Avery Brooks is 61 years old today. He’s a fine actor, worthy of recognition for many things, but to me he’s Hawk. Ever since I saw him on Spenser For Hire—an okay show that he made better than it should have been—I can’t read a Robert B. Parker without thinking of him and hearing him every time Hawk makes an appearance.
The five greatest marriages of an actor to a character in television history are, in ascending order:
Carroll O’Connor as Archie Bunker in All in the Family
James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos
Avery Brooks as Hawk in Spenser For Hire
Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing in Dallas
Ian McShane as Al Swearingen in Deadwood