Chicago – Still regal and debonair, Richard Chamberlain
has graced both the screen and television with a memorable presence that has spanned 50 years. He recently introduced “The Four Musketeers
” at The Hollywood Palms in Naperville, Illinois.
Chamberlain made a superstar splash on TV in 1961 when he played the title character in “Dr. Kildare
,” gaining fame in nearly Beatles-like proportion. Moving from that show in the 1960s, he went to England near the end of that decade, to study stagecraft, and eventually became the second American (after John Barrymore
in 1929) to play Hamlet while in residence.
His film career then picked up again, as he played a major role in the 1970s schlock classic “The Towering Inferno
” and both versions of the Musketeers films (explanation below), before becoming “King of the TV Miniseries” with unforgettable turns in “The Thorn Birds
” and Centennial
, among others.
Recently, Chamberlain wrote his autobiography, “Shattered Love,