Larry Riley Biography (1952-1992)

Born June 21, 1952, in Memphis, TN; died of kidney failure due to AIDS, June6, 1992, in Burbank, CA; son of George C. Bass and Corine C. Riley; married Nina Gervetz, December, 1991; children: Larry Miguel Fondren, Jr.

Birth Details
June 21, 1952
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Death Details
June 6, 1992
Burbank, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Judge, The Blacks, Memphis State University, TN, 1971.
  • Wally, I Love My Wife, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1978.
  • Frances, Night and Day, American National Theatre and Academy, New York City, 1979.
  • The Conductor, Frimbo, Grand Central Station Theatre, New York City, 1980.
  • Lawrence, Shakespeare's Cabaret, Bijou Theatre, New York City, 1981.
  • C. J. Memphis, A Soldier's Play, Theatre Four, New York City, 1981-82.
  • Larry, Maybe I'm Doing It Wrong, Astor Place Theatre, New York City, 1982.
  • Larry, August 6th 1945, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1982.
  • C. J. Memphis, A Soldier's Play, Mark Taper Forum, 1982.
  • Curtis Taylor, Dreamgirls, Shubert Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 1983.
  • Made his New York debut as leading player, Pippin, Minskoff Theatre; appeared as Robinson, Amerika, Music Theatre Lab, New York City; Larry, Styne After Styne, and Silky, Sidewalkin', both Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City;Valere, Doctor in Spite of Himself, David, Way Back When, and Clay, The Dutchman, all Center Stage, Baltimore, MD; Rip, A Crowd of People, Phaedra, Tomorrow, and Nat Baker, Workin', all Chicago Free Street Theatre, IL; Butterfly,Three Mean Fairy Tales, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC; Teshembe, To Be Young, Gifted, and Black, Goodman Theatre, Chicago.
  • Credits; Major Tours
  • Curtis Taylor, Jr., Dreamgirls, U.S. cities, 1983-84.
  • Also appeared as leading player, Pippin, U.S. cities.
  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • (Film debut) Boardwalk, Crackers, Universal, 1984.
  • C. J. Memphis, A Soldier's Story, Columbia, 1984.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Series
  • Harry Fletcher, Stir Crazy, CBS, 1985-86.
  • Frank Williams, Knots Landing, CBS, 1988-92.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
  • Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1987.
  • Appeared as Detective Garrison, One Life to Live, ABC; Vernon Tucker, Hill Street Blues, NBC; Calvin Barnes, The Doctors, NBC; also appeared in MiamiVice and Twilight Zone.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Movies
  • Steve Kelsey, Muggable Mary, Street Cop, NBC, 1982.
  • Herman Bell, Badge of the Assassin, CBS, 1985.
  • Detective Starling, One Police Plaza, CBS, 1986.
  • Joe Louis Brown, Long Gone, HBO, 1987.
  • Spec, Dead Solid Perfect, HBO, 1988.
  • Martin Luther King, Unconquered, CBS, 1989.
  • Reverend Gillis, Polly (also known as The Magical World of Disney), NBC,1989.
  • Polly Comin' Home! (also known as Polly--One More Time!), NBC, 1990.
  • Credits; Television Work; Episodic
  • Composer of scores for several episodes of Knots Landing, CBS.

Further Reference


  • Jet, June 29, 1992; March 29, 1993, p. 51.
  • New York Times, June, 10, 1992.

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