One Adam-12 episode featured the children of two famous crooners
Gary Crosby, Tina Sinatra and Frank Sinatra, Jr. all appeared together.
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One of the fun parts about watching Adam-12 is seeing all the unexpected guest stars that acted in many different episodes during its seven-season run. The show featured performances by everyone from Cloris Leachman to Dick Clark and even a very young Jodie Foster.
The season five episode "The Late Baby" featured two of Frank Sinatra's children, Christina and Frank Jr.
Combine that with the fact that Bing Crosby’s son, Gary, made recurring appearances on the show as Officer Ed Wells, and you have one interesting bit of trivia! The offspring of two of America’s most famous crooners, all together in one television episode.
This particular installment saw the show's main characters, Officers Jim Reed and Pete Malloy, responding to a call about a prowler in someone's yard, pulling over a suspicious looking work truck and dealing with other routine police problems. These events are all well and good, but it’s the drama back at the station that really makes things interesting.
Malloy asks out the attractive new clerk, Marilyn, played by Tina Sinatra (credited as Christina Sinatra). She's the niece of Officer Ed Wells who doesn’t approve of her going out with Malloy. Wells pesters Malloy with questions and rules he needs to follow. Marilyn disregards her Uncle’s feelings and agrees to a date with Malloy.
The episode takes an odd turn at the end when Marilyn goes on another date, this time with the thrice-divorced, womanizing Officer Boyd. It's odd because Boyd is played by Frank Sinatra, Jr. Obviously their characters aren't related on the show but it’s still a little strange. Bet you didn't see that coming!