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DiedAugust 30, 1993, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseKathleen Widdoes
FactHe was a longtime companion of actress Marcia Cross.

Richard Jordan was an American actor, best known for his roles in films like “The Hunt for Red October”, “The Thomas Crown Affair” and “Logan’s Run”. He was born on July 19, 1937 in New York City, to a family of Irish descent. His father, Robert Jordan, was a successful businessman, and his mother, Mary Jordan, was a homemaker. He had two sisters, Anne and Elizabeth. He was educated at the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy, where he excelled in both academics and athletics. After graduation, he attended Harvard University, where he studied English literature. He did not finish his degree, however, as he decided to pursue a career in acting instead.

He made his film debut in “The Young Lions” (1958), and went on to appear in such films as “The Spy Who Came In from the Cold” (1965), “The Friends of Eddie Coyle” (1973) and “Convoy” (1978). He also starred in the television series “The Equalizer” (1985-1989), and won a Golden Globe Award for his performance in the miniseries “Captains and the Kings” (1976). Jordan married actress Marlene Schmidt in 1960, and they had two children together. The couple divorced in 1974. He married actress Patricia Ann Fulford in 1976, and they had one child together. They divorced in 1982.

His third marriage was to actress Beverly D’Angelo, with whom he had two children. They divorced in 1995. Jordan died of a heart attack on August 30, 1993 at the age of 56.

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Full NameRichard Jordan
DiedAugust 30, 1993, Los Angeles, California, United States
Weight114 kg
ProfessionActor, Theatre Director
EducationHarvard University


SpouseKathleen Widdoes

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1(About Vaclav Havel) I admire how he's turned the outer turmoil of his life into a sense of inner peace.
2[T]he story of 'Macbeth' is about a man and woman who will do anything to be successful. As far as I'm concerned, it is particularly appropriate for this day and age. That sense of 'I gotta have it now' has been around forever, but we have now held it up as the thing to do, the way to be. And I'm sorry, but that is completely stupid, irrelevant and wrong.
3It's an odd feeling, and in an odd way I've never cared if I'm accepted or rejected. I just remind myself that if I'd wanted to make money I didn't have to go into this business. I did it because as preposterous as it sounds, I wanted to be an artist.
4Ultimately what I'd like to do is not become pretentious. I'd like to keep from living in Beverly Hills and driving a Mercedes. I want to stay in my old stone castle in Malibu with my animals and my lady.
5Grandfather [Judge Learned Hand] had a bad back, he'd lie on the floor to relieve the pain. I did my first Shakespeare sitting next to him on the floor, reading 'Antony and Cleopatra' and 'King Lear,' his favorites plays, and all the time grandfather'd be correcting my speech, my accent, then interrupting to see if I understood all the words. I must have been about 12 or 13. It was an experience that has stayed with me all these years.
6If you take it that the poet has words, the novelist a story, the painter his paints, then my material is emotions. Emotions are what I paint with.
7The cardinal sin of a play is to sacrifice emotional truth to make a philosophical point.


1He was awarded the 1984 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "A Private View," at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre Too in Los Angeles, California.
2He was awarded the 1987 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Direction for "Largo Desolato" in a Mark Taper Forum production at the Mark Taper Forum Too in Los Angeles, California.
3Was cast as Dr. Charles Nichols in The Fugitive (1993), and allegedly filmed a couple scenes, but ultimately had to drop out due to his failing health. He died shortly after the film's release.
4In 1975, broke his ankle playing "MacDuff" to Charlton Heston's "Macbeth" and performed in a cast and using a crutch.
5Once owned two dogs - one named after Robert Redford, the other after Alfred E. Neuman.
6He won an Obie Award for his performance in Czech playwright Václav Havel's "A Private View" for the 1983-1984 Off-Broadway season.
7He directed fellow actor Raul Julia in "Macbeth" at the Public Theatre in New York.
8Was originally chosen to play Dr. Charles Nichols in The Fugitive (1993), but became too ill to work.
9He was a longtime companion of actress Marcia Cross.
10Lived with Blair Brown from 1976-1985; the relationship produced one son, Robert.
11Won an Obie for his acting in the Václav Havel play "Protest" in New York and later at Los Angeles' Taper, Too.
12He won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for directing Czech playwright Václav Havel's "Largo Desolato" at the Taper, Too in 1987.
13He was the managing artist for the LA Actors Theater in Los Angeles in the 1970s where he produced, directed and wrote his own plays.
14Grandson of Learned Hand. Stepson of Newbold Morris.
15Father of Robert Christopher Hand Jordan and Nina Jordan.




