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George Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
(born March 31, 1934)[2] is an American stage and screen actor and singer, who became a teen idol in the title role of the television show Dr. Kildare (1961–1966). Since then, he has appeared in several mini-series such as Shōgun (1980) and The Thorn Birds (1983), and many successful films such as The Bourne Identity (1988) being the first man to play Jason Bourne, and he has performed classical stage roles and worked in musical theatre.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Since 1990 4 Personal life 5 Honours and awards 6 Filmography 7 Discography 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

Early life[edit] Chamberlain was born in 1934 in Beverly Hills, California, the son of Elsa Winnifred (née von Benzon; later Matthews) and Charles Axiom Chamberlain, who was a salesman.[3][4][5][6] In 1952, Chamberlain graduated from Beverly Hills High School
Beverly Hills High School
and later attended Pomona College[1] (class of 1956).[7] Career[edit]

Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
(Dr. Kildare), Daniela Bianchi and Raymond Massey (Dr. Gillespie) from the television program Dr. Kildare in 1964

Chamberlain co-founded a Los Angeles–based theatre group, Company of Angels, and began appearing in television series in the 1950s. He was cast as Lt. Dave Winslow in "Chicota Landing", a 1960 episode of the NBC
western series, Riverboat. In the storyline, Juan Cortilla, a Mexican bandit played by Joe De Santis, is stormed from jail. Chamberlain, as United States Army Lieutenant Winslow, asks Grey Holden (lead series character played by Darren McGavin) to transport Cortilla and his men to a military garrison. Instead, Cortilla takes over Holden's vessel, the Enterprise, and its gunpowder. Connie Hines appears with Chamberlain as Lucy Bridges, and Ted de Corsia
Ted de Corsia
is cast as another bandit.[8] Less than a year later, in 1961, Chamberlain gained widespread fame as the young intern, Dr. Kildare, in the NBC/MGM television series of the same name, co-starring with Raymond Massey. Chamberlain's singing ability also led to some hit singles in the early 1960s, including the "Theme from Dr. Kildare" entitled "Three Stars Will Shine Tonight", which struck No. 10 according to the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
Charts. Dr. Kildare ended in 1966, after which Chamberlain began performing on the theatre circuit. In 1966, he was cast opposite Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore
in the ill-fated Broadway musical Breakfast at Tiffany's, co-starring Priscilla Lopez, which, after an out-of-town tryout period, closed after only four previews. Decades later he returned to Broadway in revivals of My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady
and The Sound of Music.[citation needed] At the end of the 1960s, Chamberlain spent a period of time in England where he played in repertory theatre and in the BBC's Portrait of a Lady adaptation, becoming recognized as a serious actor. In 1969, he starred opposite Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
in the film The Madwoman of Chaillot. While in England, he took vocal coaching and in 1969 performed the title role in Hamlet
for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, becoming the first American to play the role there since John Barrymore in 1929. He received excellent notices and reprised the role for television in 1970 for the Hallmark Hall of Fame. In the 1970s, Chamberlain enjoyed success as a leading man in films: The Music Lovers
The Music Lovers
(1970), Lady Caroline Lamb
Lady Caroline Lamb
(playing Lord Byron, 1973), The Three Musketeers (1973), The Lady's Not for Burning (1974), The Towering Inferno (in a villainous turn as a dishonest engineer, 1974), and The Count of Monte Cristo (1975). In The Slipper and the Rose (1976), a musical version of the Cinderella
story, co-starring Gemma Craven, he displayed his vocal talents. A television film, William Bast's The Man in the Iron Mask (1977), followed. That same year, he starred in Peter Weir's film The Last Wave. Chamberlain later appeared in several popular television mini-series (earning him a nickname of "King of the Mini-series"),[9] including Centennial (1978–79), Shōgun (1980), and The Thorn Birds (1983) as Father Ralph de Bricassart with Rachel Ward
Rachel Ward
and Barbara Stanwyck co-starring. In the 1980s, he appeared as leading man with King Solomon's Mines (1985) opposite newcomer Sharon Stone, and also played Jason Bourne/David Webb in the television film version of The Bourne Identity (1988).

