Richard Jordan (I) (1937–1993)

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Harvard-educated stage and screen actor Richard Jordan was born into a socially prominent family on July 19, 1937 in New York City, the grandson of Learned Hand, the greatest American jurist never to have served on the U.S. Supreme Court. Newbold Morris, his stepfather, was a member of the New York City Council during Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia's ... See full bio »

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Logan's Run Francis
Dune Duncan Idaho
Gettysburg Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Armistead


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 1993 Gettysburg
Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Armistead
 1993 Posse
Sheriff Bates
 1992 Primary Motive
Chris Poulas
 1991 Heaven Is a Playground
David Racine
 1991 Shout
Eugene Benedict
 1991 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Charles McKenzie
- Deadline (1991) ... Charles McKenzie
 1991 Delusion
Executive in Conference Room
 1991 Timebomb
Col. Taylor
 1991 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Kenneth Hoyle
- Three Hotels (1991) ... Kenneth Hoyle
 1990 The Hunt for Red October
Jeffrey Pelt
 1989 Manhunt: Search for the Night Stalker (TV Movie)
Sergeant Frank Salerno
 1989 Romero
Father Rutilio Grande
 1987-1988 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Harley Gage
- Something Green (1988) ... Harley Gage
- Video Games (1988) ... Harley Gage
- The Child Broker (1988) ... Harley Gage
- A Dance on the Dark Side (1988) ... Harley Gage
- Christmas Presence (1987) ... Harley Gage
 1988 The Murder of Mary Phagan (TV Mini Series)
Hugh Dorsey
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Hugh Dorsey
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Hugh Dorsey
 1987 The Secret of My Success
Howard Prescott
 1986 Solarbabies
 1986 The Men's Club
 1985 The Mean Season
Alan Delour
 1984 Dune
Duncan Idaho
 1984 A Flash of Green
Elmo Bliss
 1982 Insight (TV Series)
- Leave Me Alone, God (1982) ... Jeb (as Richard Jordon)
 1982 Washington Mistress (TV Movie)
Michael Reynolds
 1981 The Bunker (TV Movie)
Albert Speer
 1980 Raise the Titanic
Dirk Pitt
 1979 The French Atlantic Affair (TV Mini Series)
Julian Wunderlicht
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Julian Wunderlicht
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Julian Wunderlicht
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Julian Wunderlicht
 1979 Old Boyfriends
 1978 Les Miserables (TV Movie)
Jean Valjean
 1978 Interiors
 1978 The Defection of Simas Kudirka (TV Movie)
Commander Edward Devon
 1977 Alibis
 1976 Captains and the Kings (TV Mini Series)
Joseph Armagh
- Chapter VIII (1976) ... Joseph Armagh
- Chapter VII (1976) ... Joseph Armagh
- Chapter VI (1976) ... Joseph Armagh
- Chapter V (1976) ... Joseph Armagh
- Chapter IV (1976) ... Joseph Armagh
 1976 Logan's Run
 1975 Rooster Cogburn
 1974 The Yakuza
 1973 Hec Ramsey (TV Series)
Charles Clavell
- The Detroit Connection (1973) ... Charles Clavell
 1973 Kojak (TV Series)
Steve Macey
- Dark Sunday (1973) ... Steve Macey
 1973 Incident at Vichy (TV Movie)
Von Berg, A Prince
 1973 Banacek (TV Series)
Chris Bailey
 1973 The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Dave Foley
 1973 Nightside (TV Movie)
 1973 Kamouraska
Georges Nelson
 1973 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Alex Tanner
- The Detonator (1973) ... Alex Tanner
 1972 Chato's Land
Earl Hooker
 1972 The Trial of the Catonsville Nine
George Mische
 1971 The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (TV Series)
Deputy D.A. Andrew Craig
- Justice Is a Sometime Thing (1971) ... Deputy D.A. Andrew Craig
 1971 Klute
Man kissing Jane Fonda in night club (uncredited)
 1971 Valdez Is Coming
R. L. Davis
 1971 Lawman
Crowe Wheelwright
 1966 Hawk (TV Series)
Warren Cross
- Some Devil Whispered in His Ear (1966) ... Warren Cross
 1964 Ready for the People (TV Movie)
Eddie Dickinson
 1962-1963 The Defenders (TV Series)
John Strafaci / Peter Crewe
- The Star Spangled Ghetto (1963) ... John Strafaci
- The Broken Barrelhead (1962) ... Peter Crewe
 1962-1963 Empire (TV Series)
Jay Bee Fowler
- End of an Image (1963) ... Jay Bee Fowler
- Long Past, Long Remembered (1962) ... Jay Bee Fowler
 1962 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Davey Crutchfield
- Between Summer and Winter, the Glorious Season (1962) ... Davey Crutchfield
 1962 Wide Country (TV Series)
Ernie Stannard
- Our Ernie Kills People (1962) ... Ernie Stannard
 1962 Naked City (TV Series)
- And by the Sweat of Thy Brow... (1962) ... Jonah
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Appeared as Stanek in "A Private View" in the Joseph Papp Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival production, directed by Lee Grant, at Martinson Hall in New York City during the 1983-84 season. See more »

Alternate Names:

Richard Jordon


6' 2" (1.88 m)


Kathleen Widdoes  (divorced)  (1 child)


Nina Jordan | See more »


Robert Christopher Anson, Sr | Constance Hand-Jordan


Learned Hand (grandparent)

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Personal Quote:

Ultimately what I'd like to do is not become pretentious. I'd like to keep from living in Beverly Hills and driving a Mercedes. I want to stay in my old stone castle in Malibu with my animals and my lady. See more »


Was cast as Dr. Charles Nichols in The Fugitive (1993), and allegedly filmed a couple scenes, but ultimately had to drop out due to his failing health. He died shortly after the film's release. See more »


Usually played sinister, dark villains or menacing characters and figures of authority.

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