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Richard Basehart

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia John Richard Basehart (August 31, 1914 – September 17, 1984) was an American actor. He starred in the 1960s television science fiction drama Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, in the role of Admiral Harriman Nelson. One of his most notable film roles was the acrobat known as "the Fool" in the acclaimed Italian film La strada directed by Federico Fellini. He also appeared as the killer in the film noir classic He Walked by Night (1948), as a psychotic member of the Hatfield clan in Roseanna McCoy (1949), as Ishmael in Moby Dick (1956), and in the drama Decision Before Dawn (1951). He was married to Italian Academy Award-nominated actress Valentina Cortese, with whom he had one son before their divorce in 1960. Cortese and Basehart also costarred in Robert Wise's The House on Telegraph Hill (1951). Basehart was also noted for his deep, distinctive voice and was prolific as a narrator of many television and movie projects ranging from features to documentaries. In 1980, Basehart narrated the mini-series written by Peter Arnett called Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War that covered Vietnam and its battles from the Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945 to the final American embassy evacuation on April 30, 1975. He appeared in the pilot episode of the television series Knight Rider as billionaire Wilton Knight. He is the narrator at the beginning of the show's credits. In 1971, Basehart played "Captain Sligo", a comical Irishman with a pet buffalo who negotiates a flawed but legal cattle purchase and unconventionally courts a widow with two children, played by Salome Jens, in CBS's western series, Gunsmoke, with James Arness. Basehart appeared in an episode of The Twilight Zone, Hawaii Five-O, and as Hannibal Applewood, an abusive schoolteacher in Little House on the Prairie in 1976. In 1972, he appeared in the Columbo episode Dagger of the Mind in which he and Honor Blackman played a husband-and-wife theatrical team who were loose parodies of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. In the feature realm, he played a supporting role as a doctor in Rage (1972), a theatrical feature starring and directed by George C. Scott. He made a few TV movies including Sole Survivor (1970) and The Birdmen (1971). Both were based on true stories during World War II. He died at age 70 following a series of strokes. One month before his death, Basehart was an announcer for the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Description above from the Wikipedia article Richard Basehart, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Aug 13, 1914 In Zanesville, Ohio, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Repeat Performance 1947-05-22
Latest Project:
Series El coche fantástico 1982-09-26
Known For
Poster of Un dangereux rendez-vous
Poster of Colombo
Poster of Hans Brinker
Poster of Jailbirds
Series El coche fantástico Unknown 1982-09-26
Series Masada 1981-04-05
Series Mr. Merlin Unknown 1981-10-07
Pelicula Marilyn: The Untold Story John Huston 1980-11-10
Series Tales of the Unexpected Unknown 1979-03-24
Pelicula The Rebels Duke of Kentland 1979-05-14
Pelicula Bienvenido Mr. Chance Vladimir Skrapinov 1979-12-19
Series W.E.B. 1978-09-13
Series Vega$ Unknown 1978-04-25
Pelicula The Great Bank Hoax Manny Benchly 1978-11-01
Pelicula La isla del Doctor Moreau Sayer of the Law 1977-07-13
Series Vacaciones en el mar Unknown 1977-09-24
Pelicula Viajeros en el tiempo Dr. Joshua Henderson (1871) 1976-03-19
Series La conquista del oeste Unknown 1976-01-19
Pelicula Mansion of the Doomed Dr. Leonard Chaney 1976-10-01
Pelicula 21 horas en Munich Willy Brandt 1976-11-07
Pelicula Inundación John Cutler 1976-11-24
Pelicula Judgment: The Court Martial of Lieutenant William Calley George Latimer 1975-01-12
Series Joe Forrester Unknown 1975-09-09
Series Medical Story Unknown 1975-09-04
Series La casa de la pradera Unknown 1974-09-11
Pelicula Maneater Carl Brenner 1973-12-09
Pelicula ...And Millions Die! Dr Douglas Pruitt 1973-01-01
Series Las calles de San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-16
Pelicula Un dangereux rendez-vous Maj. Barney Caldwell 1972-04-29
Pelicula The Bounty Man 1972-10-31
Pelicula Rage Dr. Roy Caldwell 1972-11-22
Series Colombo Nicholas Framer 1971-09-15
Pelicula La ciudad bajo el agua The President 1971-01-25
Pelicula Pájaros humanos Schiller 1971-09-18
Pelicula The Death of Me Yet Robert Barnes 1971-10-26
Pelicula Sole Survivor Brig. Gen. Russell Hamner 1970-01-09
Pelicula The Andersonville Trial Henry Wirz 1970-05-17
Pelicula Hans Brinker Dr. Boeker 1969-12-14
Series Hawai 5-0 Unknown 1968-09-20
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Pelicula Estación 3 ultrasecreto Dr. Gregor Hoffman 1965-03-26
Series Viaje al Fondo del Mar Adm. Harriman Nelson 1964-09-14
Pelicula Four Days In November Narrator (voice) 1964-10-07
Pelicula Los reyes del sol Ah Min 1963-12-18
Series Arrest and Trial Unknown 1963-09-15
Pelicula Hitler Adolf Hitler 1962-03-21
Pelicula Tierra Brutal Steve Fallon 1962-09-30
Series Combat! Unknown 1962-10-02
Pelicula Visa to Canton Don Benton 1961-03-22
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Pelicula Cinco mujeres marcadas Eric Reinhardt 1960-03-15
Pelicula Retrato en negro Howard Mason 1960-07-27
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Pelicula For the Love of Mike Father Phelan 1960-08-28
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Pelicula Jons und Erdme Wittkuhn 1959-03-04
Series La dimensión desconocida Unknown 1959-10-02
Pelicula The Ambitious One George Rancourt 1959-10-14
Pelicula Los hermanos Karamazov Ivan Karamazov 1958-02-20
Pelicula Love and Troubles 1958-12-19
Series Naked City Unknown 1958-09-30
Pelicula Los jueves, milagro Martino 1957-08-22
Pelicula Labios sellados Maj. Harry Cargill 1957-10-23
Pelicula The Extra Day Joe Blake 1956-01-01
Pelicula The Intimate Stranger Reginald 'Reggie' Wilson 1956-06-01
Pelicula Moby Dick Ishmael 1956-06-27
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Pelicula Repris de justice Dottor Stefano Luprandi 1955-03-30
Pelicula Canyon Crossroads Larry Kendall 1955-01-01
Pelicula Jailbirds 1955-08-06
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Pelicula Almas sin conciencia Picasso 1955-09-09
Pelicula La vena d'oro 1955-10-20
Pelicula The Stranger's Hand Joe Hamstringer 1954-01-20
Pelicula Los buenos mueren jóvenes Joe Halsey 1954-03-02
Pelicula La strada Il 'Matto' 1954-07-16
Pelicula El hundimiento del Titanic George S. Headley 1953-04-11
Pelicula A bayoneta calada Cpl. Denno 1951-11-21
Pelicula Catorce horas (14 horas) Robert Cosick 1951-04-01
Pelicula La casa de la colina Alan Spender 1951-08-27
Pelicula El traidor Lt. Rennick 1951-12-21
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Pelicula Outside the Wall Larry Nelson 1950-02-08
Pelicula Roseanna McCoy Mounts Hatfield 1949-10-12
Pelicula Reign of Terror Maximilian Robespierre 1949-10-15
Pelicula Tension Warren Quimby 1949-11-23
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Pelicula Orden: caza sin cuartel Roy Martin / Roy Morgan 1948-11-24
Pelicula Repeat Performance William Williams, Poet 1947-05-22
Pelicula Cry Wolf James Caldwell Demarest 1947-07-18