. John Lennox-Don McManus
Scott Little-Ashton Holmes
James Atkinson-Francesca P. Roberts
Dr. Zachary Simon-Curtis Armstrong
Beverly Bridge-Joanna Cassidy
Bella Horowitz-Delta Burke
Barbara Little-Katey Sagal
A.D.A. Jonathan Winant
A.D.A. Christopher Palmer-William Russ
Walter Seymore-Steven Anderson
Bailiff-Mark Edward Smith
Ivan Tiggs-Tom Selleck
Marlene Stanger-Parker Posey
Rachel Lewiston-Jayne Brook
Edwin Poole-Larry Miller
Attorney Morrison-Andy Umberger
A.D.A. Holly Raines-Ana Ortiz
Judge Patrice Webb-Debra Mooney
Joanna Monroe-Jane Lynch
Judge Peter Harding-Richard Portnew
Detective Frank Richmond-Vic Polizos
Missy Tiggs-Meredith Patterson
Atty. Samantha Fried-Erica Gimpel
Sam Halpern-Eric Payne
Clerk-Nicole J. Butler
Judge Dale Melman-Richard V. Licata
Atty. Emma Path-Pamela Adlon
Female Server-Deena Dill
Leigh Swift-Mary Gross
Donny Crane-Freddie Prinze Jr.
The series Boston Legal is a spin-off of the popular show, “The Practice”.
James Spader (Alan Shore) has been a main cast member on three different series. The first was the popular series, “The Practice”, secondly was Boston Legal and currently he is on the intriguing series, “The Blacklist”.
Candice Bergen (Shirley Schmidt) received five Emmy Awards for her role as the infamous and talented, “Murphy Brown”. In 1995, having just won her fifth award, she declined any and all future nominations for the role.
William Shatner (Denny Crane) speaks both English and French fluently. This is due to his bilingual upbringing in Montreal, Quebec.
Rene Auberjonois (Paul Lewiston) has been married to his wife, Judith, for 51 years, and they have two children.
Mark Valley (Brad Chase) graduated from West Point.
John Larroquette (Carl Sack) is a self-admitted, recovering alcoholic.
Monica Potter has a song written about her by the popular musical group, Counting Crows. The song is “Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby”.
Julie Bowen (Denise Bauer) is fluent in Italian.
Lake Bell (Sally Heep) posed nude for the cover of “Fall Fashion” of New York Magazine, covered by fake tattoos, in August of 2013.
Rhona Mitra was ranked at #46 on the Maxim “Hot 100 Women of 2001”.
This show makes the exception of doing what’s called “breaking the fourth wall”. This means that the characters on the show do or say things that let the audience watching know that they realize they’re on television.
Christian Clemenson won an award for his portrayal of Jerry Espenson on Boston Legal in 2006.
Denny Crane’s number of courtroom wins at the beginning of the series is 6,043. His losses, of course, are zero and continue that way until the end of the series.
James Spader is divorced with three sons.
Gary Anthony Williams (Clarence Bell) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and got his very first paid acting job with the “Georgia Shakespeare Company”.
William Shatner is the host and the producer of the annual, “Hollywood Charity Horse Show” that he founded in 1990. This event has raised more than $1.25 million for children’s charities.
Candice Bergen is also fluent in French, much like her co-star, William Shatner.
Quite a few members of the cast (regular, guest-star, and other speaking roles included) of Boston Legal, have also been in the Star Trek franchise.
Appropriately enough, James Spader was actually born in Boston, Massachusetts.
Rene Auberjonois turned down the role of Father Mulcahy in the TV version of the popular war comedy, “M*A*S*H“. He had played the role in the movie version of the series.
John Larroquette served in the United States Naval Reserve.
Before acting, Candice Bergen was a fashion model. She also studied photography, worked as a photojournalist, wrote many articles, as well as a play and a memoir titled, “Knock Wood”.