Still photographer Yoni S. Hamenachem and Chamberlain on the set of King Solomon's Mines in Zimbabwe

Since 1990[edit] Since the 1990s, Chamberlain has appeared mainly in television movies, on stage, and as a guest star on such series as ABC's The Drew Carey Show and Will & Grace. He starred as Henry Higgins in the 1993–1994 Broadway revival of My Fair Lady. In the fall of 2005, Chamberlain appeared in the title role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the Broadway National Tour of Scrooge: The Musical. In 2006, Chamberlain guest-starred in an episode of the British drama series Hustle as well as season 4 of Nip/Tuck. In 2007, Chamberlain guest-starred in episode 80 (Season 4, Episode 8, "Distant Past") of Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
as Glen Wingfield, Lynette Scavo's stepfather. In 2008 and 2009, he appeared as King Arthur
King Arthur
in the national tour of Monty Python's Spamalot. In 2010, he appeared as Archie Leach in season 3, episode 3 of the series Leverage,[10] as well as two episodes of season 4 of Chuck where he played a villain known only as The Belgian.[11] Chamberlain has also appeared in several episodes of Brothers & Sisters, playing an old friend and love-interest of Saul's.[12] He also appeared in the independent film We Are the Hartmans in 2011. In 2012, Chamberlain appeared on stage in the Pasadena Playhouse
Pasadena Playhouse
as Dr. Sloper in the play, The Heiress. Personal life[edit] Chamberlain was romantically involved with television actor Wesley Eure in the early 1970s.[citation needed] In 1977, he met actor-writer-producer Martin Rabbett, with whom he began a long-term relationship. This led to a civil union in the state of Hawaii, where the couple resided from 1986 to 2010 and during which time Chamberlain legally adopted Rabbett to protect his future estate. Rabbett and Chamberlain starred together in, among others, Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, in which they played brothers Allan and Robeson Quatermain. In the spring of 2010 Chamberlain returned to Los Angeles to pursue career opportunities, leaving Rabbett in Hawaii, at least temporarily.[13] Chamberlain was outed at the age of 55 by the French women's magazine Nous Deux in December 1989, but it was not until 2003 that he confirmed his homosexuality in his autobiography Shattered Love. Honours and awards[edit] In 1962, Chamberlain won the Golden Apple Award for Most Co-operative actor. In 1963 he won a Golden Globe
Golden Globe
award for Best TV Star – Male for: Dr. Kildare (1961). He won the Photoplay Award for Most Popular Male Star for three consecutive years, including 1962, 1963 and 1964. In 1980 he won the Golden Apple award for Male Star of the Year. In 1981 he won a Golden Globe
Golden Globe
award for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – Drama for: Shogun (1980). In 1982 he won the Clavell de Plata award at the Sitges - Catalan International Film Festival as Best Actor for The Last Wave
The Last Wave
(1977). In 1984 he won a Golden Globe
Golden Globe
award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for: The Thorn Birds (1983). In 1985 he won the Aftonbladet TV Prize (Sweden) for Best Foreign TV Personality – Male. On 12 March 2011, Chamberlain received the Steiger Award (Germany) for accomplishments in the arts. Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1960 The Secret of the Purple Reef Dean Christopher

Rescue 8 Unknown Episode: "High Explosive"

Bourbon Street Beat Dale Wellington Episode: "Target of Hate"

Gunsmoke Pete Episode: "The Bobsy Twins"

Thriller Larry Carter Episode: "The Watcher"

1961–1966 Dr. Kildare Dr. James Kildare 191 episodes Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama

1961 A Thunder of Drums Lt. Porter

The Deputy Jerry Episode: "Edge of Doubt"

Whispering Smith Chris Harrington Episode: "Stain of Justice"

1963 Twilight of Honor David Mitchell

1965 Joy in the Morning Carl Brown

1967 The Portrait of a Lady Ralph Touchett 8 episodes

1968 Petulia David Danner

1969 The Madwoman of Chaillot Roderick

1970 Julius Caesar Octavius Caesar/Augustus

The Music Lovers Tchaikovsky

1972 The Woman I Love King Edward VIII TV movie

Lady Caroline Lamb Lord Byron

1973 The Three Musketeers Aramis

1974 The Lady's Not For Burning Thomas Mendip TV movie / filmed play

The Last of the Belles F. Scott Fitzgerald TV movie

The Towering Inferno Roger Simmons

The Four Musketeers Aramis

1975 The Count of Monte Cristo Edmond Dantes TV movie Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries
or a Movie

