Richard Basehart


Actor
Richard Basehart

About

Birth Place
Zanesville, Ohio, USA
Born
August 31, 1914
Died
September 17, 1984
Cause of Death
Succession Of Strokes

Biography

Entered film by way of Broadway in 1947, making his mark in the gritty "He Walked by Night" (1948) and proving his versatility in several international productions, notably Federico Fellini's poignant masterpiece "La Strada" (1954). He garnered secondary fame as the star of the Irwin Allen-produced "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (ABC, 1964-1968), playing a subamire captain. Basehart's...

Family & Companions

Stephanie Klein
Wife
Married from 1940 until her death in 1950.
Valentina Cortese
Wife
Actor. Married in 1951; divorced in 1960.
Diana Basehart
Wife
Married from 1962 until his death.

Biography

Entered film by way of Broadway in 1947, making his mark in the gritty "He Walked by Night" (1948) and proving his versatility in several international productions, notably Federico Fellini's poignant masterpiece "La Strada" (1954). He garnered secondary fame as the star of the Irwin Allen-produced "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (ABC, 1964-1968), playing a subamire captain. Basehart's second wife was actress Valentina Cortese.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Bix (1981)
Narration
Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980)
Johnny Hyde
Being There (1979)
Stonestreet: Who Killed the Centerfold Model? (1977)
Elliot Osborn
The Great Bank Hoax (1977)
Emanuel
The Island Of Dr. Moreau (1977)
Flood! (1976)
John Cutler
Time Travelers (1976)
21 Hours At Munich (1976)
Chancellor Willy Brandt
The Terror of Dr. Chancey (1975)
Dr Leonard Chaney
Valley Forge (1975)
General George Washington
...And Millions Will Die! (1973)
Maneater (1973)
Carl Brenner
Chato's Land (1972)
Nye Buell
Rage (1972)
Dr. [Roy] Cardwell
Columbo: Dagger of the Mind (1972)
The Bounty Man (1972)
Angus Keough
Assignment: Munich (1972)
City Beneath The Sea (1971)
The Birdmen (1971)
The Death of Me Yet (1971)
Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1968)
Narrator
The Satan Bug (1965)
Dr. Hoffman/Ainsley
Four Days in November (1964)
Narrator
Kings of the Sun (1963)
Ah Min
Il bidone (1962)
Picasso
Hitler (1962)
Adolf Hitler
The Savage Guns (1962)
Steve Fallon
Passport to China (1961)
Don Benton
Five Branded Women (1960)
Capt. Reinhardt
Portrait in Black (1960)
Howard Mason
L' Ambitieuse (1959)
The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
Ivan Karamazov
Time Limit (1957)
Maj. [Harry] Cargill
Moby Dick (1956)
Ishmael
Finger Of Guilt (1956)
Canyon Crossroads (1955)
Larry Kandell
La Strada (1954)
The Fool
The Good Die Young (1954)
Joe
Titanic (1953)
George Healey
La Mano dello Straniero (1953)
Fourteen Hours (1951)
Robert Cosick
The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)
Alan Spender
Decision Before Dawn (1951)
Lt. Dick Rennick
Outside the Wall (1950)
Larry Nelson
Roseanna McCoy (1949)
Mounts Hatfield
Tension (1949)
Warren Quimby [also known as Paul Southern]
The Black Book (1949)
Maximilien Robespierre
He Walked by Night (1948)
Davis Morgan
Repeat Performance (1947)
William Williams, the poet
Cry Wolf (1947)
James Demarest

Cast (Special)

Egypt: Quest for Eternity (1982)
Narrator
The Judge (1963)
Judge Daniel Zachary
The Paradine Case (1962)
Arthur Keane
For the Love of Mike (1960)
Father [Francis] Phelan

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Masada (1981)
Narrator
The Rebels (1979)
The Critical List (1978)
Matt Kinsella

Life Events

Photo Collections

The Black Book - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Walter Wanger's The Black Book (1949, aka Reign of Terror), starring Robert Cummings. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Tension - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from MGM's Tension (1949), starring Audrey Totter, Richard Basehart, and Cyd Charisse. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