Mark Valley married Anna Torv, his co-star on the series, “Fringe”. They separated after one year of marriage.
On an episode of “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien”, it was disclosed that William Shatner cannot make the Vulcan salute of “Live long and prosper” hand gesture.
Julie Bowen has three sons, Oliver, John and Gustav. John and Gustav are twins.
Tara Summers (Katie Lloyd) is the granddaughter of Fritzi Gordon, world champion bridge player. Gordon was only the second woman to reach the rank of World Grandmaster.
Constance Zimmer (Claire Simms) made a living between acting jobs by raising money as a professional fundraiser for charitable foundations. Some of these include, Tuesday’s Child, AIDS Project Los Angeles and The American Cinematheque.
Despite growing up with two parents who were both teachers, James Spader still dropped out of school in the eleventh grade in order to pursue an acting career.
In 2000, People Magazine gave Craig Bierko the title of “Sexiest Broadway Star”.
Taraji P. Henson’s (Whitney Rome) college sweetheart and the father of her son, Marcel, were murdered in 1997.
Monica Potter (Lori Colson) is the daughter of Paul Brokaw, the man who invented the first flame-resistant car wax.
Candice Bergen, in addition to her roles on Murphy Brown and Boston Legal, has also appeared on several other television shows such as, “Seinfeld“, “Will & Grace”, “House“, “Law & Order” and “Sex and the City“.
It has been popularly cited, that the episode of Star Trek, “Plato’s Stepchildren”, in November of 1968, is the first example of an interracial kiss between a white man (Shatner as Kirk) and a black woman (Nichelle Nichols as Lt. Uhura) on scripted TV in the United States.
James Spader is one of the few actors to win an Emmy award for portraying the same character in two different television series. One was for The Practice in 2004, as Alan Shore, and in 2005 and 2007, for the same character on Boston Legal.
Candice Bergen was the star of the incredibly popular television show, “Murphy Brown” in the 90’s. The series’ ran for ten seasons.
John Larroquette’s favorite NFL football team is the New Orleans Saints. This is, of course, highly appropriate, as he was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and grew up near the French Quarter.
Saffron Burrows is actively bi-sexual.
Gary Anthony Williams may never have realized his love for acting, had he not been put into a drama class by mistake in high school.
Rene Auberjonois, in addition to his work on Boston Legal, has appeared as a regular on “Benson”, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Wonder Woman”. He has also appeared in films and theater, even performing and winning a Tony Award for one of his many performances on Broadway. He has also guest-starred on many different television series, which include but are not limited to, “Chicago Hope”, “Murder She Wrote“, “The Practice”, “Matlock” and “Frasier“.
Justin Mentell (Garrett Wells) was once a member of the United States National Speed skating team.
Julie Bowen says that while she was filming her labor scene on Boston Legal, at the end of it, she started to go into real-life labor with her first son, Oliver.
Christian Clemenson (Jerry Espenson) and James Spader have been friends since the early 1970’s when they both attended the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Spader is also good friends with Jason Alexander, Eric Stoltz and Robert Downey, Jr.
Rhona Mitra (Tara Wilson) has been quoted as saying, “You have to be content with who you are on a day-to-day basis.”
After the TV series Star Trek was cancelled, William Shatner had a hard time finding work for several years. At one point he was living in a truck bed camper in the San Fernando Valley after losing his home.
Mark Valley played Rugby for the U.S. military team, as well as participated in the Gulf War.
Candice Bergen has been married twice. First to French film director, Louis Malle. She and Malle had one child together, a daughter named, Chloe. Sadly, Malle died from cancer in 1995. In 2000, Bergen married real-estate magnate, Marshall Rose.
William Shatner has been married four times. His third wife, Nerine, died after only two years of marriage. She was an alcoholic and tragically drowned in their swimming pool. Shatner was devastated.
Craig Bierko was originally cast to play the role of Chandler Bing on the popular and incredible series, “Friends“. Bierko turned the role down and was replaced by Matthew Perry.
