Welcome aboard Sandpiper Air! On April 19, 1990, NBC debuted the long-running TV series Wings about a small Nantucket airport and the small-time airlines competing for the tiny market. The show centered around two brothers, Joe and Brian Hackett, and the hilarious antics of their one-plane airline. The show went on to win multiple Emmy Awards and was hailed by critics and fans alike.
Whether you were an avid fan or someone who left it on the channel when you stayed home sick from work or school, you can appreciate the top 12 following facts about Wings. We’re ready for takeoff!
12. Tim Daly – “Joe”
Daly portrayed Joe Hackett, the obsessive compulsive pilot for his company Sandpiper Air. As soon as Wings ended, Daly earned the role of Jim Lovell on the HBO series From the Earth to the Moon. He went on to receive an Emmy nomination for his role on The Sopranos and he is now co-starring on the hit CBS drama, Madam Secretary.
11. Steven Weber – “Brian”
Weber played Joe’s younger, carefree brother, Brian Hackett. The womanizing pilot served as the comic relief opposite of the brotherly duo. After the finale of Wings, Weber voiced a character on the All Dogs Go To Heaven, the Green Goblin on The Ultimate Spiderman series, and starred in the made-for-TV rendition of The Shining.
10. Tony Shalhoub – “Antonio”
Shaloub was the perfect choice to play a nice guy immigrant taxi driver, and many people believed his accent was authentic. His career took off (pun intended) after Wings, and he appeared in such films as Gattaca and Men In Black. His biggest role came when he starred in his multiple Golden Globe-winning show, Monk, as an OCD-ridden former homicide detective.
9. Thomas Haden Church – “Lowell”
Emmy Award-winning Church’s memorable role as Lowell, the bumbling, not-so-bright mechanic, earned him much critical praise. Church has an extensive film career including his Oscar-nominated performance in Sideways as well as playing the villain Sandman in Spider-Man 3. He is currently starring alongside Sarah Jessica Parker on the HBO series Divorce. See what happened to Roy Biggins in slide #8.