Richard Bakalyan


Richard Bakalyan

Biography

Actor Richard Bakalyan was known in his early years for playing juvenile delinquents. In the "problem teenager" dramas of the 1950s and '60s, Bakalyan's chiseled features and Armenian ancestry made him a cinch to play stereotypical street hoods. In 1957, he made one of his first on-screen appearances as Eddy in Robert Altman's debut feature, "The Delinquents" (the actor later reunited wi...

Biography

Actor Richard Bakalyan was known in his early years for playing juvenile delinquents. In the "problem teenager" dramas of the 1950s and '60s, Bakalyan's chiseled features and Armenian ancestry made him a cinch to play stereotypical street hoods. In 1957, he made one of his first on-screen appearances as Eddy in Robert Altman's debut feature, "The Delinquents" (the actor later reunited with Altman on the World War II series "Combat"). That same year, Bakalyan played a gunshot victim in the Jerry Lewis comedy "The Delicate Delinquent" and would re-team with Lewis in 1964's "The Patsy." With his growing ubiquity as a young tough, he made similar inroads into TV crime shows "The Lineup," "The Walter Winchell Files," and "Mike Hammer." He met Bobby Darin on the set of "Pressure Point" (1962), and the two became friends. They worked together again when Bakalyan exhibited his lighter side in comedy sketches on "The Bobby Darin Show." Bakalyan continues to be a prolific performer on TV, appearing in projects as diverse as "Batman," "Charlie's Angles," "Matlock," "JAG," and "My Name is Earl."

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Chinatown (1974) - Do You Know Me? Jake (Jack Nicholson), reveling with his barber and assistant detectives (Richard Bakalyan, Joe Mantell), gets an unexpected visit from the real Mrs. Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) in Roman Polanski's Chinatown, 1974.
Never A Dull Moment (1968) - You're Very High Strung Bit part actor Jack (Dick Van Dyke), whom gangster Joe (Edward G. Robinson) has mistaken for a hit-man named Ace, is forced to improvise when he turns up on TV, as he meets the mob, Joanna Moore as Melanie, with Ned Glass, Richard Bakalyan, Slim Pickens, Philip Coolidge and Henry Silva (as Rimsy, Bobby, Cowboy, Fingers and Frank), in the Walt Disney comedy Never A Dull Moment 1968.
Robin And The 7 Hoods (1964) - You Talk English? Schticky business as Bing Crosby, in his only Rat Pack movie, as Chicago charity hustler Allen Dale (the name of a minstrel in the Robin Hood myth) meets Frank Sinatra (the newly-philanthropic title character) and his gang (Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. et al) in Robin And The 7 Hoods, 1964.
Delinquents, The (1957) - Dream Boy Scotty (Tom Laughlin) sends Cholly (Peter Miller) to pick up his date for him, then faces off with thug Eddy (Richard Bakalyan), in Robert Altman's first feature, The Delinquents, 1957.
Delinquents, The (1957) - We're Customers! Opening sequences written, produced and directed by a local Kansas City film-maker, one Robert Altman, his first feature, The Delinquents, 1957, starring Tom Laughlin.
Strongest Man in the World, The - Got a Job For You! Gangster A.J. Arno (Cesar Romero) and his sidekick Cookie (Dick Bakalyan) are offered an industrial espionage job by Harry (Dick Van Patten) on their release from prison in Disney's The Strongest Man in the World, 1975.

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