The Show”Knight Rider”, Cast, Pictures, and Trivia!
This series is about a former police detective, Michael Arthur Long (David Hasselhoff), who was shot in the face, and almost died.
However, a self-made billionaire, Wilton Knight (Richard Basehart), rescues him, and then performs plastic surgery on him, thereby giving him a new identity, as well as a new name to go with it.
Michael Knight, as he now known, was chosen by Wilton to be the primary field agent in his new program, the Foundation for Law and Government (FLAG). FLAG is a public justice organization that includes Michael Knight, and his high-tech partner, KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand). KITT is a nearly indestructible, heavily modified, black, Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. It has a durable shell and frame and is controlled by a computer with artificial intelligence. Heading the FLAG team is Devon Miles (Edward Mulhare), who sends Michael and KITT with orders and guidance about what needs to be done.
There is also Dr. Bonnie Barstow (Patricia McPherson), who serves as Devon’s technical assistant, and is also the chief engineer of KITT and its care. (This character was dropped after season 1, and replaced with Rebecca Holden (April Curtis). But due to heavy lobbying from both Hasselhoff and Mulhare, as well as the outcry from the fans, was written back in for seasons 3 & 4).
This show is, put simply, just fun to watch. I mean, how many of us wish we could have a car that talks to us, and saves us from certain disaster? It was only on for 4 seasons, but for a show that is centered almost exclusively on one man and a car, that really is enough. Great to enjoy if you just want something uncomplicated and simple. I give this series 6 out of 10).
Michael Knight-David Hasselhoff
Devon Miles-Edward Mulhare
Voice of KITT-William Daniels
Bonnie Barstow-Patricia McPherson
April Curtis-Rebecca Holden
‘RC3’ Reginald Cornelius III-Peter Parros
Recurring Cast Years
Cab Driver-Harold Frizzell 1982-1986
Dugan-Jack Gill 1982-1985
Adrianne Margeaux-Ann Turkel 1983-1985
Stephanie ‘Stevie’ March-Catherine Hickland 1983-1986
Hagen-Jack Starrett 1983-1985
Luger-Alex Kubik 1982-1985
Federal Agent-Bruce Neckels 1982-1986
Cabby-Michael Masters 1982-1985
Singer-Deborah Ludwig Davis 1982-1984
‘Acid’ John Byrock-Ramon Bien 1982-1985
Jennifer Shell-Anne Lockhart 1982-1983
Micki Bradburn-Judy Landers 1982-1985
Boyd LaSalle-John Considine 1984-1985
Jeff Barnes-James T, Callahan 1982-1985
General Duncton-Alan Oppenheimer 1982-1985
Hannigan-Joe La Due 1983-1985
Christopher Stone-Lance LeGault 1982-1984
Mac Thomas-John Crawford 1983-1985
Gilbert Cole-Don Galloway 1983-1985
Riggins-Guy Stockwell 1983
Cindy Mattheson-Mary Beth Evans 1984-1986
Police Lt. Dickerson-Don Gordon 1982-1985
Edward Grant-Jason Evers 1982-1984
Jack-Allen Williams 1982-1984
Liberty Cox-Robin Dearden 1983-1985
Archibald-George Murdock 1983-1984
Alfredo Diaz-Sam Vlahos 1983
Karen Bennett-Lenore Kasdorf 1984-1986
Cameron Zachary-John Vemon 1984-1986
Barnswell-Norman Burton 1983-1986
Connie Chasen-Angel Tompkins 1983
Jake Simpson-Robert O’Reilly 1984-1985
Dr. Klaus Bergstrom-Peter Mark Richman 1984-1985
Officer Rex Saunders-Grainger Hines 1982-1985
Edgar-Logan Ramsey 1982-1985
Maggie-Pamela Susan Shoop 1982-1985
Hower-Nicholas Worth 1984-1985
Christine Brooks-Victoria Bass 1985
Bloodworth-Tim Rossovich 1982-1984
Helmut Gras-Kai Wulff 1983-1985
Claudia Torrell-Kathy Shower 1985-1986
Jason Keller-M.C. Gainey 1982-1986
Danton-Ken Foree 1984-1986
Monk-Michael Champion 1982-1984
Miller-Rene Assa 1984-1985
Joey Rome-Cliff Carnell 1985
Conrad Morris-Bill Cross 1982-1984
Ray-Fred Lemer 1982-1983
Gino-Ken Scott 1983-1984
Erika-Julie Ronnie 1984-1985
Lon-Tom Williams 1985
Lonnie-Shawn Southwick 1982-1983
Fletcher-Paul Tuerpe 1985-1986
Kim, the Bartender-June Christopher 1982
O’Malley-Jimmy Murphy 1982-1985
D.D.-Arell Blanton 1983-1984
Harry-Doninick Brascia 1984-1985
Chuck-Louie Elias 1982-1985
Arthur Abrams-Tom Gilleran 1982-1984
Coyote-Luis Contreras 1984-1985
Alex Webster-David S. Cass Sr. 1982-1985
Brown-Dick Durock 1983-1986
The company that supplied the Trans Am for the KITT car was Pontiac. After the show debuted, Pontiac found themselves overwhelmed with requests from customers for black Firebird Trans Ams with T-tops, and red lights on the front bumper.
The “jumping” Trans Am was in actuality, a hollow-fiberglass replica Trans Am.
William Daniels (the voice of KITT), and David Hasselhoff (Knight), didn’t meet until 6 months of filming had passed. Up to that point, Hasselhoff hadn’t seen the voice behind the black Trans Am.
The Super-Pursuit Mode was written in to keep viewers interested for a fourth season.
KARR (Knight Automated Roving Robot), known to everyone as the “evil Trans Am”, was the prototype for KITT. But, it’s system was only programmed for self-prevail, whereas KITT is actually programmed to regard and prevail human life. A voice actor named, Peter Cullen, provided the voice of KARR, but is also well known for being the voice of “Optimus Prime of the Transformers”, “The Predator”, and the donkey, “Eeyore”, of “Winnie-The-Pooh”.
The KITT car was originally supposed to be a Datsun 280ZX, according to Car and Driver Magazine.
The roving red sensor on the hood of KITT is modeled after the Cyclon’s roving eye in the series, “Battlestar Galactica”. Not only this, but when shown close-up and moving, it has the same sound effect of the “eye” as well.
After this show became a hit, as well as for several years after it was cancelled, aftermarket kits were sold so that you could add the “scanner-eye” to Trans Ams of the appropriate make and model.