Richard Easton

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Richard Easton
Born John Richard Easton
(1933-03-22) March 22, 1933 (age 84)
Montréal, Québec, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 1953–present

John Richard Easton[1] (born March 22, 1933) is a Canadian actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Brian Hammond in the 1970s BBC serial The Brothers.[citation needed]

Life and career[edit]

Easton was born in Montréal, Québec, Canada, the son of Mary Louise (née Withington) and Leonard Idell Easton, a civil engineer. He started acting in a children's theatre group before moving, at the age of seventeen, to Ottawa to work in a weekly repertory theater.[citation needed]

Easton has performed in a number of stage productions, as well as various film roles. He has had television guest appearances on Doctor Who, L.A. Law, Frasier, and Ed.[citation needed]

Easton underwent a procedure to correct a heart arrhythmia in 2006, briefly delaying the opening of Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia, in which he plays a central role.[2] In 2002, Easton starred in the title role in a three-part documentary, Benjamin Franklin, on PBS. Between 2005 and 2011, Easton appeared as Benjamin Franklin in a series of commercials and videos about Freemasonry, produced for the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts A.F. & A.M.[citation needed]

In 2008, Easton was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.[3]

In 2011, Easton made a guest appearance in the second season of Boardwalk Empire, appearing as Jackson Parkhurst in the episode, "Gimcrack & Bunkum".



Year Title Role Notes
1976 Feelings (Unknown Role)
1983 Young Warriors Bartender
1989 Henry V Constable Charles Delabreth
1991 Dead Again Father Timothy
2000 Finding Forrester Prof. Matthews
2005 Stealing Martin Lane Ed
2005 It's About Time Mr. Dawson
2005 Pizza Mr. Mitchell
2008 Revolutionary Road Mr. Givings


Year Title Role Notes
1959 Play of the Week Beliaev (1 episode)
1960 The DuPont Show of the Month (1 episode)
1963 No Hiding Place Simon McCowen (1 episode)
1982 Doctor Who Captain Stapley Episode: Time-Flight
2002 Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin PBS series
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Richard Sutton Episode: "Bound"
2011 Boardwalk Empire Jackson Parkhurst Episode: "Gimcrack & Bunkum


Video Games[edit]


Year Award Category Film/TV Show/Play Result
2001 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play The Invention of Love Won
2001 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play Won


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