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 64)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Princeton University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s) Kirstie Alley (m. 1983–97)
Children 2

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.

Career[edit]

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]

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

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1972 A Separate Peace Gene
1974 Our Time Michael aka Death of Her Innocence
1976 Lifeguard Chris
1983 Stroker Ace Aubrey James
1985 Stitches Bobby Stevens
1995 Not of This Earth Jack Sherbourne
2008 Loaded Ben Ryan
2014 McTaggart's Fortune Richard Heywood
2015 Perfect Disguise General William Tecumseh Sherman
2016 The War Riders General Sherman
2016 Hidden Truth Sheriff Underwood

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1974 Gunsmoke Steven Episode: "To Ride a Yeller Horse"
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 Movie
1983 The Love Boat Bill Watkins 2-part episode: "The Dean and the Flunkee"
1983 Shooting Stars Bill O'Keefe Movie
1983 All the Rivers Run Cyrus 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 11 episodes
1985 Rockhopper Nick Larabee Movie
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 Miniseries
1986 That Secret Sunday Scott Dennis Movie
1987 Matlock Dr. Philip Eagen Episode: "The Author"
1987 The Hitchhiker Brett Episode: "Best Shot"
1987 Shades of Love: The Rose Cafe Josh Movie
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) Movie (aka Beauty & Denise)
1989 Mission: Impossible Champ Foster Episode: "The Haunting"
1989 Panic at Malibu Pier Craig Pomeroy Movie
1989–99 Baywatch Craig Pomeroy 28 episodes
1989 Caddie Woodlawn Uncle Edmund Movie
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 Movie
1992 Shadow of a Stranger Ted Clinton Movie
1993 Melrose Place Steve McMillan 6 episodes
1993 Official Denial Paul Corliss Movie
1994 Burke's Law Ted Cranshaw Episode: "Who Killed Good Time Charlie?"
1998 Legion Captain Aldrich Movie
1999 Avalon: Beyond the Abyss John Alden Movie
2000 Batman Beyond Paxton Powers (voice) Episode: "King's Ransom"
2001 Trapped Oliver Sloan Movie
2002 Judging Amy Mr. Andrew Pickeral Episode: "Who Shot Dick?"
2002 The District Mr. Skols Episode: "Convictions"
2003 Terror Peak Kevin Fraser Movie
2010 Legend of the Seeker The Margrave Episode: "Princess"
2014 Longmire Welles VanBlarcom Episode: "Reports of My Death"
2015 Win, Lose or Love Mike Canton Movie
2015 His Secret Family Detective Sharpson Movie (aka A Secret Life)
2015 A Christmas Reunion Don Dupree Movie
2016 The Perfect Daughter Bruce Cahill Movie (aka The Carpenter's Daughter)
2016 Bull Gavin Everton Episode: "Just Tell the Truth"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Parker Stevenson Talks About The Hardy Boys, Probe, and His Passion for Photography". Classic Film and TV Café. classicfilmtvcafe.com. July 24, 2014. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 

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