Peter Mark Richman

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Peter Mark Richman
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Richman in Michael V. Gazzo's play
A Hatful of Rain (1957 publicity still)
Marvin Jack Richman

(1927-04-16) April 16, 1927 (age 92)
Years active1949-2011
Helen Richman
(m. 1953)
Children5; including Lucas Richman
WebsiteOfficial website

Peter Mark Richman (born April 16, 1927) is an American actor who has starred in films and on television, who was for many years credited as Mark Richman.[1] He appeared in over 30 films and over 130 television series from the 1950s until his retirement in 2011.

Life and career[edit]

Born Marvin Jack Richman in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Jewish parents, he is the son of Yetta Dora (née Peck) and Benjamin Richman, a painting and paper-hanger contractor.[2] He has been married to actress Helen (Landess) Richman since 1953, and they have five children together, including composer and Grammy Award-winning conductor Lucas Richman.

Making his feature film debut in William Wyler's 1956 film Friendly Persuasion, Richman was, by that time, already a regularly employed television actor,[3] as well as a member of New York's Actors Studio, a resource of which he would avail himself frequently until moving to Los Angeles in 1961.[4][5] He played Nicholas "Nick" Cain in the 1961 films The Murder Men and The Crimebusters. He reprised his role as Nicholas Cain in the NBC television series Cain's Hundred. Richman's other TV roles were on the soap opera Santa Barbara as Channing Creighton 'C.C.' Capwell (1984), Longstreet as Duke Paige, on the ABC soap opera Dynasty as Andrew Laird (1981–1984), and a recurring role on Three's Company (1978–1979) as Chrissy's father, Rev. Luther Snow. He guest starred on Beverly Hills, 90210. His other films include Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) and Vic (2005).

His television credits include Hawaii Five O, Justice, The Fall Guy, The DuPont Show with June Allyson, Stoney Burke, Breaking Point, The Fugitive, The Outer Limits, Blue Light, The Invaders, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Wild Wild West, Bonanza, Daniel Boone, The Silent Force, Get Christie Love!, The Bionic Woman, Knight Rider, Three's Company and Matlock. He was often seen on Mission: Impossible and Combat!, as well as other shows of that era. He appeared as Ralph Offenhouse in Star Trek: The Next Generation's first season episode "The Neutral Zone". Richman starred in the penultimate filmed episode of The Twilight Zone, called "The Fear". He voiced The Phantom in the animated series Defenders of the Earth.

His most recent film credits are Mysteria and After the Wizard, both released in 2011. Richman sits on the Board of Trustees of the Motion Picture and Television Fund.

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Dick Kleiner: "He Added Peter to Make His Mark," The Meriden Morning Record TV News (Saturday, October 30, 1971), p. ONE-A. "For years, Mark Richman was a successful actor around town... Suddenly, about a year ago, the name Peter Mark Richman began popping up in credits. It took a while for the public to realize they were one and the same. The reason for adding Peter goes back to Richman's belief in the Eastern philosophy, Subud. 'I came to believe that Mark wasn't right for me. I took the name Peter - it means a great deal to me, it means, I like to think, that I am a good person.'"
  2. ^ Peter Mark Richman Biography (1927-)
  3. ^ Peter Mark Richman's filmography at IMDb[unreliable source?]
  4. ^ Mark Richman at the Wisconsin Historical Society's Actors Studio audio collection
  5. ^ NANA: "Mark Richman Finds Retreat," The Vancouver Sun (Saturday, November 4, 1961), p. 5. "Mark Richman, who chases nasties... five days a week in TV's Cain's Hundred, has moved his wife and two children out from New york. They have set up headquarters high on a quiet isolated hill in Pacific Palisades."

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