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  • Cast members of the television series In the Heat of the Night pose during the filming of an episode in downtown Covington, circa 1994. From left, Denise Nicholas (Harriet DeLong), Carroll O'Connor (Sheriff Bill Gillespie), and Carl Weathers (Chief Hampton Forbes).

    Cast members of the television series In the Heat of the Night pose during the filming of an episode in downtown Covington, circa 1994. From left, Denise Nicholas (Harriet DeLong), Carroll O'Connor (Sheriff Bill Gillespie), and Carl Weathers (Chief Hampton Forbes).

  • Carroll O'Connor in a scene from "In the Heat of the Night"

    Carroll O'Connor in a scene from "In the Heat of the Night"

For eight seasons, Carroll O'Connor portrayed Chief Bill Gillespie on the television series "In the Heat of the Night." Howard Rollins portrayed an African-American police detective in the fictional Sparta, Mississippi, squad.