In the early to mid 70s a character actor so charmed ... well I was going to say audiences, but I imagine it was more the movers and shakers in television, and maybe some audience members, that he was given his own show.
Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers was an MTM series broadcast on the CBS network. The show followed the exploits of the quirky title character, Paul Sand, a classical musician who played for the Boston Symphony if memory serves.
I don't have specific memories of the show except that I do remember watching it at least once and enjoying it. I remember thinking that this guy was very funny, in a quiet, slow, deadpan way. He had appeared on The Carol Burnett Show and some other 70s sitcoms always playing a somewhat nebbish sort of character.
As I understand it PSFL had filmed 13 episodes, but only 3 were broadcast. Which is odd because, for some reason, that show really stayed with me all these years.
It may be that the series also starred one of my first crushes and all time favorite actresses, Teri Garr, as well as Penny Marshall, Steve Landesberg and Jack Gilford. I mean, that cast alone should have guaranteed it a 13 episode run. But television is funny that way and the series was soon forgotten. But maybe not Sand.
While he never had another shot at his own series, the rest of the 70s saw him continue to work, rather sporadically. Then a few years after that he had recurring roles in a variety of series, as well as appearing in some features and it is my understanding he has appeared on Broadway, even taking home a Tony for a supporting performance.
Not only did I enjoy Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, I enjoyed Paul Sand. I'd love to see more of him on television, features, or even Broadway. And it's still odd to me that someone who had such a break could be kind of forgotten.
Well, maybe not really forgotten. He is the subject of this post after all.