Richard Eyer

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Richard Eyer
Born Richard Ross Eyer
(1945-05-06) May 6, 1945 (age 72)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, School teacher
Years active 1952-1967
Spouse(s) Laurie Lynn Seabern (1970-1983, divorced) 3 children
Children Samantha Rae Eyer
Benjamin Adam Eyer
Andrew Z. Eyer

Richard Ross Eyer (born May 6, 1945)[1] is an American former child actor who worked during the 1950s and 1960s, as well as teaching at elementary schools in the eastern Sierra city of Bishop in Inyo County until he retired in 2006. He is the older brother of Robert Eyer (1948-2005), another child actor of the period.[2]


Eyer played a war orphan in "Homeward Borne," an episode of Playhouse 90, August 22, 1957, on CBS.[3]

In 1960–1961, Eyer was cast in the role of the teenaged David "Davey" Kane on the ABC television Western series Stagecoach West, having portrayed the fictional son of stagecoach co-owner Simon Kane, played by Robert Bray. The series, a production of Dick Powell's Four Star Television, also starred Wayne Rogers, later Trapper John on M*A*S*H.[4]

Eyer was a boy with "'the clean-cut, all-American look" who won "personality contests" and other competitions before he made his film debut in the early 1950s. In 1956, he was the youngster who runs "afowl" of the goose in director William Wyler's Friendly Persuasion. Science fiction viewers will remember him for the starring role in The Invisible Boy, which was producer Nicholas Nayfack's independent sequel to MGM's Forbidden Planet.[5] In The Desperate Hours (1955), Eyer played Fredric March's dangerously impulsive son.[6] He also starred in the 1958 western Fort Dobbs, with Clint Walker and Virginia Mayo. His last film was The 7th Voyage of Sinbad in 1958, in which he portrayed the metallic-voiced Barani the Genie.[6]

In a 1995 interview, Eyer credited his mother for the promotion of his acting career. "It was all her work that did it. I had curly hair, freckles, and people would say what a cute kid he was and all that; so my mother entered me in some children’s personality contests, and I won one of these which had been held at the Hollywood Bowl, and I guess that one was the springboard in getting me started. After that, I was hired for some television commercials and some modeling jobs, and this led into other things ... I was around fourteen when I did Stagecoach West ... My last role was at age 21, appearing in an episode of [ABC's] Combat!."[7]

He appeared in more than one hundred episodes of various television programs, including Rod Cameron's syndicated City Detective, when he was eight years of age.

Other appearances include Arrest and Trial, Stoney Burke, Mr. Novak, Wagon Train, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Father Knows Best, Gunsmoke, Lassie, Rawhide and General Electric Theater.

Personal life[edit]

Eyer is divorced. He is the father of a daughter, Samantha Rae Eyer, and twin sons, Benjamin Adam Eyer and Andrew Z. Eyer.


  1. ^ "Richard Eyer". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Richard Eyer Biography". Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "'Homeward Borne' On 'Playhouse 90' Aug. 22". Altoona Tribune. August 17, 1957. p. 14. Retrieved April 20, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Richard Eyer". Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Richard Eyer on IMDb
  6. ^ a b "Answers - The Most Trusted Place for Answering Life's Questions". Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Classic Images - Vol. 251 - May 1996 Issue


  • Goldrup, Tom and Jim (2002). Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Film and Television. McFarland & Co. p. 76-82. ISBN 1476613702. 
  • Holmstrom, John (1996). The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich: Michael Russell, p. 253.

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