Richard Kelton

Richard Kelton

35 (passed away Nov. 27th, 1978)
Apr. 29th, 1943
Born in
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
6' 2"

Richard Kelton's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Quark TV Show
Matt Helm TV Show
Matt Helm
The Cowboys TV Show
The Cowboys

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Richard Duane Kelton was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and was the only child of Fred and Glenna Kelton. While growing up in Miami, Oklahoma, he remembered watching James Dean (I) and cites him as his main influence on becoming an actor. After studying drama at The University of Kansas, he made his way to California where he made his debut playing "Bud" in an episode of "Gunsmoke" (1955). Soon after that he made his TV movie debut as "Lieutenant Charring" in Wild Women (1970) (TV). He continued in numerous other guest starring roles and a movie roles. He also played the role of "Nick" in the Broadway revival of "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf" in 1976. He made his starring role as "Ficus" in the short-lived science fiction series "Quark" (1978). Later that year he was invited back to The University of Kansas to give a short seminar on films. He continued his career until his death in 1978.

  • Shakespearean trained.
  • Graduated from Miami High School in 1961.
  • Taught Drama and Social Studies in Wellington, Kansas in 1969 before moving to California.
  • Was a James Dean fan.
  • Died after going into trailer to study his lines.
  • Shares the same birthday as Elmer Kelton
  • Held first job at 14 years old.
  • Auditioned for the role of "Captain Willard Decker" for the movie "Star Trek The Motion Picture".

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