George 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).
Chamberlain was born in Beverly Hills, California to salesman Charles and Elsa Chamberlain née Matthews. Chamberlain's father was well known within Alcoholics Anonymous, having traveled for years speaking at A.A. conventions. In 1952 he graduated from Beverly Hills High School and later attended Pomona College.
Coinciding with his rise to fame on Kildare, Chamberlain also had a brief but moderately successful career as a pop singer. He subsequently became disenchanted with Hollywood and turned to the theater, finding success in England among British audiences. In 1966, Chamberlain was cast opposite Mary Tyler Moore in the ill-fated Broadway musical Breakfast at Tiffany's which, after a torturous out-of-town tryout period, closed after only four previews. It is considered one of the most notorious flops in...
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Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold is a movie directed by Gary Nelson and released on May 16, 1987 in the USA. It is based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard of the same name. It is the sequel to King Solomon's Mines.
The role of Allan Quatermain is played by Richard Chamberlain and that of Jesse Huston by Sharon Stone, who was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Awards for "Worst Actress" for this role. The movie also starred James Earl Jones as Umslopogaas, Henry Silva as Agon, Aileen Marson as Queen Nyleptha and Cassandra Peterson as Sorias.
Shōgun is a Japanese-American television miniseries based on the namesake novel by James Clavell. The first episode was broadcast on September 15, 1980 on NBC in the United States. As with the novel, the title is often shown as Shōgun in order to conform to Hepburn romanization.
The story is based on the adventures of British navigator William Adams.
The miniseries, with narration by Orson Welles, starred Richard Chamberlain as John Blackthorne (Anjin-san), Toshiro Mifune as Lord Toranaga, Yoko Shimada as Lady Toda Buntaro a.k.a. Mariko, John Rhys-Davies in one of his first major roles as Portuguese Pilot Vasco Rodrigues and Michael Hordern as Friar Domingo.
The mini-series was one of the highest-rated programs in NBC history and sparked a wave of historical-based miniseries over the next few years. A shorter version of the mini-series, edited down to only two hours, was released to home video and some theatres as a feature film; this version of the film includes nudity, sexuality,...
The Swarm is a 1978 disaster film about a killer bee invasion of Texas. It was adapted from a novel of the same name by Arthur Herzog.
The director was Irwin Allen, and the cast included Michael Caine, Katharine Ross, Richard Widmark, Richard Chamberlain, Olivia de Havilland, Ben Johnson, Lee Grant, Patty Duke, Slim Pickens, Bradford Dillman, Fred MacMurray, and Henry Fonda.
Many filmgoers and critics consider this film one of the worst "disaster films" ever made, along with Allen's subsequent films Beyond the Poseidon Adventure and When Time Ran Out (1980). It was one of two disaster films directed solely by the "master of disaster", Irwin Allen (the other being 1979's Beyond the Poseidon Adventure), who had experience directing several movies and many episodes of his TV shows. The film was a notorious box office bomb upon its release in 1978, barely making it two weeks in theaters.
The film was released initially at 116 minutes. When released on laserdisc in the 1980s, it was...,
The Last Wave is a 1977 Australian film directed by Peter Weir about a man who experiences premonitions of disaster.
The film begins at an Australian school in the desert. Even though there are no clouds in the sky, the children hear thunder and a storm soon breaks out. In quick succession, a pounding rain, followed by grapefruit-sized hail, assail the schoolhouse. All while the sun is shining.
The rest of the film follows the personal journey of a corporate tax lawyer, plagued by recurring dream premonitions, who takes on the legal case of Aboriginals accused of murdering one of their group. The lawyer begins to suspect these are tribal Aboriginals living in the city, and that the death was a tribal killing (and subject to tribal law). As he questions one of the men, Chris, he suspects that his dreams are related to the case ... and to the increasingly strange weather phenomena besetting the city. As his dreams intensify, and his obsession with the murder case overcomes his life,...,
The Slipper and the Rose (1976) (143 min) is a British musical film retelling the classic fairy tale of Cinderella. This film was chosen as the Royal Command Performance motion picture selection for 1976.
Directed by Bryan Forbes, the film stars Gemma Craven as the heroine, Richard Chamberlain as the Prince, and a supporting cast led by Michael Hordern, Edith Evans and Annette Crosbie. Academy Award nominated songs are written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, who also shared scripting duties with Forbes and, reportedly, David Frost.
In the tiny kingdom of Euphrania, a disgruntled prince is pressured to seek a political marriage for the sake of his nation. Instead he falls for put-upon waif Cinderella, whose fairy godmother has given her one magical chance to attend the royal bride-finding ball. Understandably, this causes complications in a plot that lends a new twist to the familiar tale.
The Sherman Brothers were nominated for the following awards for The Slipper and...
The Towering Inferno is a 1974 disaster film directed by John Guillermin, adapted by Stirling Silliphant from the novels The Tower by Richard Martin Stern and The Glass Inferno by Thomas N. Scortia and Frank M. Robinson, and starring Steve McQueen and Paul Newman.
