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Richard Basehart (1914–1984)

Richard Basehart came to Hollywood in 1947, after beginning an acting career on Broadway. He made his mark in the gritty film-noir classic He Walked by Night (1948), among others, and proved his versatility in several international productions, most notably in Federico Fellini's poignant masterpiece La Strada (1954). See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

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 1982-1986 Knight Rider (TV Series)
Narrator - Opening Titles / Wilton Knight / Narrator
- Voo Doo Knight (1986) ... Narrator - Opening Titles (voice, uncredited)
- Knight of the Rising Sun (1986) ... Narrator - Opening Titles (voice, uncredited)
- Fright Knight (1986) ... Narrator - Opening Titles (voice, uncredited)
- Knight Flight to Freedom (1986) ... Narrator - Opening Titles (voice, uncredited)
- Hills of Fire (1986) ... Narrator - Opening Titles (voice, uncredited)
 1983 The Crowded Life (TV Movie)
 1983 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
- The Turn of the Tide (1983) ... Slade
 1981 Mr. Merlin (TV Series)
Herbert Montrose
- A Moment in Camelot (1981) ... Herbert Montrose
 1981 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Stan Ellis
 1981 Masada (TV Mini-Series)
Narrator, Modern Day Scene
- Part IV (1981) ... Narrator, Modern Day Scene (uncredited)
- Part I (1981) ... Narrator, Modern Day Scene (uncredited)
 1981 Vega$ (TV Series)
J. Terrance Wainwright
- Set Up (1981) ... J. Terrance Wainwright
 1979 Being There
Vladimir Skrapinov
 1979 Greatest Heroes of the Bible (TV Series)
- The Tower of Babel (1979) ... Johtan
 1979 The Rebels (TV Movie)
Duke of Kentland
 1978 The Great Bank Hoax
Manny Benchly
 1978 The Critical List (TV Movie)
Matt Kinsella
 1978 How the West Was Won (TV Mini-Series)
Colonel Jerrod Flint
- Orville Gant (1978) ... Colonel Jerrod Flint
- Interlude (1978) ... Colonel Jerrod Flint
 1977 Stonestreet: Who Killed the Centerfold Model? (TV Movie)
Elliott Osborn
 1976 Flood! (TV Movie)
John Cutler
 1976 Time Travelers (TV Movie)
Dr. Joshua Henderson (1871)
 1976 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Hannibal Applewood
- Troublemaker (1976) ... Hannibal Applewood
 1976 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Bishop Tim Farrow
- Requiem for Murder (1976) ... Bishop Tim Farrow
 1975 Joe Forrester (TV Series)
 1975 Medical Story (TV Series)
Dr. Charles Galpin
- The God Syndrome (1975) ... Dr. Charles Galpin
 1975 The American Parade (TV Mini-Series)
Lambdin Milligan
- The Case Against Milligan (1975) ... Lambdin Milligan
 1974 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Reece Sutton / Professor Andrew Kirkcastle
- The Last Rip-Off (1974) ... Reece Sutton
- A Full Life (1974) ... Professor Andrew Kirkcastle
 1973 ...And Millions Die! (TV Movie)
Dr. Douglas Pruitt
 1973 Maneater (TV Movie)
Carl Brenner
 1973 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
- The Odd Lot Caper (1973) ... Murdock
 1972 Columbo (TV Series)
Nicholas Frame
 1972 Rage
Dr. Roy Caldwell
 1972 The Bounty Man (TV Movie)
Angus Keough
 1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series)
Dr. McLayne
- Is This Operation Necessary? (1972) ... Dr. McLayne
 1972 Chato's Land
Nye Buell
 1971 The Death of Me Yet (TV Movie)
Robert Barnes
 1971 The Birdmen (TV Movie)
 1971 They've Killed President Lincoln! (TV Movie)
Host / Narrator
 1971 City Beneath the Sea (TV Movie)
the President
 1971 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Captain Aron Sligo
- Captain Sligo (1971) ... Captain Aron Sligo
 1970 Dan August (TV Series)
 1970 Ironside (TV Series)
Noel Seymour
- Noel's Gonna Fly (1970) ... Noel Seymour
 1970 The Andersonville Trial (TV Movie)
Henry Wirz
 1970 Sole Survivor (TV Movie)
Brig. Gen. Russell Hamner
 1969 Giotto
Narrator (voice)
 1969 Hans Brinker (TV Movie)
