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Also Known As: George Richard Chamberlain Died:
Born: March 31, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Beverly Hills, California, USA Profession: actor, singer

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A popular and versatile actor with a 40-year career spanning film, stage, pop music and television, Richard Chamberlain overcame the "handsome face" label that dogged him during his stint on TV's "Dr. Kildare" (NBC, 1961-66) appearing in some of the most widely-seen projects in entertainment history, including the epic miniseries "Shogun," "Centennial," and most memorably, "The Thorn Birds." At the same time, he won the acceptance of the theater world with performances in acclaimed productions on both sides of the Atlantic. Additionally, he triumphed in his personal life as well by, not only launching a successful second career as an artist, but by revealing his struggles as a gay man forced to conceal his sexuality in Hollywood for the past four decades.

A popular and versatile actor with a 40-year career spanning film, stage, pop music and television, Richard Chamberlain overcame the "handsome face" label that dogged him during his stint on TV's "Dr. Kildare" (NBC, 1961-66) appearing in some of the most widely-seen projects in entertainment history, including the epic miniseries "Shogun," "Centennial," and most memorably, "The Thorn Birds." At the same time, he won the acceptance of the theater world with performances in acclaimed productions on both sides of the Atlantic. Additionally, he triumphed in his personal life as well by, not only launching a successful second career as an artist, but by revealing his struggles as a gay man forced to conceal his sexuality in Hollywood for the past four decades.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Blackbeard (2006)
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 River Made to Drown In (1997) Thaddeus Mackenzie
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 All the Winters That Have Been (1997) Dane Corvin
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 Bird of Prey (1995) Jonathan Griffith
8.
 Ordeal in the Arctic (1993) Captain John Couch
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 Night Of The Hunter (1991) Preacher
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Served as a sergeant in Korea with the US Army
1960:
Film debut in "The Secret of the Purple Reef"
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Starred in the NBC series, "Dr. Kildare"
1966:
Co-starred with fellow TV star Mary Tyler Moore in the Broadway-bound musical "Breakfast at Tiffany's"; show played four previews in NYC before closing after being performed in Philadelphia and Boston under the title "Holly Golightly"
1968:
Played against type as a sadistic husband in "Petulia", directed by Richard Lester
1969:
British stage debut as "Hamlet" with Birmingham Rep
1970:
Reprised his "Hamlet" in a TV adaptation, aired in the USA on NBC
1971:
Played Tchaivoksky in Ken Russell's "The Music Lovers"
1974:
Had featured role of Aramis in Richard Lester's "The Three Musketeers"
1976:
Returned to Broadway in a revival of Tennessee Williams' "The Night of the Iguana"
1977:
Played Prince Charming in the British-made film "The Slipper and the Rose"
1977:
Starred in Peter Weir's "The Last Wave"
1978:
Stage directing debut, "The Shadow Box" at Williamstown Theatre Festival
1978:
Co-starred in the NBC miniseries "Centennial"
1980:
Played an American sailor stranded in feudal Japan in the acclaimed NBC miniseries "Shogun"
1983:
Portrayed Father Ralph DeBricassart in the ABC miniseries "The Thorn Birds"
1985:
Played opposite Sharon Stone in the remake of "King Solomon's Mines"
1985:
Cast as Raoul Wallenberg in "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story" (NBC)
1987:
Appeared opposite Judith Ivey, Blythe Danner and Geraldine Page in the Broadway revival of "Blithe Spirit"
1989:
Reprised Aramis in "The Return of the Musketeers"; last feature for eight years
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Returned to series TV in the short-lived "Island Son" (CBS); also served as executive producer
1991:
Appeared in the role created by Robert Mitchum in the small screen remake of "The Night of the Hunter" (ABC)
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Starred on Broadway as Prof. Henry Higgins in a revival of the Lerner and Loewe musical, "My Fair Lady"
1995:
Returned to the big screen in "Bird of Prey"
1996:
Reprised role of Ralph DeBricassart in the CBS miniseries "The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years"
1997:
Portrayed a man coping with AIDS in the festival-screened drama "River Made to Drown In"
1999:
Cast as major-domo Bernard Lafferty in the CBS biopic "Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke", starring Lauren Bacall
1999:
Joined cast of the Broadway revival of "The Sound of Music" as Captain von Trapp; later headlined the show's national tour
2000:
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (February 29)
2002:
Appeared in drag as Nigel Wick's (played by Craig Ferguson) (British) mother on "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC)
2005:
Guest-starred on "Will & Grace" (NBC) as Clyde, an elderly man who Will brings to game night
2006:
Guest starred as a gay millionaire in the FX series "Nip/Tuck"
2007:
Cast in "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" with Adam Sandler and Kevin James
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Education

Pomona College: Claremont , California - 1956
Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and Arts: Los Angeles , California - 1958

Notes

Chamberlain has been nominated for four Emmy Awards.

He was named Favorite Male Performer by a TV Guide Poll in 1963.

Won three Photoplay Gold Medals and Hollywood Women's Press Club Award in the 1960s for "Dr. Kildare".

He was named Best Actor for "Shogun" by TV Times of London in 1980.

Founding member of the Company of Angels in Los Angeles theather company.

He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Pomona College.

Companions close complete companion listing

life partner:
Martin Rabbett. Manager. Secretly married for 20 years.
life partner:
Martin Rabbett. Had two; survived him.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Charles Chamberlain. Salesman.
father:
Charles Chamberlain. Has four younger half-sisters.
mother:
Elsa Chamberlain. Survived him.

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