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