Richard Paul (actor)

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Richard W. Paul
Richard Paul actor.jpg
Paul's publicity photograph.
Born (1940-06-06)June 6, 1940[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
Died December 25, 1998(1998-12-25) (aged 58)[2]
Studio City, California, U.S.[2]
Occupation Actor
Years active 1973–1997
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Spouse(s) Patty Oestereich
(1968–1998, his death)[1][2]

Richard Paul (June 6, 1940 – December 25, 1998) was an American actor who was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] He was able to imitate most American and many foreign dialects. He had a tenor voice and trained with Lee Sweetland.

Early life[edit]

Paul was born in Los Angeles, California. Richard had a B.A. in public affairs from Claremont Men's College and an M.A. in psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. He was near completion of his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, but gave up his career as a therapist to become a full-time performer.


Richard Paul was nicknamed "Pige Paul" by Slim Pickens while filming an episode of The Love Boat (1977) after local pigeons anointed a new suit jacket.

In 1980 he guest starred in the ABC comedy 'One In A Million" which only aired for one season.[3]

Richard was also a frequent panelist on Match Game from 1978 to 1982. From 1977 to 1979 he portrayed Mayor Teddy Burnside in Carter Country, and later played the recurring character of Cabot Cove Mayor, Sam Booth, in Murder, She Wrote.[4]

He was cast as Bob Halyers in the "Clean Up Radio Everywhere" episode of WKRP in Cincinnati (1978) because of his resemblance to Rev. Jerry Falwell.[4] Paul played Falwell himself twice: once in Fall From Grace, a Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker TV movie made in 1990, and then in The People vs. Larry Flynt in 1996.[5][6]

Paul was in the cult classic film Eating Raoul (1982), written and directed by Paul Bartel.[7] Also in 1982, he co-starred on the short-lived sitcom Herbie, the Love Bug. He also appeared in Bartel's short film, The Secret Cinema, a paranoid-delusional, fantasy masterpiece of self-referential cinema, which was part of the Amazing Stories series on television.[4] Paul also appeared in Not for Publication, written and directed by Bartel.[8]

Personal life[edit]

He volunteered with Actors and Others for Animals. He was on the Mental Health Advisory Board of Los Angeles County. He volunteered at childhood immunization clinics for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. He read books into tapes by special request at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles. He married Patty Oestereich on September 7, 1968, in Pasadena, California.[1]


Paul was married for 30 years until his death on Christmas day in 1998 at home in Studio City, California, due to cancer at age 58.[2]


n.b. for credit listings reference[4]


Year Title Role Notes ref
1982 Eating Raoul Mr. Cray A black comedy film about a married couple living in Hollywood who resort to killing swingers for their money. [7]
1984 Not for Publication Troppogrosso
1996 The People vs. Larry Flynt Jerry Falwell


