Richard Chamberlain

Actor, Singer
A popular and versatile actor with a 40-year career spanning film, stage, pop music and television, Richard Chamberlain overcame the "handsome face" label that dogged him during his stint on TV's "Dr. Kildare" (NBC ... Read more »
Born: 03/30/1934 in Beverly Hills, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (80)

Manhunt (Philo Films) 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Pioneers of Television 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Leverage 2010, 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Perfect Family 2012 (Movie)

Monsignor Murphy (Actor)

Brothers & Sisters 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chuck 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry 2007 (Movie)

Councilman Banks (Actor)

Strength and Honor 2007 (Movie)

Denis O'Leary (Actor)

Blackbeard 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Nip/Tuck 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Drew Carey Show 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Last Wave 2001 (Movie)

David Burton (Actor)

Touched By an Angel 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pavilion 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bird of Prey 1996 (Movie)

Jonathan Griffith (Actor)

River Made to Drown In 1996 (Movie)

Thaddeus Mackenzie (Actor)

The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Television Moments: What We Watched 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Hawaii: Paradise in Peril 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Portrait of Japan 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

MGM: When the Lion Roars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of the Hunter 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Astronomers 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Premiere Preview Spectacular 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Island Son 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Greed, Guns and Wildlife 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Return of the Musketeers 1989 (Movie)

Aramis (Actor)

The 42nd Annual Tony Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bourne Identity 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

A Star-Spangled Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold 1987 (Movie)

Alan Quatermain (Actor)

Casanova 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-Star Salute to Ford's Theatre 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

King Solomon's Mines 1985 (Movie)

Allan Quatermain (Actor)

The Thorn Birds 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Perry Como's Christmas in the Holy Land 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder By Phone 1980 (Movie)

Nat Bridger (Actor)

The Man in the Iron Mask 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Swarm 1977 (Movie)

Dr Hubbard (Actor)

The Count of Monte Cristo 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Slipper and the Rose 1975 (Movie)

Prince Edward (Actor)

The Four Musketeers 1974 (Movie)

Aramis (Actor)

The Little Mermaid 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Towering Inferno 1973 (Movie)

Simmons (Actor)

Lady Caroline Lamb 1972 (Movie)

Lord Byron (Actor)

The Three Musketeers 1972 (Movie)

Aramis (Actor)

Hamlet 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Julius Caesar 1971 (Movie)

Octavius Caesar (Actor)

The Music Lovers 1970 (Movie)

Peter Tchaikovsky (Actor)

The Madwoman of Chaillot 1969 (Movie)

Roderick (Actor)

Petulia 1968 (Movie)

David Danner (Actor)

Doctor Kildare 1961 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Joy in the Morning 1964 (Movie)

Carl Brown (Actor)

Thriller 1960 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Twilight of Honor 1962 (Movie)

David Mitchell (Actor)

A Thunder of Drums 1961 (Movie)

Lt Porter (Actor)

The Secret of the Purple Reef 1960 (Movie)

Dean Christopher (Actor)

Aftermath: A Test of Love (TV Show)

Actor

Centennial (TV Show)

Actor

Dream West (TV Show)

Actor

Ordeal in the Arctic (TV Show)

Actor

Shogun (TV Show)

Actor

The Red Phone: Manhunt (TV Show)

Actor

Wallenberg: A Hero's Story (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A popular and versatile actor with a 40-year career spanning film, stage, pop music and television, Richard Chamberlain overcame the "handsome face" label that dogged him during his stint on TV's "Dr. Kildare" (NBC, 1961-66) appearing in some of the most widely-seen projects in entertainment history, including the epic miniseries "Shogun," "Centennial," and most memorably, "The Thorn Birds." At the same time, he won the acceptance of the theater world with performances in acclaimed productions on both sides of the Atlantic. Additionally, he triumphed in his personal life as well by, not only launching a successful second career as an artist, but by revealing his struggles as a gay man forced to conceal his sexuality in Hollywood for the past four decades.

