The long history of TV's big buck walkouts -- ''Three's Company,'' ''Dallas,'' and other shows prove that money talks and actors walk

By Karyn L. Barr
Updated July 30, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

The ”CSI” kerfuffle’s hardly the first time money-hungry stars have held up production. (”Three’s Company”’s Suzanne Somers and ”NYPD Blue”’s David Caruso demonstrated what not to do.) Here’s a smattering of memorable walkouts.

1960 Maverick With two guns blazing, James Garner bets it all and craps out. Enter an unstirring Roger Moore.

1974 All in the Family TV’s fave curmudgeon is MIA from the season premiere. Why? Because Carroll O’Connor is sitting on his duff awaiting more ducats. He scores.

1980 Dallas Who shot J.R.? Who cares?! The real question is, who’s that guy playing Larry Hagman’s bandaged body double while L.H. holds out for, and gets, more?

1981 CHiPs When Erik Estrada surrenders his badge, Olympian Bruce Jenner steps in. But the Ponch returns to his oh-so-snug uniform. Viewers cheer.

1983 Fantasy Island Screaming ”Da plane!” is totally okay. But once Herve Villechaize screams for ”Da money!” he gets his butt shipped home.

2003 The Sopranos James Gandolfini threatens to walk unless he gets more bada-bing. HBO eventually runs for cover and gives in.


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