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Also Known As: Harry Robinson Hamlin Died:
Born: October 30, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pasadena, California, USA Profession: actor

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With a résumé often overshadowed by his relationships with several Hollywood sex symbols, Harry Hamlin's acting career began promisingly and peaked with a hugely successful television series, but he ironically found its niche in the role of husband to a former soap opera star. After studying drama at Yale and earning his M.F.A. from San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, Hamlin quickly made the leap to feature films, appearing in 1978's "Movie Movie," and nabbing the title role in the NBC miniseries "Studs Lonigan" (1979). He made a splash with the special effects-laden feature "Clash of the Titans" (1981), and went on to major stardom as part of a stellar ensemble on one of the biggest TV series of the 1980s, "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994). However, poor choices in both projects and women ultimately relegated Hamlin to sub-par direct-to-video fare and serving as fodder for the tabloids, respectively. Oddly enough, it was his celebrity marriage to onetime soap opera star Lisa Rinna that allowed Hamlin to once again enjoy both his offscreen life and the spotlight as one-half of a celebrity couple to a degree he had not known in well over a decade.

With a résumé often overshadowed by his relationships with several Hollywood sex symbols, Harry Hamlin's acting career began promisingly and peaked with a hugely successful television series, but he ironically found its niche in the role of husband to a former soap opera star. After studying drama at Yale and earning his M.F.A. from San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, Hamlin quickly made the leap to feature films, appearing in 1978's "Movie Movie," and nabbing the title role in the NBC miniseries "Studs Lonigan" (1979). He made a splash with the special effects-laden feature "Clash of the Titans" (1981), and went on to major stardom as part of a stellar ensemble on one of the biggest TV series of the 1980s, "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994). However, poor choices in both projects and women ultimately relegated Hamlin to sub-par direct-to-video fare and serving as fodder for the tabloids, respectively. Oddly enough, it was his celebrity marriage to onetime soap opera star Lisa Rinna that allowed Hamlin to once again enjoy both his offscreen life and the spotlight as one-half of a celebrity couple to a degree he had not known in well over a decade.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bronx Bull, The (2014)
2.
 Immigrant (2013)
3.
 Shadow of Fear (2012)
5.
 You Lucky Dog (2010)
6.
7.
 Disappearance (2002) Jim Henley
8.
 Sex, Lies & Obsession (2001) Cameron Thomas
9.
 Quarantine (2000) President Of The United States
10.
 Silent Predators (1999) Vic Rondelli
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Milestones close milestones

:
Garnered attention as Alan Strang in the American Conservatory Theatre production of "Equus"; spotted by Stanley Donen who cast Hamlin in his first movie role
1976:
Made television debut as Mariamo in "The Taming of the Shrew"; shown on PBS for their Great Performances series
1978:
Made feature film debut in "Movie Movie"; directed by Stanley Donen
1979:
Played the title role in the NBC miniseries, "Studs Lonigan"
1981:
Big-screen break was a starring role in the Greek mythology fantasy epic, "Clash of the Titans"
1982:
Played a gay novelist opposite Kate Jackson in "Making Love"
1982:
Played the title role of "Hamlet" at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ
1984:
Made Broadway debut in the revival of Clifford Odets' "Awake and Sing!"
1986:
Cast in the role of attorney Michael Kuzak on NBC's popular drama, "L.A. Law"
1987:
Made the cover of <i>People</i> magazine as the annual choice of "Sexiest Man in the World"
:
Co-founded the L.A. Classic Theatre along with Amy Irving, John Lithgow and others
1988:
Played in the title role in the NBC miniseries, "Favorite Son"
1995:
Participated in the documentary film, "The Celluloid Closet," where he discussed his role in the film, "Making Love"
1995:
Played "Henry V" at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC
1996:
Returned to Broadway opposite Mary McDonnell in "Summer and Smoke"
1997:
Had a recurring role on the CBS sitcom, "Ink"
1997:
Co-starred opposite Valerie Bertinelli in the CBS miniseries, "Night Sins"
1999:
Cast as Reese Hardin in The WB comedy, "Movie Stars"
2001:
Appeared in "Perfume," a behind the scenes look at the world of high fashion
2001:
Cast opposite wife Lisa Rinna in the Lifetime movie, "Sex, Lies & Obsession"
2002:
Reprised role of Michael Kuzak in "L.A. Law: The Movie," which reunited most of the original cast
2004:
Had a recurring role, opposite wife Lisa Rinna in the UPN drama, "Veronica Mars," as the movie-star parents of Veronica's high-school rival, Logan
2006:
Joined the third season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars"
2007:
Appeared on Broadway as Billy Flynn in "Chicago," opposite wife Lisa Rinna
2009:
Co-starred in the CBS series "Harper's Island" as Uncle Marty
2010:
Appeared with wife Lisa Rinna in the reality show "Harry Loves Lisa" on TV Land
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Education

Flintridge Preparatory School: La Cañada , California -
The Hill School: Pottstown , Pennsylvania -
University of California at Berkeley: Berkeley , California - 1970
Yale College, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1974
Yale College, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1974
American Conservatory Theater: San Francisco , California - 1976

Notes

At his peak, Hamlin was making an estimated $1.3 million per year for his role on "L.A. Law"

Hamlin has seized the chance to personalize and develop his "L.A. Law" character: for example, having Michael Kuzak wear a gorilla suit or drop his trousers, both of which came from Hamlin's experiences. ("Great stuff, huh? Real highbrow," noted Hamlin wryly.) Besides that, however, writer Jacob Epstein has observed a certain reserve and cautiousness that Hamlin brings to the role. "People say, 'Well, what's he got to be cautious about?' And that creates an appealing vulnerability. Kuzak is the dark prince of the ensemble. There's a potential for explosiveness. It's his emotional remoteness that's compelling." (Anecdotes and quotations from TV GUIDE, April 9, 1988)

"The [theater] audience informs [me] much more than any other process. I live for that, you know. I get so focused when there's an audience out there. It's a very calming effect somehow." --Hamlin in THEATERWEEK, December 25-31, 1997

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Ursula Andress. Actor. Met when they worked together on "Clash of the Titans" (1979); mother of his son Dimitri.
companion:
Cynthia Sikes. Actor.
wife:
Laura Johnson. Actor. Married c. 1986, divorced 1990; former star of "Falcon Crest"; born August 1, 1957; mother is Sally Savalas.
wife:
Nicollette Sheridan. Actor. Born c. 1963; met during preproduction for Showtime movie, "Deceptions" in 1989; married September 7, 1991 in Carmel Valley CA; divorced 1993.
wife:
Lisa Rinna. Actor. Born 1964; appeared on NBC soap "Days of Our Lives" and "Melrose Place"; together since 1993; married on March 29, 1997.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Chauncey Jerome Hamlin Jr. Aeronautical engineer. Once worked with Wernher von Braun.
mother:
Bernice Hamlin.
half-brother:
Chauncey Jerome Hamlin III. Explorer. Has made expeditions to the Indian Ocean in search of rare, primitive marine animals.
son:
Dimitri Alexandre Hamlin. Born on May 19, 1980; mother, Ursula Andress.
daughter:
Delilah Belle Hamlin. Born on June 10, 1998; mother, Lisa Rinna.
daughter:
Amelia Gray Hamlin. Born on June 13, 2001; mother, Lisa Rinna.
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