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Born: April 30, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Alliance, Ohio, USA Profession: actor

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With his handsome, square-jawed blond looks and patrician bearing, Perry King quickly landed leading roles in films and TV in the 1970s and 80s. As he aged, he gracefully made the transition to character roles, generally cast as villains or father figures. The grandson of famed book editor Maxwell Perkins, King attended prep school, earned an Ivy League education at Yale and received his acting training under John Houseman at Juilliard. After debuting on stage in the replacement cast of the Tony-winning drama "Child's Play" in 1971, he quickly landed supporting roles in two 1972 features: "Slaughterhouse-Five" cast him as the son of the main character while he was Shirley MacLaine's troubled younger brother in "The Possession of Joel Delaney". After creating a strong impression as the leather-jacketed suitor of Susan Blakely in "The Lords of Flatbush" (1974), he pursued a different career path from his co-stars Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler, spending most of the 70s and 80s as the romantic lead in countless TV-movies and miniseries like "Captains and the Kings" (NBC, 1976) and "The Last Convertible" (NBC, 1979). He eventually earned semi-stardom as co-star (with Joe Penney) of the adventure...

With his handsome, square-jawed blond looks and patrician bearing, Perry King quickly landed leading roles in films and TV in the 1970s and 80s. As he aged, he gracefully made the transition to character roles, generally cast as villains or father figures. The grandson of famed book editor Maxwell Perkins, King attended prep school, earned an Ivy League education at Yale and received his acting training under John Houseman at Juilliard. After debuting on stage in the replacement cast of the Tony-winning drama "Child's Play" in 1971, he quickly landed supporting roles in two 1972 features: "Slaughterhouse-Five" cast him as the son of the main character while he was Shirley MacLaine's troubled younger brother in "The Possession of Joel Delaney". After creating a strong impression as the leather-jacketed suitor of Susan Blakely in "The Lords of Flatbush" (1974), he pursued a different career path from his co-stars Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler, spending most of the 70s and 80s as the romantic lead in countless TV-movies and miniseries like "Captains and the Kings" (NBC, 1976) and "The Last Convertible" (NBC, 1979). He eventually earned semi-stardom as co-star (with Joe Penney) of the adventure series "Riptide" (NBC, 1984-86).

King began to shift to character roles, playing Valerie Bertinelli's wealthy father in the 1987 CBS miniseries "I'll Take Manhattan" and later the complex Peter Pulitzer in NBC's "Roxanne: The Prize Pulitzer" (1989). He further stretched his acting muscles succeeding Ron Perlman as the villainous Col. Jessep in the Broadway production of "A Few Good Men" in 1990. After two short-lived 1993 forays into sitcoms with "The Trouble with Larry" (CBS) and "Almost Home" (ABC), he scored a modest success in the recurring role of nasty Hayley Armstrong on the Fox soap "Melrose Place" (1995). He was back to form as a romantic lead opposite Lindsay Wagner in "Their Second Chance" (Lifetime, 1997), a based-on-fact story of an adoptee who reunites her birth parents, and as a down-on-his-luck cowboy to Sean Young's movie star in the Fox family Channel's embarrassing "The Cowboy and the Movie Star" (1998). He acquitted himself better as a writing teacher who may or may not be responsible for his wife's car crash in the Lifetime movie "Her Married Lover" (2000), a gripping, edge-of-the-seat murder mystery also starring Roxana Zal as either his obsessed student or inamorata. He then returned to series TV as star of Aaron Spelling's new primetime soap "Titans" (2000), portraying Victoria Principal's ex-husband and father of prodigal son Casper Van Dien, whose former girlfriend Yasmine Bleeth now shares King's bed as his wife. King's character was killed off after only a handful of episodes and the series itself was cancelled soon thereafter.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Day After Tomorrow, The (2004) President Blake
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 Another Pretty Face (2002) Michael Bennett
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 Perfect Wife, The (2001) Dr Robert Steward
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 Her Married Lover (2000) Richard Manhart
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 Their Second Chance (1997) Larry Kellum
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Milestones close milestones

