Rich Man, Poor Man (1976)

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An examination of the trials and tribulations of the Jordache family, from the period following World War II to the late 1960s.

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1976
Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
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 Rudy Jordache (9 episodes, 1976)
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 Tom Jordache (9 episodes, 1976)
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 Julie Prescott (9 episodes, 1976)
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 Mary Jordache (7 episodes, 1976)
Tim McIntire ...
 Brad Knight (6 episodes, 1976)
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 Duncan Calderwood (5 episodes, 1976)
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 Teddy Boylan (5 episodes, 1976)
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 Willie Abbott (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Smitty (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Bill Denton (4 episodes, 1976)
Helen Craig ...
 Martha (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Virginia Calderwood (3 episodes, 1976)
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 Sid Gossett (3 episodes, 1976)
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 Roy Dwyer (3 episodes, 1976)
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 Marsh Goodwin (3 episodes, 1976)
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 Falconetti (3 episodes, 1976)
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 Teresa Santoro (3 episodes, 1976)
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 Axel Jordache (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Irene Goodwin (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Eddie Heath / ... (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Papadakis (2 episodes, 1976)
Craig Stevens ...
 Asher Berg (2 episodes, 1976)
Nate Esformes ...
 Alsie (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Gloria Bartley (2 episodes, 1976)
Harvey Jason ...
 Pinky (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Matusik (2 episodes, 1976)
Allen Price ...
 Billy (2 episodes, 1976)
Walter Lott ...
 Mr. McKinley / ... (2 episodes, 1976)
Anthony James ...
 Wayne (2 episodes, 1976)
George Brenlin ...
 Barry (2 episodes, 1976)
Terence Locke ...
 O'Hara (2 episodes, 1976)
W.T. Zacha ...
 Third Mate (2 episodes, 1976)
Bernie Kuby ...
 Postman (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Arnold Simms (2 episodes, 1976)
Eric Friedman ...
 Billy Abbott (2 episodes, 1976)
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An examination of the trials and tribulations of the Jordache family, from the period following World War II to the late 1960s.

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Also Known As:

Rich Man, Poor Man - Book I  »

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Trivia

Although he had been a working actor for years prior to this production, Nick Nolte became a star after appearing in this very popular mini-series. In fact, the network wanted his character to appear in the sequel they were planning and Nolte refused to alter the story to make that possible. Peter Strauss also became an in-demand actor after this project. See more »

Goofs

When Tom picks up his son from the military academy, in a long shot he is leaning on his car roof with his right elbow. Switch to a close up and he is not leaning at all. Switch back to the long shot and he is still leaning just as before. See more »

Quotes

Mary Jordache: [to Tom] It takes a lot of pain and love to raise a boy, maybe I gave so much to Rudy, there wasn't enough left over for you.
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The First Mini-Series on Television
28 April 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Rich Man, Poor Man," was the very first mini-series on television.

It was the very first of what they called "the long form." Though almost all the television history books say that "Roots" was the first, that is simply not true. It was "Rich Man, Poor Man," a 12 hour mini-series that everyone stayed home to watch. The t.v. historians should be more accurate. This was great television at it's best, produced from ABC and Universal. It was one of Fred Silverman's finest accomplishments and that of Brandon Stoddard as well. You have to credit producer Harve Bennett and the head of ABC television's new department at that time, Esther Shapiro who brought us many great movies and mini-series. It starred Nick Nolte, Susan Blakely and Peter Strauss. It had a cast that has remained unequaled in television.


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