Pic of the Day: “Cold Target” revisited

Today we take another look at “Cold Target,” the episode of The New Mike Hammer that first aired on December 1, 1984. Timothy appears in his only recurring role on a television series, that of reformed criminal Kenny the Knife.

Cold Target - 1984

Kenny first showed up, much to Hammer’s (Stacy Keach) chagrin, in the episode “Satan, Cyanide and Murder” (4.14.84). It’s too bad that “Cold Target” was his second and final appearance in the series. An official commercial release of Hammer would be a most welcome addition to our collection. For now we must make do with substandard screen shots obviously created from well-worn VHS tapes.

Pic of the Day: “Satan, Cyanide and Murder” revisited

Whoa, I’ve really been slacking this week! My apologies, folks. I always tend to go into hibernation mode during this time of year. However, let’s remedy that with another look at Kenny the Knife, the reformed criminal of “Satan, Cyanide and Murder”. That was the episode of The New Mike Hammer that was first broadcast on April 14, 1984. Kenny’s sudden appearance in Hammer’s (Stacy Keach) back seat was not expected and certainly not appreciated.

Satan, Cyanide and Murder - 1984

Kenny turned up again in the series later that year in “Cold Target,” making this Timothy’s only recurring television role. Unfortunately, further appearances were not forthcoming.

Pic of the Day: “Cold Target” revisited

Oops, I forgot to post yesterday! Sorry about that. Let’s end the week by revisiting “Cold Target,” the second of two episodes of The New Mike Hammer in which Timothy portrays reformed criminal Kenny the Knife. It first aired on December 1, 1984. Hammer (Stacy Keach) discovers Kenny leading the hymn singing (yes, Tim sings in this episode, however briefly) at the local gospel mission and enlists his aid as his “man on the street.”

Cold Target - 1984

The first episode featuring Kenny was “Satan, Cyanide and Murder” (4.14.84). It’s unfortunate that he didn’t become more of a recurring character; he’s pretty darn funny. Directing this episode was Jon C. Andersen, assistant director of many television shows and feature films, including the MonkeesHead (1968), also featuring Tim.

Pic of the Day: “Satan, Cyanide and Murder” revisited

After yesterday’s post celebrating Timothy in his prime, we close the week with a look at him in his emeritus years. In his only recurring role in a television series, Tim portrayed ex-con Kenny the Knife in two episodes of The New Mike Hammer. Much to the consternation of Hammer himself (Stacy Keach), he first popped up in Hammer’s back seat in “Satan, Cyanide and Murder,” first airing on April 14, 1984.

Satan, Cyanide and Murder - 1984

Keach has been an award-winning presence on stage, in films and on television for nearly fifty years. He also writes music, and his unmistakable voice has been heard in much narration and voice-over work. His stage performances prompted the New York Times to proclaim him “the finest American classical actor since John Barrymore“. He has just published his memoirs, sure to be a fascinating read.

Video of the Week: “Satan, Cyanide and Murder”

Our video of the week is another full-length television episode (let’s see how long this one stays up)! It’s “Satan, Cyanide and Murder,” the installment of The New Mike Hammer that first aired on April 14, 1984. I’ve set it to begin at the point where Kenny the Knife first shows up, much to Hammer’s (Stacy Keach) chagrin. Just in case it’s not working for you, it starts at about 33:42.

I wish I could say the episode lives up to such a great title, but unfortunately it doesn’t. At least I don’t think so; check out the whole thing and let me know if you agree. Kenny shows up again with more screen time in the episode “Cold Target” (12/01/84).

Pic of the Day: “Cold Target” revisited

Our pic of the day revisits the episode of The New Mike Hammer known as “Cold Target.” It was first broadcast on December 1, 1984. Timothy is reformed killer Kenny the Knife, hanging out at Skid Row missions and keeping Hammer (Stacy Keach) up to speed on the word on the street.

Cold Target - 1984

Tim’s two appearances as Kenny on Hammer were among his last for television. His final TV role was as Professor McClelland, “the Cat Man,” in the Airwolf episode “Tracks” in 1986.

Pic of the Day: “Satan, Cyanide and Murder” revisited

Our pic of the day takes another look at Timothy’s brief appearance in The New Mike Hammer episode “Satan, Cyanide and Murder.” It was first broadcast on April 14, 1984. Just released from prison, Kenny the Knife is paying  Hammer (Stacy Keach) an unexpected visit from the back seat of Hammer’s car.

Satan, Cyanide and Murder - 1984

Kenny was memorable enough that he became a recurring character (even if only once), returning later that year in the episode “Cold Target.” It’s too bad that’s the only other appearance he got in the series. He’s pretty funny.