Richard Mulligan

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Richard Mulligan
Richard Mulligan at the 1991 Emmy Awards2.jpg
Richard Mulligan at the 1991 Emmy Awards
Born(1932-11-13)November 13, 1932[1]
The Bronx,[1] New York City, New York
DiedSeptember 26, 2000(2000-09-26) (aged 67)
Los Angeles, California
Cause of death
Colorectal Cancer
OccupationActor
Years active1960–2000
Spouse(s)Patricia Jones (1955–1960)
Joan Hackett (1966–1973)
Lenore Stevens (1978–1990)
Rachel Ryan (1992–1993)
ChildrenJames Mulligan
 
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For the New Zealand footballer, see Richard Mulligan (footballer). For the professor of genetics, see Richard C. Mulligan.
Richard Mulligan
Richard Mulligan at the 1991 Emmy Awards2.jpg
Richard Mulligan at the 1991 Emmy Awards
Born(1932-11-13)November 13, 1932[1]
The Bronx,[1] New York City, New York
DiedSeptember 26, 2000(2000-09-26) (aged 67)
Los Angeles, California
Cause of death
Colorectal Cancer
OccupationActor
Years active1960–2000
Spouse(s)Patricia Jones (1955–1960)
Joan Hackett (1966–1973)
Lenore Stevens (1978–1990)
Rachel Ryan (1992–1993)
ChildrenJames Mulligan

Richard Mulligan (November 13, 1932 – September 26, 2000) was an American television and film actor best known for his role as Burt Campbell in the 1970s sitcom Soap and later as Dr. Harry Weston on The Golden Girls and its spin-off Empty Nest.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born in New York City, the younger brother of director Robert Mulligan. After attending Columbia University, Mulligan began working in theatre, making his debut as a stage manager and performer on Broadway in All the Way Home in 1960. Additional theatre credits included A Thousand Clowns, Never Too Late, Hogan's Goat, and Thieves.

Early career[edit]

Mulligan starred with Mariette Hartley in the 1966-67 season comedy series The Hero, in which he played TV star Sam Garret, who in turn starred on a fictional series as Jed Clayton, U.S. Marshal. The Hero lasted only 16 episodes. Another notable TV appearance was on the I Dream of Jeannie episode "Around the World in 80 Blinks", as a navy commander accompanying Major Nelson (Larry Hagman) on a mission.

Notable roles[edit]

Mulligan's most notable film role was as General Custer in Little Big Man, whom he portrayed as a borderline psychotic. He also appeared in the disaster movie spoof The Big Bus (1976), where he was reunited with Larry Hagman, with whom he starred in an episode of I Dream of Jeannie (see above). As for his radio work, he starred in the adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Oblong Box" heard on The CBS Radio Mystery Theater (1975).

In 1983, he was cast as Reggie Potter in the television series Reggie, a loose adaptation of The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin that ran for only one season.

His best-known roles in television were as Burt Campbell in the sitcom Soap, for which he won a Best Actor Emmy Award, and as Dr. Harry Weston in the NBC series Empty Nest, a spinoff of The Golden Girls. Empty Nest ran for seven seasons, and Mulligan won a Best Actor Emmy Award as well as a Golden Globe Award for his performance. He also played Secretary of State William Seward in the 1988 made for TV movie, "Gore Vidal's Lincoln."

Mulligan returned to perform on Broadway and in films, in which he usually played supporting roles. A notable exception was the 1981 black comedy S.O.B., in which he played lead character Felix Farmer, a Hollywood producer-director modeled on the film's actual producer-director, Blake Edwards. The film again featured Larry Hagman.

He also played in "Night of the Meek", an episode of The New Twilight Zone in 1986, where he took on the role of Santa Claus in the remake of the 1959 Christmas episode The Night of the Meek, taking over the same character that actor Art Carney did in the older version.

He appeared in Disney's 1988 film, Oliver & Company, as the voice of the oafish Great Dane, ironically named Einstein. His final performance was a voice over on Hey Arnold in 2000 as the voice of Jimmy Kafka, the long mentioned but never seen former friend of Arnold's Grandpa.

