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George Richard Chamberlain

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Beverly Hills, California
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Axiom Chamberlain and Elsa Winnifred von Fisher von Benzon-Matthews
Partner of <private> Rabbett
Brother of <private> Chamberlain and [-?-] Chamberlain

Occupation: TV and Movie Actor
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About Richard Chamberlain

Richard Chamberlain was a blue-eyed young heartthrob in the mid-1960s when he starred as Dr. Kildare, a sensitive internist learning the medical ropes. After gaining serious acting chops on the British stage, Chamberlain returned to TV as a mature heartthrob in TV miniseries like Shogun (1980, with Toshiro Mifune) and The Thorn Birds (1983, with Rachel Ward and Barbara Stanwyck). He played World War II figure Raoul Wallenberg in the 1985 TV movie Wallenberg: A Hero's Story. In 1988 he played amnesiac secret agent Jason Bourne in the TV movie The Bourne Identity. Chamberlain published a 2003 autobiography, Shattered Love, which included the revelation that he was gay.

He was born on March 31, 1934 in Beverly Hills, California, the son of Elsa W. (née Matthews) and Charles Chamberlain, who was a salesman.[1] Chamberlain's father was well known within Alcoholics Anonymous, having traveled for years speaking at A.A. conventions. In 1952, Richard Chamberlain graduated from Beverly Hills High School and later attended Pomona College (class of 1956).

Chamberlain co-founded a Los Angeles-based theatre group, Company of Angels, and began appearing in TV series in the 1950s. In 1961 he gained widespread fame as the young intern, Dr. Kildare, in the MGM television series of the same name. His singing ability also led to some hit singles in the early 1960s. One of them was the "Theme from Dr. Kildare" entitled "Three Stars Will Shine Tonight", which hit number 10 according to the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Dr. Kildare ended in 1966, after which Chamberlain began performing on the theatre circuit. In 1966, he was cast opposite Mary Tyler Moore in the ill-fated Broadway musical Breakfast at Tiffany's, co-starring Priscilla Lopez, which, after an out-of-town tryout period, closed after only four previews. Decades later he returned to Broadway in revivals of My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music.

In 1968 he went to England where he played in repertory theatre and in the BBC's Portrait of a Lady adaptation, becoming recognized as a serious actor. In 1969 he starred opposite Katharine Hepburn in the film The Madwoman of Chaillot. While in England he took vocal coaching and in 1969 performed the title role of Hamlet with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, becoming the first American to play the role since John Barrymore in 1929. He received excellent notices and reprised the role for television, for The Hallmark Hall of Fame, in 1970.

In the 1970s, Chamberlain enjoyed success as a leading man in films such as The Towering Inferno (in a villainous turn as a dishonest engineer), The Last Wave, The Three Musketeers and two sequels, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Music Lovers, The Lady's Not For Burning, and Lady Caroline Lamb (playing Lord Byron). In The Slipper and the Rose, a musical version of the Cinderella story, co-starring Gemma Craven, he displayed his vocal talents.

Chamberlain later appeared in several popular television miniseries (earning him a nickname of "King of the Miniseries"), including Centennial, William Bast's The Man in the Iron Mask, Shogun, and The Thorn Birds playing Father Ralph de Bricassart opposite Rachel Ward. In the late 1980s he experienced a belated breakthrough as a leading man with King Solomon's Mines opposite newcomer Sharon Stone, and also played Jason Bourne in the 1988 version of The Bourne Identity.

Since the 1990s, Chamberlain has mostly appeared in television movies, on stage and as a guest star on series including The Drew Carey Show and Will & Grace. He starred as Henry Higgins in the 1993-94 Broadway revival of My Fair Lady. In the fall of 2005, Chamberlain appeared in the title role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the Broadway National Tour of Scrooge: The Musical. In 2006, Chamberlain guest starred in an episode of the hit BBC drama series Hustle as well as season 4 of Nip/Tuck. In 2007, Chamberlain guest starred in episode 80 (Season 4, Episode 8, "Distant Past") of Desperate Housewives as Glen Wingfield, Lynette Scavo's stepfather. In 2008 and 2009 he appeared as King Arthur in the national tour of Monty Python's Spamalot. In 2010 he appeared as Archie Leach in season 3, episode 3 of the series Leverage. He will appear in the indie film We Are the Hartmans which is in production in the summer of 2010.

Chamberlain resided in Hawaii with his partner, actor-writer-producer Martin Rabbett, from the mid-1970s to 2010. Rabbett and Chamberlain starred together in Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, in which they played brothers Allan and Robeson Quatermain.

Chamberlain was outed by the French women's magazine Nous Deux in December 1989 but it was not until 2003, at the age of 69, that he came out in his autobiography, Shattered Love (ISBN 0060087439).

