SPADE LARKIN & SOREN SORENSON
Spade Larkin - James Sloyan
Soren Sorenson - Sandy McPeak
AS SEEN IN:
[The Wendells' blackmail] plan turns sour when they try it on a worldwise businessman, Soren Sorenson (Sandy McPeak). He recognizes their trick, too late, and threatens to expose them. Wendell attacks him. They struggle and Sorenson is killed by Maude Wendell.
From Felice's Log:
And I also have to mention veteran character actor James Sloyan whose portrayal of the obsessive gold seeker Spade Larkin struck me as both mesmerizing and rather frightening.
[He was] an overeagerly man who had somehow learned about the gold nugget discovered by Lame Beaver, thanks to an article written about Lucinda during her stay in St. Louis.
The reason I teamed these two together, even though they never met and decades divided them, is because they were both victims of violence in the wild, wild West.
Spade Larkin was killed by Hans Brumbaugh when his gold fever got the better of him and he thought Hans was hiding the location of the gold strike from him. And as mentioned above, Soren Sorenson was struck down by Maude with the butt of a gun.
Both bodies were hidden away and the killers were never found out.
Toobworld Central wonders if it's pozz'ble, just pozz'ble, that both men left families behind when they sought their fortunes out West. If so, certain TV characters could be descended from them, like Detective Danny Sorenson ('NYPD Blue'), Dr. Gabe Sorenson ('Sisters'), Grandpa Raymond Larkin ('Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman'), and the rogue spy Bryce Larkin ('Chuck').