Richard Chamberlain
Actor
Richard Chamberlain
George Richard Chamberlain is an American stage and screen actor and singer, who became a teen idol in the title role of the television show Dr. Kildare (1961–1966). Since then, he has appeared in several mini-series such as Shōgun (1980) and The Thorn Birds (1983), many successful films, and performed classical stage roles and worked in the musical theatre.
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Colleen McCullough, Australian author of The Thorn Birds, dies
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose 1977 best-selling novel The Thorn Birds became a smash hit television miniseries, has died at the age of 77. McCullough turned to writing after working for more than a decade as a neuroscientist in Australia, Britain and the United States and scored almost immediate success with The Thorn Birds, a family drama set on a sheep station in the Australian outback. The paperback rights for The Thorn Birds sold for a then record $1.9 million and was made into one of the most watched miniseries of all time, starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward. McCullough died in hospital on Norfolk Island on Thursday after a string of health problems, publisher HarperCollins Australia said in a statement.
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Stars of 'The Sound of Music Live' Recall Seeing The Original For The First Time
Huffington Post - about 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — The 1965 film version of "The Sound of Music," with Julie Andrews in the starring role, won five Oscars, including best picture. Even more important, it won moviegoers' hearts. Nearly everybody saw it then, and again, certifying for all time the hit status it enjoyed on Broadway with its opening six years before. It is the Broadway version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic that is being brought to TV on Dec. 5 as "The Sound of Music Live!" While they labored to climb ev'ry mountain to prepare for it, the stars of the NBC telecast recently recalled how "The Sound of Music" first became one of their favorite things. — Carrie Underwood (Maria): "My mom and dad went to see the movie on one of their first dates. I didn't know that until I became involved in this project and Mom told me. But it's always been real special to our family, and every time it was on TV, it was a thing: Me and Mom would watch it." — Audra McDonald (Mother Abbess): "My first exposure to ' ...
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Italian Princess' Book Is Hot Stuff... An Amazing Romance!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When I received an invitation from Selim Zilkha and Mary Hayley to a book party at their sumptuous Bel Air home, I immediately went to Amazon and ordered a copy of the book. innocuously entitled, My Mother, My Father and His Wife Hortense, by Dialta Alliata (Amazon, $24.95). I quickly learned that Dialta Alliata di Montereale was actually a real-life Italian princess, having married in 1989 a charming fellow named Prince Vittorio di Montereale, whose celebrated Venetian family dated back to the 15th century and the Holy Roman Empire. They met in Rome at the home of Egan von Furstenberg, soon married and had five children in the course of three years. Princess Dialta at our lunch last week. The moment I started reading this book, I was hooked! It was a fascinating, fierce and somewhat poignant story in which this glamorous woman (whom I took to lunch the day before the party to learn more) uses her grandmother's richly erotic diaries to unveil intimate and scandalous details of ...
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Stocks Straddle the Line
Wall Street Journal - almost 4 years
Stocks were flat to higher Monday, with financial shares leading gains. Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase were among the Dow's top performers.
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Pacific Heights home featured in 'Towering Inferno' on the market
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 4 years
Pacific Heights home featured in 'Towering Inferno' on the market San Francisco Chronicle Copyright 2013 San Francisco Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 9:01 am, Thursday, April 25, 2013 The couple retreated for an intimate dinner as guests lingered around the property, their conversations taking place in areas once used as the set of an Oscar-winning film. The four-level mansion was once featured in "The Towering Inferno," an action disaster film which was nominated for Best Picture in 1975 and won an Academy Award for best cinematography that same year. In the movie, electrical engineer Roger Simmons, portrayed by Richard Chamberlain, lived at 2898 Vallejo St. His character's haphazard work is deemed responsible for the blaze that starts during the dedication. With its coved ceiling, wood paneling, crystal chandelier and silver sconces, the ...
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Pat Gallagher: 12 Post 50 Celebs Who Have Never Married
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Back in the day when some of us were wearing petticoats, circle pins and saddle shoes, marriage was almost a rite of passage for young women. If a girl didn't have "a ring on it" by the time she was in her early 20s, the term "old maid" came into play. In 2013, not so much. Marriage is now -- thankfully -- a choice. Since the beginning of time, it seems men have never felt the pinch to get married unless encouraged by the sweet young thing he was dating or by the sweet young thing's anxious father after finding out there was a bun in the oven (thus the term "shotgun wedding" became the popular slang... so glad those days are over!). Happily, marriage works for millions of couples, but people who make the choice never to marry are the bold men and women who don't give a happy hoot what other people think. So The Huffington Post is happy to run down the list of some of our favorite celebrities who stand by their convictions that marriage is an option... and thus, have chosen ...
