April 15, 1993 |
More 'Heat': CBS has renewed Carroll O'Connor's "In the Heat of the Night" for a second season, which will be the series' seventh overall (it debuted on NBC in 1988). But co-star Howard Rollins, whose problems with drug addiction are well known, has reportedly been written out of the first few episodes--a result of a Georgia warrant that seeks Rollins' arrest for alleged parole violations.
November 11, 1989
Howard Rollins, co-star of the NBC police series "In the Heat of the Night," was released from an Atlanta hospital Friday after passing a stress test for chest pains he suffered on the set of the show, MGM/UA Television announced. The studio released a statement from Crawford Long Hospital saying that there was no evidence of coronary artery blockage.
July 22, 1988 |
Charges of speeding, driving while intoxicated and cocaine possession will be filed by a Louisiana prosecutor against actor Howard Rollins, despite recent reports to the contrary. East Baton Rouge Parish assistant district attorney Glen Lorio said Wednesday that "there is not any basis for dropping charges," but added that Rollins' completion of a substance-abuse program at the noted Hazelden Center in Minnesota "will probably get him in good shape if he pleads guilty."
December 13, 1989 |
Howard Rollins, co-star of the NBC police series "In the Heat of the Night," has missed three episodes of the show because of health problems and MGM-TV is allowing him to decide his future with the show, according to studio representatives. Rollins, who stars with Carroll O'Connor in the one-hour series, is back home in Covington, Ga., where the show is filmed, after admitting himself to a rehabilitation center, said David Gerber, president of MGM-TV, which produces the show for NBC.
March 12, 1990 |
Howard Rollins, co-star of NBC's "In the Heat of the Night," said his addictions to drugs and alcohol drove him to consider suicide three days before Christmas. The actor, who portrays Detective Virgil Tibbs, said an inner voice was telling him: "Just go ahead and kill me. I'm sick of it. I'll never straighten out my life, I'll never have the career I want. "How can I talk about a career when I can't even stop using drugs? Why can't I just take a gun to my head and be out of this misery?"
December 20, 1989 |
Carroll O'Connor, executive producer and star of the NBC series "In the Heat of the Night," says he will take legal action against the tabloid that published a story saying that he has fired co-star Howard Rollins. "The article published in the Dec. 26, 1989, edition of the National Enquirer is totally unfounded and deliberately false," said O'Connor. "I am going to sue this strange pathogenic publication for its malicious statements."