WriterAnn Kurth, John McGreevey Release dateMay 3, 1981 (1981-05-03) (USA) NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie CastKatharine Ross (Ann Kurth Hill), Sam Elliott (Dr. John Hill), Farrah Fawcett (Joan Robinson Hill), Andy Griffith (Ash Robinson), G. W. Bailey (Richard 'Racehorse' Haynes), Barry Corbin (Dist. Atty. McMasters) Similar moviesThe Skin I Live In, False Faces, Looker, Dead and Deader, Circus of Horrors, Stolen Face
Murder in Texas is a 1981 television film starring Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, Farrah Fawcett, and Andy Griffith. The film was directed by William Hale, and was based on a true story; that was written for the TV screen by John McGreevey.
Based on a true story, this film tells of a plastic surgeon who was suspected of causing the death of his first wife, the daughter of a wealthy member of Houston society. The doctor then marries his mistress. His former father-in-law, convinced that his daughter was murdered, determines to see that the doctor is punished.
Katharine Ross as Ann Kurth Hill
Sam Elliott as Dr. John Hill
Farrah Fawcett as Joan Robinson Hill
Andy Griffith as Ash Robinson
G. W. Bailey as Richard "Racehorse" Haynes
Barry Corbin as Dist. Atty. McMasters
Pamela Myers as Mary
Craig T. Nelson as Jack Ramsey
Royce Wallace as Wilma
Dimitra Arliss as Gina Meier
Jude Farese as Casselli
Philip Sterling as Dr. Helpern
Vernon Weddle as Dr. Joe
Lesley Woods as Reah Robinson
Parley Baer as Ann's attorney
Murder in Texas was nominated for a 1982 Golden Globe Award for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV. In addition, Andy Griffith received his only Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Ash Robinson.