LGBT People Of History Part Ninety Six Richard Chamberlain
Born George Richard Chamberlain March 31st 1934 in Beverley Hills, California, the son of Charles Axiom Chamberlain and Elsa Winifred Chamberlain. In 1952 he graduated from Beverley Hills High School and later attended Pomona College (class of 1956)
Richard co-founded a Los Angeles theatre group known as ‘Company of Angels’ and he began appearing in TV series during the 1950s. It was in 1961 when he played Dr Kildare as the young intern that he gained widespread fame. He also had some hit singles with his singing ability including the theme tune of Dr Kildare ‘Three Stars Will Shine Tonight.’
When Dr Kildare ended in 1966 Richard began performing on the theatre circuit in many works including ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ where he played opposite Mary Tyler Moore.
In the late 60s he came to England where he had vocal coaching and played Hamlet with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, making him the first American since 1929 to play the role.
In the 1970s and 1980s Richard gained much more fame, featuring in many films including works such as:
1. Count Of Monte Cristo
2. Three Musketeers
3. The Slipper And The Rose
4. King Solomon’s Mines
5. The Music Lovers
as well as some television series including:
1. The Man In The Iron Mask
3. The Thorne Birds.
However in the late in 1980s Richard was ‘outed’ as gay by a French women’s magazine ‘Nous Deux’ or in English ‘We Two’. But it was not until 2003 upon the release of his autobiography ‘Shattered Love’ that he officially came out.
He became romantically involved with fellow actor Wesley Eure in the 1970s and then resided with his long term partner, actor, writer and producer Martin Rabbett from 1976 until 2010 in Hawaii. Now Richard has moved back to Los Angeles temporarily due to work commitments.
Richard has won many international awards including the ‘Steiger Award’ from Germany for his accomplishments in the arts.
He is still remembered for his role as the Hollywood heart throb Dr Kildare and is still even now acting both on stage and in films.
Callum & Ian
With Thanks To Wikipedia.
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