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Flipper 

Not Rated | | Adventure, Family | TV Series (1964–1967)
Ranger Porter Ricks is responsible for the animal and human life in Coral Key Park, Florida. Stories center on his 15-year-old son Sandy and 10-year-old Bud and, especially, on their pet dolphin Flipper.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Brian Kelly ...  Porter Ricks 88 episodes, 1964-1967
Luke Halpin ...  Sandy Ricks 88 episodes, 1964-1967
Tommy Norden Tommy Norden ...  Bud Ricks 88 episodes, 1964-1967
Flipper ...  Flipper / ... 88 episodes, 1964-1967
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Ranger Porter Ricks is responsible for the animal and human life in Coral Key Park, Florida. Stories center on his 15-year-old son Sandy and 10-year-old Bud and, especially, on their pet dolphin Flipper.

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Adventure | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flipper le dauphin See more »

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Runtime:

(88 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Flipper was played by three dolphins named Mitzi, Little Bit, and Mr. Gipper. Mitzi did the close-up shots, but she wasn't very athletic, so Little Bit and Mr. Gipper did the stunt work. All three were trained by Milton Santini, a commercial fisherman who started working with dolphins after accidentally injuring one in a fishing net. See more »

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Followed by Flipper (1995) See more »

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In memoriam: Brian Kelly, 1931-2005
17 June 2005 | by juliafwilliamsSee all my reviews

It is with sadness that, while surfing through this database, I read that Brian Kelly, the handsome actor who played patriarch Porter Ricks on the television version of Flipper, passed away in February 2005, just short of his 74th birthday. I believe that the news of Mr. Kelly's passing was quite under-reported.

Brian Kelly played a father who was intelligent, understanding, and when warranted, firm. His character of Porter Ricks raised his two sons, Bud and Sandy, with keen senses of the difference between right and wrong, values that are quite under-portrayed in an age of extreme dynamics surrounding sex, drugs, and violence.

After Flipper went off the air and into syndication, Mr. Kelly appeared in a handful of films and episodic television programs. Around 1970 or 1971, his acting career came to a tragic end following a freak motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed and with speech and health problems. Nevertheless, he continued in the entertainment industry as a motion picture producer. One such production effort is the 1980's action film 'Blade Runner'.

Brian Kelly will be missed, and may he rest in peace.


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