Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Van Williams--TV's Green Hornet

Van Williams, who played The Green Hornet on TV in the mid 1960s has died.  The actor was 82.  The Green Hornet, which like Batman, ran on ABC, was about a newspaper editor who fought crime in his secret identity.  While Batman had Robin, the Hornet had his butler Kato as partner.  Kato was played by Bruce Lee, who had Seattle connections.  Lee died in 1973. 
The Green Hornet, unlike Batman, was played in a more serious vain, villains were less memorable.  What was amazing was Lee's martial arts ability, unprecedented on network television.  Although as a 9 year old, I loved the show, it only lasted one season, perhaps too serious for children and maybe still too silly for adults.

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