Though his role (as paramedic John Gage) on the hit '70s series "Emergency!" made him a star, Randolph Mantooth had "no idea" what an impact the show was having. "But, boy," he later remarked, "I hear about it now!" Case in point:
"One day I met John Wells, who's the 'Third Watch' producer," Mantooth recalled, "and he told me, 'We went to 20 fire stations around the country before starting the show, and out of the 20, 11 stations had dogs named Mantooth.' I was blown away. What a nice compliment!"
[Some 30 years after "Emergency!" debuted, the Smithsonian Institute welcomed some of the show's memorabilia into its Natural History Museum.]