Richard Mulligan

Actor, Writer
A lanky American character player whose plummy voice, mobile features and accomplished timing made him a natural for nervous, befuddled, often clumsy comic roles, Richard Mulligan began in show business with ambitions ... Read more »
Born: 11/13/1932 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (47)

Neil Simon's "London Suite" 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The John Larroquette Show 1988 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Empty Nest 1988 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurses 1988 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World Happy Easter Parade 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The 75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magical World of Disney (10/09/88) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Oliver & Company 1988 (Movie)

of Einstein (Voice)

The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

Babes in Toyland 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

A Fine Mess 1986 (Movie)

Wayne "Turnip" Farragalla (Actor)

The Deacon Street Deer 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Heavenly Kid 1985 (Movie)

Rafferty (Actor)

Doin' Time 1984 (Movie)

Mongo Mitchell (Actor)

Jealousy 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Meatballs Part II 1984 (Movie)

Giddy (Actor)

Micki & Maude 1984 (Movie)

Leo Brody (Actor)

Teachers 1984 (Movie)

Herbert (Actor)

Reggie 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Trail of the Pink Panther 1982 (Movie)

Clouseau Senior (Actor)

S.O.B. 1981 (Movie)

Felix Farmer (Actor)

Soap 1977 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Scavenger Hunt 1979 (Movie)

Marvin Dummitz (Actor)

Having Babies III 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Bus 1975 (Movie)

Claude Crane (Actor)

Diana 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Visit to a Chief's Son 1974 (Movie)

Anthropologist (Actor)

Ghost Story 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Harvey 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Irish Whiskey Rebellion 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Little Big Man 1970 (Movie)

General Custer (Actor)

The Undefeated 1969 (Movie)

Dan Morse (Actor)

The Group 1966 (Movie)

Dick Brown (Actor)

One Potato, Two Potato 1964 (Movie)

Joe Cullen (Actor)

Love With the Proper Stranger 1963 (Movie)

Louie (Actor)

Dog's Best Friend (TV Show)

Actor

Gore Vidal's Lincoln (TV Show)

Actor

Jealousy (Movie)

Merrill Forsyth (Actor)

Malibu (TV Show)

Actor

Poker Alice (TV Show)

Actor

Pueblo (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A lanky American character player whose plummy voice, mobile features and accomplished timing made him a natural for nervous, befuddled, often clumsy comic roles, Richard Mulligan began in show business with ambitions to be a playwright but instead found work more readily as an actor. Keeping busy shuttling back and forth between the stage, screen ("The Group" 1966, "The Undefeated" 1969) and TV guest spots, he was briefly given a chance in the sitcom spotlight as "The Hero" (NBC, 1966-67), a klutzy actor portraying a TV lawman. It was not until the late 1970s, however, that his broadly-played brand of quirky comedy found a niche in the ABC soap-opera satire "Soap" (1977-81), created by the team of Susan Harris, Tony Thomas and Paul Junger Witt and the same producing trio again found work for Mulligan in their later sitcom "Empty Nest" (NBC, 1988-95). (He won Emmy Awards for his work on both series.)

Relationships

Ann-Elizabeth Mulligan

Mother

Joan Hackett Actor

Wife
Acted together in "The Group" (1966)

Patricia Jones

Wife

Robert Mulligan

Father

James Mulligan

Son
mother, Patricia Jones

James Mulligan

Brother

Robert Mulligan

Brother
born on August 23, 1925 films directed include "Fear Strikes Out" (1957), "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962), "Love with the Proper Stranger" (1964), and "Summer of '42" (1971)

Serena Robinson

Wife

Lenore Stevens Actor

Wife

EDUCATION

Maryknoll Junior Seminary

attended with intention of becoming a priest

Cardinal Hayes High School

New York , New York

Columbia University

New York , New York
studied playwrighting

Milestones

1997

Played opposite Olympia Dukakis in the CBS movie romance "Heaven Will Wait"

1996

Co-starred in the NBC telecast of "Neil Simon's London Suite"

1988

Provided a character voice for the Disney animated film "Oliver & Company"

1988

Portrayed US Secretary of State William Seward in the NBC miniseries "Gore Vidal's Lincoln"

1987

Appeared alongside Elizabeth Taylor in the CBS TV-movie "Poker Alice"

1983

Starred as Reggie Potter in the short-lived ABC sitcom, "Reggie"

1969

Delivered a strong turn as an unhinged General Custer in "Little Big Man"

1966

Co-starred in Sidney Lumet's "The Group", opposite soon to be second wife Joan Hackett

1966

Played leading role of Sam Garret, TV cowboy star and offscreen klutz, in the NBC sitcom "The Hero"

1964

Portrayed Barbara Barrie's ex-husband in the drama "One Potato, Two Potato"

1963

Film debut directed by older brother Robert in "Love with a Proper Stranger"

1960

Made Broadway acting debut in "All the Way Home", as understudy to Arthur Hill and Tom Wheatley

Served in the Navy as a crash rescue man in Pensacola, Florida

Starred as flustered father Harry Weston in NBC comedy series, "Empty Nest"; earned second Emmy Award

Appeared in guest roles during the 1960s in such TV series as "The Defenders", "Route 66", "The DuPont Show of the Month" and "Armstrong Circle Theater"

En route to Miami, stopped at a local theater hoping to sell a play; ended up auditioning and getting a role in production of Eugene O'Neill's "Beyond the Horizon"

Acted featured role of Jeff Harmon in TV comedy "Diana" (NBC), starring Diana Rigg

Acted in such plays as "Nobody Loves an Albatross", "Never Too Late", "The Mating Game", and "Everybody Out, the Castle Is Sinking"

Played panicky patriarch Burt Campbell, one of the leading roles in ABC serial comedy "Soap"; received Emmy Award

Acted in a number of Blake Edwards feature film comedies during the 1980s, including "S.O.B." (1981), "The Trail of the Pink Panther" (1982), "Micki and Maude" (1984) and "A Fine Mess" (1986)

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