June 4, 1906|
Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA
|Died||December 14, 1966(aged 60)|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)|
|Occupation||Film and television actor, director, and author|
Richard Whorf (June 4, 1906 – December 14, 1966) was an American actor, author, director, and designer.
Richard was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts, to Harry and Sarah (Lee) Whorf. Richard's older brother was the well-known American linguist Benjamin Lee Whorf. Whorf began his acting career on the Boston stage as a teenager then moved to Broadway at age 21. He had a role in a production of Taming of the Shrew at the Globe Theatre in New York City. He moved to Hollywood and became a contract player in films of the 1930s and 1940s, before becoming a director in 1944.
Whorf played a famous painter who had resorted to drinking in the 1960 episode "The Illustrator" of ABC's The Rifleman, starring Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford. He directed a number of television programs in the 1950s and 1960s, the best known being the CBS hit comedy The Beverly Hillbillies, starring Buddy Ebsen. He directed the short-lived 1959 syndicated adventure series, Border Patrol, and the 1964-1965 ABC sitcom, Mickey, starring Mickey Rooney. In the summer of 1960, he guest starred in one episode and directed other segments of the short-lived David McLean western series, Tate.
Whorf directed the unsuccessful 1961 stage comedy Julia, Jake and Uncle Joe.
Whorf's hobby was painting - he sold his first painting at the age of fifteen for US$100. Many of his small town landscape paintings reflected his American worldview and seemed to be inspired by painters like Grant Wood and Norman Rockwell.
- Blonde Fever (1944)
- The Hidden Eye (1945)
- The Sailor Takes a Wife (1945)
- Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
- It Happened in Brooklyn (1947)
- Love from a Stranger (1947)
- Luxury Liner (1948)
- Champagne for Caesar (1950)
- The Groom Wore Spurs (1951)
- Blues in the Night (1941)
- Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
- Juke Girl (1942)
- Keeper of the Flame (1942)
- The Cross of Lorraine (1943)
- The Impostor (1944), aka Strange Confession
- Christmas Holiday (1944)
- Chain Lightning (1950)