List of Matlock characters

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This is a list of Matlock characters.


Ben Matlock[edit]

Benjamin Leighton "Ben" Matlock (played by Andy Griffith) is a renowned, folksy yet cantankerous defense attorney who charges a fee of $100,000 to take a case. He is known for visiting crime scenes to discover overlooked clues, as well as his down-home style of coming up with viable, alternative theories of the crime in question (usually murder) while sitting in his office playing the banjo or polishing his shoes. Matlock also has conspicuously finicky fashion sense (wearing nothing but grey suits) and an insatiable appetite for hot dogs (an explanation for this is featured in the Diagnosis: Murder cross-over double episode "Murder Two", which also marked the last appearance of Matlock on television). Despite his high fees and apparent wealth, he is something of a cheapskate.

Charlene Matlock[edit]

Charlene Matlock (played by Linda Purl; 24 episodes in season 1) is the daughter of Ben Matlock and is also a lawyer. She assists her father at his law practice in Atlanta for a short time, appearing only in the first season of the series. Purl replaced Lori Lethin who appeared as Charlene in the pilot "Diary of a Perfect Murder".

Leanne MacIntyre[edit]

Leanne MacIntyre (Brynn Thayer; 35 episodes, last two episodes of season 6 and seasons 7–8) is the daughter of Ben Matlock. After divorcing her husband, of whom her father did not much approve, she moves back to Atlanta to help him with his legal practice. She assists her father for three years before leaving for her own practice. During that time, she works with her father on numerous cases, including defending him on one occasion. They once found themselves on opposite sides of a divorce case, though she also defends her father in a personal injury case simultaneously during the same episode. Leanne uses the same courtroom techniques her father at times, which often results in her clients being proven innocent.

Julie March[edit]

Julie March (Julie Sommars; 42 episodes, seasons 1–6) is the assistant D.A. of Atlanta, and a good friend of Ben Matlock. After a chance meeting with Ben Matlock in an elevator, the two hit it off, and Matlock was surprised to learn that she would be the prosecutor for the case he was working on. The two lawyers soon become friends, though their relationship is never really defined much further than that, and upon Julie's return in the season 9 episode "The Confession", she reveals that she has feelings for him.

Michelle Thomas[edit]

Michelle Thomas (Nancy Stafford; 73 episodes, seasons 2–6) is Ben Matlock's assistant. While working with Ben, she is approached by college classmate Andrea Morrow to defend her, after she is accused of killing her ex-husband. She also has a few dates with men. Prior to working on a case with Melinda Stuart, she dates Jed Palmer for a while. She also dates Arthur Saxon, Ben's corrupt client who is found innocent of not killing Robby Moore. While in Chicago, she also works with writer Paul O'Neill, who helps her boss out in the murder of Mayor Brian Barelli, when popular court officer, Judge Stuart Franklin hires Eddie Lomax in killing both the mayor and Joseph Chan. Hence, he is found guilty, after the actual killer is murdered himself.

Jerri Stone[edit]

Geraldine Margaret "Jerri" Stone (Carol Huston; 14 episodes, season 9) is an assistant who works for Ben Matlock in the final season. She has a forthright style, once even jabbing her foot into a man's foot who was looking through some files while investigating a murder. She also enjoys singing old songs with Ben on occasion. She drives a blue Ford SUV.

Tyler Hudson[edit]

Tyler Hudson (Kene Holliday; 57 episodes, Pilot, seasons 1–3 and 2 episodes in season 4) is a private investigator for Ben Matlock. Before working for Matlock, Tyler was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He is interested in cooking and investing in venture capital projects on the side, such as in pecans. In the episode "The Chef", he says that he entered the Junior Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook-Off, which he wins $2,000 for his chili. It is a Victoria Edwards recipe: chili with chicken, peanut butter sauce, and a few secret ingredients. Tyler rarely misses Victoria Edward's TV cooking show.

Conrad McMasters[edit]

Conrad McMasters (Clarence Gilyard Jr.; 59 episodes, seasons 4–7 and 1 episode in season 8) is a private investigator for Ben Matlock. Before working for Ben Matlock, he worked as a deputy sheriff in Manteo, where Matlock meets him in hopes of figuring out whether if Spencer Hamilton killed his brother.

In "The Informer", Conrad works with Ben's client's partner/investigator, Angela Page, to work on a case on the night one of David's clients got murdered. After Matlock's client abruptly fires Angela, she turns to Conrad, who would then figure out who actually killed Sam Chandler while traveling in Jacksonville, who happened to be Al Brackman.

In "The Secret", when Matlock sends him to Chicago to talk to Sherry Brown in questioning her about the negatives he is supposed to find, he receives word that she died from jumping off the apartment building.

In "The Cover Girl", he has a short fling with Carla Royce, a model. When Carla's boss Jackie Whitman, the head of a modeling agency, is murdered, Carla reveals to Conrad that it is not easy being Jackie's partner, much less one of her models. After Conrad asks why, Carla replies that Jackie is a control freak, and always has to have the last word in everything, which Carla refers to as "infuriating". However, Conrad breaks up with her before she is found guilty of the murder of Jackie.

Cliff Lewis[edit]

Cliff Lewis (Daniel Roebuck; 22 episodes, seasons 7–9) is an attorney, but is described as Ben Matlock's friend in the season eight episode, "The Godfather". He lies once to the people from Mt. Harlan, saying that he is a full partner with Ben, but he later confesses that Ben Matlock does not have any partners. Cliff is the son of Billy Lewis, Matlock's high school girlfriend's brother, who he had known back in Mt. Harlan.

CharacterPlayed byPositionSeasons
Ben MatlockAndy GriffithLawyerMain
Charlene MatlockLinda PurlMain
Michelle ThomasNancy StaffordLawyerMain
Leanne MacIntyreBrynn ThayerGuestMain
Jerri StoneCarol HustonMain
Cassie PhillipsKari LizerMain
Julie MarchJulie SommarsProsecutorRecurringMain
Cliff LewisDaniel RoebuckPrivate InvestigatorMain
Tyler HudsonKene HollidayPrivate InvestigatorMainGuest
Conrad McMastersClarence Gilyard Jr.Private InvestigatorMain


Notable one-time characters[edit]

See also[edit]

List of Matlock episodes


External links[edit]

Full Cast and Crew for "Matlock" (IMDb)