Richard Kline



Also Known As
Richard T Kline
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
April 29, 1944


New York native Richard Kline gained status as a 1970s icon thanks to his role as dark-haired disco king Larry Dallas, a sleazy bachelor on the oft-repeated sitcom "Three's Company" (ABC, 1977-84), but traded in his barely-buttoned shirt and gold medallion for more behind the scenes pursuits and scattered guest roles before returning to a starring sitcom role as a charming gray-haired da...

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New York native Richard Kline gained status as a 1970s icon thanks to his role as dark-haired disco king Larry Dallas, a sleazy bachelor on the oft-repeated sitcom "Three's Company" (ABC, 1977-84), but traded in his barely-buttoned shirt and gold medallion for more behind the scenes pursuits and scattered guest roles before returning to a starring sitcom role as a charming gray-haired dad in NBC's "Inside Schwartz" (2001). An appealing stage-trained actor who earned his MFA from Northwestern and made his acting debut with the Lincoln Center Repertory Company, Kline racked up stage credits before tackling television. An early TV guest role on a 1976 episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS) and a part in the 1977 NBC miniseries "Seventh Avenue" predated his long run on "Three's Company." Following that success, he was to star in "His and Hers," a 1984 CBS sitcom that never made it past the pilot stage, though interestingly later starred in the similarly titled, short-lived sitcom "His & Hers" (1990) on the same network.

Guest work on such popular dramas as "Hill Street Blues," "St. Elsewhere" and "Hunter" (all NBC) kept the actor on the small screen, where he began working as a director, counting among his credits the sitcoms "Evening Shade" (CBS) and "Harry and the Hendersons" (syndicated). Intermittently appearing on television with guest shots throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Kline spent a year on the CBS soap "The Bold and the Beautiful" (1995-96) and earned some big screen credit in the Dennis Dugan comedies "Problem Child" (1990) and "Beverly Hills Ninja" (1997).

While the stage has been a consistent and rewarding source of work for Kline as an actor and director, (including a stint as a Sam Goldwyn-like movie producer in the Broadway musical "City of Angels" and a critically-acclaimed turn in the Off-Broadway one-man show "Boychik"), his film appearances, like his supporting turn in Barry Levinson's "Liberty Heights" (1999), were rare. The actor returned to the world of TV regulars on the Nickelodeon children's series "Noah Knows Best" (2000-01) and hoped to reach a wider audience on NBC's Thursday night lineup entry "Inside Schwartz" playing the gregarious Gene Schwartz, father of Breckin Meyer's Adam, whose active inner monologue and fantasy world served as sitcom fodder. Unfortunately, the series never caught on with viewers and was cancelled before the end of the year.

Life Events


Had early TV role as a guest on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS)


Acted in the three-part miniseries "Seventh Avenue"


Starred in the failed CBS pilot "His and Hers"


Had leading role in the similarly themed failed ABC pilot "The Second Time Around"


Guest starred on episodes of the NBC dramas "Hill Street Blues", "Hunter" and "St. Elsewhere"


Directed an episode of the CBS sitcom "Evening Shade"; billed as Richard T. Kline


Starred on the short-lived sitcom "His & Hers" (CBS), a reworking of the similarly titled 1984 pilot


Had a voice credit in the comedy "Problem Child", directed by Dennis Dugan


Featured in the NBC TV-movie "Hell Hath No Fury"


Broadway debut replacing Rene Auberjonois as producer Buddy Fidler in the award-winning muscial "City of Angels"


Helmed an episode of the ABC sitcom "Billy"


Guest starred on the CBS detective drama series "Burke's Law"; also was featured in the ABC TV-movie mystery "Columbo: Butterflies in Shades of Grey"


Appeared in the thriller "The November Conspiracy"


Guested on episodes of "NYPD Blue" (ABC) And "Married... With Children" (Fox)


Gave a winning performance as the star of the one-man Off-Broadway play "Boychik"


Had a small role in the Dennis Dugan-directed comedy "Beverly Hills Ninja"


Played title role in the Goodspeed Opera House staging of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Alan Ayckbourne musical "By Jeeves"; reprised role in production at Washington, DC's Kennedy Center


Played an adulterous senator in the musical "Hello Again", produced at Hollywood's 2nd Stage Theater


Cast as Fagin in a tour of "Oliver!" featuring Andrea McArdle


Directed the stage comedy "Parental Discretion"


Guest starred on an episode of the Fox sitcom "That '70s Show" (Fox)


Had rare feature supporting role in Barry Levinson's "Liberty Heights"


Starred on the Nickelodeon children's series "Noah Knows Best"


