Green Hornet, The

The secret identity of Britt Reid (Van Williams), crusading editor of The Daily Sentinel on the crime drama THE GREEN HORNET/ABC/1966-67.

With his faithful manservant, Kato (Bruce Lee) Britt Reid in the guise of the Green Hornet battled organized crime.

His arsenal of weapons included a gas gun which shot a non-lethal immobilizing gas, the hornet stinger cane that emitted an incapacitating sound wave, and the Kung Fu talents of his manservant Kato.

Their automobile (“The Black Beauty”) was a sleek gadget-filled vehicle a la James Bond’s Astin Martin with a TV camera that circled the city transmitting pictures back to the car; and small brooms that dropped from the rear bumper to whisk away tire tracks.

Only the D.A. knew that the Hornet and Kato (despite their underworld dealings) were actually working for and not against the law.

Note: The Green Hornet was created by George Trendle and Fran Striker. The character originated on Detroit radio station WZYZ in 1936.

Britt Reid (aka, “The Green Hornet”) was actually the great nephew of The Lone Ranger (the Lone Ranger’s nephew’s grandson). Both wore a trademark mask to conceal their identity.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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