Series Description

Former high school English teacher and famed mystery writer Jessica Fletcher (Dame Angela Lansbury) has a gift for solving mysteries. You see, it seems murder follows her around, whether it be to the houses of her seemingly endless number of friends, nieces, and nephews, or right in her hometown of Cabot Cove, Maine. Jessica is sometimes assisted by her friend Dr. Seth Hazlitt (William Windom) or the local Sheriff, Amos Tupper (Tom Bosley) and Tupper’s successor, Mort Metzger (Ron Masak), a former New York City cop. Sometimes, later in the series, Jessica would only serve as narrator. In later seasons, Jessica moved to Manhattan to teach criminology at Manhattan University.

Meet The Cast

Angela Lansbury

Jessica Fletcher

Angela Lansbury was born on October 16, 1925 in Regent’s Park, London, England as Angela Brigid Lansbury. She is an actress and producer, known for The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Anastasia (1997) and Beauty and the Beast (1991). She was previously married to Peter Shaw and Richard Cromwell. Although Selleck is a television icon who still maintains a strong fan base that dates back to “Magnum PI,” he has also established a contemporary audience thanks to the success of his Emmy Award-nominated role in the “Jesse Stone” television film franchise, which began airing four years ago on CBS. Based on the famous, best-selling books by Robert B. Parker, Selleck plays the part of New England police chief Jesse Stone. Selleck recently wrapped production on the seventh installment, “Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost.” The 2008 film, “Jesse Stone: Sea Change,” garnered Selleck an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. Selleck’s additional television credits include the series “Las Vegas” and the recurring role of Candice Bergen’s lovable rogue ex-husband on “Boston Legal.” His memorable guest-starring run on “Friends” as Courteney Cox’s love interest earned him an Emmy nomination in 2000 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. In television films, he has portrayed many powerful and thought-provoking characters such as General Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 2004 Emmy-nominated television movie, “IKE: Countdown to D-Day,” which was also nominated in the film category at the 2004 Monte Carlo Television Festival. Selleck also starred in the television film, “Reversible Errors,” on CBS, as well as “Louis L’Amour’s Crossfire Trail.” This film set a new record for being the highest-rated movie in the history of basic cable. In addition to television, Selleck’s motion picture acting career has featured him in a variety of roles for such films as “Three Men and a Baby,” which won Favorite Comedy Motion Picture at the People’s Choice Awards in 1988. He also starred in the film’s sequel, “Three Men and a Little Lady.” Other film credits include “Quigley Down Under,” “In and Out,” “Mr. Baseball,” “Her Alibi,” “The Love Letter,” “Broken Trust,” “Folks,” “An Innocent Man,” “Runaway” and “High Road to China.” Making his Broadway debut in 2001, Selleck starred in the romantic comedy, “A Thousand Clowns,” at New York’s Longacre Theatre. The critically acclaimed play was, at that time, the highest-grossing play at the Longacre to date. Aside from his acting successes, Selleck has also been prolific behind-the-scenes. He has executive produced each installment of the “Jesse Stone” series and co-wrote the screenplays for both “Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise” and “Jesse Stone: No Remorse” with J.T. Allen and Michael Brandman. Additionally, Selleck starred in and also executive produced the television film, “Monte Walsh.” Other notable executive producer credits include “The Closer” on CBS, “Louis L’Amour’s Crossfire Trail,” “Last Stand at Saber River,” “Ruby Jean and Joe,” “Revealing Evidence: Stalking the Honolulu Stranger” and “Magnum P.I.” during the series’ last two seasons. Selleck devotes much of his time to philanthropic causes. He is a board member of The Joseph & Edna Josephson Institute of Ethics; an advisory board member of the Character Counts Coalition; a spokesman for the National Fatherhood Initiative; a committee member of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and is actively involved in the Student/Sponsor Partnership Program in New York City. Additionally, he received a Distinguished American Award from the Horatio Alger Association and was the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Pepperdine University. In April 2010, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City inducted Selleck into the Hall of Great Western Performers. Selleck was born in Detroit and resides in Southern California with his wife, actress Jillie Mack, and their daughter. His birth date is Jan. 29.

William Windom

Dr. Seth Hazlitt

One of the theater world’s most beloved talents, Len Cariou is a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and a pre-eminent interpreter of the music of Steven Sondheim. On Broadway, he has appeared in “Applause,” for which he earned a Tony Award nomination and won the Theatre World Award; “A Little Night Music,” for which he was also nominated for a Tony Award; “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” for which he won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award; “Nightwatch;” “Cold Storage;” Teddy and Alice;” “Dance a Little Closer;” “The Speed of Darkness;” “The Dinner Party” and “Proof.” Off-Broadway, Cariou has appeared in “Mountain,” “Papa,” “The Persians,” “A Sorrow Beyond Dreams,” “The Master Class” and “Measure for Measure.” In addition, he has served as Artistic Director of the Manitoba Theatre Center and Associate Director of the Guthrie Theatre. On television, Cariou has appeared in “Damages,” “Brotherhood,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “CSI” and “Numb3rs” on CBS, “Ed,” “Law and Order,” “The Outer Limits,” “The Practice,” “The West Wing,” and many television films including “Into the Storm,” for which he earned an Emmy Award nomination. Cariou’s feature film credits include “One Man,” for which he received a Genie Award, “The Four Seasons,” “Flags of our Fathers,” “1408,” “Executive Decision,” “Lady in White,” “Thirteen Days,” “About Schmidt,” “Secret Window” and “The Boynton Beach Bereavement Club.” In addition, he supplied voice narration for the Academy Award-winning documentary, “The Johnstown Flood.” Cariou was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and holds two honorary degrees as well as the Order of Manitoba. He currently resides on the Hudson River’s shore in New Jersey with wife Heather Summerhayes Cariou, author of Sixtyfive Roses: A Sister’s Memoir. Len loves golf almost as much as he loves his family and friends. He’s a Friar, an avid sports fan, and a crack gin rummy player. His birth date is Sept 30.

Tom Bosley

Danny Reagan

was an American actor, television personality and entertainer. Bosley is best known for portraying Howard Cunningham on the 1970s ABC sitcom Happy Days, and the title character on the NBC/ABC series Father Dowling Mysteries. He also was featured in a recurring role on Murder, She Wrote. He originated the title role of the Broadway musical Fiorello!,[1] earning the 1960 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical. Wahlberg’s other television credits include co-starring with Harvey Keitel in the miniseries, “Path to 9/11,” and “The Kill Point” series, as well as the drama series, “Boomtown,” and the award-winning miniseries, “Band of Brothers.” Wahlberg’s film career includes a pivotal role in “The Sixth Sense,” which was originally written for a 13-year-old boy until Wahlberg met with M. Night Shyamalan to inquire about rights for a theater production and ended up convincing the writer/director that no one else but he could play the role. He also co-starred with Mel Gibson in “Ransom” directed by Ron Howard, and starred in the independent film, “Southie.” Other film credits include the blockbuster hit, “Saw II,” “Annapolis” and the independent film, “Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School.” The eighth of nine children, Wahlberg began performing in plays and banging on pots and pans as early as the first grade. In high school, he attended a fledgling arts program and became involved in theater, acting, writing and directing plays. At age 14, he started a band that, in just a few years, went from playing at high school parties to becoming pop music sensation New Kids on the Block. At the height of the group’s popularity, Wahlberg decided to go in another direction by focusing on writing and producing for his brother, Mark. He then chose to explore his interest in acting and landed a role in “Bullet” with Mickey Rourke and Tupac Shakur, a project that lit a spark and motivated him to devote his energy to the craft of acting.