SURFSIDE 6 10/3/60 – 9/24/1962 ABC 1 Hour Black and White 74 episodes
Warner Bros. Television
Surfside 6 Cast Troy Donahue as Sandy Winfield II Van Williams as Ken Madison Lee Patterson as Dave Thorne Diane McBain as Daphne Dutton Margarita Sierra as Cha Cha O’Brien
Don ‘Red’ Barry as Lt. Snedigar (1961) Richard Crane as Lieutenant Gene Plehan (1961-1962) Paul ‘Mousie’ Garner as Mousie
Surfside 6 Theme Song “Surfside 6 Theme” by Mack David and Jerry Livingston
Surfside 6 Tidbits Surfside 6 was one the mix and match detective stories from Warner Brothers. Troy Donahue moved straight from Surfside 6 toHawaiian Eye. Van WIlliams’ character Ken Madison had moved over from the cancelled Bourbon Street Beat, which occupied the same timeslot the year before.
The gimmick here was that the detectives lived and worked on a houseboat across from the Fountainbleau Hotel on Miami Beach.
Docked next to them was the luxury yacht of socialite Daphne Dutton (Diane McBain) and Cha Cha entertained in the Boom Boom Room at the hotel.
Passings Magarita Sierra died in 1963 of a heart ailment, Richard Crane in 1969 of a heart attack, Don “Red” Barry committed suicide in 1980, Troy Donahue died in 2001 of a heart attack and Van Williams in 2016 of renal failure, he was 82