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ABC Movie of the Week/The Astronaut

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The Astronaut
Airdate January 8, 1972
Writer Robert Biheller &
Charles Kuenstle (story & teleplay)
Harve Bennett &
Gerald Di Pego (teleplay)
Director Robert Michael Lewis
Network ABC
Style 90-minute drama
Company Universal TV
Origin USA
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The Astronaut (1972) is a TV movie about an astronaut who dies on a mission to Mars and is replaced with a body double. It aired as part of the ABC Movie of the Week.

Cast: Jackie Cooper (Kurt Anderson), Monte Markham (Eddie Reese/Col. Brice Randolph), Richard Anderson (Dr. Wylie), Robert Lansing (John Phillips), Susan Clark (Gail Randolph), John Lupton (Don Masters), Walter Brooke (Tom Everett), James Sikking (Astronaut Higgins), Paul Kent (Carl Samuels), Loretta Leversee (Toni Scott)


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