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The Thorn Birds Stars Richard Chamberlain & Rachel Ward Reunite For First Time In Decades
Access Hollywood - over 4 years
Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward from the 1980s ABC miniseries “The Thorn Birds” reunited on stage for the first time in decades on Sunday night in Beverly Hills.
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Fashion News: Katy Perry's costumes can be dangerous
LATimes - over 4 years
Katy Perry's over-the-top costumes have gotten the attention of her liability insurance company, which reportedly has ordered her to stop wearing spinning objects on her bosom after her hair got caught in a pair of twirling peppermints on an outfit similar to this one. [Styleite] The Telegraph reports that medical experts say there's been an upswing in the number of injuries to men caused by wearing too-tight jeans. [Telegraph] The house of Valentino has been purchased by the royal family of Qatar. [Styleite] "The Exorcist " is plenty spooky stuff, as anyone who has read the book by William Peter Blatty or seen the 1973 William Friedkin film knows (that's the one where Linda Blair's head spins around, in case you forgot -- as unlikely as that is). But no one looked at all scared on Wednesday night at an afterparty celebrating the opening night performance of the new stage version, directed by John Doyle at L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse. Stars Richard Chamberlain and Brooke Shields w ...
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They've scared up an 'Exorcist' for the stage
Blue Ridge Now - over 4 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forget the movie. This "Exorcist" is turning heads — by not turning heads. "We're not going to throw up all over the audience," noted actor Richard Chamberlain while on a recent rehearsal break at the Geffen Playhouse in LA's Westwood Village. Chamberlain is one of the stars of the Geffen's new stage adaptation of the 1971 William Peter Blatty novel about a girl who may be possessed by Satan, the girl's distraught mother, and the senior and junior priests charged to save the day. The book was a phenomenon. And yet for many, its memory is overshadowed by the 1973 William Friedkin film, which provided visceral thrills aplenty, including Linda Blair's famous head-spinning scene. The Geffen production, running through Aug. 12, reaches back to Blatty's decidedly more cerebral treatment: scaring up a serious discussion of psychology, faith, love and evil. Little wonder bringing "The Exorcist" to the stage appealed to playwright John Pielmeier. He explored simila ...
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Michelangelo Signorile: The John Travolta Saga: A Relic From the Past or an Enduring Reality?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Whether the latest allegations about John Travolta are true or not -- that he sexually harassed several men and had a secret relationship with his male private pilot for six years -- it's all pretty sad, the jokes and the snickering notwithstanding. If false, after all, Travolta has been relentlessly targeted over a period of decades by ruthless people hellbent on destroying his career or getting money from him, perhaps rightly believing that such allegations, even if untrue, can still hurt an actor today. If true, he's closeted himself for much of his life -- and the psychological torment, the hiding, the inability to just go out in public and be himself, had led him to sometimes abuse others. If that's the case, he was perhaps enabled by powerful people around him in Hollywood who make lots of money off of him, in a way similar to how Michael Jackson was enabled by the people surrounding him in his own self-destructive behavior. Either way, not a pretty picture. W ...
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'The Exorcist' play to star Richard Chamberlain, Brooke Shields
LATimes - almost 5 years
The power of Christ has compelled Richard Chamberlain and Brooke Shields to take two of the lead roles in a new stage version of William Peter Blatty's "The Exorcist," which is scheduled to open at the Geffen Playhouse on July 11.
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‘The Perfect Family’ Navigates the Unavoidable Imperfections of Family, Faith and First-time Directors
Film School Rejects - almost 5 years
The Perfect Family stars Kathleen Turner as a devout Catholic woman with two grown children. She prays before every meal, delivers food to elderly residents unable to leave their homes, and even assists Monsignor Murphy (Richard Chamberlain) with Communion during Mass. She couldn’t be more thrilled when she discovers she’s been nominated for Catholic Woman of the Year, but when she’s told the judges need to evaluate her entire family before making their decision she moves into overdrive to ensure they resemble nothing less than the perfect Catholic family. But with a son (Jason Ritter) who’s left his wife and kids for the bed of another woman, a daughter (Emily Deschanel) who’s in a lesbian relationship, and a husband who’s a recovering alcoholic, winning this major award isn’t going to be easy. Eileen sets out to correct these “wrongs” and discovers some truths along the way…truths that are tied up neatly with simplistic, sitcom-colored ribbons and bows but that still manage touch ...