Relationships

Elsa Chamberlain

Mother

Charles Chamberlain

Father
was well known within the Alcoholics Anonymous community traveling for years speaking at A.A. conventions wrote a book, A New Pair of Glasses, which is a highly regarded and noteworthy piece of complementary literature for those in 12 Step recovery programs died in 1984

Martin Rabbett

Domestic Partner
secretly married for 20 years

EDUCATION

Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and Arts

Los Angeles , California 1958

studied acting with Jeff Corey, and in England in the 1970s

Pomona College

Claremont , California 1956
began acting

Milestones

2007

Cast in "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" with Adam Sandler and Kevin James

2006

Guest starred as a gay millionaire in the FX series "Nip/Tuck"

2005

Guest-starred on "Will & Grace" (NBC) as Clyde, an elderly man who Will brings to game night

2002

Appeared in drag as Nigel Wick's (played by Craig Ferguson) (British) mother on "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC)

2000

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (February 29)

1999

Cast as major-domo Bernard Lafferty in the CBS biopic "Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke", starring Lauren Bacall

1999

Joined cast of the Broadway revival of "The Sound of Music" as Captain von Trapp; later headlined the show's national tour

1997

Portrayed a man coping with AIDS in the festival-screened drama "River Made to Drown In"

1996

Reprised role of Ralph DeBricassart in the CBS miniseries "The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years"

1995

Returned to the big screen in "Bird of Prey"

1991

Appeared in the role created by Robert Mitchum in the small screen remake of "The Night of the Hunter" (ABC)

1989

Reprised Aramis in "The Return of the Musketeers"; last feature for eight years

1987

Appeared opposite Judith Ivey, Blythe Danner and Geraldine Page in the Broadway revival of "Blithe Spirit"

1985

Played opposite Sharon Stone in the remake of "King Solomon's Mines"

1985

Cast as Raoul Wallenberg in "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story" (NBC)

1983

Portrayed Father Ralph DeBricassart in the ABC miniseries "The Thorn Birds"

1980

Played an American sailor stranded in feudal Japan in the acclaimed NBC miniseries "Shogun"

1978

Co-starred in the NBC miniseries "Centennial"

1978

Stage directing debut, "The Shadow Box" at Williamstown Theatre Festival

1977

Played Prince Charming in the British-made film "The Slipper and the Rose"

1977

Starred in Peter Weir's "The Last Wave"

1976

Returned to Broadway in a revival of Tennessee Williams' "The Night of the Iguana"

1974

Had featured role of Aramis in Richard Lester's "The Three Musketeers"

1970

Played Tchaivoksky in Ken Russell's "The Music Lovers"

1969

Reprised his "Hamlet" in a TV adaptation, aired in the USA on NBC

1968

British stage debut as "Hamlet" with Birmingham Rep

1968

Played against type as a sadistic husband in "Petulia", directed by Richard Lester

1966

Co-starred with fellow TV star Mary Tyler Moore in the Broadway-bound musical "Breakfast at Tiffany's"; show played four previews in NYC before closing after being performed in Philadelphia and Boston under the title "Holly Golightly"

1960

Film debut in "The Secret of the Purple Reef"

Starred on Broadway as Prof. Henry Higgins in a revival of the Lerner and Loewe musical, "My Fair Lady"

Starred in the NBC series, "Dr. Kildare"

Served as a sergeant in Korea with the US Army

Returned to series TV in the short-lived "Island Son" (CBS); also served as executive producer

Bonus Trivia

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Chamberlain has been nominated for four Emmy Awards.

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He was named Favorite Male Performer by a TV Guide Poll in 1963.

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Won three Photoplay Gold Medals and Hollywood Women's Press Club Award in the 1960s for "Dr. Kildare".

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He was named Best Actor for "Shogun" by TV Times of London in 1980.

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Founding member of the Company of Angels in Los Angeles theather company.

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He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Pomona College.

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Chamberlain outed by the French women's magazine Nous Deux in December 1989 as being gay. However it was not until 2003, at age 69, that he came out in his biography entitled Shattered Love.

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