The Christmas Messenger Christmas Messenger Short film

1976 The Slipper and the Rose Prince Edward

1977 The Last Wave David Burton Nominated—Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

The Man in the Iron Mask Philippe and Louis XIV TV movie

1978 The Swarm Dr. Hubbard

1978–1979 Centennial Alexander McKeag 12 episodes Nominated— Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama

1980 Shōgun Pilot-Major John Blackthorne 5 episodes Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries
or a Movie

1982 Murder by Phone Nat Bridger Aka Bells

1983 The Thorn Birds Ralph de Bricassart 4 episodes Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Actor – Miniseries
or Television Film Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries
or a Movie

Cook and Peary: The Race to the Pole Frederick Cook TV movie

1985 King Solomon's Mines Allan Quatermain

Wallenberg: A Hero's Story Raoul Wallenberg TV movie Nominated— Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Actor – Miniseries
or Television Film Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries
or a Movie

1986 Dream West John Charles Fremont TV movie

Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold Allan Quatermain

1987 Casanova Giacomo Casanova TV movie

1988 The Bourne Identity Jason Bourne/David Webb TV movie Nominated— Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Actor – Miniseries
or Television Film

1989 The Return of the Musketeers Aramis

1989–1990 Island Son Dr. Daniel Kulani 19 episodes

1991 Aftermath: A Test of Love Ross Colburn TV movie

Night of the Hunter Harry Powell TV movie

1993 Ordeal in the Arctic Captain John Couch TV movie

1995 Bird of Prey Jonathan Griffith

1996 The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years Ralph de Bricassart TV movie

1997 A River Made to Drown In Thaddeus MacKenzie

All the Winters That Have Been Dane Corvin TV movie

The Lost Daughter Andrew McCracken TV movie

2000 Touched by an Angel Everett/Jack Clay Episode: "The Face on the Bar Room Floor"

2002 The Drew Carey Show Maggie Wick 2 episodes

2004 The Pavilion Huddlestone

2005 Will & Grace Clyde Episode: "Steams Like Old Times"

2006 Blackbeard Governor Charles Eden TV movie

Hustle James Whittaker Wright III Episode: "Whittaker Our Way Out"

Strength and Honor Denis O'Leary

Nip/Tuck Arthur Stiles Episode: "Blu Mondae"

2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Councilman Banks

Desperate Housewives Glen Wingfield Episode: "Distant Past"

2010–2012 Leverage Archie Leach 2 episodes

2010 Chuck Adelbert De Smet 2 episodes

2010–2011 Brothers & Sisters Jonathan Byrold 5 episodes

2011 The Perfect Family Monsignor Murphy

We Are the Hartmans Hartman

Thundercats Zigg Voice Episode: "Forest of Magi Oar"

2015 Justice League: Gods and Monsters Highfather Voice

2017 Twin Peaks Bill Kennedy 1 episode

Discography[edit] From Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
Sings: UK #8[14]

"Theme from Dr. Kildare (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight)" (1962) - US #10; UK #12[14] "Love Me Tender" (1962) - US #21; UK #15[14] "All I Have to Do Is Dream" (1963) - US #14 "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo" (1963) - US #64; UK #20[14] "I Will Love You" (1963) - US #65 "True Love" (1963) - US #98; UK #30[14]

From Twilight of Honor

"Blue Guitar"/"They Long to Be Close to You" (1963) - US #42

From Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
(aka Joy in the Morning)

"Joy in the Morning" (1964) "Rome Will Never Leave You" (1964) - US #99

From The Slipper and the Rose

"Secret Kingdom" (1976) "He Danced With Me/She Danced With Me" (1976) "What a Comforting Thing to Know" (1976) "Why Can't I Be Two People?" (1976) "Bride-Finding Ball" (1976)

