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|Also Known As:||Richard A Egan||Died:||July 20, 1987|
|Born:||July 29, 1921||Cause of Death:||prostate cancer|
|Birth Place:||San Francisco, California, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor teacher|
Square-jawed Richard Egan was a classic leading man in his time, starring in several high-profile films and on the Western show "Empire." Like many from his generation, he served in the army during World War II, acting as a judo instructor. After graduating from college, he taught briefly before getting his first bit part in the 1949 thriller "The Story of Molly X." He gradually built a reputation in the film industry during the 1950s, playing supporting roles in period dramas like "The Golden Horde" and Raoul Walsh's adventure "Blackbeard, the Pirate" in 1952. His part in the 1953 baseball comedy "The Kid from Left Field" earned him attention, and three years later he starred opposite Elvis Presley in the melodramatic romance "Love Me Tender." Several more starring roles followed, most notably "A Summer Place" alongside Dorothy McGuire in 1959. Other key roles came in the family drama "Polyanna" and the sword and sandal epic "The 300 Spartans" in '62. That same year he began starring in the TV Western "Empire" (renamed "Rodigo" during its final season) and spent the rest of his career dividing his time between the big and small screens. His final role came on the daytime drama "Capitol," where he had a recurring role until his death in 1987.
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Richard Egan (July 29, 1921 - July 20, 1987) was an American actor. In some films he is credited as Richard Eagan. Born in San Francisco, California, Egan served in the United States Army as a judo instructor during World War II. A graduate of the University of San Francisco (B.A.) and Stanford University (M.A.). In 1956, he starred in Presley's first film, Love Me Tender, and in 1959 was the male lead opposite Dorothy McGuire in A Summer Place. In 1960, Egan appeared in such films as Pollyanna, Esther and the King. Other noteworthy films include Undercover Girl, Split Second, A View from Pompey's Head,"Voice In The Mirror", about the man who started AA, and The 300 Spartans. During the decade of the 60s, Richard Egan worked extensively in television, starring in the western drama series, Empire from 1962 to 1964. After his series ended, he made guest appearances on other television shows as well as acting in several motion pictures for the big screen plus in films made specifically for television. In 1982 he joined the cast for the new daytime television political drama Capitol. Richard Egan died in Los Angeles, California, on July 20th, 1987, 9 days before his 66th birthday, and was interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery in suburban Culver City, California. Egan was respected within the acting community for having helped a number of young actors get their first break in the film industry.
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