Hunter, The

Code name for wealthy American businessman playboy Bart Adams (Barry Nelson) on the espionage adventure THE HUNTER/CBS/NBC/1952-54.


Bart Adams secretly worked as a Cold War espionage agent in Western Europe fighting Communism on both sides of the Iron Curtain for the US Government.

A master of disguise, Adams communicated with his contacts using a secret “Whistle” code from the song “Frere Jacques” followed by a lusty wolf’s whistle.

Other regulars on the series included:

  • Anna Minot as Liz (Bart’s friend in Prague)
  • Lisa Howard as Janet Wood (a reporter)
  • Barbara Bolton as Rita (Bart’s friend in Copenhagen)
  • Susanna TaFel as Ruby Ellis (Bart’s old flame).

Keith Larsen assumed the role of Bart Adams when Barry Nelson left the series in 1954.

Note: Born April 16, 1917 as Robert Haakon Nielsen in San Francisco, California, Barry Nelson was the first actor to portray Ian Fleming’s secret agent James Bond. Nelson died April 7, 2007.


Other characters over the years tagged with the name Hunter included:

  • The Hunter, a southern bloodhound (voice of Kenny Delmar) who proclaimed “I a-a-a-a-a-m the Hunter!” on the component series THE HUNTER on the cartoon KING LEONARDO AND HIS SHORT SUBJECTS/NBC/1960-63
  • James Hunter (James Franciscus), a bookstore owner-turned-spy on the drama HUNTER/CBS/1977
  • Sergeant Rick Hunter (Fred Dryer) on the police drama HUNTER/NBC/1984-91.



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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