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Debra Ollivier: Kathleen Turner: 'Don't Let Anybody Tell You What You Can't Do'
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
In "The Perfect Family," Kathleen Turner plays Eileen Cleary, a devout Roman Catholic who's been nominated for "Catholic Woman of the Year." But Eileen's "perfect family" is not so perfect: her daughter Shannon (Emily Deschanel) is gay, pregnant through artificial insemination, and about to marry her live-in girlfriend Angela (Angelique Cabral); her son Frank Jr. (Jason Ritter) has left his wife and is in a relationship with an older woman; her husband Frank (Michael McGrady) is an ex-alcoholic; and Eileen herself has her own dark secrets tucked in the closet. To complicate matters, her church has also nominated the priggish Agnes Dunn (Sharon Lawrence) for Catholic Woman of the Year, so a third-party Bishop has been asked to make a home visit to determine which woman is most eligible for the honor. "The Archbishop of Dublin will offer a prayer of absolution to the winner," Monsignor Murphy (Richard Chamberlain) says, to which Eileen replies a bit warily: "All sins forgive ...
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Felice Arenas: Kathleen Turner, 31 Years Since Body Heat
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
More than three decades before playing an uptight Catholic mother in The Perfect Family (out in select theaters today), Kathleen Turner was eating the 1980s film world alive and wiping the floor with men after her debut as a femme fatale in Body Heat -- but she says she's a better actress since being what she calls the "hot, young thing" of Hollywood. When I ask her about seeing herself now in 1981's Heat and then in Family, she lets out that famous husky laugh ... and then pauses to reflect on her long career. "I look at Body Heat, and I see this striking woman," she says. "But I see acting mistakes. Now I see a subtlety that I like that I've acquired over the years." In her newest picture, Turner plays Eileen Cleary, who isn't a femme fatale, but she manages to kill every mood and emotionally strangle loved ones with her precisian viewpoints. According to her, the beautiful sketch of familial bliss is smeared because her children aren't residents of her moral Shang ...
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Kathleen Turner Comes to Morristown
Morris Township- Morris Plains P - almost 5 years
When the movie concluded and credits rolled, the lights came up in Theater 5 at Clearview Cinemas in Morristown, and a screen legend walked to a waiting chair in the front of the room. Suddenly, audience members burst into applause for actress Kathleen Turner. "I guess I don't need to introduce her," film critic Peter Travers said. Turner, along with director Anne Renton, joined Travers Wednesday night for a Q&A session following a showing of Turner's latest movie, "The Perfect Family," at the New York Film Critics Series, hosted by father and son duo Ira and Mark Ehrenkranz. The movie is about a devoutly religious woman, played by Turner, who is up for the coveted "Catholic Woman of the Year" award. That award would be given to the winner by the Archbishop of Dublin and would include the absolution of one's sins. The problem, at least for Turner's "Eileen Cleary," is that her family is far from perfect. It also stars Emily Deschanel, Jason Ritter and Richard Chamberlai ...
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Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.: Don't Act, Don't Tell
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
"If they smell gay on you, it's over!" This was stingingly declared by my friend, a prominent casting director. She referred to the flat rejection actors face at auditions when they "seem gay," whether the part is gay or straight, large or small, no matter how right they might otherwise be for it. Acclaimed out-actor André De Shields lends credence to this, having said that his casting director friends won't cast anyone who is "too gay." What, then, are such actors to do? (If only Sir John Gielgud had written Letters to a Young, Gay-Acting Actor). Unfortunately the actors' unions are limited in the advocacy they can provide, because the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a proposed bill that would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, still awaits approval -- and it was first introduced to Congress in 1994. Meanwhile, in separate interviews, gay film actors Rupert Everett and Richard Chamberlain have both offered ...
