Parker Stevenson

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Parker Stevenson
Parker Stevenson Shaun Cassidy Hardy Boys 1977.jpg
Stevenson (left) with Shaun Cassidy as The Hardy Boys
Born
Richard Stevenson Parker Jr.

(1952-06-04) June 4, 1952 (age 68)
Alma materPrinceton University
OccupationActor
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)
  • (m. 1983; div. 1997)
  • Lisa Schoen
    (m. 2018)
Children2

Richard Stevenson Parker Jr. (born June 4, 1952), known professionally as Parker Stevenson, is an American actor best known for playing Frank Hardy in the 1970s TV series The Hardy Boys and Craig Pomeroy on the 1990s TV series Baywatch.

Early life[edit]

Stevenson was born in the Main Line of Philadelphia, as Richard Stevenson Parker Jr., one of two sons of Richard Stevenson Parker Sr., an investment advisor, and Sarah Meade, an actress who worked on Broadway and in numerous television commercials. His mother took him to a filming session when he was five years old, which resulted in him making two small television appearances. The elder Parker, who had moved his family to Rye, New York, disapproved of the whole business, and although Richard Jr. himself appeared in a few plays at Brooks Preparatory School, he then had no intention of becoming an actor and wanted to be an architect.[1]

Career[edit]

Stevenson's first notable screen appearance was a starring role in the 1972 movie A Separate Peace, credited as Parker Stevenson. After graduating from Brooks School and Princeton University, where he studied architecture, he moved to Hollywood and landed a role opposite Sam Elliott in the 1976 film Lifeguard.[2]

Stevenson became well known from starring with teen heartthrob Shaun Cassidy in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries series, produced by Glen A. Larson's production company through MCA-Universal Television (now NBCUniversal) under license from the Stratemeyer Publication Syndicate , from 1977 to 1979 on ABC.[2] In 1983, he co-starred in the movie Stroker Ace as Burt Reynolds's brash race-car driving nemesis, Aubrey James. The film was a critical and financial failure.

In 1986, Stevenson starred as Billy Hazard in the television miniseries North and South: Book II. He co-starred with then-wife Kirstie Alley, who portrayed his sister Virgilia Hazard.[3] He starred on the short-lived 1988 TV series Probe in the lead role of Austin James. He was part of the original cast of Baywatch in the 1989 season, returning for the syndicated 1997 and 1998 seasons. He had a recurring role as a computer tycoon on Melrose Place during the second season.[4] He starred in Legion. In 2014, he had a guest role on the Western/Mystery series Longmire.[2]

Stevenson has been a photographer since he was young; his work can be found at his photography website.[2]

He currently stars on Greenhouse Academy on Netflix (2017-current) as Louis Osmond, Academy Director.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Stevenson was married to his first wife, actress Kirstie Alley, on December 22, 1983 and they divorced in 1997.[6] They have two children: a son, William True (b. 1992) and a daughter, Lillie Price (b. 1994).[7]

