Richard Mulligan Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (colon cancer)
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Originally a student of playwriting at Columbia University, Richard Mulligan began his acting career in regional theater and soon after made his Broadway debut in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "All the Way Home". In addition to his continuing Broadway career, Mulligan has successfully transferred his unique comedic talents to television and film. On the big screen he has appeared in such films as The Heavenly Kid (1985), Teachers (1984), Little Big Man (1970) and The Big Bus (1976). He has also performed in a number of Blake Edwards' films, including S.O.B. (1981), A Fine Mess (1986), Micki + Maude (1984) and Trail of the Pink Panther (1982). Mulligan has made numerous guest-starring television appearances, but it was his role as Burt Campbell in Witt-Thomas-Harris' offbeat comedy series Soap (1977) that earned him his first Emmy award. He also starred in the series Reggie (1983). His movie-of-the-week and miniseries credits include Poker Alice (1987), Harvey (1996), Pueblo (1973) and the acclaimed Guess Who's Coming for Christmas? (1990) with Beau Bridges. He is the brother of director Robert Mulligan.

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Spouse (4)

Rachel Ryan (27 April 1992 - 1993) ( divorced)
Lenore Stevens (25 June 1978 - 1990) ( divorced)
Joan Hackett (3 January 1966 - 1973) ( divorced)
Patricia Jones (1955 - 1960) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (4)

Bronx accent.
Frequently worked with [Susan Harris].
Thick, baritone voice.
Frequently played fatherly roles with high concern who was insane.

Trivia (27)

Younger brother of director Robert Mulligan.
Mulligan was cremated, and no memorial service was held, at his own request.
Won two Emmys for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. However, he finally accepted his Emmy in 1989 for Empty Nest (1988) because in 1980 he had been participating in the Screen Actors' Guild strike at the time of the The 32nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1980), during which he had won for Soap (1977).
Studied playwrighting at Columbia University.
Was Jason Robards' stand-by in the 1962 Broadway production of "A Thousand Clowns.".
He has a son, James Mulligan.
Ex-wife Rachel Ryan was 29 years younger than he was.
The character "Nagilum", from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)'s season two episode, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Where Silence Has Lease (1988), was named after him for being the first choice to play the role. But the role was given to actor Earl Boen.
Appeared in Blackboard Jungle (1955) uncredited.
Worked with both Lee Grant and her daughter, Dinah Manoff. Grant and Mulligan appeared in the movie Teachers (1984); Mulligan and Manoff appeared in the sitcoms Soap (1977) and Empty Nest (1988).
Appeared in four series created by Susan Harris: Soap (1977), The Golden Girls (1985), Empty Nest (1988), and Nurses (1991). In the latter three, he played the same character, Dr. Harry Weston.
Best remembered by the public for his starring roles as Burt Campbell on Soap (1977) and as Dr. Harry Weston on Empty Nest (1988).
Worked with Bea Arthur in episodes of three television series: Soap (1977), The Golden Girls (1985) and Empty Nest (1988).
He was directed by his elder brother Robert Mulligan in Love with the Proper Stranger (1963).
He played the same character (Dr. Harry Weston) in three different series: The Golden Girls (1985), Empty Nest (1988) and Nurses (1991).
He was considered for the role of Tom Hagen in The Godfather (1972) before Robert Duvall was cast.
Acting mentor and friends of: Dinah Manoff, Park Overall and David Leisure.
He was also a heavy smoker.
When he divorced former adult-video star, Serina Robinson, after 10 months, Mulligan suing Robinson for what he characterized as her misleading account of the breakup in a supermarket tabloid.
He never retired from acting.
On [Empty Nest (1988)], he played a widower, in real-life, he was married 4x and divorced 4 times, before his death.
Like his ex-[Empty Nest (1988)] co-star, [Park Overall], Mulligan also suffered from diabetes, in real-life. Until his 2000 passing, they were both close, personal friends.
Began his own show [Empty Nest (1988)] at age 55.
Didn't start acting until he was 29.
He was a spokesperson for Total Whole Grain Cereal in the 1980s.
Mulligan was diagnosed with cancer in 1994, but continued working in the final season of [Empty Nest (1988)], and battled the disease for 6 years, until his passing.

Personal Quotes (1)

"He exited the stage quietly and was happy to be able to do so." - David Fisher, Mulligan's assistant, after Mulligan's death.

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