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August, Uganda And Kathleen Turner At The 27th Torino GLBT Film Festival
Queerty - almost 5 years
Hailed as the oldest gay-themed film festival in Europe, the Torino GLBT Film Festival launches today in Northern Italy and runs through April 25, with a slew of international gay flicks, parties, a performance by Italian singer Arisa and the premiere of a 3-D version of Swan Lake directed by Matthew Bourne. Also showing at Tribeca this month, the American romantic drama Keep the Lights On, by filmmaker Ira Sachs (Married Life), is in competition for Best Feature—as are Eldar Rapaport’s August (above) about former lovers who unexpectedly reunite after several years, and the Israeli drama Melting Away, about a trans woman trying to repair her broken relationship with her homophobic, cancer-ridden father. Katherine Fairfax Wright’s documentary Call Me Kuchu focuses on the violent homophobia running rampant in Uganda and spotlights David Kato, who—before his tragic death in 2011—fought against the infamous “Kill the Gays.” Kuchu won the Teddy Award for Best Documentary earlier this ...
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Richard Chamberlain channels his father for 'The Heiress'
LATimes - almost 5 years
The veteran actor says the role of Dr. Austin Sloper in the Pasadena Playhouse production hits close to home. The veteran actor says the role of Dr. Austin Sloper in the Pasadena Playhouse production hits close to home.
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Tony Phillips: Rick Santorum Is a Better Father Than I
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
I read over the weekend that Bella Santorum, three-year-old daughter of Rick and Karen, is now a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. My Canadian friend and I were in Mexico at the time, which is slightly ironic because handguns are illegal in Canada as they are in Mexico and for the benefit of those who cross into Mexico from San Diego there's ample signage to announce the fact. As one draws nearer the Mexican border from the north, one is reminded more and more flagrantly each quarter-mile or so that one had best leave one's Glock behind because the Mexican authorities don't play. They catch you with a piece and you're in for some most un-amicable consequences, the sort of consequences a gringo fears like a Brit fears an orthodontist. But what do the Mexicans know? Look at that country, torn as it is by the wanton violence of a cash-fueled drug trade that contributed to probably 40,000 murders from 2006 to 2010. That's 10,000 dead each year, mostly from guns ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Chamberlain
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 77
    In 2012, Chamberlain appeared on stage in the Pasadena Playhouse as Dr. Sloper in the play, The Heiress.
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  • 2011
    Age 76
    On 12 March 2011, Chamberlain received the Steiger Award (Germany) for accomplishments in the arts.
    More Details Hide Details From Richard Chamberlain Sings: - UK #8 From Twilight of Honor From Richard Chamberlain (aka Joy in the Morning) From The Slipper and the Rose From Haleakala: How Maui Snared The Sun/Clarinet Concerto
    He also appeared in the independent film We Are the Hartmans in 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 75
    In the spring of 2010 Chamberlain returned to Los Angeles to pursue career opportunities, leaving Rabbett in Hawaii, at least temporarily.
    More Details Hide Details Chamberlain was outed at the age of 55 by the French women's magazine Nous Deux in December 1989, but it was not until 2003 that he confirmed his homosexuality in his autobiography Shattered Love. In 1962, Chamberlain won the Golden Apple Award for Most Co-operative actor. In 1963 he won a Golden Globe award for Best TV Star – Male for: Dr. Kildare (1961). He won the Photoplay Award for Most Popular Male Star for three consecutive years, including 1962, 1963, and 1964. In 1980 he won the Golden Apple award for Male Star of the Year. In 1981 he won a Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – Drama for: Shogun (1980). In 1982 he won the Clavell de Plata award at the Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival as Best Actor for The Last Wave (1977). In 1984 he won a Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for: The Thorn Birds (1983). In 1985 he won the Aftonbladet TV Prize (Sweden) for Best Foreign TV Personality – Male.
    In 2010, he appeared as Archie Leach in season 3, episode 3 of the series Leverage, as well as two episodes of season 4 of Chuck where he played a villain known only as The Belgian.
    More Details Hide Details Chamberlain has also appeared in several episodes of Brothers & Sisters, playing an old friend and love-interest of Saul's.
  • 2008
    Age 73
    In 2008 and 2009, he appeared as King Arthur in the national tour of Monty Python's Spamalot.
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  • 2007
    Age 72
    In 2007, Chamberlain guest-starred in episode 80 (Season 4, Episode 8, "Distant Past") of Desperate Housewives as Glen Wingfield, Lynette Scavo's stepfather.
