Richard Kiley

Actor, Narrator, Singer
A legendary stage actor and musical star who has also won Emmy awards for his TV work, Richard Kiley had one of the best "voices" in the business--mellifluous and warmly authoritarian--which complemented his wide acting ... Read more »
Born: 03/31/1922 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (133)

Heaven and Hell 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Scarlet Women of the Bible 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Hugh Hefner: American Playboy Revisited 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Blue Moon 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1992 - 1994, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Stewart 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Loretta Young 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Mysteries of the Bible 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Patch Adams 1998 (Movie)

Dr Titan (Actor)

The Dragons of Galapagos 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Sonoran Desert: A Violent Eden 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Vincent Price: The Versatile Villain 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Audrey Hepburn: The Fairest Lady 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Cathedrals in the Sky 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Henry Fonda: Hollywood's Quiet Hero 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Three Minutes to Impact 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Tigers of the Snow 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Carol Burnett: Just to Have a Laugh 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Last Feast of the Crocodiles 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Paul Newman: Hollywood's Charming Rebel 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Phenomenon 1996 (Movie)

Dr Wellin (Actor)

Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Searching For Lost Worlds 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

30 Years of National Geographic Specials 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Christy 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Picket Fences 1992 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Steve Allen 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Mysteries 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Alaska's Bald Eagle: New Threats to Survival 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

Jurassic Park 1993 (Movie)

Jurassic Park Tour Voice (Actor)

Mastergate 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Mysteries Underground 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Ray Bradbury Theater 1987 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story Behind the Story (01/27/92) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Cougar: Ghost of the Rockies 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

Splendid Stones 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Soul of Spain 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Story Behind the Story (01/02/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story Behind the Story (05/15/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story Behind the Story (10/02/90) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story Behind the Story (11/04/90) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

An Evening With Alan Jay Lerner 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Bali, Masterpiece of the Gods 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Narrator

Hudson Chronicle 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Narrator

Music By Richard Rodgers 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Search For Battleship Bismarck 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Story Behind the Story (05/13/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

William Holden: The Golden Boy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Narrator

Nature Watch 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Twilight Zone 1985 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Those Wonderful Dogs 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Narrator

Transplant 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Narrator

Why Did Johnny Kill? 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Narrator

Australia's Twilight of the Dreamtime 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Narrator

Cary Grant: The Leading Man 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Narrator

Geometry of Life 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Narrator

Lerner & Loewe: Broadway's Last Romantics 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder or Mercy: Five American Families 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Narrator

Mysteries of Mankind 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Blessings of Liberty 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

A Day in the Life of America 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Narrator

A Year in the Life 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Grace Kelly -- The American Princess 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Narrator

Lions of the African Night 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Narrator

Treasures From the Past 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Narrator

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Creatures of the Mangrove 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Narrator

Forever Wild 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Narrator

Howard the Duck 1986 (Movie)

of the Cosmos (Voice)

If Tomorrow Comes 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Planet Earth 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

The Canterville Ghost 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Water, Birth, the Planet Earth 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Narrator

A.D. 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Ballad of the Irish Horse 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Narrator

George Washington 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Those Fabulous Clowns 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Parade of Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Thorn Birds 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Verse Person Singular 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Golden Gate 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

P.T. Barnum & His Human Oddities 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Narrator

Endless Love 1981 (Movie)

Arthur Axelrod (Actor)

Angel on My Shoulder 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

How the West Was Won 1976 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Looking For Mr. Goodbar 1977 (Movie)

Mr Dunn (Actor)

Friendly Persuasion 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Ceremony of Innocence 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Little Prince 1973 (Movie)

Pilot (Actor)

All the Way Home 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Jigsaw 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Gallery 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

A.K.A. Cassius Clay 1969 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Pendulum 1968 (Movie)

Woodrow Wilson King (Actor)

A Spanish Affair 1957 (Movie)

Merritt Blake (Actor)

Blackboard Jungle 1955 (Movie)

Joshua Y Edwards (Actor)

The Phenix City Story 1955 (Movie)

John Patterson (Actor)

Revlon Mirror Theater 1952 - 1954 (TV Show)

Actor

Pickup on South Street 1953 (Movie)

Joey (Actor)

A Year in the Life (TV Show)

Actor

Absolute Strangers (TV Show)

Actor

Angel on My Shoulder (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Do You Remember Love (TV Show)

Actor

Grow Old Along With Me (TV Show)

Actor

Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (TV Show)

Actor

Incident in San Francisco (TV Show)

Actor

Isabel's Choice (TV Show)

Actor

Jigsaw (TV Show)

Actor

John Wayne: American Legend (TV Show)

Narrator

Lost Years of Jesus (TV Show)

Actor

Mary & Tim (TV Show)

Actor

Murder Once Removed (TV Show)

Actor

My First Love (TV Show)

Actor

Pray TV (TV Show)

Actor

Secrets (TV Show)

Actor

Separate But Equal (TV Show)

Actor

The Bad Seed (TV Show)