Stevenson married celebrity chef Lisa Schoen on September 29, 2018 at the Demetria Vineyards in Los Olivos, California.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1972 A Separate Peace Gene Forrester
1974 Our Time Michael Brooks Alternative title: Death of Her Innocence
1976 Lifeguard Chris Randall
1983 Stroker Ace Aubrey James
1985 Stitches Bobby Stevens
1995 Not of This Earth Officer Jack Sherbourne
2008 Loaded Ben Ryan
2014 McTaggart's Fortune Richard Heywood
2015 Perfect Disguise General William Tecumseh Sherman
2015 His Secret Family Detective Daniel Sharpson
2016 The War Riders General Sherman
2016 Hidden Truth Sheriff Underwood
2018 Mistrust Brandon McKellan
2019 American Confederate General Sherman
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1974 Gunsmoke Steven 1 episode: "To Ride a Yeller Horse"
1976 The Streets of San Francisco Andy Horvath 1 episode: "The Drop"
1977–79 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Frank Hardy Main role (46 episodes)
1981 This House Possessed Gary Straihorn TV movie (main character)
1983 The Love Boat Bill Watkins 2 episodes: "The Dean and the Flunkee" (Parts 1 & 2)
1983 Shooting Stars Bill O'Keefe TV movie pilot
1983 The Love Boat Matt Stevens 1 episode: "Don't Take My Wife, Please"
1984 Hotel Michael 1 episode: "Confrontations"
1984–85 Falcon Crest Joel McCarthy Recurring role (11 episodes)
1985 Rockhopper Nick Larabee TV movie
1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Lance Richards 1 episode: "Method Actor"
1985 Murder, She Wrote Michael Digby 1 episode: "Sticks and Stones"
1986 North and South: Book II Billy Hazard TV miniseries
1986 That Secret Sunday Investigative Reporter Scott Dennis TV movie
1987 Matlock Dr. Philip Eagen 1 episode: "The Author"
1987 The Hitchhiker Brett 1 episode: "Best Shot"
1987 Shades of Love: The Rose Cafe Josh TV movie
1988 Mission: Impossible Champ Foster 1 episode: "The Haunting"
1988 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Clark Taylor 1 episode: "Prosecutor"
1988 Probe Austin James Main role (8 episodes)
1989 The Cover Girl and the Cop Cable Hayward (uncredited) TV movie
1989 Baywatch: Panic at Malibu Pier Craig Pomeroy TV movie pilot
1989–90,
1997–99
Baywatch Craig Pomeroy Main cast (season 1), recurring (seasons 8–9)
1989 Caddie Woodlawn Uncle Edmund Grey TV movie
1990 All the Rivers Run II Cyrus P. James TV movie
1991 Flesh 'n' Blood Jeffrey Hazelwood 1 episode: "Tall, Dark and Wanted in Four States"
1992 Blossom Jim / Scott Alexander 1 episode: "Hot for Teacher"
1992 Are You Lonesome Tonight? Mat Henderson TV movie
1992 Shadow of a Stranger Ted Clinton TV movie
1993 Melrose Place Steve McMillan Recurring role (6 episodes)
1993 Official Denial Paul Corliss TV movie (main character)
1994 Burke's Law Ted Cranshaw 1 episode: "Who Killed Good Time Charlie?"
1998 Legion Captain Aldrich TV movie (main character)
1999 Avalon: Beyond the Abyss Commander John Alden TV movie (main character, also executive producer)
2000 Batman Beyond Paxton Powers (voice) 1 episode: "King's Ransom"
2001 Trapped Oliver Sloan TV movie (main character)
2002 Judging Amy Mr. Andrew Pickeral 1 episode: "Who Shot Dick?"
2002 The District Mr. Skols 1 episode: "Convictions"
2003 Terror Peak Kevin Fraser TV movie (main character)
2010 Legend of the Seeker The Margrave 1 episode: "Princess"
2014 Longmire Welles VanBlarcom 1 episode: "Reports of My Death"
2015 Win, Lose or Love Mike Canton TV movie
2015 A Christmas Reunion Don Dupree TV movie
2016 The Perfect Daughter Bruce Cahill TV movie
2016 Bull Gavin Everton 1 episode: "Just Tell the Truth"
2017–2020 Greenhouse Academy Louis Osmond Main cast (40 episodes)
2017 My Christmas Prince Jim Logan TV movie

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mason, Aiden (December 29, 2019). "10 Things You Didn't Know about Parker Stevenson". TVOvermind. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Parker Stevenson Talks About The Hardy Boys, Probe, and His Passion for Photography". Classic Film and TV Café. July 24, 2014. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  3. ^ Ross, Robyn (November 6, 2012). "Kirstie Alley: I Had an Affair with Patrick Swayze". TV Guide.
  4. ^ Carter, Alan (October 22, 1993). "Parker Stevenson visits 'Melrose Place'". Entertainment Weekly.
  5. ^ Ellenbogen, Rachael (October 24, 2019). "'Greenhouse Academy' Season 3: Brooke, Emma Actresses Recast And New Characters Added". International Business Times. Retrieved January 20, 2021.
  6. ^ Fisher, Luchina (April 16, 2009). "'Gal-imony': Celeb Women Who Pay in the Divorce". ABC News. Retrieved January 20, 2021.
  7. ^ Khoo, Isabelle (June 22, 2016). "Kirstie Alley Kids: Actress Shares First Photo Of Grandson Waylon Tripp Parker". HuffPost. Retrieved January 20, 2021.
  8. ^ "Inside 'Hardy Boys' Star Parker Stevenson's Wedding To Lisa Schoen (EXCLUSIVE)". Closer Weekly. November 17, 2018. Retrieved January 20, 2021.

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