Richard Long

Born Dec 17, 1927

Richard Long was an American actor better known for his leading roles in several ABC television series, including The Big Valley, Nanny and the Professor and Bourbon Street Beat.

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1927 Birth Born on December 17, 1927.


1944 16 Years Old The family relocated again in 1944, to Hollywood, California, and Long attended Hollywood High School for his senior year. … Read More
1946 18 Years Old In 1946, Long was cast in his first film, Tomorrow Is Forever as Drew, the son of Claudette Colbert and Orson Welles. … Read More


1950 22 Years Old He also played "Jeff Taylor" in The Life of Riley and played "Frank James" in the 1950 movie Kansas Raiders.
1955 27 Years Old Long was twice married: his first wife, singer and actress Suzan Ball, whom he had married fourteen months earlier, died of cancer in 1955, at age 21. They had met in 1953, after her cancer diagnosis; her right leg was amputated in early 1954 and they wed in April.
1956 28 Years Old In 1956, Long played a leading role in the western "Fury at Gunsight Pass" (1956). … Read More
1957 29 Years Old In 1957, he married actress/model Mara Corday in Las Vegas, with whom he had three children: Carey (1957–2008), Valerie (b. 1958), and Gregory (b. 1960). … Read More


1958 30 Years Old …  He played the recurring villainous role of gambler/con artist "Gentleman Jack Darby" in four episodes of the ABC/WB western series, Maverick beginning in 1958, including the most remembered "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres" installment. … Read More
1963 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1963, Long was cast in the MGM romantic musical Follow the Boys, along with co-stars Connie Francis, Paula Prentiss, and Roger Perry.
1965 37 Years Old In 1965, at the age of thirty-eight, Long began his role as attorney Jarrod Barkley, the oldest son to rancher Victoria Barkley (Barbara Stanwyck), in 112 episodes of The Big Valley, the last of the major Four Star Television series, a Western which ran on ABC from 1965 - 1969. … Read More


1970 42 Years Old In 1970–71, he and Juliet Mills starred in the ABC sitcom Nanny and the Professor.
1973 45 Years Old In 1973 he starred alongside Julie Harris in the short-lived series, Thicker than Water. … Read More
1974 47 Years Old After suffering several heart attacks, he was hospitalized for his last month and died on December 21, 1974, at Tarzana Medical Center in Los Angeles, just four days after his 47th birthday. … Read More
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