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Randolph Mantooth is probably glad he got a haircut.

The (then) 20-year-old actor almost turned down the co-starring role of paramedic Johnny Gage on NBC's hit show "Emergency" because producers didn't like his long hair. Not only did the 1970s series launch Mantooth's career but it also benefited him and the country in more ways than he could have ever imagined.

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At that time, paramedics were extremely rare. There were eight in Los Angeles and six in Seattle.

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