In the spring of 2010 Chamberlain moved from Maui to Los Angeles because of work possibilities, leaving Rabbett in Hawaii, at least temporarily.

Filmography The Secret of the Purple Reef (1960) Thriller episode "The Watcher" (1960) (TV) A Thunder of Drums (1961) Whispering Smith, NBC television series, as Chris Harrington in episode "Stain of Justice" (1961) Twilight of Honor (1963) Joy in the Morning (1965) The Portrait of a Lady (1967) Petulia (1968) The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969) Julius Caesar (1970) The Music Lovers (1970) The Woman I Love (1972) (TV) Lady Caroline Lamb (1972) The Three Musketeers (1973) The Towering Inferno (1974) The Four Musketeers (1974) The Count of Monte Cristo (1975) The Little Mermaid (1975) The Slipper and the Rose (1976) The Last Wave (1977) The Man in the Iron Mask (1977) The Swarm (1978) Centennial (1978) (TV) The Good Doctor (1978) (TV) Shōgun (1980) (TV) Murder by Phone (1982) The Thorn Birds (1983) (TV) King Solomon's Mines (1985) Wallenberg: A Hero's Story (1985) (TV) Dream West (1986) (TV) Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1987) Casanova (1987) (TV) The Bourne Identity (1988) (TV) The Return of the Musketeers (1989) Island Son (1989) (TV) Aftermath: A Test of Love 1991 (1991) (TV) Night of the Hunter (1991) (TV) Ordeal in the Arctic (1993) Bird of Prey (1995) The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years (1996) (TV) A River Made to Drown In (1997) All The Winters That Have Been (1997) (TV) The Lost Daughter (1997) (TV) The Pavilion (1999) Blackbeard (2006) (TV) Strength and Honor (2006) I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007) Desperate Housewives (2007) (Season 4, "Episode 8") Leverage (2010)

Discography From Richard Chamberlain Sings:

"Theme From Dr. Kildare (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight)" (1962) "Love Me Tender" (1962), reached no. 21 on the Billboard Pop singles chart "All I Have to Do Is Dream" (1963) "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo" (1963) "I Will Love You" (1963) "True Love" (1963) From Twilight of Honor:

"Blue Guitar" (1963) From Richard Chamberlain (aka Joy in the Morning):

"Rome Will Never Leave You" (1964) From The Slipper and the Rose:

"Secret Kingdom" (1976) "She Danced With Me" (1976) "What a Comforting Thing to Know" (1976) "Why Can't I Be Two People?" (1976) "Bride-Finding Ball" (1976)

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Richard Chamberlain (born March 31, 1934) is an American actor of stage and screen who became a teen idol in the title role of the television show Dr. Kildare (1961-1966).

Contents [hide] 1 Early life 2 Career 3 Later years 4 Personal life 5 Filmography 6 Discography 7 References 8 External links


[edit] Early life George Richard Chamberlain was born in 1934 in Beverly Hills, California, the son of Elsa W. (née Matthews) and Charles Chamberlain, who was a salesman.[1] Chamberlain's father was well known within Alcoholics Anonymous, having traveled for years speaking at A.A. conventions. In 1952, Richard Chamberlain graduated from Beverly Hills High School and later attended Pomona College[2] (class of 1956).[3]

[edit] Career Chamberlain co-founded a Los Angeles-based theatre group, Company of Angels, and began appearing in TV series in the 1950s. In 1961 he gained widespread fame as the young intern, Dr. Kildare, in the MGM television series of the same name. His singing ability also led to some hit singles in the early 1960s. One of them was the "Theme from Dr. Kildare" entitled "Three Stars Will Shine Tonight", which hit number 10 according to the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Dr. Kildare ended in 1966, after which Chamberlain began performing on the theatre circuit. In 1966, he was cast opposite Mary Tyler Moore in the ill-fated Broadway musical Breakfast at Tiffany's, co-starring Priscilla Lopez, which, after an out-of-town tryout period, closed after only four previews. Decades later he returned to Broadway in revivals of My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music.[citation needed]

In 1968 he went to England where he played in repertory theatre and in the BBC's Portrait of a Lady adaptation, becoming recognized as a serious actor. In 1969 he starred opposite Katharine Hepburn in the film The Madwoman of Chaillot. While in England he took vocal coaching and in 1969 performed the title role of Hamlet with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, becoming the first American to play the role since John Barrymore in 1929. He received excellent notices and reprised the role for television, for The Hallmark Hall of Fame, in 1970.

