Nicholas Hammond

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Nicholas Hammond

Hammond as Peter Parker, 1977.
Born(1950-05-15)May 15, 1950
Washington, D.C., USA
Years active1962-2012
Spouse(s)Laura Soli (1978–1984)
Partner(s)Robyn Nevin (1987–)
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Nicholas Hammond

Hammond as Peter Parker, 1977.
Born(1950-05-15)May 15, 1950
Washington, D.C., USA
Years active1962-2012
Spouse(s)Laura Soli (1978–1984)
Partner(s)Robyn Nevin (1987–)

Nicholas Hammond (born May 15, 1950) is an American-born Australian actor best known for his roles as Friedrich von Trapp in the film The Sound of Music, and as Peter Parker/Spider-Man on the CBS television series The Amazing Spider-Man.



Early life and career

The son of actress Eileen Bennett, Hammond was 10 when he made his first movie appearance in Lord of the Flies. Shortly after filming Lord of the Flies Hammond appeared in the Broadway play The Complaisant Lover in 1961. Nine years later he appeared in his second Broadway play, Conduct Unbecoming.

Besides his subsequent work as Spider-Man, Hammond's most visible screen role was as Friedrich von Trapp in the 1965 megahit The Sound of Music. During the filming of The Sound of Music he grew six inches (152 mm), from 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) to 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m). In 1972 he starred as Peter Linder in Skyjacked alongside Walter Pidgeon and Charlton Heston. In 1973, he made a memorable guest appearance on The Brady Bunch in the 4th season episode #090 "The Subject Was Noses", as the high school hunk Doug Simpson who loses interest in Marcia after her tragic football accident. After making the transition from juvenile to young leading man, he spent several seasons in daytime soaps such as General Hospital. He also appeared on many television shows of the 1970s including Hawaii Five-O.

He remained close friends with all six of his Sound of Music siblings; in fact, during their reunion on the 40th anniversary DVD, he went so far as to say, "You're my best friends in the world". In late 1970s, Hammond re-joined fellow The Sound of Music alumna Heather Menzies (who played Louisa von Trapp) for one episode of the TV adaptation of Logan's Run.

Nicholas Hammond was a graduate of Princeton University, where he wrote his senior thesis on the "Great Odes of John Keats" at the same time that he was appearing eight times a week as the lead in a play on Broadway.


Hammond as Spider-Man.

Hammond starred in the The Amazing Spider-Man TV series from 1977 to mid 1979. The series aired sporadically on CBS with 13 episodes airing over two seasons. A pilot movie appeared in the fall of 1977, with the series returning as a mid season replacement for five episodes in the spring of 1978. While the show did well in the ratings, CBS was unwilling to commit to a regular timeslot. The second season aired six hour long episodes in the fall of 1978 and winter of 1979, with a final two-hour episode concluding in the summer of that year. Hammond was the first actor to portray Peter Parker and Spider-Man in live-action. (The Electric Company aired "Spidey Super Stories" starting in 1974, the first live-action portrayal of Spider-Man, but the serials did not feature Peter Parker.) Even though Hammond played Peter Parker in the television series, in all of the scenes in which Spider-Man is seen performing stunts or without dialogue, a stunt double was filmed by a second camera unit.

Later career

After the Spider-Man series ended Hammond guest starred on a number of top rated TV shows of the early 80's including The Love Boat, Magnum, P.I., Murder, She Wrote and recurring roles on Falcon Crest and Dallas. After being cast as yachtsman Dennis Conner in an Australian TV miniseries in the mid-1980s, Hammond liked the country so much, he decided to stay and later became an Australian citizen. Since then, he had appeared in several television miniseries that have been filmed in Australia, including Moby-Dick, On the Beach and Salem's Lot. Hammond had a starring role, as "Sir Ivor Creevy-Thorne", in Mirror, Mirror, an Australia/New Zealand extended miniseries (a complete story of 20 serialised episodes, with cliffhangers between each of the episodes). Hammond also guest-starred in various Australian television series, including satirical television programs such as BackBerner and CNNNN, and the science fiction program Farscape, and also dramatic series such as The Flying Doctors, MDA and the Australian / United States co-production Mission: Impossible (which was filmed in Australia).[1]

In 2005 Hammond portrayed television producer Aaron Spelling in Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure, a fictionalized television movie based on the creation and behind the scenes production of the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty.[2][3]

Hammond is also a writer for Australian television, having written both the critically acclaimed mini-series A Difficult Woman, which would later go on to win many awards and the TV movie, Secret Men's Business, the highest rated show ever aired on television by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.[citation needed] In 2009 he made his directing debut with the highly successful Lying Cheating Bastard, a play he co-wrote with magician James Galea. He lives in Sydney with his partner, Robyn Nevin. He contributed to the book "The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook".


