The Plain Dealer: April 22, 1983
by Don Bean

 

Terry ("Col. Tigh") Carter as a young undergraduate dreamed of becoming a lawyer. Somewhere in his studies, his desire for the law gave way to his dream of becoming an actor.

Yesterday at the Cleveland Community Savings, 4084 Lee Rd.. Carter, who played "Col. Tigh" in the television series Battlestar Galactica, announced that he would play a lawyer, John P. Letter, in a prototype television series Letter of the Law will be made here with local financing and employ about 60 Cleveland area actors and stage hands.

"I dropped out of law school to become an actor. And here I have created this lawyer, Letter, who is an advocate of children's rights." Carter said. "I am really fulfilling my earlier dream."

Carter, born in Brooklyn. N.Y., 54 years ago, said the purpose of Letter of the Law was to draw the networks' and sponsors' attention to the lack of blacks in starring roles in dramatic series.

County Commissioner Virgil E. Brown, along with Cleveland Municipal Court Presiding Judge Charles W. Fleming, were among dignitaries who welcomed Carter to Cleveland.

Brown, in a proclamation from the county commissioners which declared yesterday as "Terry Carter Day," said. "We applaud Terry Carter in his efforts to point out the lack of blacks in leading dramatic roles and proudly salute him for his achievements."

Carter said, "This is a profit- making venture. But at the same time we want to put some people to work in Cleveland, and I thank you for your support."

Carter estimated the prototype pilot, about 12 minutes long, would cost about $100,000, Part of the pilot is being financed by leading Cleveland blacks.

Carter said filming would begin in May. The setting will be in Juvenile Court. The actual 90-minute, made-for-television film would cost about $2 million, Carter said. He will direct and produce the film.

Carter, his wife and two children live in Santa Monica, Calif.