Ben Casey is an American medical drama series which ran on ABC from 1961 to 1966. The show was known for its opening titles, which consisted of a hand drawing the symbols “♂, ♀, ✳, †, ∞” on a chalkboard, as cast member Sam Jaffe intoned, “Man, woman, birth, death, infinity.” Neurosurgeon Joseph Ransohoff was a medical consultant for the show and may have influenced the personality of the title character.
The series starred Vince Edwards (credited as Vincent Edwards) as medical doctor Ben Casey, a young, intense but idealistic surgeon at County General Hospital. His mentor was Doctor David Zorba, played by Sam Jaffe. The show began running multi-episode stories, starting with the first five episodes of Season 4; Casey developed a romantic relationship with Jane Hancock (Stella Stevens), who had just emerged from a coma after fifteen years. At the beginning of Season 5 (the last season), Jaffe left the show and Franchot Tone replaced Zorba as new Chief of Neurosurgery, Doctor Daniel Niles Freeland.
Vincent Edwards as Dr. Ben Casey
Sam Jaffe as Dr. David Zorba (1961-1965)
Harry Landers as Dr. Ted Hoffman
Bettye Ackerman as Dr. Maggie Graham (In real life, Bettye Ackerman was married to Sam Jaffe.)
Nick Dennis as Orderly Nick Kanavaras
Jeanne Bates as Nurse Wills
Franchot Tone as Dr. Daniel Niles Freeland (1965-1966)