The nickname of Milton C. Hardcastle (Brian Keith), a southern California judge on the detective adventure HARDCASTLE AND MCCORMICK/ABC/1983-86.


Because of his crazy courtroom antics and his tough sentencing policies that proudly proclaimed “Lady Justice is a tough old broad,” the judge was dubbed “Hardcase.”

A fan of the Lone Ranger and the legendary frontier justice of the Old West, Hardcastle yearned for the good old days when the motto of law enforcement was “Hunt ’em, Hear ’em, Hang’em!”

When he retired, Hardcastle teamed up with Mark McCormick (Daniel Hugh-Kelly), a former race driver and ex-con (nicknamed “Skid”), to bring to justice criminals who had slipped through the legal system on technicalities.

The judge once wore a T-shirt with the words “There’s no plea bargain in Heaven.”


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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