La Strada (1954) — (Movie Clip) The Fool Will Perform Innocent Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina, directed by her husband Federico Fellini) has run away from her employer/owner (barnstorming entertainer Zampano, Anthony Quinn) and wandered into a nearby town where she sees a Catholic festival, then one of his rivals (Richard Basehart as “Il Matto,” or “The Fool”), in the worldwide hit La Strada, 1954.
Repeat Performance (1947) — (Movie Clip) The Stars Look Down John Ireland’s narration from the novel by William O’Farrell, schticky city-scape yields quickly to Joan Leslie in trouble, then into a becoming mink, and a New Year’s celebration where she meets partying Richard Basehart as William, Virginia Field as Paula, Benay Venuta as Bess, in the long underrated Noir Repeat Performance, 1947.
Repeat Performance (1947) — (Movie Clip) People Do Live Things Over We have reason to infer that William (Richard Basehart) may be lover as well as friend to actress Sheila (Joan Leslie) to whom she’s just confessed, at a New Year’s party, to killing her husband, prompting them to visit her intrepid producer Friday (Tom Conway) when things get metaphysical, John Ireland narrating, in Repeat Performance, 1947.
He Walked By Night (1948) - How About My Army Discharge? Officer Rawlins (John McGuire) catches crook Davis Morgan (Richard Basehart) nearly in-the-act, leading to the fateful shooting incident in He Walked By Night, 1948, featuring cinematography by John Alton.
Titanic (1953) - I Must Be On That Ship Quick survey of passengers, starting with Miss Stanwyck as fictional "Julia Sturgess" and ending with Clifton Webb as her husband, others including Frances Bergen, Richard Basehart and Thelma Ritter as the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown figure, departing Cherbourg, April 10, 1912, in Titanic, 1953.
Titanic (1953) - Iceberg Dead Ahead! Director Jean Negulesco recreates 11:40 P.M., April 15, 1912 in the North Atlantic, Barry Bernard as the officer on duty, Brian Aherne the captain, Clifton Webb, Thelma Ritter, Richard Basehart among passengers taking note, in 20th Century Fox's Titanic, 1953.
Black Book, The (1949) - Dictator Of France D'Aubigny (Robert Cummings), posing as executioner Duval, led by Fouche (Arnold Moss) through the bakery to the secret lair of Robespierre (Richard Basehart), in Anthony Mann's The Black Book (a.k.a. Reign Of Terror), 1949.
Brothers Karamazov, The (1958) - Nothing Can Be Immoral Director Richard Brooks brings in Dostoyevsky characters, Richard Basehart as Ivan, pestered by Smerdyakov (Albert Salmi) as he greets his brother's bride Katya (Claire Bloom), then Maria Schell as Grushenka, accompanying evil dad Fyodor (Lee J. Cobb), in The Brothers Karamazov, 1958.
Rage (1972) - The Army's Position In This Wyoming GP Cardwell (Richard Basehart) confronts public health official Spencer (Barnard Hughes) and Army doc Holliford (Martin Sheen), about death of the son of his patient (director and star George C. Scott), who won't admit they were victims of a chemical weapon accident, in Rage, 1972.
Rage (1972) - They Have To Run Some Tests Kenneth Tobey and Paul Stevens are Army brass, Robert Walden a forthright chemical weapons researcher, discussing Wyoming sheep rancher Dan (director and star George C. Scott) and his son, both accidentally exposed, their own doctor (Richard Basehart) not yet aware of their prognosis, in Rage 1972.
Finger Of Guilt (1956) - You Film People The opening from un-credited director Joseph Losey, a blacklisted American ex-pat working in England, introducing Richard Basehart as American movie producer Reggie, now working in England, explaining his troubles to his doctor (Basil Dignam), in Finger Of Guilt, 1956.
Finger Of Guilt (1956) - The Big Producer Act Actress Kay (Constance Cummings), confirming that she’s the woman with whom he had the affair that caused him to leave Hollywood for England, tangles with producer Reggie (Richard Basehart), who’s now being blackmailed by somebody in Newcastle, in Finger Of Guilt, 1956.

Trailer

Companions

Stephanie Klein
Wife
Married from 1940 until her death in 1950.
Valentina Cortese
Wife
Actor. Married in 1951; divorced in 1960.
Diana Basehart
Wife
Married from 1962 until his death.

Bibliography