Parker Stevenson

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Parker Stevenson
Parker Stevenson Shaun Cassidy Hardy Boys 1977.jpg
Stevenson (left) with Shaun Cassidy in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries
Born Richard Stevenson Parker, Jr.
(1952-06-04) June 4, 1952 (age 64)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
United States
Alma mater Brooks Prep school, Princeton University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s) Kirstie Alley (m. 1983–97)
Children 2
Parent(s) Richard Stevenson Parker, Sr. (father)
"Sarah Meade" (mother, real name unknown)
Relatives Hutch Parker (brother)

Parker Stevenson (born Richard Stevenson Parker, Jr. on June 4, 1952) is an American television and film actor.

Early life[edit]

Stevenson was born on June 4, 1952, in the Main Line of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as Richard Stevenson Parker, Jr., one of two sons of Richard Stevenson Parker, Sr., an investment advisor, by an actress who acted in numerous television commercials using the stage name Sarah Meade; the latter took him to a filming session when he was five years of age. This resulted in his making two small television appearances. The elder Parker, who had moved his family to the city of 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.


His first notable screen appearance was a starring role in the 1972 movie A Separate Peace; it was then that he was first credited as Parker Stevenson. After graduating from Brooks School and Princeton University, where he studied architecture, he moved to Hollywood, where he landed a role opposite Sam Elliott in the 1976 film Lifeguard.[1]

Stevenson became well known from starring with then teen heartthrob Shaun Cassidy in the 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-TV.[1] 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 his then-wife Kirstie Alley, who portrayed his sister Virgilia Hazard. 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. He starred in Legion. In 2014 he had a guest role on the Western/Mystery series Longmire.[1] His most recent appearances were in 3 TV movies - 2015 His Secret Family and 2016 The Perfect Daughter and Hidden Truth.

Stevenson has been a serious photographer since he was young; his work can be found at his photography website, ShadowWorks.[1]


Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1972 A Separate Peace Gene Feature film
1974 Gunsmoke Steven Episode: "To Ride a Yeller Horse"
1974 Our Time Michael Feature film (aka Death of Her Innocence)
1976 Lifeguard Chris Feature film
1976 The Streets of San Francisco Andy Horvath Episode: "The Drop"
1977–79 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Frank Hardy Main role (43 episodes)
1981 This House Possessed Gary Straihorn TV film
1983 The Love Boat Bill Watkins 2-part episode: "The Dean and the Flunkee"
1983 Stroker Ace Aubrey James Feature film
1983 Shooting Stars Bill O'Keefe TV film
1983 All the Rivers Run Cyrus TV miniseries
1983 The Love Boat Matt Stevens Episode: "Don't Take My Wife, Please"
1984 Hotel Michael Episode: "Confrontations"
1984–85 Falcon Crest Joel McCarthy Recurring role (11 episodes)
1985 Rockhopper Nick Larabee TV film
1985 Stitches Bobby Stevens Feature film
1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Lance Richards Episode: "Method Actor"
1985 Murder, She Wrote Michael Digby Episode: "Sticks and Stones"
1986 North and South: Book II Billy Hazard TV miniseries
1986 That Secret Sunday Scott Dennis TV film
1987 Matlock Dr. Philip Eagen Episode: "The Author"
1987 The Hitchhiker Brett Episode: "Best Shot"
1987 Shades of Love: The Rose Cafe Josh TV film
1988 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Clark Taylor Episode: "Prosecutor"
1988 Probe Austin James Main role (8 episodes)
1989 The Cover Girl and the Cop Cable Hayward (uncredited) TV film (aka Beauty & Denise)
1989 Mission: Impossible Champ Foster Episode: "The Haunting"
1989 Panic at Malibu Pier Craig Pomeroy TV film
1989–99 Baywatch Craig Pomeroy Recurring role (28 episodes)
1989 Caddie Woodlawn Uncle Edmund TV film
1991 Flesh 'n' Blood Jeffrey Hazelwood Episode: "Tall, Dark and Wanted in Four States"
1992 Blossom Jim / Scott Alexander Episode: "Hot for Teacher"
1992 Are You Lonesome Tonight Mat Henderson TV film
1992 Shadow of a Stranger Ted Clinton TV film
1993 Melrose Place Steve McMillan Recurring role (6 episodes)
1993 Official Denial Paul Corliss TV film
1994 Burke's Law Ted Cranshaw Episode: "Who Killed Good Time Charlie?"
1995 Not of This Earth Jack Sherbourne Feature film
1998 Legion Captain Aldrich TV film
1999 Avalon: Beyond the Abyss John Alden TV film
2000 Batman Beyond Paxton Powers (voice) Episode: "King's Ransom"
2001 Trapped Oliver Sloan TV film
2002 Judging Amy Mr. Andrew Pickeral Episode: "Who Shot Dick?"
2002 The District Mr. Skols Episode: "Convictions"
2003 Terror Peak Kevin Fraser TV film
2008 Loaded Ben Ryan Feature film
2010 Legend of the Seeker The Margrave Episode: "Princess"
2014 McTaggart's Fortune Richard Heywood Feature film
2014 Longmire Welles VanBlarcom Episode: "Reports of My Death"
2015 Win, Lose or Love Mike Canton TV film
2015 Perfect Disguise General William Tecumseh Sherman Feature film
2015 His Secret Family Detective Sharpson TV film (aka A Secret Life)
2015 A Christmas Reunion Don Dupree TV film
2016 The War Riders General Sherman Feature film
2016 Hidden Truth Sheriff Underwood Feature film
2016 The Perfect Daughter Bruce Cahill TV film (aka The Carpenter's Daughter)


  1. ^ 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. 

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