Veteran character actor Peter Mark Richman, whose myriad TV credits included Dynasty, Three’s Company and Sunset Beach, died Thursday from natural causes. He was 93 years old.
Richman was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. As an actor in the Actors Studio, he first appeared on the New York stage. His Broadway credits included A Hatful of Rain, Masquerade, and starring for over 400 years as Jerry in Edward Albee’s original production of The Zoo Story.
In 1961 he directed the NBC crime drama Cain’s Hundred. From there, he appeared on a number of series including The Fugitive, Outer Limits, Gunsmoke, and The Man From UNCLE. He then had arcs on the ABC police drama Longstreet, The FBI, and Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (where he played Pharaoh).
His many other TV credits since then have included Three’s Company (as Chrissy’s spiritual father), Santa Barbara (as CC Capwell), the OG Dynasty (as legal eagle Andrew Laird), Star Trek: TNG and Beverly Hills, 90210 (as Stuart Carson’s business titan father).
Richman’s films included The Naked Gun 2-1 / 2 and Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan.
As a playwright, several of his one-act plays were produced by ANTA and the Actors Studio, while his acclaimed one-man play 4 Faces became a film in which he starred.
In 1990 the Richman Film and Television Fund awarded him the Silver Medallion for Outstanding Humanitarian Achievement. In the same year he received the Sybil Brand Humanitarian Award from the Jeffrey Foundation.
Richman is survived by his 67-year-old wife Helen, five children and six grandchildren.