RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Richard Chamberlain was born on March 31st, 1934 in Beverly Hills, California with the birth name George Richard Chamberlain to parents, Elsa W. Mathews and Charles Chamberlain. He did not have a good childhood, but he was very athletic throughout his school years and after graduating from Beverly Hills High School he went on to study at Pomona College and graduated in 1956.
During college he first became interested in acting and was actually offered a chance to sign with Paramount Pictures directly after college, however he had already committed to the military and had to serve in Korea for 16 months.
After he completed his service he returned to Los Angeles and co founded a theater group based in Los Angeles called, Company of Angels. Soon he was getting cast in a number of television series such as his most popular role of Dr. Kildare in the series of the same name. He also made guest appearances on, "Gunsmoke" "Rescue 8", "The Red Skelton Hour" and "Mr. Lucky".
Not only was he showing viewers that he was a talented actor, but also had a good singing voice and shared it with his fans recording a number of singles such as, "Three Stars Will Shine Tonight" which was the theme music from his hit series.
When, "Dr. Kildare" was cancelled, Chamberlain found work as a stage actor appearing in a number of Broadway productions such as, "Breakfast at Tiffany's", "My Fair Lady" and "The Sound of Music".
In 1968 he was cast in the film, "Petulia" and it was this role that convinced him to move to England for a little while and see if he was capable of taking on challenging acting roles. He worked on such films as, "Julius Caesar" (1970), "The Music Lovers" (1970) and "Lady Caroline Lamb" (1973).
He had now shown the public that even though the films he did in England were not necessarily a financial success, he proved that he had a talent for acting. He returned to Hollywood and worked on such films as, "The Three Musketeers" (1973), "The Towering Inferno" (1974), "The Last Wave" (1977), "Shogun" (1980) and "The Thorn Birds" (1983).
He also brought back his level of popularity when he was cast in, "The Count of Monte-Cristo" (1975) a television movie. It was this movie and the later two of his early 80's career that earned him Emmy nominations.
As his career progressed he did return to perform on the stage and continued to make television appearances such recent as in 2007 on, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry", "The Drew Carey Show" (2002), "Desperate Housewives" (2007) and "Will & Grace" (2005). Chamberlain was also seen in a national tour of, Monty Python's, "Spamalot" and continues to work sporadically in the industry with his newest role soon to release in 2011 in the film, "We Are the Hartmans".
Chamberlain's sexual orientation is homosexual and it was not until 2003 when he was sixty years old that he came out to the public with his autobiography, "Shattered Love". His current life partner is, Martin Rabbett who is an actor, writer and director. Until recently, the couple were living in Maui, however, Chamberlain has recently returned to the continental United States to pursue some acting work.
2011 We Are the Hartmans
2010-2011 Brothers & Sisters
2011 The Perfect Family
2007 Desperate Housewives
2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
2007 Strength and Honour
2006 Scoundrels, Scallywags, and Scurvy Knaves
2005 Will & Grace
2004 The Pavilion
2002 The Drew Carey Show
2000 Touched by an Angel
1999 Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke
1997 All the Winters That Have Been
1997 The Lost Daughter
1997 River Made to Drown In
1996 The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years
1995 Bird of Prey
1993 Ordeal in the Arctic
1991 Night of the Hunter
1991 Aftermath: A Test of Love
1989-1990 Island Son
1989 The Return of the Musketeers
1988 The Bourne Identity
1987 River Song: A Natural History of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon
1986 Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold
1986 Dream West
1985 King Solomon's Mines
1985 Wallenberg: A Hero's Story
1985 The Miracle
1983 Cook & Peary: The Race to the Pole
1983 The Thorn Birds
1982 Murder by Phone
1978 Great Performances
1978 The Good Doctor
1978 The Swarm
1977 The Last Wave
1977 The Man in the Iron Mask
1976 The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella
1975 The Count of Monte-Cristo
1975 The Christmas Messenger
1974 The Towering Inferno
1974 The Lady's Not for Burning
1974 The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge
1974 The Little Mermaid
1974 F. Scott Fitzgerald and 'The Last of the Belles'
1973 The Three Musketeers
1973 Lady Caroline Lamb
1972 The Woman I Love
1971 ITV Saturday Night Theatre
1970 The Music Lovers
1970 Hallmark Hall of Fame
1970 Julius Caesar
1969 The Madwoman of Chaillot
1968 Hold On: It's the Dave Clark Five
1968 The Portrait of a Lady
1967 The Red Skelton Hour
1961-1966 Dr. Kildare
1965 Joy in the Morning
1963 The Eleventh Hour
1963 Twilight of Honor
1961 A Thunder of Drums
1961 Whispering Smith
1961 The Deputy
1960 The Secret of the Purple Reef
1960 Mr. Lucky
1960 Bourbon Street Beat
1960 Rescue 8
1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents