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Cover Up
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Jon-Erik Hexum and Jennifer O'Neill
Genre Action/Adventure
Created by Glen A. Larson
Directed by Phil Bondelli
Richard A. Colla
Peter Crane
Don Carlos Dunaway
Walter Grauman
John D. Hancock
Jeffrey Hayden
Sidney Hayers
Christopher Hibler
Bruce Kessler
Guy Magar
Bernard McEveety
Arthur Allan Seidelman
Michael Vejar
Don Weis
Starring Jennifer O'Neill
Jon-Erik Hexum
Antony Hamilton
Theme music composer Dean Pitchford
Jim Steinman
Opening theme "Holding Out for a Hero" performed by EG Daily
Composer(s) Joseph Conlan
J.A.C. Redford
Morton Stevens
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Executive producer(s) Glen A. Larson
Producer(s) Brian Alan Lane
Bob Shayne
Harker Wade
Editor(s) David Howe
Gene Ranney
Running time 48 min
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
Glen A. Larson Productions
Original channel CBS
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 22, 1984 – April 6, 1985

Cover Up is an American action/adventure television series that aired for one season on CBS from September 22, 1984 to April 6, 1985. Created by Glen A. Larson, the series stars Jennifer O'Neill, Jon-Erik Hexum, Antony Hamilton, and Richard Anderson.


Plot overview

Fashion photographer Dani Reynolds' life suddenly changes after the death of her husband. Dani later learns that her husband was actually an undercover CIA agent. When she finds out that he was murdered, she recruits Mac Harper, a former Green Beret, to help her find her husband's killers. After doing that, Henry Towler, her husband's boss, offers her the late husband's job. So Dani would continue being a photographer and Mac would be one of her models. Henry would send them anywhere in the world where Americans are in trouble or criminals need to be caught. Once there, they act pretty much on their own. When Jon-Erik Hexum, who played Mac, died (see below), Jack Striker joined the show in the "Writer Block" episode as a real agent who is added to Dani's team as the new model.


On-set accident

During a break between scenes on the Cover Up set on October 12, 1984, Jon-Erik Hexum jokingly placed a blank-loaded .44 Magnum prop gun to his temple and pulled the trigger. The shot sent the wadding from the blank cartridge into Hexum's skull, driving a bone fragment the size of a quarter into his brain and causing massive hemorrhaging. Hexum was rushed to the hospital, where he eventually was declared brain dead. On October 18, he was taken off life support and his organs were harvested for transplant.[1]

Hexum appeared in only seven episodes of the series, including the pilot. He was replaced by Antony Hamilton for the remainder of the season. Hamilton himself also died prematurely, of an AIDS related illness in 1995, aged 42.[2]

Episode list

Ep # Title Airdate
1 Pilot (Part 1) September 22, 1984
2 Pilot (Part 2) September 22, 1984
3 "Death in Vogue" September 29, 1984
4 "The Million Dollar Face" October 6, 1984
5 "Harper-Gate" October 10, 1984
6 "Sudden Exposure" October 17, 1984
7 "Nothing to Lose" October 24, 1984
8 "Golden Opportunity" * November 3, 1984
9 "Writer's Block" ** November 24, 1984
10 "Murder in Malibu" December 1, 1984
11 "Midnight Highway" December 8, 1984
12 "A Subtle Seduction" December 29, 1984
13 "Black Widow" January 5, 1985
14 "Murder Offshore" January 12, 1985
15 "The Assassin" January 26, 1985
16 "Rules to Die By" February 2, 1985
17 "Healthy, Wealthy, and Dead" February 23, 1985
18 "The Ugliest America" March 2, 1985
19 "Who's Trying to Kill Miss Globe?" March 9, 1985
20 "Adam's Rib" March 23, 1985
21 "Jack of Spades" March 30, 1985
22 "Passions" April 6, 1985
  • *Hexum's last episode[3]
  • **Hamilton's first episode[4]


  1. ^ "Jon-Erik Hexum Fatal Joke". 1994-10-14.,,304026,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-16.  
  2. ^ Davidson, Casey; Shaw, Jessica (1995-04-28). "Monitor: Pop Culture News".,,297007,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-16.  
  3. ^ — Golden Opportunity
  4. ^ — Writer Block

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