After the success of The Poseidon Adventure, Warner Brothers bought the rights to film The Tower for $390,000. Eight weeks later, Irwin Allen discovered The Glass Inferno and bought the rights for $400,000 for 20th Century Fox. In order to avoid having two similar films produced at the same time, the productions were combined, with a budget of $14 million (over $58 million adjusted for inflation 1974-2005). Each studio paid half of the production costs. In return, Fox was given the United States box office receipts, and Warner Brothers got the profits from the rest of the world. The movie's 57 sets and four complete camera crews established records for a single film on the Twentieth Century Fox lot. In addition, songstress ...,
The Four Musketeers is the title of a 1974 Richard Lester film, which follows upon his film of the previous year, The Three Musketeers, and covers the second half of Dumas' novel. See The Three Musketeers. Fifteen years later, the cast and crew returned to film The Return of the Musketeers, loosely based on Dumas' Twenty Years After.
During post production on The Three Musketeers, the producers realized that there was enough footage for two films and split the film in two, creating The Four Musketeers. Most of the actors were incensed that their work on the long shoot was used to make an entirely separate film. All SAG actors' contracts now have what is known as the "Salkind clause", which stipulates how many films are being made. Charlton Heston — who was handsomely paid for what was essentially a cameo role — was the only actor who did not feel cheated.
This is much the darker of the two films. There is less of the lighthearted horseplay seen in the first film. Constance is murdered...
The Three Musketeers is a 1973 film based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, père. Directed by Richard Lester and written by George MacDonald Fraser (famous for his Flashman series of historical comic novels). The film was originally intended to run for three hours, but later the film was split in two (resulting in 1974's The Four Musketeers). The actors themselves were not informed that they were working on two films simultaneously, only Charlton Heston — handsomely paid for his handful of scenes — did not feel cheated by this duplicity. In 1989, the cast and crew returned to film The Return of the Musketeers, loosely based on Dumas' Twenty Years After.
The film adheres strongly to the novel, but it also injects a fair amount of humour. The films were shot by David Watkins, with an eye for period detail. The fight scenes were choreographed by master swordsman William Hobbs and turn the swashbuckling movies of the Forties and Fifties on their collective ear; these are more like brawls,...
Lady Caroline Lamb is a 1972 film based on the life of the notorious Lady Caroline Lamb, lover of Lord Byron and wife of Prime Minister Viscount Melbourne. The film was written and directed by Robert Bolt and starred his wife, Sarah Miles, as Lady Caroline.
Other stars included Jon Finch as the long-suffering Mr Lamb, Laurence Olivier as the Duke of Wellington, Richard Chamberlain as Byron, and Ralph Richardson as King George III.
The film was both a critical and box-office failure; the film was criticized both for its historical inaccuracies and for its own (lack of) merits. The film's failure dissuaded Bolt from further directorial work, and may have contributed to his break up with Sarah Miles.
The Music Lovers is a 1970 biopic of the 19th century Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, as conceived by maverick director Ken Russell.
The young Tchaikovsky (Chamberlain) sees his mother die horribly, being forcibly immersed in scalding water as a supposed cure for cholera. He is haunted by the scene throughout his musical career. Despite his difficulty in establishing his musical reputation, Madame Nadezhda von Meck (Telezynka) becomes his patron. He weds Antonina Milyukova (Jackson) but is unable to consummate the marriage because of his homosexuality. The dynamics of his life lead to deteriorating mental health and the loss of von Meck's patronage. He dies of cholera after deliberately drinking contaminated water.
The film was one of a series of Russell's films delineating the lives of classical composers from an often idiosyncratic standpoint. Other notable films in the series include: Elgar (1962), Mahler (1974) and Lisztomania (1975).
Focusing on Tchaikovsky's...
Petulia is a 1968 British drama film directed by Richard Lester. The screenplay by Lawrence B. Marcus is based on the novel Me and the Arch Kook Petulia by John Haase.
The title character is a young San Francisco socialite married to a savagely abusive man. At a charity event, she meets physician Archie Bollen who, in the process of divorcing his wife, is sifting through new relationships with his ex, the new man in her life, his sons, and friends who knew him only as one-half of a couple. The two soon embark on a quirky relationship.
The Warner Brothers/Seven Arts release stars Julie Christie as Petulia, George C. Scott as Archie Bollen, and Richard Chamberlain as David Danner, with Arthur Hill, Shirley Knight, Pippa Scott, Kathleen Widdoes, Richard Dysart, Ruth Kobart, Joseph Cotton, Rene Auberjonois, and Ellen Geer in supporting roles. Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bob Weir, and Howard Hesseman are seen briefly in cameo appearances.
Filmed on location throughout San...,
Twilight of Honor is a 1963 film starring Richard Chamberlain, Nick Adams, Claude Rains, and featuring Joey Heatherton and Linda Evans in their film debuts. Twilight of Honor is a courtroom drama based on Al Dewlen's novel, with a screenplay by Henry Denker. The film was directed by Boris Sagal.
Richard Chamberlain was born