Half Nelson
16 of season 4
Barry Crane
Andrew Schneider
Original airdate
April 17, 1981
David Benley
Preceded by
Followed by
Baltimore, Maryland

Half Nelson is episode sixteen in season four of the live-action TV series The Incredible Hulk. It originally aired on April 17, 1981 on CBS.


David befriends a midget wrestler and becomes involved with the community of the vertically challenged.


  • Bill Bixby as David Banner
  • Jack Colvin as Jack McGee
  • Lou Ferrigno as The Hulk
  • Tommy Madden as Buster 'Half Nelson' Caldwell
  • H.B. Haggerty as Gregor Potemkin
  • Paul Henry Itkin as Channing
  • David Himes as Kelly
  • Joey Forman as Promoter
  • Elaine Joyce as Mitzi
  • Sandy Dryfoos as Marsha
  • Wesley Thompson as Bill
  • Charles Sweigart as Jimmy
  • Frederic Downs as The Porter
  • Luis Cortes as Pete
  • Jimmy Briscoe as Jack
  • Cecelia Holman as Tina
  • Sweet Dick Whittington as Announcer
  • Gene LeBell as Referee


One hilarious scene in which David takes in "the reality" of wrestling.


  • This is the fifth and last episode directed by Barry Crane
  • The episode has a similar plot to the season one episode "Final Round"
  • Paul Henry Itkin also appeared in "Final Round", as Mr. Sariego's assistant, which was similar in that the character was in connection with boxing and involved in drug dealing

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