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  • 2006
    Age 71
    In 2006, Chamberlain guest-starred in an episode of the British drama series Hustle as well as season 4 of Nip/Tuck.
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  • 2005
    Age 70
    In the fall of 2005, Chamberlain appeared in the title role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the Broadway National Tour of Scrooge: The Musical.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1993
    Age 58
    He starred as Henry Higgins in the 1993–94 Broadway revival of My Fair Lady.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1977
    Age 42
    In 1977, he met actor-writer-producer Martin Rabbett, with whom he began a long-term relationship.
    More Details Hide Details This led to a civil union in the state of Hawaii, where the couple resided from 1986 to 2010 and during which time Chamberlain legally adopted Rabbett to protect his future estate. Rabbett and Chamberlain starred together in, among others, Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, in which they played brothers Allan and Robeson Quatermain.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1970
    Age 35
    He received excellent notices and reprised the role for television in 1970 for the Hallmark Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1970s, Chamberlain enjoyed success as a leading man in films: The Music Lovers (1970), Lady Caroline Lamb (playing Lord Byron, 1973), The Three Musketeers (1973), The Lady's Not for Burning (1974), The Towering Inferno (in a villainous turn as a dishonest engineer, 1974), and The Count of Monte Cristo (1975). In The Slipper and the Rose (1976), a musical version of the Cinderella story, co-starring Gemma Craven, he displayed his vocal talents. A television film, William Bast's The Man in the Iron Mask (1977), followed. That same year, he starred in Peter Weir's film The Last Wave. Chamberlain later appeared in several popular television mini-series (earning him a nickname of "King of the Mini-series"), including Centennial (1978–79), Shōgun (1980), and The Thorn Birds (1983) as Father Ralph de Bricassart with Rachel Ward and Barbara Stanwyck co-starring. In the 1980s, he appeared as leading man with King Solomon's Mines (1985) opposite newcomer Sharon Stone, and also played Jason Bourne/David Webb in the television film version of The Bourne Identity (1988).
  • 1969
    Age 34
    While in England, he took vocal coaching and in 1969 performed the title role in Hamlet for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, becoming the first American to play the role there since John Barrymore in 1929.
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    In 1969, he starred opposite Katharine Hepburn in the film The Madwoman of Chaillot.
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  • 1966
    Age 31
    In 1966, he was cast opposite Mary Tyler Moore in the ill-fated Broadway musical Breakfast at Tiffany's, co-starring Priscilla Lopez, which, after an out-of-town tryout period, closed after only four previews.
    More Details Hide Details Decades later he returned to Broadway in revivals of My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music. At the end of the 1960s, Chamberlain spent a period of time in England where he played in repertory theatre and in the BBC's Portrait of a Lady adaptation, becoming recognized as a serious actor.
    Dr. Kildare ended in 1966, after which Chamberlain began performing on the theatre circuit.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1961
    Age 26
    Less than a year later, in 1961, Chamberlain gained widespread fame as the young intern, Dr. Kildare, in the NBC/MGM television series of the same name, co-starring with Raymond Massey.
    More Details Hide Details Chamberlain's singing ability also led to some hit singles in the early 1960s, including the "Theme from Dr. Kildare" entitled "Three Stars Will Shine Tonight", which struck No. 10 according to the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.
  • 1960
    Age 25
    He was cast as Lt. Dave Winslow in "Chicota Landing", a 1960 episode of the NBC western series, Riverboat.
    More Details Hide Details In the story line, Juan Cortilla, a Mexican bandit played by Joe De Santis, is stormed from jail. Chamberlain, as United States Army Lieutenant Winslow, asks Grey Holden (lead series character played by Darren McGavin) to transport Cortilla and his men to a military garrison. Instead, Cortilla takes over Holden's vessel, the Enterprise, and its gunpowder. Connie Hines appears with Chamberlain as Lucy Bridges, and Ted de Corsia is cast as another bandit.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1952
    Age 17
    In 1952, Chamberlain graduated from Beverly Hills High School and later attended Pomona College (class of 1956).
    More Details Hide Details Chamberlain co-founded a Los Angeles-based theatre group, Company of Angels, and began appearing in television series in the 1950s.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1934
    Born
    Chamberlain was born in 1934 in Beverly Hills, California, the son of Elsa Winnifred (née von Benzon; later Matthews) and Charles Axiom Chamberlain, who was a salesman.
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