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Rich Man, Poor Man 

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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Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Peter Strauss ...  Rudy Jordache 9 episodes, 1976
Nick Nolte ...  Tom Jordache 9 episodes, 1976
Susan Blakely ...  Julie Prescott 9 episodes, 1976
Dorothy McGuire ...  Mary Jordache 7 episodes, 1976
Tim McIntire ...  Brad Knight 6 episodes, 1976
Ray Milland ...  Duncan Calderwood 5 episodes, 1976
Robert Reed ...  Teddy Boylan 5 episodes, 1976
Bill Bixby ...  Willie Abbott 4 episodes, 1976
Norman Fell ...  Smitty 4 episodes, 1976
Lawrence Pressman ...  Bill Denton 4 episodes, 1976
Helen Craig Helen Craig ...  Martha 4 episodes, 1976
Kim Darby ...  Virginia Calderwood 3 episodes, 1976
Murray Hamilton ...  Sid Gossett 3 episodes, 1976
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ...  Roy Dwyer 3 episodes, 1976
Van Johnson ...  Marsh Goodwin 3 episodes, 1976
William Smith ...  Falconetti 3 episodes, 1976
Talia Shire ...  Teresa Santoro 3 episodes, 1976
Edward Asner ...  Axel Jordache 2 episodes, 1976
Dorothy Malone ...  Irene Goodwin 2 episodes, 1976
Dick Sargent ...  Eddie Heath / ... 2 episodes, 1976
Eddie Barth ...  Papadakis 2 episodes, 1976
Craig Stevens ...  Asher Berg 2 episodes, 1976
Nate Esformes ...  Alsie 2 episodes, 1976
Jo Ann Harris ...  Gloria Bartley 2 episodes, 1976
Harvey Jason ...  Pinky 2 episodes, 1976
Charles Tyner ...  Matusik 2 episodes, 1976
Allen Price Allen Price ...  Billy 2 episodes, 1976
Walter Lott Walter Lott ...  Mr. McKinley / ... 2 episodes, 1976
Anthony James ...  Wayne 2 episodes, 1976
George Brenlin George Brenlin ...  Barry 2 episodes, 1976
Terence Locke Terence Locke ...  O'Hara 2 episodes, 1976
W.T. Zacha W.T. Zacha ...  Third Mate 2 episodes, 1976
Bernie Kuby Bernie Kuby ...  Postman 2 episodes, 1976
Mike Evans ...  Arnold Simms 2 episodes, 1976
Eric Friedman 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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Drama

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rich Man, Poor Man See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Nick Nolte said that when he played a young man in the early scenes of the project, he weighed about 160 pounds. When he played a middle aged man in the later scenes, he weighed over 180 pounds. See more »

Goofs

During Book One, Chapter Nine, Tom Jordache is on a ship in the New York Bay in 1962, in the background you can plainly see the World Trade Center Twin Towers. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Center were in August, 1966. 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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For a TV miniseries this is excellent
27 May 2004 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

This follows two brothers (Peter Strauss, Nick Nolte) growing up--one straight arrow (Strauss) the other a hell-raiser (Nolte). They also love the same woman (Susan Blakely). It starts off in the 1940s and follows them up to the 70s.

Sure, it's a soap opera but it's fun! Despite it's length it's never dull and the acting and production values are surprisingly good. There's also great supporting acting by Edward Asner (as a rough, tough father) and Robert Reed.

I saw it back when it originally aired in 1976. I had forgotten about it until it popped up on cable in the 1990s. The Family Channel showed it and edited out a few words and shots (I distinctly remember a quick side view of Robert Reed naked that wasn't in that showing).This really deserves to be out on DVD. Judging by the votes and the reviews this has quite a following. No masterpiece but just engrossing and well-made.


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