Featured in the Geffen Playhouse production of Jon Robin Baitz's "Mizlansky/Zilinsky"


Played the gregarious father of Breckin Meyer's sportscaster in the NBC sitcom "Inside Schwartz"


Movie Clip

Terminal Man, The (1974) -- (Movie Clip) You've Been Given Ten Milligrams Unbridled corporate scientists, Donald Moffat as McPherson, with Richard Dysart, Michael C. Gwynne, Matt Clark as technician Gerhard and Joan Hackett as Dr. Ross, with their post-surgical patient, the title character, George Segal as psychotic computer genius Harry, delight at their ability to control his laughter, then contain his seizure, in The Terminal Man, 1974.
Terminal Man, The (1974) -- (Movie Clip) In Unfamiliar Surroundings Psychiatrist Ross (Joan Hackett) lectures an absurdly large assemblage of colleagues about her patient (George Segal as the title character, psychotic computer genius Harry Benson) before his radical brain surgery procedure, Mike Hodges directing from his script based on the Michael Crichton novel, in The Terminal Man, 1974.
Terminal Man, The (1974) -- (Movie Clip) He's Very Heavily Sedated As violent psychotic computer scientist Harry (George Segal, title character) is prepared for experimental brain surgery, one of his doctors (Michael C. Gwynne as Morris) receives unexpected visitor Angela (Jill Clayburgh, in one of her first movie roles), while a nurse (Dee Carroll) reads a disturbing report, in The Terminal Man, 1974, directed by Mike Hodges.
Terminal Man, The (1974) -- (Movie Clip) Open, Where Psycho-Surgery Is Concerned An unexplained shot of a helicopter, then photos of the title character (George Segal) and family in a forensic context, as doctor Donald Moffat, P-R man James B. Sikking and surgeon Richard Dysart converse in a rooftop L-A restaurant, opening director and screenwriter Mike Hodges’ adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel, The Terminal Man, 1974.
Mandingo (1975) -- (Movie Clip) On This Plantation Out of the credits with the end of Muddy Waters’ recording of the original theme song by Maurice Jarre and Hi Tide Harris, James Mason as plantation owner Maxwell, Paul Benedict as slave trader Brownlee, Ji-Tu Cumbuka as Cicero and Perry King as son Hammond, with foul language typical of the controversial box-office hit Mandingo, 1975.
Mandingo (1975) -- (Movie Clip) The New Mrs. Maxwell In pre-Civil War New Orleans, Perry King as plantation owner Hammond, Susan George his cousin and new bride Blanche, whom we understand to have been raped by her brother while a pre-teen, with unusually direct and explicit language, in the controversial box office hit Mandingo, 1975.
Mandingo (1975) -- (Movie Clip) Slaves & Mules Impressive period staging, Richard Fleischer directing, the introduction of heavyweight ex-champ Ken Norton as slave Mede, prized as a specimen of the Mandinka ethnic group, noted in the title, nasty language as Hammond (Perry King) bids against a German (Rosemary Tichenor), in Mandingo, 1975.
Soylent Green (1973) -- (Movie Clip) Keep It Friendly Charles (Leonard Stone), building manager and de facto pimp for the “furniture” girls, breaks up their party not realizing that openly corrupt detective Thorn (Charlton Heston) is busy with Shirl (Leigh Taylor-Young), the property of his murdered tenant, in 2022 New York, in Soylent Green, 1973.
Soylent Green (1973) -- (Movie Clip) L'Chaim! Bent but honest future cop Thorn (Charlton Heston) and his aged research assistant Sol (Edward G. Robinson), who knows about how food used to be way back when, feast on what he’s plundered from crime victims in recent days, in famine-stricken 2022 New York, in Soylent Green, 1973.
Competition, The (1980) -- (Movie Clip) Placing Third In Cincinnati After credits in which he competes in a concert piano competition, Richard Dreyfuss as Paul at home with his parents (Philip Sterling, Gloria Stroock) considering his future, opening The Competition, 1980, from director Joel Oliansky, also starring Amy Irving.
Competition, The (1980) -- (Movie Clip) You Have No Time For Her Introduced separately in earlier scenes, relatively junior pianist Heidi (Amy Irving) greets Paul (Richard Dreyfuss), who’s entering one last competition before he gives it up to become a teacher, at an elite San Francisco event, in The Competition, 1980.
Competition, The (1980) -- (Movie Clip) Like Any Virgin We already know the male lead (Richard Dreyfuss) will be joining the prestigious San Francisco piano competition as we meet Amy Irving (as pianist Heidi), with Lee Remick as her profane-ish instructor Greta, in The Competition, 1980.



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