Actor

The Canterville Ghost (Movie)

Sir Simon de Canterville (Actor)

The Final Days (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Defender (TV Show)

Actor

The Macahans (TV Show)

Actor

The Sniper (Movie)

Dr. James G. Kent (Actor)

The Web (TV Show)

Actor

Time to Say Goodbye? (TV Show)

Actor

White Wolf (TV Show)

Narrator

Wolves at Our Door (TV Show)

Narrator
Music (1)

Jack and Jill 2011 (Movie)

("The Impossible Dream") (Song Performer)

Biography

A legendary stage actor and musical star who has also won Emmy awards for his TV work, Richard Kiley had one of the best "voices" in the business--mellifluous and warmly authoritarian--which complemented his wide acting range. He began his career in his native Chicago, performing juvenile role on radio soap operas such as the famed "Ma Perkins" and "The Guiding Light." After military service, Kiley settled in NYC to pursue a stage career. His first break came when he was tapped to replace Anthony Quinn as Stanley Kowalski in the road company of "A Streetcar Named Desire." In 1953, Kiley made his Broadway debut in a revival of George Bernard Shaw's "Misalliance," for which he received a Theatre World Award. Turning to musicals, the actor displayed his vocal abilities as the Caliph in "Kismet" (introducing songs such as "Stranger in Paradise"), earned his first Tony Award co-starring with Gwen Verdon in the musical thriller "Redhead" (1959) and went on to alternate in dramas (e.g., "Advise and Consent") and musicals (i.e., Richard Rodgers' "No Strings"). But it was in the 1965 production of "Man of La Mancha," in which Kiley played the dual roles of Cervantes and Don Quixote, that solidified his theatrical stardom and provided him with a signature role. He introduced "The Impossible Dream" not only on the New York stage but also in London in 1969, and on numerous TV variety shows, including "The Ed Sullivan Show." Kiley would later also star on Broadway in the comedy "Absurd Person Singular" and in a revival of "All My Sons," but he would periodically return to "Man of La Mancha."

Relationships

Leonore Kiley

Mother

Patricia Ferrier

Wife
married from 1968 until Kiley's death

Leo Kiley

Father

Dierdre Kiley

Daughter
survived him

Dorothea Kiley

Daughter
survived him

Erin Kiley

Daughter
survived him

Kathleen Kiley

Daughter
survived him

David Kiley

Son
survived him

Michael Kiley

Son
survived him

Mary Wood

Wife
married in 1948 divorced in 1967 died on March 3, 1993 at the age of 65 had six children with Kiley

EDUCATION

Barnum Dramatic School

Chicago , Illinois 1941 - 1942

Loyola Academy

Chicago , Illinois 1940

Milestones

1999

Final acting role, as Sharon Lawrence's restarauteur father in the CBS movie "Blue Moon"

1998

Final film appearance, as a doctor in the hit "Patch Adams"

1998

Last TV acting role before his death, portrayed a painter in an episode of "Ally McBeal" (Fox), written by David E Kelley

1994

Reprised guest role as Hayden Langston in an episode of "Picket Fences" scripted by Kelley; received Emmy Award

1993

Provided the voice of the tour guide in "Jurassic Park"

1992

First played role of Hayden Langston, father of Jill Brock (Kathy Baker) in "Picket Fences" (CBS); teleplay by David E Kelley

1987

Portrayed lead role of Joe Keller in Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons"; marked final Broadway appearance

1986

Created role of widower patriarch Joe Gardner in the NBC miniseries "A Year in the Life"

1985

Portrayed the husband of Joanne Woodward in "Do You Remember Love?", a drama about a married couple facing Alzheimer's disease

1982

Portrayed the patriarch of the Cleary family in the ABC miniseries "The Thorn Birds"; earned an Emmy Award

1981

Appeared as Martin Hewitt's father in "Endless Love"

1977

Once again played his signature role in yet another revival of "Man of La Mancha"

1977

Co-starred as Mr. Dunn, Diane Keaton's father, in "Looking for Mr. Goodbar"

1974

Played the Pilot in the film musical "The Little Prince"

1972

Headlined a revival of "Man of La Mancha"

1965

Created signature role as Don Quixote/Miguel Cervantes in "Man of La Mancha" on Broadway; won second Tony Award; appeared with the show for its five year run, playing over 2,000 performances in the role

1959

Starred as Tom Baxter in "Redhead" on Broadway; won Tony Award

1953

TV debut, "U.S. Steel Hour"

1953

Broadway debut, "Misalliance"

1953

First musical role, "Kismet"

1951

Film debut, "The Mob"

1947

Off-Broadway debut, "The Trojan Women"

1940

Played juvenile in radio soap operas, "Ma Perkins" and "The Guiding Light"

Reprised his role of Joe Gardner in the NBC spin-off series "A Year in the Life"; won Emmy Award

Understudied Anthony Quinn and later played Stanley Kowalski in road company of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

Was gunnery instructor in the US Navy

Narrated "Search for Lost Worlds" series for the Discovery Channel

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1999.

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