George Washington TV Series Overview


Introduction

George Washington is a 1984 American television miniseries directed by Buzz Kulik.

The miniseries, released in three parts, chronicles the life of George Washington, the 1st President of the United States, from age 11 to age 51

George Washington is based on the biography by James Thomas Flexner.

It was followed in 1986 by George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation.

Outline

This miniseries covers the life of George Washington, from the time he is a young man, through his experiences in the French and Indian War and his rise to lead the Continental Army during the American Revolution.

It concludes shortly after the end of the war, with Washington’s return to his home in Mount Vernon.

Cast

  • Barry Bostwick as George Washington – Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, and later first President of the United States, though his Presidency era is not included in the movie.
  • Patty Duke Astin as Martha Washington – Wife of George Washington.
  • David Dukes as George William Fairfax – Best friend of George Washington and husband of Sally Fairfax.
  • Jaclyn Smith as Sally Fairfax – Wife of William George Fairfax.
  • Lloyd Bridges as Caleb Quinn.
  • José Ferrer as Robert Dinwiddie – The lieutenant governor of colonial Virginia.
  • Hal Holbrook as John Adams – Member of the Continental Congress and second President of the United States.
  • Trevor Howard as Lord Fairfax.
  • Jeremy Kemp as Horatio Gates – An American general.
  • Richard Kiley as George Mason – An American patriot.
  • Stephen Macht as Benedict Arnold – An American general, later defecting to the British Army.
  • James Mason as Edward Braddock – A British general during start of the French and Indian War.
  • Rosemary Murphy as Mary Ball Washington – George Washington’s mother.
  • Clive Revill as Lord Loudoun – A British nobleman and army officer.
  • Robert Stack as John Stark – An American general.
  • Anthony Zerbe as St. Pierre – A French Canadian military officer.
  • J. Kenneth Campbell as Richard Henry Lee – An American statesman from Virginia.
  • Philip Casnoff as Lafayette – A French aristocrat and military officer.
  • Josh Clark as Tench Tilghman – An officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.
  • Kevin Conroy as John Laurens – An American soldier and statesman from South Carolina during the Revolutionary War.
  • Peter Evans as Thomas Mifflin – An American merchant and politician.
  • Megan Gallagher as Peggy Shippen – The second wife of General Benedict Arnold.
  • John Glover as Charles Lee – A British soldier turned Virginia planter who was a general officer of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War.
  • Harry Groener as Patrick Henry – The first post-colonial Governor of Virginia.
  • Patrick Horgan as William Howe – A British General who was Commander-in-Chief of British forces during the American War of Independence.
  • Robert Schenkkan as Alexander Hamilton.
  • Jon Matthews as John Parke Custis.
  • Christine Estabrook as Abigail Adams.
  • Tom Assalone as Augustine Washington.
  • William Prince as William Fairfax.
  • Richard Fancy as Sam Adams.
  • Scott Hylands as General Greene.
  • Kelsey Grammer as Lieutenant Stewart.
  • Farnham Scott as Henry Knox.
  • Tim Moyer as John Jay.

Trivia

  • The crew from the USS Olympia (SSN 717) were extras in the filming at Yorktown.

George Washington Series

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Buzz Kulik.
  • Producer(s): Richard Fielder, Buzz Kulik, David Gerber, and David Silver.
  • Writer(s): James Thomas Flexner (novel), Jon Boothe, and Richard Fielder.
  • Music: Laurence Rosenthal.
  • Cinematography: Harry Stradling Jr.
  • Editor(s): Donald Douglas, Mel Friedman, Les Green, and David Wages.
  • Production: David Gerber Productions and MGM/UA Television.
  • Distributor(s): MGM Television Distribution.
  • Original Network: CBS.
  • Release Date: 08 April 1984 to 11 April 1984.
  • Running time: 480 minutes (total running time).
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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