Born Marvin Jack Richman on April 16, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, actor Peter Mark Richman was the youngest of five children born to a paper hanger and his wife. As a child Richman studied art at the Philadelphia Graphic Sketch Club. When he went to college, however, he majored in pharmacy and, once out of college, worked in a drug store in eastern Pennsylvania for some time but abandoned his career for the stage. Acting in loads of off-Broadway productions in Philadelphia and New York, Richman began taking roles in New York-based television series in the early 1950s. He made his film debut in Friendly Persuasion (1956; with Gary Cooper and Dorothy McGuire) after director William Wyler saw Richman in a play and decided to cast him in a supporting role. His next film was the Columbia drama The Strange One (1957; with Ben Gazzara), which he followed up with the low-budget crime drama Girls on the Loose (1958; with Mara Corday).

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Richman and his wife, Helen, in a 1963 photo

As much television production shifted from New York to the west coast by the late 1950s, Richman relocated his family to Los Angeles in 1961 after he was cast as the star of the NBC series Cain's Hundred (1961-1962). While the series lasted for just one season, throughout the 1960s Richman was in demand on television, making guest appearances on such series as The Outer Limits, The Wild Wild West, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. On occasion he also tackled film roles in For Singles Only (1968; with Chris Noel and Lana Wood) and Yuma (1971; with Clint Walker and Bruce Glover). In addition to his prolific work on television and in film, Richman also began writing plays in the mid 1960s. Around the time he was cast in the ABC series Longstreet (1971–1972), he added "Peter" to his professional name.

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Friendly Persuasion (1956)

Peter Mark Richman and Gary Cooper

Peter Mark Richman's first film was the western Friendly Persuasion. Also pictured is Gary Cooper

The Strange One (1957)

Ben Gazzara and Peter Mark Richman

With Ben Gazzara in the Columbia drama The Strange One

The Black Orchid (1958)

Peter Mark Richman and Ina Balin

From the Paramount drama The Black Orchid with Ina Balin

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1962 CBS/NBC TV Series)

Peter Mark Richman and Cara Williams

With Cara Williams in a 1960 episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents titled The Cure

Cain's Hundred (1961-1962 NBC TV Series)

Peter Mark Richman and Fay SpainPeter Mark Richman and Dorothy Dandridge

LEFT: With Fay Spain from an episode of Richman's series Cain's Hundred titled Murder by Proxy. RIGHT: With Dorothy Dandridge in a 1962 episode titled Blues for a Junkman: Arthur Troy

The Twilight Zone (1959-1964 CBS TV Series)

Peter Mark Richman and Hazel Court

From a May 1964 episode of The Twilight Zone titled The Fear with Hazel Court

Profiles in Courage (1964-1965 NBC TV Series)

Peter Mark Richman and Henry Jones

With Henry Jones in a 1965 episode of the NBC series Profiles in Courage titled Hamilton Fish

Dark Intruder (1965)

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As the sinister Robert Vandenburg in the Universal horror flick Dark Intruder. This film was actually shot as a TV pilot but was released to theaters when the pilot was not picked up for a series

Agent for H.A.R.M. (1966)

Peter Mark RichmanAliza Gur and Peter Mark Richman

From the Universal spy flick Agent for H.A.R.M.. This film was originally lensed as a television series pilot but was released to theaters

For Singles Only (1968)

Chris Noel and Peter Mark RichmanLana Wood and Peter Mark Richman

From the Columbia comedy romp For Singles Only. LEFT: With Chris Noel. RIGHT: With Lana Wood

It Takes a Thief (1968-1970 ABC TV Series)

Richard Carlson and Mark Richman

With Richard Carlson in a January 1969 episode of the ABC series It Takes a Thief

House on Greenapple Road (1970)

Christopher George and Peter Mark Richman

With Christopher George in the ABC made-for-TV crime drama House on Greenapple Road

Longstreet (1971-1972 ABC TV Series)

Peter Mark Richman and James Franciscus

Richman starred alongside James Franciscus in the short-lived ABC crime drama Longstreet

Three's Company (1976-1984 ABC TV Series)

