Richard Chamberlain

Highest Rated: 92% Petulia (1968)
Birthday: Mar 31, 1934
Birthplace: Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
American actor Richard Chamberlain was a star in his first appearance--as the Pied Piper in the 3rd grade. While attending Pomona College, Chamberlain decided to study acting in earnest, honing his craft in little theatre productions. His All-American handsomeness gained him entry into film and TV work; Chamberlain starred in the title role of the NBC weekly series Dr. Kildare in 1961. It was one of two major medical programs premiering that year; the other was Ben Casey. Chamberlain's first starring film, Twilight of Honor (1963) did little to shake his male ingenue image--nor did his first job after the cancellation of Kildare, the notoriously disastrous musical play Holly Golightly (most reviewers thought this celebrated fiasco would kill both Chamberlain's and co-star Mary Tyler Moore's careers). In the late 1960s, Chamberlain headed for England to seek work in the classics. He first starred in a 1970 stage production of Hamlet, which became one of the pinnacles of his career. Several prestigious film, stage and TV appearances later, Chamberlain headlined the 1980 television multi-part drama Shogun and the 1983 miniseries The Thorn Birds which led critics and viewers to crown him "King of the Miniseries." Following a lead role in the poorly-received big screen efforts King Solomon's Mines (1985) and its sequel, Allan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold (1987) (which critics blasted as low-budget Indiana Jones knockoffs) Chamberlain harkened back to the small screen, and continued to make periodic appearances in telemovies throughout the eighties, nineties and early 2000s. Key roles included Jason Bourne in a 1988 adaptation of Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity, and a 1991 reworking of Charles Laughton's Night of the Hunter (with Chamberlain assuming the Robert Mitchum part). He also landed guest appearances in such series as Touched by An Angel, Will and Grace, and The Drew Carey Show The actor made headlines in 2003 - not simply because of the debut of his autobiography, Shattered Love: A Memoir, but because the actor - around whom rumors of homosexuality had swirled for years -- finally 'outed' himself officially. (He and his partner, Martin Rabbett, have been together for twenty-five years and live in Hawaii). Young Dr. Kildare no more, Richard Chamberlain is today a highly respected actor whose very presence in the cast list of a film or miniseries is a guarantee of distinction and class.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
76% Nightmare Cinema Dr. Mirari 2019
86% Justice League: Gods and Monsters Highfather 2015
No Score Yet We Are The Hartmans Mr. Hartman 2012
48% The Perfect Family Monsignor Murphy $0.2M 2012
91% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films Actor 2012
6% Strength and Honour Denis O'Leary $52.4K 2007
14% I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry Councilman Banks $119.8M 2007
No Score Yet Blackbeard Gov. Charles Eden 2006
No Score Yet A River Made to Drown In Thaddeus Mackenzie 2003
No Score Yet The Good Doctor Actor 2002
No Score Yet The Pavilion Actor 1999
No Score Yet All the Winters That Have Been Dane Corvin 1997
No Score Yet Bird of Prey Jonathan 1996
No Score Yet Ordeal in the Arctic Capt. John Crouch 1993
No Score Yet The Astronomers Director Actor 1991
No Score Yet A un Paso de la Muerte Ross 1991
No Score Yet Astronomers Host 1991
No Score Yet Astronomers Host 1991
No Score Yet Astronomers Host 1991
No Score Yet Astronomers Host 1991
60% The Return of the Musketeers Aramis 1989
No Score Yet The Bourne Identity Jason Bourne 1988
No Score Yet Contemporary and Native American Readings Actor 1988
No Score Yet Casanova Giacomo Casanova 1987
No Score Yet Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold Allan Quatermain 1986
8% King Solomon's Mines Allan Quatermain 1985
No Score Yet Wallenberg: A Hero's Story Raoul Wallenberg 1985
No Score Yet Murder by Phone Nat Bridger 1982
83% Shogun Pilot-Major John Blackthorne/Anjin-san 1980
11% The Swarm Dr. Hubbard 1978
No Score Yet Centennial Alexander McKeag 1978
87% The Last Wave David Burton 1977
No Score Yet The Man in the Iron Mask Louis XIV/Philippe 1977
No Score Yet The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella Prince Edward 1976
80% The Four Musketeers Aramis 1975
No Score Yet The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond Dantes 1975
71% The Towering Inferno Roger Simmons 1974
No Score Yet The Last of the Belles Actor 1974
No Score Yet F. Scott Fitzgerald and 'The Last of the Belles' F. Scott Fitzgerald 1974
No Score Yet The Little Mermaid Narrator 1974
82% The Three Musketeers Aramis 1973
No Score Yet Lady Caroline Lamb Lord Byron 1972
50% The Music Lovers Tchaikovsky 1971
No Score Yet Julius Caesar Octavius Caesar / Augustus 1970
20% The Madwoman of Chaillot Roderick 1969
92% Petulia David Danner 1968
No Score Yet Portrait of a Lady Actor 1967
0% Joy in the Morning Carl Brown 1965
No Score Yet Twilight of Honor David Mitchell 1963
No Score Yet A Thunder of Drums (1961) Actor 1961
No Score Yet The Secret of the Purple Reef Dean Christopher 1960

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Appearing
  • 2014
79% Brothers & Sisters
2006-2011
Jonathan Byrold
  • 2011
  • 2010
89% Chuck
2007-2012
The Belgian
  • 2010
92% Leverage
2008-2012
  • 2010
66% Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
Glen
  • 2007
No Score Yet Hustle
2012
James Whittaker Wright III
  • 2006
75% Nip/Tuck
2003-2009
Arthur Stiles
  • 2006
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
Clyde
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
1995-2004
Mrs. Wick Maggie
  • 2002
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Everett Clay/Jack Clay
  • 2000
No Score Yet Dr. Kildare
1961-1966
James Kildare
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Pete
  • 1960
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Clay
  • 1959

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