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Half Nelson

1 9 8 5 (USA)
8 x 60 minute episodes

Former New York City undercover cop Rocky Nelson (Joe Pesci) moved to Beverly Hills and took a job with an expensive private security service for the rich and famous while trying to break into acting.

His police experience certainly came in handy, though it did not endear him to either his boss, Chester Long (Fred Williamson), or Detective Hamill (Gary Grubbs) of the Beverly Hills Police. Rocky was supposed to guard bejewelled poodles and manicured lawns, not solve crimes.

However, he found that his short stature allowed him to sneak into secret places and obtain clues, simply because nobody took such a little guy seriously.

Kurt (Dick Butkus) and Beau (Bubba Smith) were two of his fellow guards at the Patrol – all muscle and no brains – and Annie (Victoria Jackson) was the slightly daffy secretary at the office.

Rocky liked the job mostly for the contact it gave him with celebrities, including client and confidant Dean Martin.

Rocky Nelson
Joe Pesci
Chester Long
Fred Williamson
Annie O’Hara
Victoria Jackson
Dick Butkus
Bubba Smith
Detective Hamill
Gary Grubbs
Dean Martin