For the first several seasons, you could always tell the "bad guys" by the cars they drove - a Ford. "Good Guys" that live drove Dodge and "Good Guys" that die drove Chevys.
The majority of this series was filmed in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, and the surrounding area. Many residents in the area were cast as extras and some even had speaking lines.
At the end of the episode "Avenging Angel", it was explained that C.D. Parker (Noble Willingham) had taken sick while on a trip and passed away But, in the final episode "Final Showdown" it was revealed that C.D. was murdered.
In the first few episodes, C.D. Parker was played by Gailard Sartain, after that he was replaced by Noble Willingham.
According to C.D. Parker, Jimmy Trivette played college football at Penn State University, and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. His career ended after his rookie year due to a shoulder injury.
Jimmy Trivette was originally from Baltimore, Maryland.
C.D. Parker was the only character who refers to Walker by his first name.
Walker was always referred to by his Uncle Ray as "Wa-sho", which in Cherokee meant "Lone Eagle".
Jimmy Trevette's nickname for C.D. Parker was "Big Dog".
Before he became a ranger, Jimmy Trivette ('Clarence Gilyard, Jr.' ) played football, as a wide receiver, for the Dallas Cowboys and was nicknamed "Go Long Trivette".
In the early episodes, Walker drove a GMC truck, in the later episodes, he drove a Dodge Ram.
In the show, the Rangers' headquarters are located in Dallas, but the Rangers' headquarters is actually in Austin. The building shown as the Rangers' headquarters is actually the Tarrant County Courthouse in Fort Worth. In real life, the Rangers' headquarters for Dallas-Fort Worth is the Company B headquarters in Garland.
Seasons 1 and 2, episodes "One Riot, One Ranger" through "Stolen Lullaby," were released on DVD as "Walker, Texas Ranger: Season One."
The exterior view of "C.D.'s Bar and Grill" is actually the legendary White Elephant Saloon located in Ft. Worth's Historic Stockyards District. When it was built, the White Elephant was owned and operated by wild west gambler/gunfighter Luke Short, a friend to such famous figures as Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and "Doc" Holiday.
The award that C.D. receives for his career in Texas law enforcement is called "The Frank Hamer Award". The award is named after the legendary Texas Ranger who began his career on horseback in the wild west of the 1890's and retired during the gangster era of the 1920's and 1930's. Hamer is best remembered as the man who led the posse that killed Bonnie and Clyde.
Walker's full last name is "Firewalker". When his parents died/were killed, he went to an orphanage where the others teased him because he didn't look like a Native American. Therefore, he shortened it to Walker.
Dallas detective Carlos Sandobal (Marco Sanchez) and martial arts instructor/private detective Trent Malloy (James Wicek) were with the show from 1997-1999 as regulars. Their names never appeared in the opening credits.
Jimmy Trivette's hero was Johnny Unitas.
Jimmy Trivette is a vegetarian.
Many of the children actors cast on this show also previously co-starred in the children's show Barney & Friends.
Wade Harper (Robert Fuller) is a retired Texas Ranger from El Paso.
Wade and Betsy Harper had a daughter, Jenny.
In addition to driving a GMC truck and a Dodge Ram Walker also drove a Ford Bronco.
This was filmed as the season finale (a two-hour movie special), but aired before "Stolen Lullaby", which ran the following week. Had the show been canceled at this point because of excessive violence (a major concern in 1994), William Prince would have been the villain in a series finale for the third time (after Starsky & Hutch and _"Search For Tomorrow" (1951)_.)
Stuart Whitman was hired at the last minute to play the guest lead when Willie Nelson backed out because of a tour opportunity.
The scene in which Chuck Norris is staked out, spread-eagle style, to be tortured by scorpions has two antecedents. In the 1959 "Timbuktu," a bare-chested Victor Mature is staked out in similar fashion, only his torture is to be administered by a venomous tarantula. Just as Norris is eventually rescued by his horse, so too was a bare-chested Richard Boone rescued by his horse after he'd been staked out and left to die by Indians in a 1957 episode of "Have Gun Will Travel" titled "The Yuma Treasure."
At the beginning of the episode, Trivette is reading from a book while he and Walker are on a stakeout. Walker asked the name and author of the book. Trivette says "The Secret Power Within by Chuck Norris". Walker says "Never heard of him." Trivett says "You've never heard of Chuck Norris, four time World Karate Champion?". Walker says "Six"
Footage from the USFL's Los Angeles Express vs. Houston Gamblers was used to represent the Dallas Cowboys' on field footage. Shots of Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders was interspersed for realism.
A short lived spin off of Walker was attempted in the spring of 1999. Sons of Thunder centred around Walker regulars Trent Maloy (James Wlcek) and Carlos Sandoval (Marco Sanchez), both were introduced in a Walker movie of the same name. It replaced Walker in its time-slot for a six episode run, but never saw the light of day after that. It should be noted that after the failed series both Trent and Carlos were pulled from the show, never to be heard from again.
The original Lost Boys were the cohort who lived with Peter Pan in Neverland in the 1904 play by J.M. Barrie, 'Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up'. In the play, the Lost Boys had literally been lost or misplaced by their parents.