Richard Chamberlain Biography (1935-)

Full name, George Richard Chamberlain; born March 31, 1935, in Beverly Hills,CA; son of Charles (a salesman) and Elsa Chamberlain. Addresses: Agent: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-1825.

Actor, director, producer
Birth Details
March 31, 1935
Beverly Hills, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Dr. James Kildare, Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1961-66
  • Dr. Daniel Kulani, Island Son, CBS, 1989
  • Movies
  • King Edward VIII, The Woman I Love, 1973
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, F. Scott Fitzgerald and "The Last of the Belles," 1974
  • Edmond Dantes, The Count of Monte Cristo, 1975
  • King Louis XIV/Philippe, The Man in the Iron Mask, 1976
  • Anton Chekhov and various roles, The Good Doctor, 1978
  • Dr. Frederick Cook, Cook and Perry: The Race to the Pole, 1983
  • The Miracle, 1985
  • Giovanni Casanova, Casanova (also known as Il veneziano, vita eamori di Giacomo Casanova), 1987
  • Jason Bourne, The Bourne Identity, ABC, 1988
  • Ross Colburn, Aftermath: A Test of Love, CBS, 1991
  • Harry Powell, Night of the Hunter, ABC, 1991
  • Captain John Crouch, Ordeal in the Arctic, ABC, 1993
  • Andrew McCracken, Die Verlorene Tochter (also known as The LostDaughter), 1997
  • Dane Corvin, All the Winters That Have Been, CBS, 1997
  • Miniseries
  • Ralph Touchet, Portrait of a Lady, BBC, 1968
  • Alexander McKeag, Centennial, NBC, 1978
  • Pilot-Major John Blackthorne, Shogun (also known as James Clavell's Shogun), NBC, 1980
  • Father Ralph de Bricassart, The Thorn Birds, ABC, 1983
  • Raoul Wallenberg, Wallenberg (also known as Wallenberg: A Hero's Story), NBC, 1985
  • John Charles Fremont, Dream West, CBS, 1986
  • Narrator, The Astronomers, PBS, 1991
  • Ralph de Bricassart, The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years, ABC, 1996
  • Bernard Lafferty, Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke, CBS, 1999
  • Televison Appearances
  • Specials
  • Title role, "Hamlet," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1970
  • Narrator, The Little Mermaid, 1973
  • Thomas Mendip, The Lady's Not for Burning, PBS, 1974
  • Bobby, Company, PBS, 1979
  • Perry Como's Christmas in the Holy Land, ABC, 1980
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Billy Wilder, ABC, 1986
  • Host, An All-Star Salute to Ford's Theatre, 1986
  • A Star-Spangled Celebration, ABC, 1987
  • The 41st Annual Tony Awards, 1987
  • The 42nd Annual Tony Awards, 1988
  • CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade, CBS, 1989
  • CBS Premiere Preview Spectacular, CBS, 1989
  • Narrator, Greed, Guns and Wildlife, TBS, 1989
  • A User's Guide to Planet Earth: The American Environment Test,ABC, 1991
  • MGM: When the Lion Roars, TNT, 1992
  • Host and narrator, Portrait of Japan, TBS, 1992
  • Presenter, The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1993
  • Host, Great Television Moments: What We Watched, ABC, 1993
  • Host, Hawaii: Paradise in Peril, TBS, 1993
  • The 53rd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1999
  • Television Appearances
  • Pilots
  • Title role, Paradise Kid, 1960
  • Episodic
  • Clay Pine, "Road Hog," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS, 1959
  • Pete, "The Bobsy Twins," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1960
  • Alec, "Operation Fortuna," Mr. Lucky, CBS, 1960
  • "Stain of Justice," Whispering Smith, 1961
  • Himself, The Andy Williams Show, 1965
  • Himself, The Carol Burnett Show, 1967
  • Everett/Jack Clay, "The Face on the Bar Room Floor," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2000
  • Also appeared in Bourbon Street Beat, ABC; and Thriller, NBC.
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Executive producer, Island Son, CBS, 1989
  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Dean Christopher, The Secret of Purple Reef, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1960
  • Lieutenant Porter, A Thunder of Drums, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1961
  • David Mitchell, Twilight of Honor (also known as The Charge IsMurder), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1963
  • Carl Brown, Joy in the Morning, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1965
  • David Danner (sadistic husband), Petulia, Warner Bros., 1968
  • Roderick, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Warner Bros., 1969
  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Music Lovers (also known as Ken Russell's Film on Tchaikovsky and the Music Lovers), United Artists, 1971
  • Octavius Caesar, Julius Caesar, American International, 1971
  • Lord Byron, Lady Caroline Lamb (also known as Peccato d'amore), United Artists, 1972
  • The Films of Robert Bolt, 1972
  • Aramis, The Three Musketeers (also known as Los tres mosqueteros), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1974
  • Roger Simmons, son-in-law, The Towering Inferno, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1974
  • Aramis, The Four Musketeers (also known as The Revenge of Milady and Los cuatro mosqueteros), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1975
  • Prince Charming, The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella(also known as The Slipper and the Rose), Universal, 1977
  • Dr. Hubbard, The Swarm, Warner Bros., 1978
  • David Burton, The Last Wave, World Northal, 1979
  • Nat Bridger, Murder by Phone (also known as Bells, The Calling, and Hell's Bells), 1982
  • Alan Quartermain, King Solomon's Mines, Cannon, 1985
  • Alan Quartermain, Alan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold, Cannon, 1987
  • Aramis, The Return of the Musketeers (also known as El regresode los mosqueteros), 1989
  • Jonathan Griffith, Bird of Prey, Astra Cinema, 1996
  • Thaddeus MacKenzie, A River Made to Drown In, Showcase Entertainment, 1997
  • The Pavilion, 1999
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Broadway debut) Jeff Claypool, Breakfast at Tiffany's, four performances (show closed in previews), 1966
  • Title role, Hamlet, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, England, 1969
  • Title role, Richard II, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA, 1971, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 1972, then Eisenhower Theatre, KennedyCenter, Washington, DC, 1972
  • Thomas Mendip, The Lady's Not for Burning, Chichester FestivalTheatre, Chichester, England, 1972
  • Title role, Cyrano de Bergerac, Ahmanson Theatre, 1973
  • The Fantasticks, Arlington Park, IL, 1973
  • Reverend Shannon, The Night of the Iguana, Ahmanson Theatre, 1975,then Circle in the Square, New York City, 1976
  • Sergius, Arms and the Man, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1980
  • Wild Bill Hickock, Fathers and Sons, Public Theatre, New York Shakespeare Festival, then Other Stage, Los Angeles, 1981
  • The Night of 100 Stars, Radio City Music Hall, 1982
  • Charles, Blithe Spirit, Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, 1987
  • Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady, Broadway production, New York City, 1993
  • Captain Georg Von Trapp, The Sound of Music, Martin Beck Theater,New York City, 1999
  • Alan Perry, The Shadow of Greatness, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, MA, 2000
  • Also appeared in Born Every Minute, New York City; Private Lives; The Philadelphia Story; and West Side Story.
  • Major Tours
  • Captain Georg Von Trapp, The Sound of Music, U.S. cities, 1999-2000
  • Stage Director
  • The Shadow Box, Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1978
  • Albums
  • Has released two albums.
  • Singles
  • "Theme from Dr. Kildare (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight)," Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1962
  • "Love Me Tender," Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1962
  • "All I Have to Do Is Dream/Hi-Lilli, Hi-Lo," Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1963
  • "Blue Guitar," Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1963

Further Reference


    • People Weekly, May 24, 1999, p. 170.

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