1971:
Broadway debut in the replacement cast of the Tony-winning drama "Child's Play"
1972:
Film debut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
1972:
Supported Shirley MacLaine as her brother in the thriller "The Possession of Joel Delaney"
1974:
Co-starred with Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler in "Lords of Flatbush"
1974:
Early TV credit, appearing in "The Whirlwind" episode of the CBS biography "Benjamin Franklin"
1975:
Had second male lead in "The Wild Party", co-starring James Coco and Raquel Welch
1975:
Played featured role in the dreadful "Mandingo"
1975:
Co-starred with Dorian Harewood in the fact-based drama "Foster and Laurie" (CBS)
1976:
Played Rory Armagh in the NBC miniseries "Captains and the Kings"
1977:
Was in the ensemble cast of "The Choirboys"
1978:
Portrayed a gay man who falls in love with a lesbian (Meg Foster) in "A Different Story"
1979:
Appeared opposite Jennifer O'Neill in the pulp romance "Love's Savage Fury" (ABC)
1982:
Last film for nine years, "Class of 1984"
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Voiced Han Solo for the National Public Radio productions of "Star Wars", "The Empire Strikes Back" and "The Return of the Jedi"; also starred in several "Earplay" dramas for NPR
1982:
Starred in the short-lived ABC series "The Quest"
1984:
Won praise for performance in the Showtime remake of "The Hasty Heart"
1984:
Had moderate TV success with the adventure series "Riptide" (NBC)
1987:
Cast as Valerie Bertinelli's wealthy father in the CBS miniseries "I'll Take Manhattan"
1990:
Returned to Broadway succeeding Ron Perlman in the role of Col. Jessup in Aaron Sorkin's "A Few Good Men"
1991:
Returned to features as Steve Brooks, a man reincarnated as a woman (Ellen Barkin), in Blake Edwards' "Switch"
1993:
Co-starred in the short-lived CBS summer sitcom "The Trouble With Larry"
1993:
Appeared in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Almost Home", a revamp of "The Torkelsons"
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Had recurring role on Fox's "Melrose Place"
1997:
Garnered praise for stage performance in Doug Heyes, Jr's "Seven Out" at the Globe Playhouse in L.A.
1998:
Played a down-on-his-luck cowboy in the fairly awful Fox Family Channel movie, "The Cowboy and the Movie Star"
2000:
Acted opposite Roxana Zal in Lifetime's "Her Married Lover", a gripping, edge-of-the-seat murder mystery; telepic reunited him with Susan Blakely, his love interest from "The Lords of Flatbush", playing his wife
2000:
Starred as the patriarch of a wealthy Beverly Hills family in the NBC primetime serial "Titans"
2004:
Cast as the President of the United States in Roland Emmerich's "The Day After Tomorrow"
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Education

St Paul's Preparatory School: Concord , New Hampshire -
Yale College, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -
The Juilliard School: New York , New York - 1970

Notes

In his spare time, King indulges his interest in automobile racing and has won events including the Long Beach Grand Prix Toyota Pro-Celebrity Race in 1986. He restores old cars and motorcycles, and his personal fleet includes a 1936 BMW motorcycle with sidecar.

King played opposite Sandy Dennis in an L.A. stage production of Tennessee Williams' "Eccentricities of an Nightingale" and also co-starred with Sandy Duncan in the two-person "Love Leters" at Pasadena Playhouse.

"When I first met [Sylvester] Stallone during the shooting of 'Lords of Flatbush' (1974), I assumed he was the dumb, sweet guy he was playing, but then he gave me a screenplay he had written about Edgar Allen Poe, and I think it may have been the best screenplay I've ever read. I truly consider him a genius. He's an extraordinary, unique man who deserves all his success." --Perry King quoted in People, c. summer 1989.

"When something takes off, it's a magic thing, and you can't really say why it works, or why not. When it's working though, you're in the lap of the gods." --King to Daily News, November 20, 1995.

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wife:
Karen Hryharrow. Attorney. Mother of Louise; former postulant in a religious order; divorced.
wife:
Jamison Elvidge. Journalist. Born c. 1965; second wife; met after he read her article in <i>Motorcycle</i> magazine; editor of <i>American Woman Motorsports</i>; separated in 1998.

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grandfather:
Maxwell Perkins. Editor. Renowned book editor for F Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe and Ernest Hemingway; maternal grandfather.
brother:
Maxwell Evarts Perkins King. Editor. Editor-in-chief of <i>Philadelphia Inquirer</i>.
daughter:
Louise King. Born in February 1971; mother, Karen King.
daughter:
Hannah Perrin King. Born on February 26, 1992; mother, Jamison Elvidge.
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