The series lasted only one season on ABC and starred Van Williams as the Green Hornet and soon-to-be martial arts superstar Bruce Lee as Kato.
The Green Hornet followed the adventures of playboy and media mogul Britt Reid, who as the masked vigilante the Green Hornet fought crime with the assistance of his martial-artist sidekick Kato and his weapons-enhanced car, the Black Beauty. The sseries premiered September 9, 1966, and ran through July 14, 1967.
The character had originated as the star of a 1930s to 1950s radio series, and had previously been adapted to movie serials, comic books, and other media.
A movie version of ‘The Green Hornet’ starring Seth Rogen will premiere Friday January 14, 2011 in theaters.