Neville Brand played a former Union Army officer who came to the Rangers with something of a checkered past, which amused his younger partners. Riley, a gentle soul by nature, had been raised by Indians and so was the best tracker. Cooper was from New Orleans and had the reputation of a fast gun, although not as a gunfighter.
Peter Brown got into acting when he was in the army by organizing a theater group on base to occupy ...
CHAD COOPER was the clever, educated Ranger, although he rarely outsmarted Captain Parmalee. He was a ladies' man, a manipulator, a fast talker, a schemer, a lover of the usually unattainable good life and, as with his buddies, threw a mean fist in a brawl. Chad rode a flashy black “Sunday horse” with fancy tack while the others were satisfied with more mundane accoutrements. [His horse Amigo was actually Peter Brown's own horse.] Unlike Erik Hunter, Chad wore “sensible clothes” on the job but had what Reese called, “fuddadiddle clothes” for special occasions.
Cooper was recognized as the fastest draw in the Rangers. [In "Meanwhile Back at the Reservation", a group of gunfighters is dividing up the town. One of them claims he’d like to try Cooper. He’s warned, “Not on your best day, Charlie.” When he insists, Charlie’s asked, “Want one of us to call his name so you can get a better look at his back?”] In the first season, Chad sported a cross-draw, wearing his revolver backwards on his left hip like Billy the Kid. Peter Brown thought it would be an interesting difference from the standard draw he used in Lawman. However, although known as one of the best gun handlers in TV westerns, Peter never mastered the cross draw. So we never see him draw his gun during Laredo's first year, although he did a very fancy spin in returning it to the holster. The second year he returned to the standard draw.
Chad was a New Orleans man with a background that gave him some expertise in fencing, boxing, literature and fine manners. He didn’t bother with a Southern accent in every show, usually just bringing it out to impress the ladies. He was almost always partnered up with Joe. Even when the three Rangers went out together, it was was usually Chad and Joe manipulating or mocking Reese.
In the second season, Erik Hunter was added to Company B. He gave Chad competition in every way, with women, scheming, fast talking, manipulation, etc. Erik also gave Chad someone he could talk to without dumbing down his vocabulary so they were occasionally paired off on Ranger assignments.
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