1 9 9 6 (USA)
22 x 60 minute episodes
Shortly after the Civil War, a man (Urich) pulls himself out of a grave in Texas wearing Southern clothing but carrying Northern gold and carrying a US Army revolver.
He has no memory save for some gorgeous brunette and being beaten over the head by a man in a derby hat just before John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln.
He is named “Lazarus” (after the man Jesus raised from the dead) by a boy who found him pawing up from the grave, and he uses the name until he can figure out who he is and why he was buried alive and left for dead. Along the way, he ran into historical figures, including Ulysses S Grant and George Armstrong Custer.
Lazarus then wandered the country, seeking a place to belong and the brunette woman who may be waiting for him somewhere.
TNT renewed the series for a second season, but the production company (Castle Rock Entertainment) decided to cancel the series after Robert Urich was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma (a rare form of cancer that attacks soft tissue) in the autumn of 1996.
Urich insisted that he was still able to work and sued Castle Rock for breach of contract. The lawsuit was eventually settled and, after treatment, Urich was declared cancer free in 1998.
Urich eventually passed away in April 2002 from cancer, aged just 55.
Lazarus (James Cathcart)