Made for television, Standing Tall guest-stars Chuck Connors as one Major Roland Hartline. A proud, ruthless Depression-era cattle baron, Major Hartline carries on a range war with half-breed rancher Luke Shasta (Robert Forster). This isn't The Rifleman, so Chuck Connors is the bad guy. On Luke Shasta's side is full-blooded Native American Lonnie Moon (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest's Will Sampson) and Luke's ex-schoolmarm wife (Linda Evans). Standing Tall first stood on its own two feet on January 21, 1978.