Year Title Role Notes ref
1976 Maude Mr. Bell Episode: "Carol's Promotion" (S 4:Ep 23)
Emergency! Tom Ellis Episode: "The Game" (S 6:Ep 1)
Holmes and Yoyo Claude Episode: "Connection, Connection II" (S 1:Ep 11)
1977–78 Carter Country Mayor Teddy Burnside
  • Main cast
  • Set in the fictional small town of Clinton Corners in Georgia (presumably near the part of the state from which U.S. President Jimmy Carter hailed, thus the title).
  • Comedic version of the movie In the Heat of the Night, especially with the aspect of an educated, African American man coming to the small town South to work as a police officer.
1979 CHiPs Himself (uncredited role) Episode: "Roller Disco, part 2" (S 3:Ep 2)
Fantasy Island Colonel Hank Sutton Episode: "The Handy Man / Tattoo's Romance" (S 3:EP 8)
1980 The Love Boat Floyd Schofield Episodes:
  • "Kinfolk/Sis and the Slicker/Moonlight and Moonshine/Too Close for Comfort/The Affair, part 1" (S 3:Ep 18)
  • "Kinfolk/Sis and the Slicker/Moonlight and Moonshine/Too Close for Comfort/The Affair, part 2" (S 3:Ep 19)
Disneyland Al Mathews Episode: "The Sultan and the Rock Star" (S 26:Ep 14)
Himself Episode: "Disneyland's 25th Anniversary Show" (S 27:Ep1)
One in a Million Barton Stone
  • Main cast
  • The show was developed as a starring vehicle for comedienne Shirley Hemphill after the success of What's Happening!! (1976–79) in which she played a supporting role.
CHiPs Himself (uncredited role) Episode: "The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party, part 2" (S 4:Ep 6)
Eight is Enough Chuck Episode: "Strike" (S 5:Ep 8)
1981 The Dukes of Hazzard Clyde Amos Episode: "By-Line, Daisy Duke" (S 3:Ep 18)
WKRP in Cincinnati Dr. Bob Halyers Episode: "Clean Up Radio Everywhere" (S 3:Ep 22)
1982 Herbie, the Love Bug Bo Phillips
Gimme a Break! Stanley Nichols Episode: "Nell Goes Door to Door" (S 2:Ep 10)
Happy Days Dick Episode: "All I Want for Christmas" {S 10:Ep 10)
1983 Quincy, M.E. Boxwell Episodes:
  • "Quincy's Wedding. part 1" (S 8:Ep 17)
  • "Quincy's Wedding, part 2" (S 8:Ep 18)
At Ease Crenshaw 'Episode: "Valentine's Day" (S 1:Ep 12)
1985 Hail To the Chief Rev. Billy Joe Bickerstaff
  • Main cast
  • The show was in style to the TV sitcom, Soap (from the same producers as this series), in that it was a comedy with open-ended storylines that parodied a soap opera.
1986–87 The New Gidget Wilton Parmenter
1986 Amazing Stories Mr. Krupp Episode: "Secret Cinema" (S 1:Ep 20)
1987 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Tagsworth Episode: "Do You Take This Spy?" (S 4:Ep 16)
227 Mr. Davis Episode: "The Audit" (S 2:Ep16)
Married... With Children Sheriff Episode: "Poppy's By the Tree, part 2" ( S2:Ep 2)
1987–91 Murder, She Wrote Mayor Sam Booth
  • Recurring role
  • 7 episodes
1988–91 Full House Mr. Strowbridge
  • Recurring role
  • 6 episodes
1990 Fall from Grace Jerry Falwel Made-for-TV Movie
1991 Beverly Hills 90210 Bob Barnett 'Episode: "B.Y.O.B." (S 1:Ep 11)
Out of This World Tex Episode: "Would You Buy a Used Car From This Dude" (S 4:Ep 16)
1992 Who's the Boss? Minister Episode: "Better Off Wed, part 2" (S 8:Ep 18)
Herman's Head Mr. Fitzer 'Episode: "A Charlie Brown Fitzer" (S 2:Ep 13)
1994 RoboCop: The Series Reverend Bob Taker Episode: "Prime Suspect" (S 1:Ep3)
1996 The Drew Carey Show Burt Episode: "Something Wick This Way Comes" {S 2:Ep 2)
1997 Roseanne Mayor Episode: "Lanford's Elite, part 1" (S 9:Ep 16)


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Richard PaulBiography". Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Austin Beutner, ed. (December 28, 1998). "Richard Paul, 58; Character Actor". LA Times. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "One in a Million (1980)". Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Richard Paul : Credit Listings". Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Milos Forman Explains Why He Made `The People Vs. Larry Flynt'". Chicago Tribune. December 27, 1996. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Brennan, Judy (December 30, 1996). "Michael: Miracle at Box Office; Movies: Estimates show John Travolta's angel film setting a Christmas week record; 'Evita' and 'People vs. Larry Flynt' hit big in limited release.". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Eating Raoul at the Internet Movie Database Retrieved May 16, 2015
  8. ^ a b "Not for Publication". Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Carter Country". TV Guide. OpenGate Capital(magazine) CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ List of Herbie, the Love Bug episodes at the Internet Movie Database Retrieved May 14, 2015.

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