From Haleakala: How Maui Snared The Sun/Clarinet Concerto

"Haleakala: How Maui Snared The Sun (Tone Poem) (1991), composed by Dan Welcher, performed with the Honolulu Symphony"

See also[edit]

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Alumni Directory 2000, p. 40. ^ ""Chicota Landing", Riverboat, December 5, 1960". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved February 21, 2013.  ^ Harmetz, Aljean (1988-05-01). "Richard Chamberlain's Mini-Series Mastery". The New York Times. Retrieved September 21, 2012.  ^ "notice of Chamberlain's national tour in ''Spamalot''". Theatermania.com. 2008-11-18. Retrieved 2013-12-05.  ^ DarkUFO (2010-11-02). "Chuck - Episode 4.09 - Chuck versus Phase Three - Synopsis (Spoilers)". Spoilertv.com. Retrieved 2012-05-05.  ^ Michael Ausiello. "'Brothers & Sisters' Exclusive: Richard Chamberlain joins the cast as... Saul's ex?".  ^ " Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
returns to LA". Belfast Telegraph. April 12, 2010. Retrieved June 18, 2010.  ^ a b c d e Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 99. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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"Theme from Dr. Kildare (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight)" "Love Me Tender" "All I Have to Do Is Dream" "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo" "True Love" "I Will Love You" "Blue Guitar" "(They Long to Be) Close to You"

Awards for Richard Chamberlain

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Golden Globe
Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama

Mike Connors
Mike Connors
(1969) Peter Graves
Peter Graves
(1970) Robert Young (1971) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1972) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1973) Telly Savalas
Telly Savalas
(1974) Robert Blake/ Telly Savalas
Telly Savalas
(1975) Richard Jordan (1976) Edward Asner (1977) Michael Moriarty (1978) Edward Asner (1979) Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
(1980) Daniel J. Travanti (1981) John Forsythe
John Forsythe
(1982) John Forsythe
John Forsythe
(1983) Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck
(1984) Don Johnson
Don Johnson
(1985) Edward Woodward
Edward Woodward
(1986) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1987) Ron Perlman
Ron Perlman
(1988) Ken Wahl
Ken Wahl
(1989) Kyle MacLachlan
Kyle MacLachlan
(1990) Scott Bakula
Scott Bakula
(1991) Sam Waterston
Sam Waterston
(1992) David Caruso
David Caruso
(1993) Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz
(1994) Jimmy Smits
Jimmy Smits
(1995) David Duchovny
David Duchovny
(1996) Anthony Edwards
Anthony Edwards
(1997) Dylan McDermott
Dylan McDermott
(1998) James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini
(1999) Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen
(2000) Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland
(2001) Michael Chiklis
Michael Chiklis
(2002) Anthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
(2003) Ian McShane
Ian McShane
(2004) Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie
(2005) Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie
(2006) Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm
(2007) Gabriel Byrne
Gabriel Byrne
(2008) Michael C. Hall
Michael C. Hall
(2009) Steve Buscemi
Steve Buscemi
(2010) Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer
(2011) Damian Lewis
Damian Lewis
(2012) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2013) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(2014) Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm
(2015) Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
(2016) Sterling K. Brown
Sterling K. Brown

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Golden Globe
Award for Best Actor – Miniseries
or Television Film

Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
(1981) Anthony Andrews
Anthony Andrews
(1982) Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
(1983) Ted Danson
Ted Danson
(1984) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1985) James Woods
James Woods
(1986) Randy Quaid
Randy Quaid
(1987) Michael Caine/ Stacy Keach
Stacy Keach
(1988) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1989) James Garner
James Garner
(1990) Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges
(1991) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1992) James Garner
James Garner
(1993) Raúl Juliá
Raúl Juliá
(1994) Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(1995) Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
(1996) Ving Rhames (1997) Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci
(1998) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1999) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(2000) James Franco
James Franco
(2001) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2002) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2003) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2004) Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
(2005) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2006) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2007) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2008) Kevin Bacon
Kevin Bacon
(2009) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2010) Idris Elba
Idris Elba
(2011) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(2012) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2013) Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
(2014) Oscar Isaac
Oscar Isaac
(2015) Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston
(2016) Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor

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