This page is dedicated to those characters, and the actors who portrayed them, who were my heroes growing up and into my young adulthood. This list is not exhaustive as some of my heroes may be in other lists (like Star Trek), or I may not have gotten around to creating a pattern yet.
Actor: Adam West
Sure the 1960s Batman was campy, but as kid I didn't know that. Adam West WAS Batman and I loved the show. I had to see it every day.
Actor: John Wesley Shipp
Okay, I was certainly no kid by the time John Wesley Shipp portrayed The Flash, but I felt like one watching it. This started out on a high note marrying the flavour of Tim Burton's Batman to the comic book Flash and it got better throughout the year as the producers saw their early mistakes and fixed them. The cast was fantastic and the first season ended leaving my tasted whetted for the second season, but there never was one.
Actor: Richard Hatch
The original Battlestar Galactica was amazing for television of its day, but what really stuck in my memory was the mythic feel. Ancient legends meet the chariots of the gods with a good dose of humanity producing a story of epic proportions. In the middle of it all was Apollo, lead pilot and son of the commander. Years later I came to greatly respect Richard Hatch as well for his efforts to revive the series.
Isaac Asimov (January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Dr. Asimov was no superhero, but his fiction and editorial inspired me as a child and young man and stirred in me a love of hard science fiction that lives with me to this day.
Actor: Lou Ferrigno
As long as I can remember, I loved the Hulk and so I was thrilled to learn that there would be a TV series. At first it disappointed me because it wasn't enough like the comic book, but eventually it won me over and the highlight was the appearance of Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk.
Steve Austin, the Six Million Dollar Man
Actor: Lee Majors
Science fiction, action/adventure and superheroes, this show had it all and young me loved it. This had a HUGE role in shaping my interests and will always have a special place in my memories and my heart.
Actor: Martin Landau
Space 1999 was a great show. Okay, I know, how could the Moon be able to travel so far, so quickly? It was also often cheesy, but also had an episode that terrified me. In the middle of it all was Martin Landau. But Martin gave me still more when, years later, I discovered Mission Impossible. Adult me is also grateful for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi and for his daughter Juliet, also known as Buffy's Dusilla.
Actor: Lynda Carter
A strong female lead on the show in the 70's was tough sledding and Wonder Woman didn't care about that and produced a good show. Lynda Carter was so believable in the part, she has become iconic. To many, including me, she is Wonder Woman.