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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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Country:

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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Don Johnson, a good friend of Nick Nolte and his co-star in Return to Macon County (1975) auditioned for the role of 'Rudy Jordache'. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the series, but more pervasive in the earlier episodes, the women hairstyles and the men haircuts are from the 1970's. Men did not wear bangs nor long hair as depicted. 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 and one of the few best!
2 January 2001 | by CosmicDwellingsSee all my reviews

The first ever television mini-series was broadcast as 12 x 50 minute episodes in the U.K., either side of 'News At Ten' on three consecutive Wednesday and Friday nights throughout July, in that summer, of 1976. It was ITV's answer to the BBC's coverage of the Olympics at the time-and what an answer!

The story of Rudy & Tom Jordache...two brothers who battled through their conflicting lifestyles in two different ways. Based on the best-selling novel by Irwin Shaw, we are taken on a roller-coaster ride starting in Port Philip, New York in 1945 through to the French Riviera in the mid-60's. A classic tale of Rags to Riches and Happiness to Heartbreak.

Messrs. Strauss and Nolte are awesome as the brothers with the fine support of Susan Blakely as the love interest in the story. All this interjected with a great well known cast, a legend of the TV Screens was born.

The series won countless Emmy nominations and came away with Four in total in the form of Edward Asner, Fionnuala Flanagan, composer Alex North and director, David Greene.

Don't miss this one!


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