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Stapley appearing in a 1965 episode of The Saint
20 June 1923|
Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England, UK
|Died||5 March 2010
Palm Springs, California, US
|Other names||Richard Wyler|
Stapley was born in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England in 1923. A writer, Stapley published his first novel when he was just 17 years old. He served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.
Following the end of the Second World War, Stapley began appearing in theatre roles in London. He soon signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), making his film debut in a supporting role in the 1948 film, The Three Musketeers. He next appeared in the 1949 remake, Little Women, in which he played John Brooke, the love interest of Janet Leigh's character, Meg.
He continued to appear in a string of Hollywood films at different studios during the 1940s and 1950s, including the 1951 period drama The Strange Door, which co-starred Boris Karlof and Charles Laughton; 1953's King of the Khyber Rifles, which starred Tyrone Power; Charge of the Lancers with Paulette Goddard; and The Iron Glove with Robert Stack in 1954. In 1955 Stapley starred in Target Zero as a British UN tank commander serving in the Korean War.
Stapley returned to Britain and Europe in 1960, where he adopted the stage name, Richard Wyler. His British television credits from that era included the crime series, Man from Interpol. He also appeared in a series of European-made adventure and western films using the name, Richard Wyler, including The Barbarians, The Rattler Kid, The Bounty Killer, Dick Smart and The Girl From Rio, which co-starred Shirley Eaton and George Sanders.
During the early part of the decade, he wrote a weekly column for Motor Cycling magazine, Richard Wyler's Coffee Bar Column, and owned a shop in Central Road, Worcester Park, London, specialising in performance motorcycle parts and accessories. The shop was later sold to Cyril Jones.
During the 1970s, Stapley returned to film roles under his birthname, Richard Stapley. He co-starred in the 1970 film, Connecting Rooms, in a supporting role to stars Michael Redgrave and Bette Davis. He was also cast in Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy.
Stapley became a naturalised US citizen during his later life. He focused on writing following his acting career. He published a novel entitled, Naked Legacy, in 2004. Stapley also completed a second novel and corresponding adapted screenplay, both called Tomorrow Will Be Cancelled. He was working on an autobiography at the time of his death in 2010.
|1948||The Challenge||Cliff Sonnenberg|
|The Three Musketeers||Albert|
|1949||Little Women||John Brooke|
|1951||The Strange Door||Denis de Beaulieu|
|1953||King of the Khyber Rifles||Lt. Ben Baird|
|1954||Charge of the Lancers||Maj. Bruce Lindsey|
|The Iron Glove||Prince James Stuart|
|Jungle Man-Eaters||Inspector Jeffrey Bernard|
|1955||Target Zero||Sgt. David Kensemmit|
|1956||D-Day the Sixth of June||David Archer|
|1959||High Jump||Bill Ryan|
|Revak the Rebel||Captain Lycursus, Greek Mercenary|
|1961||Breakfast at Tiffany's||Party Guest||Uncredited|
|1965||Coplan FX 18 casse tout||Coplan|
|1966||The Bounty Killer||Luke Chilson|
|1967||Dick Smart 2007||Dick Smart|
|Un hombre vino a matar||Anthony Garnett / Rattler Kid|
|If One Is Born a Swine||Billy Walsh|
|1968||Gunman Sent by God||Coleman||(as Richard Wyler)|
|1969||The Girl from Rio||Jeff Sutton|
|1970||Connecting Rooms||Dick Grayson|
|1973||Scorpio||Agent killed by Zharkov in car||Uncredited|
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- Motorcycle Mechanics, September 1965, p.11 Full Chat by Ian Speller. Retrieved 20 June 2016
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