Richard Mulligan

Richard Mulligan

67 (passed away Sep. 26th, 2000)
Nov. 13th, 1932
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
6' 2"

Richard Mulligan's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Soap TV Show
Empty Nest TV Show
Empty Nest
Nurses TV Show
Spencer's Pilots TV Show
Spencer's Pilots
Diana TV Show
Matt Helm TV Show
Matt Helm
Medical Story TV Show
Medical Story
The Hero TV Show
The Hero
Gibbsville TV Show
Reggie TV Show

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Originally a student of playwriting at Columbia University, Richard Mulligan began his acting career in regional theater and soon after made his Broadway debut in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "All the Way Home". In addition to his continuing Broadway career, Mulligan has successfully transferred his unique comedic talents to television and film. On the big screen he has appeared in such films as The Heavenly Kid (1985), Teachers (1984), Little Big Man (1970) and The Big Bus (1976). He has also performed in a number of Blake Edwards' films, including S.O.B. (1981), A Fine Mess (1986), Micki + Maude (1984) and Trail of the Pink Panther (1982). Mulligan has made numerous guest-starring television appearances, but it was his role as Burt Campbell in Witt-Thomas-Harris' offbeat comedy series "Soap" (1977) that earned him his first Emmy award. He also starred in the series "Reggie" (1983). His movie-of-the-week and miniseries credits include Poker Alice (1987) (TV), Harvey (1998) (TV), Pueblo (1973) (TV) and the acclaimed Guess Who's Coming for Christmas? (1990) (TV) with Beau Bridges (I). He is the brother of director Robert Mulligan.

  • Appeared in The Blackboard Jungle 1955 uncredited.
  • Won two Emmys for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. However, he finally accepted his Emmy in 1989 for _"Empty Nest" (1988)_ (qv) because in 1980 he had been participating in the Screen Actors' Guild strike at the time of the _The 32nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1980) (TV)_ (qv), during which he had won for _"Soap" (1977)_ (qv).
  • Brother of director 'Robert Mulligan' (qv).
  • The character Nagilum from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) season two episode "Where Silence Has Lease" was named after him for being the first choice to play the role. But was given to actor Earl Boen.
  • Was 'Jason Robards' (qv)' stand-by in the 1962 Broadway production of "A Thousand Clowns.".
  • Ex-wife 'Rachel Ryan (I)' (qv) was 29 years younger than he was.
  • Studied playwrighting at Columbia University.
  • Mulligan was cremated, and no memorial service was held, at his own request.

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