Actor who played Simon Templar, alias The Saint, on Television
played The Saint in a 1980s TV series pilot: The Saint in Manhattan.
The Saint in Manhattan
Starring Andrew Clarke
In 1987, Robert Baker still believed in the Saint, and decided to give it another go with Australian Andrew Clarke
in the lead role. He teamed with D.L. Taffner Ltd., to produce a one-hour pilot episode that aired on CBS. It did not make
the fall schedule; instead, CBS decided to show it and have viewers call in and vote to put it on the schedule. About 44,000 people
called in, with over 40,000 of them voting in favor of the show. These numbers did not sway CBS, especially since the show did not
fair well against whatever was playing on the other two networks that night, and it declined to purchase any
D.L. Taffner Press Release
Simon Templar, the world famous character created by Leslie Charteris, returns in a brand-new series. The Saint in Manhattan is a sophisticated man of the 80's who has moved his bas of operation from London to New York. Exciting newcomer Andrew Clarke recreates The Saint; George Rose plays his valet and trusted friend, Woods.
Filmed at such famous New York locations as the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Lincoln Center, F.A.O. Schwartz and Little Italy. "The Saint in Manhattan" is filled with action, mystery and romance. It is guaranteed to please audiences around the world.
In the Andrew Clarke television pilot, The Saint drove a black Lamborghini Countach 5000QV that was provided by Meadowlands Car Imports.
The History of The Saint on TV
The Saint was finally adapted for television in 1962, with Roger Moore portraying
the Saint in 71 black and white, and 47 color episodes. The show came to
an end in 1969, but later resurfaced in 1979, aptly named The Return
of The Saint. Ian Ogilvy was the new Saint for 24 color episodes, but didn't last long.
A pilot for a new Saint show was made in 1987 by D.L. Taffner, starring Andrew Clarke as The Saint.
There were no other episodes other than the one pilot episode.
Then, in 1989 the Saint was once again welcomed back to television in six 2-hour movies
featuring Simon Dutton as Simon Templar, alias the Saint.
The Saint returned again to the small screen in 2013, with Adam Rayner in the starring role.
Other Actors Who've Played The Saint
Portrals of Simon Templar on Film in Movie Motion Pictures: