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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 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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Rich Man, Poor Man - Book I  »

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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 »

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After the fight with Tom Jordache, Falconetti is taken off the ship with his left eye bandaged up. When we see him later he has his right eye covered with the black patch. See more »

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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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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Steve Martin/Jackson Browne (1977) See more »

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Legendary mini-series that has stood the test of time
27 February 2009 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

Older people than me have been saying for years; Television ain't what it used to be. These old geesers were usually referring to the grand ol' soaps like "Dallas", "MASH" or even "The Rockford Files". Many referred to "Rich Man, Poor Man" as the best series they ever saw. Once when asked about my favorite villains my extensive knowledge was severely questioned when I failed to name Falconetti. I only knew of Falconetti through "Beautiful Girls", as he was mentioned by Matt Dillon as a nasty guy in TV history. I recently checked out "Rich Man, Poor Man" and it didn't disappoint.

A sprawling epic, spanning over twenty years (1945-1966). This mini-series follows the lives of two brothers, Rudy and Tom Jordache (Strauss and Nolte). Rudy is the rich man of the title and Tom the poor.

You really can't beat these mid-70's TV series. "Rich Man, Poor Man" was a highly ambitious project, adapting a 600 plus page novel chronicling two eventful lives amidst great social changes in America. As with all great American TV, there's much drama here, action and politics.

The cast here is great; Peter Strauss is his usually subdued self as Rudy, the somber but extremely ambitious business man who slowly builds himself an empire. Nick Nolte is perfect as the hot-blooded Tom, whose temper in the end proves very fateful. Along for the ride are some stellar guest stars such as Bill Bixby, Susan Blakely, Murray Hamilton, Edward Asner, Kay Lenz and of course William Smith as Falconetti.

So, I'd like to concur with these old geesers who state; TV just ain't what it used to be.


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