Ben Casey

television series

Ben Casey is an American medical drama television series. It ran on ABC from 1961 to 1966. The series starred Vince Edwards and Sam Jaffe.

Ben Casey
Vince Edwards as Ben Casey and guest star Kathleen Nolan, 1964.
Created byJames Moser
StarringVince Edwards
Sam Jaffe
Theme music composerDavid Raksin
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes153
Running time45–48 minutes
Production companyBing Crosby Productions
Original release
ReleaseOctober 2, 1961 (1961-10-02) –
March 21, 1966 (1966-03-21)

Ben Casey is a young, intense but idealistic surgeon at County General Hospital. His mentor is Doctor David Zorba, At the beginning of the 1965 season, Jaffe left the show and Franchot Tone replaced him as new Chief of Surgery, Doctor Daniel Niles Freeland. The show began running multi-episode stories and Casey developed a romantic relationship with a patient who had just emerged from a coma after thirteen years.

In 1988, the television movie, The Return of Ben Casey, with Vince Edwards in his role as Casey, aired in television syndication. The pilot was not picked up by the major networks to bring the series back.[1]


  1. Grimes, William (1996-03-16). "Vince Edwards, 67, the Doctor In the Hit TV Series 'Ben Casey'". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-10.

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