Show Toppers: Mark Hamill in ‘The Texas Wheelers’ (1974)

Jack Elam is Zack Wheeler in 'The Texas Wheelers,' 1974

Jack Elam is Zack Wheeler in ‘The Texas Wheelers,’ 1974

The Texas Wheelers originally ran on ABC from September, 1974 to July, 1975. The show featured a family of four young folks, ages 10 through 24, trying to make their way in the world without a mother. Their father wasn’t much help, doing his best to avoid any work or responsibilities.

Gary Busey (Truckie) and Mark Hamill (Doobie) in 'The Texas Wheelers,' 1974

Gary Busey (Truckie) and Mark Hamill (Doobie) in ‘The Texas Wheelers,’ 1974

Famed character actor, Jack Elam (Gunsmoke) starred as layabout dad, Zack Wheeler. Gary Busey (Big Wednesday) played eldest son, Truckie and a pre-Star Wars Mark Hamill played next-oldest son, Doobie. The youngest Wheelers were portrayed by Karen Oberdiear (Sybil) as Boo and Tony Becker (Bound for Glory) as T.J.

The Texas Wheelers TV Intro, 1974

The Texas Wheelers Wiki, IMDb

Previously on Show Toppers: Barbi Benton in ‘Sugar Time! (1977)

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