Perry King

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Perry King
Perry King 1975.jpg
King in 1975
BornPerry Firestone King
(1948-04-30) April 30, 1948 (age 70)
Alliance, Ohio, U.S.
EducationYale University
Juilliard School
Stella Adler Studio of Acting
Years active1970–present

Perry Firestone King (born April 30, 1948) is an American actor. He is best known for his role in the television series Riptide (1984–1986).

King received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the television film The Hasty Heart (1983), which is a remake of the 1949 film of the same name.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

King was born in Alliance, Ohio; his father was a physician. His maternal grandfather was Maxwell Perkins, a well-known editor for the publishing house Charles Scribner's Sons. Through Perkins, King is the great-great-grandson of U.S. Senator William M. Evarts and the great-great-great-great-grandson of Roger Sherman, one of the signers of the Declaration of independence.[1] King received a degree in drama from Yale University, and also studied at Juilliard.[1]


King made his film debut, aged around 23, in the 1972 film Slaughterhouse-Five. In 1975, he portrayed Hammond Maxwell in the exploitation film Mandingo.

Since the 1970s, he has appeared in dozens of feature films, television series and television movies. He auditioned for the role of Han Solo in Star Wars, but the role ultimately went to Harrison Ford. However, he played the character in the radio adaptations of Star Wars and both its sequels.[2]

In 1984, King was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his role in the TV movie The Hasty Heart. That same year, he landed the role of Cody Allen on the series Riptide.[citation needed]

In 1993, he starred in the television adaptation of Sidney Sheldon's novel A Stranger in the Mirror, which is a roman à clef on Groucho Marx. In 1995, he portrayed the role of Hayley Armstrong on Melrose Place. He also appeared as Richard Williams in the NBC TV series Titans with Yasmine Bleeth in 2000 [1] and as the President of the United States in the 2004 film The Day After Tomorrow.[citation needed]

King has made guest appearances on TV shows including Spin City, Will & Grace, Eve, and Cold Case.[citation needed]

He has also worked as a voice actor, voice-acting for Samson in the 1985 animated feature Samson & Delilah and the character of Randall in an episode of SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Married and divorced twice, King has two daughters and one granddaughter.

An avid motorcyclist, King was featured on Huell Howser's California's Gold where he spoke about his collection of motorcycles and sidecars. In December 2008, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) appointed King to its Board of Directors.[4]



Award nominations[edit]

Golden Apple Award

  • Nominated: Male New Star of the Year (1975)

Golden Globe Awards

  • Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV, The Hasty Heart (1984)


  1. ^ a b c Perry King Official website biography Archived 2002-03-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Sklar, Ronald. "Perry King: A Different Story". Retrieved 2008-01-02.
  3. ^ SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, episode: "The Deadly Pyramid"
  4. ^ Actor Perry King Appointed To Replace Dal Smilie On AMA Board Of Directors. Road Racing World. December 1, 2008

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