How William Katt Incredibly Became ‘The Greatest American Hero’

Superhero shows may be omnipresent on television now, but that wasn’t the case in 1981. Believe it or not, The Greatest American Hero was the only live-action superhero show airing at the time! The show, a campy, tongue-in-cheek homage that capitalized on the success of the first two Superman films, never became a Top 10 TV hit (though its theme song became a Top 10 pop hit). But it still became ingrained in American culture and remains a fan favorite to this day. William Katt starred in the series as a teacher-turned-superhero, thanks to an alien gift of a suit granting him a wide variety of super powers. At a RetroCon 2021 panel, Katt talked about the show, the suit, and how he managed to wind up becoming The Greatest American Hero without even having to audition. (Click on the media bar below to hear William Katt)


The Greatest American Hero is currently streaming on Freevee (Formerly IMDb TV) and is available on DVD.

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