In the 1970s, Chamberlain enjoyed success as a leading man in films such as The Towering Inferno (in a villainous turn as a dishonest engineer), The Last Wave, The Three Musketeers and two sequels, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Music Lovers, The Lady's Not For Burning, and Lady Caroline Lamb (playing Lord Byron). In The Slipper and the Rose, a musical version of the Cinderella story, co-starring Gemma Craven, he displayed his vocal talents.

Chamberlain later appeared in several popular television miniseries (earning him a nickname of "King of the Miniseries"), including Centennial, William Bast's The Man in the Iron Mask, Shogun, and The Thorn Birds playing Father Ralph de Bricassart opposite Rachel Ward. In the late 1980s he experienced a belated breakthrough as a leading man with King Solomon's Mines opposite newcomer Sharon Stone, and also played Jason Bourne in the 1988 version of The Bourne Identity.

[edit] Later years Since the 1990s, Chamberlain has mostly appeared in television movies, on stage and as a guest star on series including The Drew Carey Show and Will & Grace. He starred as Henry Higgins in the 1993-94 Broadway revival of My Fair Lady. In the fall of 2005, Chamberlain appeared in the title role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the Broadway National Tour of Scrooge: The Musical. In 2006, Chamberlain guest starred in an episode of the hit BBC drama series Hustle as well as season 4 of Nip/Tuck. In 2007, Chamberlain guest starred in episode 80 (Season 4, Episode 8, "Distant Past") of Desperate Housewives as Glen Wingfield, Lynette Scavo's stepfather. In 2008 and 2009 he appeared as King Arthur in the national tour of Monty Python's Spamalot. In 2010 he appeared as Archie Leach in season 3, episode 3 of the series Leverage[4]. He will appear in the indie film We Are the Hartmans which is in production in the summer of 2010.

[edit] Personal life Chamberlain resided in Hawaii with his partner, actor-writer-producer Martin Rabbett, from the mid-1970s to 2010. Rabbett and Chamberlain starred together in Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, in which they played brothers Allan and Robeson Quatermain.

Chamberlain was outed by the French women's magazine Nous Deux in December 1989 but it was not until 2003, at the age of 69, that he came out in his autobiography, Shattered Love (ISBN 0060087439).

In the spring of 2010 Chamberlain moved from Maui to Los Angeles because of work possibilities, leaving Rabbett in Hawaii, at least temporarily.[5]

[edit] Filmography The Secret of the Purple Reef (1960) Thriller episode "The Watcher" (1960) (TV) A Thunder of Drums (1961) Whispering Smith, NBC television series, as Chris Harrington in episode "Stain of Justice" (1961) Twilight of Honor (1963) Joy in the Morning (1965) The Portrait of a Lady (1967) Petulia (1968) The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969) Julius Caesar (1970) The Music Lovers (1970) The Woman I Love (1972) (TV) Lady Caroline Lamb (1972) The Three Musketeers (1973) The Towering Inferno (1974) The Four Musketeers (1974) The Count of Monte Cristo (1975) The Little Mermaid (1975) The Slipper and the Rose (1976) The Last Wave (1977) The Man in the Iron Mask (1977) The Swarm (1978) Centennial (1978) (TV) The Good Doctor (1978) (TV) Shōgun (1980) (TV) Murder by Phone (1982) The Thorn Birds (1983) (TV) King Solomon's Mines (1985) Wallenberg: A Hero's Story (1985) (TV) Dream West (1986) (TV) Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1987) Casanova (1987) (TV) The Bourne Identity (1988) (TV) The Return of the Musketeers (1989) Island Son (1989) (TV) Aftermath: A Test of Love 1991 (1991) (TV) Night of the Hunter (1991) (TV) Ordeal in the Arctic (1993) Bird of Prey (1995) The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years (1996) (TV) A River Made to Drown In (1997) All The Winters That Have Been (1997) (TV) The Lost Daughter (1997) (TV) The Pavilion (1999) Blackbeard (2006) (TV) Strength and Honor (2006) I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007) Desperate Housewives (2007) (Season 4, "Episode 8") Leverage (2010) [edit] Discography From Richard Chamberlain Sings:

"Theme From Dr. Kildare (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight)" (1962) "Love Me Tender" (1962), reached no. 21 on the Billboard Pop singles chart "All I Have to Do Is Dream" (1963) "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo" (1963) "I Will Love You" (1963) "True Love" (1963) From Twilight of Honor:

"Blue Guitar" (1963) From Richard Chamberlain (aka Joy in the Morning):

"Rome Will Never Leave You" (1964) From The Slipper and the Rose:

"Secret Kingdom" (1976) "She Danced With Me" (1976) "What a Comforting Thing to Know" (1976) "Why Can't I Be Two People?" (1976) "Bride-Finding Ball" (1976)

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Richard Chamberlain's Timeline

1934
March 31, 1934
Beverly Hills, California