“I am a gadget freak and I would have loved to have had a real gas gun and sting gun, but they weren’t for real.” — Van Williams, television’s Green Hornet.
Did you know that later in 1971, he became a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for Los Angeles County, operating out of Malibu? Yep, served 25 years, while also managing a telecommunications business.
In a 1988 interview, he said that he was frequently recognized by people that he arrested: “They usually say things like, ‘What are you doing out here?’ They don’t seem to think it odd that I’m a deputy. I’m surprised by just how many people do recognize me. I’ve gotten pretty good feedback.”
The quotes came from interviews found here:
“They did a good job on those shows. I think it was one of the reasons it only ran a year; they spent too much money on it. But I was proud of the show and proud of what I did in it. I kind of fought for what I did in it. Because, I was going to play it straight and Bruce was going to play it straight. And we did. I think that’s what people appreciate about it.” — Van Williams
Source: Mark Voger (1995)