It’s shaping up to be a good month for our 16th president: Abe Lincoln turns 204 on Tuesday, and on Feb. 24, Steven Spielberg’s biopic seems poised to take home a handful of Oscars. Let’s celebrate the old rail-splitter with this look at five TV Lincolns:
1. LINCOLN CASE (Glen Corbett on “Route 66,” 1963-64) – A Vietnam War vet (TV’s first) who became the substitute traveling companion of Tod Stiles (Martin Milner) after his original partner (George Maharis) left the series.
2. LINCOLN “LINC” HAYES (Clarence Williams III on “The Mod Squad,” 1968-72) – One of the trio of youthful lawbreakers (he had been arrested in the Watts race riots) who became undercover LAPD officers.
3. MATT LINCOLN (Vincent Edwards on “Matt Lincoln,” 1970-71) – A hip psychiatrist who founded a telephone hotline service for troubled teens.
4. LINCOLN BURROWS (Dominic Purcell on “Prison Break,” 2005-09) – Accused murderer who will be executed unless his brother’s elaborate plan to spring him from jail succeeds.
5. SEAN AND BEVERLY LINCOLN (Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig on “Episodes,” 2011-) – British husband-and-wife TV-writing team who move to Hollywood to write a series for Matt LeBlanc.