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.”