Premise

An ambitious chronicle of Benjamin Franklin's remarkable career, portrayed by five actors at various stages in his long life. It aired during the run-up to the Bicentennial. Episodes were penned by Howard Fast and Loring Mandel, and had a superlative cast that included Melvyn Douglas, Richard Widmark, and Lloyd and Beau Bridges. It won Emmys for limited series, writing, art direction and music.

Cast

Beau Bridges Benjamin Franklin (as young printer)
Lloyd Bridges Benjamin Franklin (middle-aged)
Eddie Albert Benjamin Franklin (ambassador)
Richard Widmark Benjamin Franklin (in London)
Melvyn Douglas Benjamin Franklin (in his final years)
Gig Young Vergennes
Alexis Smith Madame Helvetius
Susan Sarandon Deborah Read
Sheree North Deborah Franklin
Will Geer Josiah Franklin
Bruce Davison William Franklin
Honor Blackman Margaret Stevenson
Ian Holm Wedderburn
William Shatner Dr. Benjamin Rush