1 9 5 9 – 1 9 6 2 (USA)
91 x 60 minute episodes
Created by James Michener, this black & white action adventure series from ABC recounted the exploits of Korean War veteran Captain Adam Troy, now working on his own freelance boat the Tiki out of Papeete, Tahiti.
Troy became involved in all kinds of adventures featuring fortune hunters and smugglers (as well as a bevvy of beautiful Tahitian women). He also had a number of partners during the series including Clay Baker, Chris Parker and a Chinese-American called Oliver Lee.
From the moment the tall, dark and handsome actor Gardner McKay appeared on TV in this weekly adventure, females all over the United States knew that they were going to enjoy just looking at him as much as their husbands and boyfriends would enjoy the show’s fast-paced action.
Although the series was set in the South Pacific it was filmed on the backlot of 20th Century-Fox.
Following the cancellation of the series McKay turned his back on show business to travel the world. He eventually became a playwright, drama critic and teacher and died early in 2002, aged 69.