Spooner (television) An escaped convict starts a new life as a Texas high school English teacher and wrestling coach, attempting to turn a fledgling team into a championship squad. He tries to make a difference in the life of a tough juvenile delinquent and falls in love with a fellow teacher, all while trying to keep out of sight of pursuing lawmen. A Disney Channel Premiere Film; first aired on December 2, 1989. Directed by George Miller. Stars Robert Urich (Michael Gillette/Harry Spooner), Jane Kaczmarek (Gail), Brent Fraser (Shane). 98 min.