Brooks' Hawk Movies To Be Released on DVDBy Michelle
May 2, 2005 - 10:22 PM
The four television movies based on Spenser: For Hire, the show for which Avery Brooks was best-known before he took the role of Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, will be released on DVD on June 28th.
TV Shows on DVD reports that Rykodisc will release a 4-DVD box set containing the feature-length films, produced by ABC after the cancellation of the Spenser: For Hire series in 1988. The show and films star Robert Urich as Boston detective Spenser and Brooks as his right-hand-man, Hawk.
All four films in the set are based directly on books by Robert B. Parker, who created the Spenser character. Two of the scripts were co-written by Parker himself. Another, The Judas Goat, marks Urich's final appearance as Spenser.
At a 1996 Star Trek convention, according to his fan club web site, Brooks said that he enjoyed playing Hawk and was proud of his contributions to the character, saying that he had given Hawk a more menacing persona than the TV writers envisioned. Brooks also starred in the spin-off series A Man Called Hawk. When he was cast on Deep Space Nine, his contract contained a clause requiring him to let his hair grow, which he believed was to avoid having him look too much like Hawk, he said later (story).