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Richard Kiley

Richard Kiley

48 Movies · 20 TV Series

Biography

Richard Paul Kiley (March 31, 1922 – March 5, 1999) was an American stage, television, and film actor. He is best known for his distinguished theatrical career in which he twice won the Tony Award for Best Actor In A Musical. Kiley created the role of Don Quixote in the original 1965 production of the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha and was the first to sing and record "The Impossible Dream", the hit song from the show. In the 1953 hit musical Kismet, he played the Caliph and was one of the quartet introducing the song "And This Is My Beloved". Additionally, he won three Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards during his 50-year career and his "sonorous baritone" was also featured in the narration of a number of documentaries and other films. At the time of his death, Kiley was described as "one of theater's most distinguished and versatile actors" and as "an indispensable actor, the kind of performer who could be called on to play kings and commoners and a diversity of characters in between."

Early Life

Kiley was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised Roman Catholic. He graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in 1939, and after a year at Loyola University Chicago he left to study acting at Chicago's Barnum Dramatic School. In the late 1940s, he performed in Chicago-area summer stock theaters with actors such as Alan Furlan. Following his service in the United States Navy in World War II, he returned to Chicago working as an actor and announcer on radio before moving to New York City. In New York he studied singing with Ray Smolover.

Movies & TV Series

2004.

1 Movie

2003.

1 Movie

2002.

1 Movie

1998.

2 Movies

1997.

2 Movies · 1 TV Series

1996.

4 Movies

1995.

3 Movies

1993.

2 Movies · 2 TV Series

1992.

3 Movies

1991.

2 Movies

1990.

2 Movies

1989.

1 Movie

1988.

1 Movie

1987.

1 Movie · 1 TV Series

1986.

3 TV Series

1985.

3 Movies · 1 TV Series

1984.

1 TV Series

1983.

2 TV Series

1981.

2 Movies

1980.

1 Movie

1979.

1 Movie

1977.

1 Movie

1974.

1 Movie

1971.

2 Movies · 2 TV Series

1970.

1 Movie

1969.

2 Movies

1968.

1 TV Series

1962.

1 TV Series

1958.

2 Movies

1956.

1 TV Series

1955.

2 Movies · 1 TV Series

1953.

1 Movie

1952.

2 Movies · 1 TV Series

1951.

1 Movie

1950.

1 TV Series

1948.

1 TV Series
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