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!
McQ
Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Filmography

Movies

Credit
44% 56% McQ Walter Forrester (Character) - 1974
36% 30% Battle for the Planet of the Apes Mutant Captain (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 52% Tom Sawyer Doc Robinson (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 40% 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 67% Toby Tyler Colonel Sam Castle (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 17% Man on Fire Bryan Seward (Character) - 1957

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 100% Dallas Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
25% No Score Yet Falcon Crest Dr. Howell (Character) 1981-1990
59% 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
No Score Yet No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet No Score Yet Max Liebman Spectaculars Grandfather (Character) 1955