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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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Born:
Aug 13, 1914 In Zanesville, Ohio, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
75
First Appeared:
In the movie Repeat Performance 1947-05-22
Latest Project:
Series Knight Rider 1982-09-26
Known For
Poster of Jailbirds

Richard Basehart Movies Filmography

Series
Knight Rider
Wilton Knight 1982-09-26
Series
Masada
1981-04-05
Series
Mr. Merlin
Unknown 1981-10-07
Movie
Being There
Vladimir Skrapinov 1979-12-19
Series
Tales of the Unexpected
Unknown 1979-03-24
Movie
The Great Bank Hoax
Manny Benchly 1978-11-01
Series
Vega$
Unknown 1978-09-20
Series
The Love Boat
Stan Ellis 1977-09-24
Movie
The Island of Dr. Moreau
Sayer of the Law 1977-07-13
Movie
Flood!
John Cutler 1977-06-05
Movie
Time Travelers
Dr. Joshua Henderson (1871) 1976-03-19
Movie
21 Hours at Munich
Willy Brandt 1976-11-07
Movie
Mansion of the Doomed
Dr. Leonard Chaney 1976-10-01
Movie
Valley Forge
1975-12-03
Series
Little House on the Prairie
Unknown 1974-09-11
Movie
Maneater
Carl Brenner 1973-12-09
Movie
The Birdmen
Schiller 1973-11-08
Movie
...And Millions Die!
Dr Douglas Pruitt 1973-01-01
Movie
Assignment: Munich
Maj. Barney Caldwell 1972-04-29
Movie
Chato's Land
Nye Buell 1972-01-01
Movie
Rage
Dr. Roy Caldwell 1972-11-22
Series
The Streets of San Francisco
Unknown 1972-09-23
Movie
The Bounty Man
1972-10-31
Movie
The Death of Me Yet
Robert Barnes 1971-10-26
Series
Columbo
Nicholas Framer 1971-09-15
Movie
City Beneath the Sea
The President 1971-01-25
Movie
City Beneath the Sea
1971-01-01
Movie
The Andersonville Trial
Henry Wirz 1970-05-17
Movie
Sole Survivor
Brig. Gen. Russell Hamner 1970-01-09
Movie
Hans Brinker
Dr. Boeker 1969-12-14
Series
Hawaii Five-O
Unknown 1968-09-20
Movie
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
Narrator 1968-03-06
Series
Ironside
Unknown 1967-03-28
Movie
The Satan Bug
Dr. Gregor Hoffman 1965-03-26
Movie
Trial at Nuremberg
Narrator 1964-12-09
Movie
Four Days In November
Narrator (voice) 1964-10-07
Series
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Adm. Harriman Nelson 1964-09-14
Movie
Kings of the Sun
Ah Min 1963-12-18
Series
Arrest and Trial
Unknown 1963-09-15
Series
Combat!
Unknown 1962-10-02
Movie
The Savage Guns
Steve Fallon 1962-09-30
Series
Ben Casey
Unknown 1961-10-02
Movie
Visa to Canton
Don Benton 1960-12-26
Series
Route 66
Unknown 1960-10-07
Movie
Portrait in Black
Howard Mason 1960-07-27
Movie
5 Branded Women
Eric Reinhardt 1960-03-15
Series
Rawhide
Unknown 1959-01-09
Series
The Twilight Zone
Unknown 1959-10-02
Movie
The Brothers Karamazov
Ivan Karamazov 1958-02-20
Series
Naked City
Unknown 1958-09-30
Movie
Time Limit
Maj. Harry Cargill 1957-10-23
Movie
Miracles of Thursday
Martino 1957-08-22
Series
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater
Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie
Moby Dick
Ishmael 1956-06-27
Movie
The Intimate Stranger
Reginald 'Reggie' Wilson 1956-06-01
Movie
The Extra Day
Joe Blake 1956-01-01
Movie
Jailbirds
1955-08-06
Movie
La vena d'oro
Ing. Stefano Manfredi 1955-10-20
Movie
Il Bidone
Picasso 1955-09-09
Series
Gunsmoke
Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie
La Strada
Il 'Matto' 1954-09-23
Movie
The Good Die Young
Joe Halsey 1954-03-02
Movie
Titanic
George S. Headley 1953-04-11
Movie
Fourteen Hours
Robert Cosick 1951-04-01
Movie
The House on Telegraph Hill
Alan Spender 1951-05-12
Movie
Fixed Bayonets!
Cpl. Denno 1951-11-21
Movie
Decision Before Dawn
Lt. Dick Rennick 1951-12-21
Series
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Unknown 1951-12-24
Movie
Outside the Wall
Larry Nelson 1950-02-08
Movie
Tension
Warren Quimby 1949-11-25
Movie
Reign of Terror
Maximilian Robespierre 1949-10-15
Movie
Roseanna McCoy
Mounts Hatfield 1949-10-12
Movie
He Walked by Night
Roy Martin / Roy Morgan 1949-02-05
Movie
Cry Wolf
James Caldwell Demarest 1947-07-18
Movie
Repeat Performance
William Williams 1947-05-22