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      Richard Eastham

      Richard Eastham

      Highest Rated: 94% That Darn Cat! (1965)

      Lowest Rated: 36% Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

      Birthday: Jun 22, 1916

      Birthplace: Opelousas, Louisiana, USA

      A talented singer-turned-actor for both stage and screen, Richard Eastham is best remembered for his many guest spots in TV shows and a regular part on the Western series "Tombstone Territory." Born Dickinson Swift Eastham in Opelousas, Louisiana, he attended Washington University in St. Louis and brought his rich baritone voice to the St. Louis Grand Opera before serving in the army in World War II. After the war, he was the understudy to opera singer Ezio Pinza at the American Theatre Wing in New York City and later replaced him as the lead in "South Pacific" on Broadway. He first appeared on TV in 1949 on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and later changed his name and gave up singing for his big-screen debut in 1954's "There's No Business Like Show Business," featuring stage companion Ethel Merman. His biggest regular role came soon after, as a newspaper editor and costar to Pat Conway on "Tombstone Territory," followed by numerous guest spots on series where his serious expression lent itself to both distinguished authority figures and less than savory characters. He also filled supporting parts in films such as the Disney family comedy "That Darn Cat!" and the science fiction sequel "Battle for the Planet of the Apes," both featuring Roddy McDowall. He landed a few late-career recurring roles in the '70s and '80s, as a general on "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman" and a doctor on the primetime soap "Falcon Crest."

      Highest rated movies

      That Darn Cat! poster
      That Darn Cat!
      McQ poster
      McQ
      Battle for the Planet of the Apes poster
      Battle for the Planet of the Apes

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      44% 57% McQ Walter Forrester (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 52% Tom Sawyer Doc Robinson (Character) - 1973
      36% 30% Battle for the Planet of the Apes Mutant Captain (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 50% The President's Plane Is Missing Gen. Colton (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Silent Night, Lonely Night Paul Johnson (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 41% Murderers' Row Dr. Norman Solaris (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 42% Not With My Wife, You Don't! Gen. Milt Walters (Character) - 1966
      94% 72% That Darn Cat! Supervisor Newton (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 69% Toby Tyler Colonel Sam Castle (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 25% Man on Fire Bryan Seward (Character) - 1957

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 100% Dallas Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Falcon Crest Dr. Howell (Character) 1981-1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1977 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Disney's Wonderful World Supervisor Newton (Character) 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1975 1979
      100% 78% Wonder Woman Unknown (Character) 1976-1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Jack Leist (Guest Star) 1972 1974
      No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1967 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Lucas Whipple (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Harrison Cochran (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Oliver Stone (Guest Star) 1961 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bat Masterson Orin Dilts (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tombstone Territory Harris Claibourne (Character) 1957-1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1960