Richard Basehart (1914–1984)

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Despite many a powerful performance, this actor's actor never quite achieved the stardom he deserved. Ultimately, Richard Basehart became best-known to television audiences as Admiral Harriman Nelson, commander of the glass-nosed nuclear submarine 'S.S.R.N Seaview' in Irwin Allen's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964), shown on ABC from 1964 to ... See full bio »

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Known For

Moby Dick Ishmael
La Strada The Fool
Fourteen Hours Robert Cosick
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Adm. Harriman Nelson / Admiral Nelson / Adm. Nelson / Admiral Harriman Nelson / Adm. Nelson puppet / Capt. Seamus O'Hara Nelson


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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
 1980 Marilyn: The Untold Story (TV Movie)
Johnny Hyde
 1979 The Christmas Songs (TV Movie)
 1979 Being There
Vladimir Skrapinov
 1979 Greatest Heroes of the Bible (TV Series)
- Tower of Babel (1979) ... Johtan
 1979 The Rebels (TV Series)
Duke of Kentland
 1978 W.E.B. (TV Series)
Gus Dunlap
- The Great Clowns (1978) ... Gus Dunlap
- Walk a Velvet Tightrope (1978) ... Gus Dunlap
- To Angelica with Love (1978) ... Gus Dunlap
- The Girl Who Saved Our America: Part 2 (1978) ... Gus Dunlap
- The Girl Who Saved Our America: Part 1 (1978) ... Gus Dunlap
 1978 The Critical List (TV Movie)
Matt Kinsella
 1978 Once Upon a Classic (TV Series)
King Arthur
 1978 How the West Was Won (TV Series)
Colonel Flint
- Orville Gant (1978) ... Colonel Flint
- Interlude (1978) ... Colonel Flint
- Mormon Story (1978) ... Colonel Flint
 1977 The Great Bank Hoax
Manny Benchly
 1977 The Island of Dr. Moreau
Sayer of the Law
 1977 Stonestreet: Who Killed the Centerfold Model? (TV Movie)
Elliott Osborn
 1976 Flood (TV Movie)
John Cutler
 1976 21 Hours at Munich (TV Movie)
Chancellor Willy Brandt
 1976 Mansion of the Doomed
Dr. Leonard Chaney
 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 Valley Forge (TV Movie)
Gen. George Washington
 1975 Joe Forrester (TV Series)
Al Morgan
- No Probable Cause (1975) ... Al Morgan
 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
 1974 The First Woman President (TV Movie)
Woodrow Wilson
 1973 Maneater (TV Movie)
Carl Brenner
 1973 ...and Millions Die! (TV Movie)
Dr. Douglas Pruitt
 1973 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
- The Odd Lot Caper (1973) ... Murdock
 1972 Columbo (TV Series)
Nicholas Frame
- Dagger of the Mind (1972) ... 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. Stephen McLayne
- Is This Operation Necessary? (1972) ... Dr. Stephen McLayne
 1972 Chato's Land
Nye Buell
 1972 Assignment: Munich (TV Movie)
Maj. Barney Caldwell
 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)
Prof. Theodore Rye
- Quadrangle for Death (1970) ... Prof. Theodore Rye
 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 Hans Brinker (TV Movie)
Dr. Boekman
 1969 Love Is a Funny Thing
Acteur - cameo appearance
 1964-1968 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
Adm. Harriman Nelson / Admiral Nelson / Admiral Harriman Nelson / ...
- No Way Back (1968) ... Adm. Harriman Nelson
- The Death Clock (1968) ... Adm. Harriman Nelson
- Edge of Doom (1968) ... Adm. Harriman Nelson
- Attack! (1968) ... Adm. Harriman Nelson
- Flaming Ice (1968) ... Adm. Harriman Nelson
 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 Combat! (TV Series)
Capt. Steiner
- The Long Way Home: Part 2 (1963) ... Capt. Steiner
- The Long Way Home: Part 1 (1963) ... Capt. Steiner
 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 Hitler
Adolf Hitler
 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 The Light That Failed (TV Movie)
Dick Heldar
 1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- He Who Gets Slapped (1961) ... Stranger
 1960 Passport to China
Don Benton
 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 Francis 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
Capt. Eric Reinhardt
 1959 Jons und Erdme
Wittkuhn, der Schmied
 1959 The Restless and the Damned
George Rancourt
 1958 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
David Manning
- Medal for Valor (1958) ... David Manning
 1958 Love and Troubles
Paolo Martelli
 1958 The Brothers Karamazov
Ivan Karamazov
 1957 Time Limit
Maj. Harry Cargill
 1957 Studio One (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 Finger of Guilt
Reggie Wilson
 1956 Moby Dick
 1956 The Extra Day
Joe Blake
 1955 Il Bidone
 1955 Cartouche
Il conte Jacques de Maudy
 1955 La vena d'oro
Ing. Stefano Manfredi
 1955 Canyon Crossroads
Larry Kendall
 1954 Jailbirds
Dottor Stefano Luprandi
 1954 La Strada
The Fool
 1954 The Good Die Young
Joe Halsey
 1954 Angels of Darkness
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1954 The Stranger's Hand
Joe Hamstringer
 1953 Titanic
George Healey
 1951 Decision Before Dawn
Lt. Dick Rennick
 1951 Fixed Bayonets!
Cpl. Denno
 1951 The House on Telegraph Hill
Alan Spender
 1951 Fourteen Hours
Robert Cosick
 1950 Side Street
Bank Teller (uncredited)
 1950 Outside the Wall
Larry Nelson
 1949 Tension
Warren Quimby
 1949 Roseanna McCoy
Mounts Hatfield
 1949 Reign of Terror
Maximilian Robespierre
 1948 He Walked by Night
Roy Martin / Roy Morgan
 1947 Cry Wolf
James Demarest
 1947 Repeat Performance
William Williams
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Stage: Appeared (as "Weiler; Broadway debut) in "Counterattack" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Janet Stevenson and Philip Stevenson. Based on a Russian play by Ilya Vershinin and Mikhail Ruderman. Directed by Margaret Webster. Windsor Theatre: (moved to The Adelphi Theatre from 20 Mar 1943 to close): 4 Feb 1943-17 Apr 1943 (85 ... See more »

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Nothing irritates me more than actors who take all the money and then complain about how terribly limited TV is. That kind of talk only reflects on them. See more »


Was understandably distraught, when his second wife, Italian actress Valentina Cortese, left him and moved back to Italy with their young son, Jackie Basehart. Close friend Warren Stevens, concerned for Basehart's well-being, got him an apartment adjoining his own. For months, Basehart had a standing phone call in to Italy, but Valentina never answered it. When Basehart finally filed for divorce,... See more »

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