Richard Whorf

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Richard Whorf
Born (1906-06-04)June 4, 1906
Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA
Died December 14, 1966(1966-12-14) (aged 60)
Occupation Film and television actor, director, and author

Richard Whorf (June 4, 1906 – December 14, 1966) was an American actor, author, director, and designer.

Richard was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts, to Harry and Sarah (Lee) Whorf. Richard's older brother was the well-known American linguist, Benjamin Lee Whorf.[1] Whorf began his acting career on the Boston stage as a teenager then moved to Broadway at age 21. He had a role in a production of Taming of the Shrew at the Globe Theatre in New York City. He moved to Hollywood and became a contract player in films of the 1930s and 1940s before becoming a director in 1944.

He appeared in Christmas Holiday (1944), Blues in the Night (1941), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Juke Girl (1942), and Keeper of the Flame (1942).

Whorf played a famous painter who had resorted to drinking in the 1960 episode "The Illustrator" of ABC's The Rifleman, starring Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford. He directed a number of television programs in the 1950s and 1960s, the best known being the CBS hit comedy The Beverly Hillbillies, starring Buddy Ebsen. He directed the short-lived 1959 syndicated adventure series, Border Patrol, and the 1964-1965 ABC sitcom, Mickey, starring Mickey Rooney. In the summer of 1960, he guest starred in one episode and directed other segments of the short-lived David McLean western series, Tate.

Whorf directed the unsuccessful 1961 stage comedy, Julia, Jake and Uncle Joe.[2]

Whorf's hobby was painting - he sold his first painting at the age of fifteen for US$100. Many of his small town landscape paintings reflected his American worldview and seemed to be inspired by painters like Grant Wood and Norman Rockwell.


  1. ^ Carrol, John B. (1956) "Introduction" in "Language, Thought and Reality: Selected Writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf". MIT Press. pp. 2-3
  2. ^ Internet Broadway Database listing

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