Walker, Texas Ranger is my all-time favorite show. Starring Chuck Norris, Sheree J. Wilson, Clarence Gilyard, Noble Willingham, Nia Peeples, Judson Mills, and Floyd Westerman, it redefined the action/cop drama. Previously, I did an article on my favorite episodes. Today, I thought I’d bring you my favorite villains. Now, the “pilot season” had three episodes that aired as TV specials on CBS before the show got a greenlight. To avoid confusion, I’m combining season one with the pilot season. Here is my list of best Walker, Texas Ranger villains season by season.
- Orson Wade (Marshall Teague)– This former black-ops CIA Agent decided to rob four banks at once in One Riot, One Ranger the pilot episode. He was incredibly brilliant, posing as a blind man to survey the banks.
- Samuel J. Bodine (Sam B. Jones)– A failed Ranger candidate comes after Walker in Unfinished Business. He’s an obsessed sociopath who wants to prove he was better lawman than the Texas Rangers.
- Kurt Nypo (Jeff Kober)– A violent drug dealer is abusing his girlfriend and her teen son. Walker connects with the son, but deals with the drug dealer in Something In The Shadows.
- Victor LaRue (Wayne Pére)– First appearing in Cowboy, LaRue would become one of two recurring villains in the series. He is a violent psychopath who has an obsession with Walker and his friend Alex Cahill.
- Philippe Brouchard (Robin Sachs)– Walker meets his opposite number with this European assassin who’s trying to kill a Mexican presidential candidate in Standoff. Originally, this episode aired as a TV movie.
- Running Wolf (Billy Drago)– A vengeful medicine man is using magic in killing off company men who are desecrating a Comanche burial ground. Evil In The Night is one of the darkest episode.
- Max Slater (John Vernon)- Final Justice features Walker going after the man who murdered his parents. It is one of the best episodes I have ever seen. Slater is the embodiment of evil and he is played by a veteran actor who has since passed away.
- Brad Furnell (Patrick St. Esprit)– In Juggernaut, an abusive husband chases his wife to a retreat for battered women and threatens them. Walker is on his way, but can the women make it in time?
- Vince Pike (Leon Rippy)– In Days Past, Walker goes after the man who had killed his fiancee. This villain is after Walker and they both run into a head on collision when he targets Walker’s friends.
- Bill Douglas (Brady Coleman)- Sons of Thunder has Walker searching for a cop serial killer who is looking for revenge against the cops that testified against him. Things get personal when Ranger James Trivette is shot as well.
- Dr. Janet Monroe (Gail Strickland)– A female doctor is torturing and experimenting on elderly people in their hospice center. CD goes undercover to stop them and ends up allying with a fellow patient in Forgotten People.
- Kroeger (Sal Landi)- In God’s Hand, Trivette is accused of shooting and seriously injuring a young boy. However, Walker sets out to prove the man Trivette was chasing shot the boy.
- Stan Gorman (RD Call)– A radical racist group is targeting a diverse church and begans to harrass a neighborhood. The Soul of Winter is one of my favorite episodes. It really shows great values.
- Roger Dansfield (Luke Askew)– Played by a veteran actor, a greedy factory owner is poisoning a Cherokee tribe’s water in War Cry. Walker tries to prevent vigilante justice and get to the bottom of the crime.
- Sheriff Bell (Lee Majors)- On The Border has a corrupt sheriff running drugs and attempting to kill a young man who he tried to intimidate into being a mule. The young man happens to be a friend of Walker.
- Brock and Ringo Washburn (Rick Cramer & Erik Estrada)- The Lynn Sisters stars the singers as themselves who are kidnapped by two brothers who want to make a snuff film as the singer’s last music video.
- Warden Kyle (Charles Napier)– A corrupt warden in Arkansas is hosting illegal fights and making money on the internet. Walker, Trivette, and Gage go undercover to stop him in Fight Or Die.
- Cliff Eagleton (David Keith)– Guest starring Sammo Hung, The Day of Cleansing features a white nationalist who plans a terrorist attack somewhere in Texas.
The Chairman (Michael Ironside)– This four part episode story arc featured a criminal mastermind hacking into the federal government and killing off witnesses who are testifying against mob bosses.
McNeely (Nick Chinlund)– In 6 Hours, a billionaire’s daughter is kidnapped by her bodyguard and threatens to kill her live on the internet. Walker and his team are in a race against time to find him.
Those are my favorite villains from Walker, Texas Ranger. I would like to note that the finale The Last Show/Down had many actors who had played various roles in the series as a gang that wants revenge on the Texas Rangers.
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