John Larroquette has been on many television shows, however, his stint as Dan Fielding on “Night Court”, was unforgettable. He won four Emmy Awards in a row for that role. He has also been on other popular series like, “The Practice”. “House M.D.” and “The West Wing”.
Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner have been friends for forty years. He has also stayed close with another of his co-stars, Heather Locklear. He and Locklear starred on the television series “T.J. Hooker” in the mid 80’s and have remained close friends ever since.
Rene Auberjonois is quoted as saying this about his wife, “I’ve been thinking about this. My wife, Judith, is the best person in the world.”
Due to heart problems, Julie Bowen has had a pacemaker since she was in her twenties.
James Spader has a photographic memory. He remembers the page so well from just a glance, that he is able to “read” the page in his mind as he is filming a scene.
Candice Bergen was the first woman to host the ever-popular, “Saturday Night Live”.
William Shatner suffers from tinnitus (a ringing of the ears when no sound is actually present) in his left ear. This started because of an accident on the set during the filming of a Star Trek episode, where he and fellow actor, Leonard Nimoy, were standing too close to a special effects explosion. Nimoy’s hearing was also affected in the accident but his tinnitus occurs in the right ear.
Ryan Michelle Bathe (Sara Holt) married her college sweetheart, Sterling K. Brown, and they also appeared on the Lifetime series, “Army Wives” together.
James Spader has very bad eyesight and unfortunately, is unable to wear contact lenses. He says that when he does not wear his glasses, he can barely see the face of whoever may be sitting across from him in a scene.
William Shatner breeds and shows American Saddlebreds and Quarter Horses. He is also an expert equestrian.
When James Spader won his first role in a feature film, (Endless Love) he was working as a janitor.
Tara Summers wrote an autobiographical one woman show called, “Gypsy of Chelsea”. She also produced and starred in it as well, as it was the story of her childhood and sketched her mother’s journey from cocaine addiction to her eventual recovery.
John Larroquette has been married to his second wife, Elizabeth, since 1975. They have three children.
By the time Saffron Burrows reached the age of 11, her height was already 5 feet 10 inches tall.
Monica Potter has three children. Two from her first marriage and one from her second.
Candice Bergen once lived with the son of Doris Day (Terry Melcher) at the address of 10050 Cielo Drive in Los Angeles. Later, it was inhabited by Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate. Two of the victims of the now famous 1969 case, where five people were murdered in that house by followers of Charles Manson.
Neither William Shatner nor James Spader likes to watch things that they have acted in.
Christian Clemenson graduated from Harvard College and the Yale School of Drama.
Gary Anthony Williams is married with one child.
Mark Valley has one child, a daughter named Sherri Ann.
Amazingly, there are numerous actors on Boston Legal from every Star Trek generation and TV series, but just one actor from the prequel series, “Enterprise”.
Lake Bell ranked at #32 on the Maxim magazine “Hot 100 of 2008” list.
Rene Auberjonois taught acting at Juilliard.
James Spader has been quoted as saying, “I had real trouble, actually, for a long time, getting people to hire me. My anxiety used to manifest itself in strange ways. I’d go in to read for some innocent, vulnerable character, and the feedback would be, “Well, we met Jimmy…..and he scared us.” He has also said this, “I’m not eager at all to present my life out there for public consumption. I like to do one or two films a year and then do what is absolutely obligatory in terms of promoting them. My life outside of films is vital to me.”
Julie Bowen has won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2011 and 2012, for playing Claire Dunphy on “Modern Family”.
William Shatner is the first Canadian actor ever to star in three different successful TV series that were also on three different major networks (CBS, NBC and ABC).
In 2006, Candice Bergen checked into the hospital on the pretext of high blood pressure. Many thought that she had actually suffered a stroke but her publicist denied this vehemently. Years later, in 2011, Bergen admitted that she had indeed suffered a small stroke during an interview with Harry Smith. She recovered fully.