Film performances[1]
1963Lord of the FliesRobert
1965The Sound of MusicFriedrich von TrappReleased as Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
1971Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to MeAgneau
1972SkyjackedPeter LindnerReleased as Sky Terror in the United States.
1972Cherry Blossoms
1973SuperdadRoger Rhinehurst
1988Emerald CityIan Wall
1990Beyond My ReachSteven Schaffer
1990The Black Cobra 2Lieutenant Kevin McCall
1993FraudsDetective Simms
1997Paradise RoadMarty Merritt
2001Crocodile Dundee in Los AngelesCurator
2003The Rage in Placid LakeBill Taylor
2005The SaviourPastor
2005StealthExecutive Officer
Television appearances[1]
1962The DefendersBobby Braden1 episode of television series:
  • "The Last Six Months"
1967Soldier in LoveYoung JohnAnthology series
1971Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo JonesEvan Clark
1973The Brady BunchDoug Simpson1 episode of television series:
  • "The Subject Was Noses"
1973The WaltonsTheodore Albert Claypool Jr.1 episode of television series:
  • "The Townie"
1973OutrageRon Werner
1974Double SolitairePeter
1974Sorority Kill
1974Dirty SallyJohn1 episode of television series:
  • Season 1, Episode 14
1974Lucas TannerAndy1 episode of television series:
  • "Thirteen Going on Twenty"
1973-1974GunsmokeBritt / Doak3 episodes of television series:
  • "Women for Sale: Part 1" (1973)
  • "Women for Sale: Part 2" (1973)
  • "Thirty a Month and Found" (1974)
1976Rich Man, Poor ManWalters1 episode of television series:
  • "Part I: Chapters 1 and 2"
1976PetrocelliWhitey1 episode of television series:
  • "Blood Money"
1976Law of the LandBrad Jensen
1976FamilyJohn Crosswell1 episode of television series:
  • "The Cradle Will Fall"
1974-1977Hawaii Five-ORoger / Calvin2 episodes of television series:
  • "The Banzai Pipeline" (1974)
  • "Requiem for a Saddle Bronc Rider" (1977)
1977The Fantastic JourneyTye1 episode of television series:
  • "The Innocent Prey"
1977The Oregon Trail[Extra]1 episode of television series:
  • "The Army Deserter"
1977Eight Is EnoughHarold2 episodes of television series:
  • "Yes Nicholas, There Is a Santa Claus: Part 1"
  • "Yes Nicholas, There Is a Santa Claus: Part 2"
1977Logan's RunHal 141 episode of television series:
  • "The Judas Goat"
1978The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew MysteriesLieutenant Douglas Burke1 episode of television series:
  • "The Lady on Thursday at Ten"
1979SupertrainDavid1 episode of television series:
  • "Where Have You Been Billy Boy?"
1977-1979The Amazing Spider-ManPeter Parker / Spider-ManThe first and only actor to play a live-action version of the titular superhero who was born before such a character was created.
1980The Martian ChroniclesCommander Arthur Black3 episodes of television series:
  • "The Expeditions"
  • "The Settlers"
  • "The Martians"
1980The Love BoatPaul Stockwood1 episode of television series:
  • "Not So Fast, Gopher/Haven't We Met Before?/Foreign Exchange"
1981The Manions of AmericaPadric O'Manion / Sean O'Manion2 episodes of television series:
  • "Part I"
  • "Part III"
1982Walt Disney's Wonderful World of ColorReverend Tull1 episode of television series:
  • "The Adventures of Pollyanna"
1982The Adventures of PollyannaReverend Tull
1982Falcon CrestD.A. Martin Deering / Michael Deering2 episodes of television series:
  • "Penultimate Questions"
    * "Ultimate Answers"
1982Magnum, P.I.Clarke Troubshaw1 episode of television series:
  • "Foiled Again"
1982DallasBill Johnson3 episodes of television series:
  • "Hit and Run"
  • "The Ewing Touch"
  • "Post Nuptial"
1985Crazy Like a Fox[Extra]1 episode of television series:
  • "Till Death Do Us Part"
1985Murder, She WroteTodd Worthy1 episode of television series:
  • "Murder in the Afternoon"
1985General HospitalAlgernon Durban
1986The ChallengeDennis ConnerMiniseries
1986Cyclone TracyHarryMiniseries
1989The Flying DoctorsRichard Hull1 episode of television series:
  • "No Tears"
1989Mission: ImpossibleWoodward1 episode of television series:
  • "The Greek"
1989Trouble in ParadiseArthur
1992Frankie's HouseMajor Frey
1990-1992EmbassyEd Benson2 episodes of television series:
  • "Pilot" (1990)
  • "Nice Guys Finish Last" (1992)
1993The Feds: TerrorMilton Morehouse
1993Irresistible ForceLieutenant Nash
1994The Damnation of Harvey McHughCorky1 episode of television series:
  • "Hey St. Jude"
1995Mirror, MirrorSir Ivor Creevey-Thorne
1996MercuryJack Koper
1996FlipperF.C.C. Agent Smiley / Quarantine Doctor2 episodes of television series:
  • "Monkey Island"
  • "Radio Free Flipper"
199720,000 Leagues Under the SeaSaxon
199813 Gantry RowRussell
2000Tales of the South Seas[Extra]1 episode of television series:
  • "The Rabblercrouser"
2000On The BeachUnited States President
2000The Lost WorldPhil Dillon1 episode of television series:
  • "Tourist Season"
2001Child Star: The Shirley Temple StoryAdolphe Menjou
2000-2002BackBerner[Various]6 episodes of television series.
2003Future Tense
2003FarscapeDoctor Adrian Walker2 episodes of television series:
  • "Terra Firma"
  • "A Constellation of Doubt"
2003Always GreenerNigel Milne2 episodes of television series:
  • "More Things in Heaven and Earth, Elizabeth"
  • "A Tangled Web"
2003CNNNN: Chaser Non-Stop News NetworkCommander Oscar F. Hepple2 episodes of television series:
  • Season 2, Episode 3
  • Season 2, Episode 8
2004Salem's Lot[Uncredited]
2005Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty PleasureAaron Spelling
2005MDADoctor Nick Standish4 episodes of television series:
  • "Second Chance: Part 1"
  • "Second Chance: Part 2"
  • "Second Chance: Part 3"
  • "Second Chance: Part 4"
2009-2011The JestersAgent Smith2 episodes of television series:
  • "All Nighter" (2009)
  • "Staged" (2011)
2012Climb Every MountainHimselfDocumentary by Sue Perkins and the BBC about the secret behind the film "The Sound of Music" and how the original Von-Trapp family made a living as the Von-Trapp Family Singers.