Marriages[edit]

Mulligan married four times. He was first married to Patricia Jones from 1955 to 1960, with whom he had a son, James.[citation needed] That was followed by marriages to Joan Hackett from January 3, 1966, to June 1973 and Lenore Stevens from 1978 to 1990. His last marriage was to adult film actress Rachel Ryan on April 27, 1992, which lasted two years.[citation needed]

Death[edit]

After making his last appearance in an episode of Hey Arnold!, on September 26, 2000, Mulligan died of colorectal cancer at his home in Los Angeles, California. At his own request, he was cremated and there was no funeral service. Mulligan was survived by his son James Mulligan from his first marriage, and two brothers, Robert and James.[citation needed]

Mulligan has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6777 Hollywood Blvd.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television
YearTitleRoleNotes
196240 Pounds of TroubleBellhopUncredited
1963Car 54, Where Are You?PatrolmanEpisode: "The Curse of the Snitkins"
1963Route 66County ProsecutorEpisode: "Shadows of an Afternoon"
1963Love with the Proper StrangerLouieUncredited
1964One Potato, Two PotatoJoe Cullen
1966The GroupDick Brown
1966-1967The HeroSam Garret16 episodes
1967The Rat PatrolMajor LansingEpisode: "Take Me to Your Leader Raid"
1967MannixDr. Bob AdamsEpisode: "Beyond the Shadow of a Dream"
1967GunsmokeJud PryorEpisode: "Wonder"
1969I Dream of JeannieWingateEpisode: "Around the World in 80 Blinks"
1969The UndefeatedDan Morse
1970The Most Deadly GameJordanEpisode: "Witches' Sabbath"
1970Little Big ManGeorge Armstrong Custer
1971Love, American StyleGeorgeEpisode: "Love and the Jury"
1971Police SurgeonKramerEpisode: "A Taste of Sun"
1971BonanzaDr. Mark SloanEpisode: "Don't Cry, My Son"
1971BonanzaFarleyEpisode: "Kingdom of Fear"
1971The Partridge FamilyDr. Jim LucasEpisode: "Why Did the Music Stop?"
1972Irish Whiskey RebellionPaul
1972HarveyDr. Lyman SandersonTelevision movie
1972Circle of FearTomEpisode: "House of Evil"
1973From the Mixed-Up Files
of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Mr. Kincaid
1973DianaJeff Harmon2 episodes
1973The Partridge FamilyMr. LiptonEpisode: "The Diplomat"
1974Visit to a Chief's SonRobert
1975Medical StoryDr. Ted FreelandEpisode: "The Right to Die"
1975Matt HelmJack HarteEpisode: "Dead Men Talk"
1976Little House on the PrairieGranville WhippleEpisode: "Soldier's Return"
1976The Big Bus'Claude Crane
1976SwitchAndy RowenEpisode: "The Argonaut Special"
1976Charlie's AngelsKevin St. ClairEpisode: "Night of the Strangler"
1976Spencer's PilotsBabcockEpisode: "The Matchbook"
1976The McLean Stevenson ShowLloydEpisode: "Oldie But Goodie"
1976GibbsvilleBenEpisode: "Saturday Night"
1977HunterDr. HarterEpisode: "Mirror Image"
1977Kingston: ConfidentialHarlan ScottEpisode: "Triple Exposure"
1977Dog and CatBrother SaulEpisode: "Brother Death"
1977The Love BoatRon LarsenEpisode: "Ex Plus Y"
1977-1981SoapBurt Campbell83 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
1978Having Babies IIIJim WexlerTelevision movie
1978The Love BoatMark LittlejohnEpisode: "Where Is It Written?"
1981S.O.B.Felix Farmer
1982Trail of the Pink PantherClouseau's father
1983ReggieReggie Potter6 episodes
1984JealousyMerrill Forsyth
1984Meatballs Part IICoach Giddy
1984TeachersHerbert Gower
1985The Heavenly KidRafferty
1985Doin' TimeMongo Mitchell
1986A Fine MessWayne 'Turnip' Parragella
1986The Twilight ZoneErnie RossEpisode: "The Toys of Caliban"
1986Highway to HeavenJeb BasingerEpisode: "Basinger's New York"
1988LincolnWilliam H. Seward
1988Oliver & CompanyEinstein
1988-1995Empty NestDr. Harry Weston170 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy (1990-1991)
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (1990-1991)
1988-1989The Golden GirlsDr. Harry Weston3 episodes
1991-1993NursesDr. Harry Weston4 episodes
1995The John Larroquette ShowRichard HemingwayEpisode: "An Odd Cup of Tea"
1996London SuiteDennis CummingsTelevision movie
1997The Angry BeaversOld GrampsEpisode: "Fish and Dips"
2001Hey Arnold!Jimmy KafkaEpisode: "Old Iron Man"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Van Gelder, Lawrence (September 29, 2000). "Richard Mulligan, 67, Actor On 'Soap' and 'Empty Nest'". The New York Times. 

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