Here is a list of characters who appeared in multiple episodes of Murder, She Wrote. Crucially, I did not include characters who technically appear in two episodes, but those two episodes are actually two parts of the same one.

For each character, I’ve noted the actor(s) who played them and the number of episodes they appeared in. I have tried to organize the characters thematically according to type; and within each type the characters are listed from most to least appearances on the show. This is a work in progress and I will add more details about the characters over time.

[Last updated: July 1st 2019]

Cabot Covers

Dr. Seth Hazlitt (52 episodes) — played by William Windom, who also appeared in one early episode as a different character

Sheriff Mort Metzger (39 episodes) — played by Ron Masak, who also appeared in two early episodes as different characters

Deputy Andy Broom (23 episodes) — played by Louis Herthum, who also appeared in two early episodes playing different characters

Sheriff Amos Tupper (19 episodes) — played by Tom Bosley

Deputy Floyd (15 episodes) — played by Will Nye

Eve Simpson (10 episodes) — played by Julie Adams

Mayor Sam Booth (7 episodes) — played by Richard Paul, who also lent his voice to one more episode

Jean O’Neill (4 episodes) — played by Madlyn Rhue, who also appeared as a different character in one more episode

Captain Ethan Cragg (4 episodes) — played by Claude Akins

Harry Pierce (3 episodes) — played by John Astin, who also appeared in two additional episodes as other characters

Bennett (Ben) J. Devlin (3 episodes) — played by Joe Dorsey, who also appeared in two additional episodes as different characters (one of which was a two-parter)

Ebeneezer McEnery (2 episodes) — played by Orson Bean

Adam Frobisher (2 episodes) — played by Christopher Stone

And the beauty parlor ladies (3 episodes):

  • Ideal Molloy played by Kathryn Grayson
  • Phyllis Grant played by Gloria DeHaven
  • Loretta Spiegel/Speigel played by Ruth Roman
  • Coreen/Corinne played by Sally Klein

Family

Grady Ambrose Fletcher (12 episodes) — played by Michael Horton

Donna Mayberry Fletcher (4 episodes) — played by Debbie Zipp, who also appeared in one early episode as a different character

Victoria Brandon Griffin (3 episodes) — played by Genie Francis

Howard Griffin (3 episodes) — played by Jeff Conaway (first two episodes) and Dean Butler (third episode). Jeff Conaway also appeared in two later episodes as different characters.

Cops and other crime-solving sidekicks

Dennis Stanton (9 episodes) — played by Keith Michell

NYPD Lieutenant Artie Gelber (7 episodes) — played by Herb Edelman, who also appeared in three earlier episodes as different characters

Michael Hagarty (7 episodes) — played by Len Cariou

Harry McGraw (7 episodes) — played by Jerry Orbach

Charlie Garrett (5 episodes) — played by Wayne Rogers

Detective Henderson (5 episodes) — played by Leonard Lightfoot

Lieutenant Gabriel Caceras (3 episodes) — played by Gregory Sierra, who also appeared in three other episodes as different characters

NYPD Lt. Timothy Hanratty (2 episodes) — played by Barney Martin

Lt. Casey (2 episodes) — played by Ray Girardin, who also appears in another episode as a different character

Lt. Alan Terwilliger (2 episodes) — played by Michael Tolan, who also appears in another episode as a different character

Det. Sgt. Vince Lofton (2 episodes) — played by Stan Shaw, who also appears in another episode as a different character

Sgt. Terence Boyle (2 episodes) — played by Mark Rolston, who also appears in two other episodes as different characters

Book-End Characters

There were several episodes, particularly in Season 7, where Jessica Fletcher hardly appears. Six of these episodes feature the crime being solved by her friend Dennis Stanton. These episodes featured some recurring characters in addition to Stanton:

  • Lt. Perry Catalano (6 episodes) — played by Ken Swofford, who also appeared in five additional episodes as different characters
  • Rhoda Markowitz (6 episodes) — played by Hallie Todd, who also appeared in one additional episode as a different character
  • Robert Butler (5 episodes) — played by James Sloyan, who also appeared in two additional episodes as different characters

Miscellaneous

Ahmed Shankar (4 episodes) — played by Andrew Johnson (credited as Andrew Brye)

Ted Hartley (3 episodes) — played by Bruce Gray, who also appeared in two additional episodes as different characters

The remaining characters made two appearances each:

  • Lt. Clint Phelps — played by Martin Milner, who also appeared in three additional episodes as different characters
  • Haskell Drake — played by Harry Guardino, who also appeared in two additional episodes as different characters
  • Richie Kanpinski — played by Eddie Barth, who also appeared in two additional episodes as different characters
  • Boyce Brown — played by Mike Connors, who also appeared in one additional episode as a different character
  • Sean Culhane/Cullane — played by George Hearn, who also appeared in one additional episode as a different character
  • Preston Giles — played by Arthur Hill
  • Dr. Raymond Auerbach — played by Alan Oppenheimer
  • Mabel — played by Phyllis Franklin

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