Dr. Boekman
 1969 Love Is a Funny Thing
Acteur - cameo appearance
 1965 Lost in Space (TV Series)
Shakespeare-Reading Tape Recorder Voice
- The Derelict (1965) ... Shakespeare-Reading Tape Recorder Voice (voice, uncredited)
 1965 The Satan Bug
Dr. Gregor Hoffman
 1963 Kings of the Sun
Ah Min
 1963 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Adam Cook
- Probe 7, Over and Out (1963) ... Adam Cook
 1962-1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Miles Crawford / Phillip Townsend
- Starring the Defense (1963) ... Miles Crawford
- The Black Curtain (1962) ... Phillip Townsend
 1963 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Alexander Stafford
- Inquest Into a Bleeding Heart (1963) ... Alexander Stafford
 1963 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Mark Cassidy
- Light Up the Dark Corners (1963) ... Mark Cassidy
 1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Judge Zachary
- The Judge (1963) ... Judge Zachary
 1963 Route 66 (TV Series)
Julian Roebuck
- You Can't Pick Cotton in Tahiti (1963) ... Julian Roebuck
 1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Lester Bergson
- Dust Devil on a Quiet Street (1962) ... Lester Bergson
 1962 The Savage Guns
Steve Fallon
 1962 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
- D-Day (1962) ... Narrator
 1962 Theatre '62 (TV Series)
Anthony Keane
- The Paradine Case (1962) ... Anthony Keane
 1962 The Paradine Case (TV Movie)
Anthony Keane
 1961 Rawhide (TV Series)
Tod Stone
- The Black Sheep (1961) ... Tod Stone
 1961 Passport to China
Don Benton
 1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
 1960 Shangri-La (TV Movie)
Hugh Conway
 1960 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Dr. George Ferguson
- Men in White (1960) ... Dr. George Ferguson
 1960 For the Love of Mike
Father Phelan
 1960 Portrait in Black
Howard Mason
 1957-1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Martin Lambert / David Connelly / Lionel Amblin
- The Hiding Place (1960) ... Martin Lambert
- A Dream of Treason (1960) ... David Connelly
- So Soon to Die (1957) ... Lionel Amblin
 1960 5 Branded Women
Captain Eric Reinhardt
 1959 Jons und Erdme
Wittkuhn, der Schmied
 1959 The Ambitious One
George Rancourt
 1958 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
David Manning
- Medal for Valor (1958) ... David Manning
 1958 Love and Troubles
Paolo Martelli
 1957 Time Limit
Maj. Harry Cargill
 1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Matt Donovan
- Mutiny on the Shark: Part 2 (1957) ... Matt Donovan
- Mutiny on the Shark: Part 1 (1957) ... Matt Donovan
 1957 Miracles of Thursday
 1956 The Extra Day
Joe Blake
 1956 Finger of Guilt
Reginald 'Reggie' Wilson
 1955 Il Bidone
 1955 La vena d'oro
Ing. Stefano Manfredi
 1955 Cartouche
Jacques de Maudy
 1955 Canyon Crossroads
Larry Kendall
 1954 Jailbirds
Dottor Stefano Luprandi
 1954 Angels of Darkness
Bit Part
 1954 The Stranger's Hand
Joe Hamstringer
 1951 Fourteen Hours
Robert Cosick
 1949 Side Street
Bank Teller (uncredited)
 1949 Tension
Warren Quimby / Paul Sothern
 1949 Roseanna McCoy
Mounts Hatfield
 1947 Cry Wolf
James Demarest
 1947 Repeat Performance
William Williams
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[asked how "Hamlet" compared with Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964)] With [William Shakespeare] there's more character than an actor can ever plumb. But there's no greater challenge than making something out of nothing. See more »


When he heard that that director Bretaigne Windust wanted an authentic Scotsman for the lead role in the Broadway production "The Hasty Heart", Basehart managed to effect a very convincing burr and won the part. For his portrayal of Cpl. MacLachlan, Basehart also went on to win the 1945 New York Critic's Award as the most promising actor of the year. See more »

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