70 (passed away Sep. 17th, 1984)
Aug. 31st, 1914
Zanesville, Ohio, USA
Richard Basehart's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1979 - Being There
1977 - The Island of Dr. Moreau
1976 - Mansion of the Doomed
1972 - Chato's Land
1965 - The Satan Bug
1960 - Portrait in Black
1958 - The Brothers Karamazov
1957 - Time Limit
1956 - Moby Dick
1955 - Il bidone
1954 - La Strada
1953 - Titanic
1951 - The House on Telegraph Hill
1951 - Fixed Bayonets!
1951 - Decision Before Dawn
1949 - Reign of Terror
1949 - Tension
1948 - He Walked by Night
1947 - Repeat Performance
Guest TV Roles
Narrator - Opening Titles (Voiced)
Richard Basehart came to Hollywood in 1947, after beginning an acting career on Broadway. He made his mark in the gritty film-noir classic He Walked by Night (1948), among others, and proved his versatility in several international productions, most notably in Federico Fellini's poignant masterpiece La strada (1954).
- Father of 'Jackie Basehart' (qv).
- In the television version of _The Paradine Case (1962) (TV)_ (qv), Basehart played the same role that 'Gregory Peck' (qv) had played in the film version. Peck and Basehart had both appeared in the film _Moby Dick (1956)_ (qv).
- On asking 'Federico Fellini' (qv) as to why Fellini wanted him for the role of the Fool in _La strada (1954)_ (qv), Fellini answered: "Because if you did what you did in _Fourteen Hours (1951)_ (qv), you can do anything.".
- During the filming of _Fourteen Hours (1951)_ (qv), Basehart's wife Stephanie was taken ill with what proved to be a brain tumor, and died very suddenly. Devastated, he finished work on the film and left the United States, going to Italy where he met Valentina Cortese.
- Basehart's last work as an actor was doing the voice-over for the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. The day after finishing the recording he suffered the first of a series of fatal strokes.
- When he heard that that director 'Bretaigne Windust' (qv) wanted an authentic Scotsman for the lead role in The Hasty Heart, Basehart managed to effect a very convincing burr and won the part. For his portrayal of Cpl. MacLachlan, Basehart also went on to win the 1945 New York Critic's Award as the most promising actor of the year.
- Died of a series of strokes shortly completing narration for the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
- Was occasionally mentioned during the host segments on _"Mystery Science Theater 3000" (1988)_ (qv) as the object of Gypsy's obsession.
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