Gettysburg1993Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Armistead
Posse1993Sheriff Bates
Primary Motive1992Chris Poulas
Heaven Is a Playground1991David Racine
Shout1991Eugene Benedict
Tales from the Crypt1991TV SeriesCharles McKenzie
Delusion1991Executive in Conference Room
Timebomb1991Col. Taylor
American Playhouse1984-1991TV SeriesKenneth Hoyle / Elmo Bliss
The Hunt for Red October1990Jeffrey Pelt
Manhunt: Search for the Night Stalker1989TV MovieSergeant Frank Salerno
Romero1989Father Rutilio Grande
The Equalizer1987-1988TV SeriesHarley Gage
The Murder of Mary Phagan1988TV Mini-SeriesHugh Dorsey
The Secret of My Succe$s1987Howard Prescott
The Men's Club1986Kramer
The Mean Season1985Alan Delour
Dune1984Duncan Idaho
Insight1982TV SeriesJeb
Washington Mistress1982TV MovieMichael Reynolds
The Bunker1981TV MovieAlbert Speer
Raise the Titanic1980Dirk Pitt
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square1979Pinky
Old Boyfriends1979Jeff Turrin
The French Atlantic Affair1979TV Mini-SeriesJulian Wunderlicht
Les Miserables1978TV MovieJean Valjean
The Defection of Simas Kudirka1978TV MovieCommander Edward Devon
Captains and the Kings1976TV Mini-SeriesJoseph Armagh
Logan's Run1976Francis
Rooster Cogburn1975Hawk
The Yakuza1974Dusty
Hec Ramsey1973TV SeriesCharles Clavell
Kojak1973TV SeriesSteve Macey
Incident at Vichy1973TV MovieVon Berg, A Prince
Banacek1973TV SeriesChris Bailey
The Friends of Eddie Coyle1973Dave Foley
Nightside1973TV MovieGable
Kamouraska1973Georges Nelson
The F.B.I.1973TV SeriesAlex Tanner
Chato's Land1972Earl Hooker
The Trial of the Catonsville Nine1972George Mische
The Bold Ones: The Lawyers1971TV SeriesDeputy D.A. Andrew Craig
Klute1971Man kissing Jane Fonda in night club (uncredited)
Valdez Is Coming1971R. L. Davis
Lawman1971Crowe Wheelwright
Hawk1966TV SeriesWarren
Ready for the People1964TV MovieEddie Dickinson
The Defenders1962-1963TV SeriesJohn Strafaci / Peter Crewe
Empire1962-1963TV SeriesJay Bee Fowler
Ben Casey1962TV SeriesDavey Crutchfield
Wide Country1962TV SeriesErnie Stannard
Naked City1962TV SeriesJonah


American Playhouse1984TV Series producer - 1 episode


Edición Especial Coleccionista2014TV Series in memory of - 1 episode


The Princess Grace Foundation Special Gala Tribute to Cary Grant1988TV MovieHimself
The Making of 'The Mean Season'1985TV Movie documentaryHimself
Arthur Miller on Home Ground1979TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1976-1979TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself - Co-Host
A Look Into the 23rd Century1976Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Today1976TV SeriesHimself
...Promises to Keep1974Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star1991DocumentaryActor 'The Yakuza' (uncredited)


Won Awards

1977Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Television Series - DramaCaptains and the Kings (1976)

Nominated Awards

1977Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Limited SeriesCaptains and the Kings (1976)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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