Peter Mark Richman and Suzanne Somers

Richman portrayed Reverend Snow, the father of Suzanne Somers, in several late 1970s episodes of Three's Company

later years

Richman's career on television remained strong in the 1970s through the 1990s, and he also acted in several films during that period, including Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989; with Todd Shaffer) and The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991; with Leslie Nielsen). Into his late 80s he continued to work in films and stage productions yet spent considerable time and effort to raise awareness of ageism in Hollywood. Casting directors often overlook these seasoned thespians, thinking they have limited audience appeal. And as advertisers covet a younger demographic, many older viewers (who actually watch more television than younger groups) feel disenfranchised and underrepresented. After a long life and a great body of work, Peter Mark Richman passed away on January 14, 2021, at the age of 93. He is survived by his wife, their five children, and six grandchildren.

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Mysteria (2011) with Robert Miano, Danny Glover, Martin Landau, and Billy Zane
After the Wizard (2011) with Orien Richman, Helen Richman, and Loren Lester
The Desperate (2009) with Greg Mullavey
Vic (2006) with Clu Gulager, Carol Lynley, Gregory Sierra, John Phillip Law, and Gary Frank
Poolhall Junkies (2002) with Chazz Palminteri, Rick Schroder, and Rod Steiger
4 Faces (1999) with Nehemiah Persoff
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991) with Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson, Robert Goulet, and Lloyd Bochner
Mystery of the Keys (1991) with Richard Dysart
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) with Scott Reeves
Judgement Day (1988) with Monte Markham and Cesar Romero
Bonanza: The Next Generation (1988) with Robert Fuller, John Ireland, John Amos, Barbara Anderson, Kevin Hagen, and Dabbs Greer
City Killer (1984) with Gerald McRaney, Heather Locklear, and Terence Knox
Dempsey (1983) with Treat Williams, Sam Waterston, Sally Kellerman, and Victoria Tennant
PSI Factor (1980) with Gretchen Corbett
The Islander (1978) with Dennis Weaver, Sharon Gless, Bernadette Peters, Robert Vaughn, and Sheldon Leonard
Mallory: Circumstantial Evidence (1976) with Raymond Burr, Robert Loggia, Mark Hamill, and A Martinez
Yuma (1971) with Clint Walker, Barry Sullivan, Edgar Buchanan, Morgan Woodward, John Kerr, and Bruce Glover
House on Greenapple Road (1970) with Christopher George, Janet Leigh, Julie Harris, Walter Pidgeon, Barry Sullivan, Keenan Wynn, William Windom, Lynda Day George, Edward Asner, and Eve Plumb
For Singles Only (1968) with John Saxon, Mary Ann Mobley, Lana Wood, Ann Elder, Chris Noel, Marty Ingels, and Hortense Petra
Day of the Evil Gun (1968) with Glenn Ford, Arthur Kennedy, Dean Jagger, John Anderson, Harry Dean Stanton, Parley Baer, and Royal Dano
Agent for H.A.R.M. (1966) with Wendell Corey, Carl Esmond, Barbara Bouchet, Martin Kosleck, Donna Michelle, Rafael Campos, Robert Quarry, and Robert Donner
Dark Intruder (1965) with Leslie Nielsen, Judi Meredith, Werner Klemperer, and Vaughn Taylor
The Murder Men (1961) with Dorothy Dandridge, James Coburn, Ivan Dixon, and Edward Asner
The Black Orchid (1958) with Sophia Loren, Anthony Quinn, Naomi Stevens, and Whit Bissell
Girls on the Loose (1958) with Mara Corday, Barbara Bostock, Lita Milan, and Abby Dalton
The Strange One (1957) with Ben Gazzara, Pat Hingle, Clifton James, and George Peppard
Friendly Persuasion (1956) with Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, and Anthony Perkins

Santa Barbara, 1984-1993 NBC daytime drama. Richman portrayed C.C. Capwell during the 1984 season
Dynasty, 1981-1989 ABC TV series. Richman portrayed Andrew Laird from 1981 to 1984
Longstreet, 1971-1972 ABC TV series. Richman portrayed Duke Paige
Cain's Hundred, 1961-1962 NBC TV series. Richman portrayed Nicholas Cain

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