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 Posted:   Jan 24, 2021 - 1:03 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

With the cancellation of “Longstreet,” Peter Mark Richman returned to doing guest shots on television series, racking up dozens of appearances during the 1970s. At the end of the decade came BLIND AMBITION, a made-for-television docu-drama that told the story of the Watergate crisis as viewed by John Dean (Martin Sheen) and his wife Maureen (Theresa Russell). The film was based on their personal accounts—his best-seller; her book on how it affected their marriage—and was distilled into an 8-hour drama with all of the political figures of the day parading by as Dean relates his story to his attorney when his world based on blind ambition comes crashing down on him.

Peter Mark Richman played Robert Mardian, a Nixon campaign official, and the man who headed the federal prosecution of Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg in 1971.

George Schaefer directed and co-produced the mini-series, which was broadcast by CBS on 20-23 May 1979. Walter Scharf scored the first two parts of the film and Fred Karlin the latter two parts. BLIND AMBITION was nominated for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Limited Series, losing to ROOTS: THE NEXT GENERATIONS.

 Posted:   Jan 24, 2021 - 1:42 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Peter Mark Richman’s voice was perfectly suited to be the voice of God in the 1979 speculative docu-drama IN SEARCH OF HISTORIC JESUS. The film tried to answer the question: “Was Jesus Christ a teacher and a prophet, the son of God, or did he ever exist at all?” John Rubinstein starred as Jesus.

Henning Schellerup directed the film, which had an unreleased score by Bob Summers. These films from Sunn Classic Pictures typically cost $350,000 to produce. The company was trying to duplicate the success it had had in 1976 with IN SEARCH OF NOAH’S ARK, and it pretty much did. The film landed in the top 40 films of the year with a $27.9 million gross.

 Posted:   Jan 24, 2021 - 4:39 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In the 1983 television movie DEMPSEY, Peter Mark Richman played Tex Rickard, the real-life boxing promoter, who promoted several fights for boxer Jack Dempsey in the early 1920s. Gus Trikonis directed the biopic, which was originally broadcast on CBS. Billy Goldenberg's score has not been released.

 Posted:   Jan 24, 2021 - 5:14 PM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

Fascinating to "discover" a longtime actor I had never recognized before. BTW, FRIENDLY PERSUASION was set in southern Indiana.

 Posted:   Jan 25, 2021 - 1:13 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

BTW, FRIENDLY PERSUASION was set in southern Indiana.

I originally thought so too, but sources seem to disagree about that. Is there something in the film that makes that explicitly clear? Some dialogue or signage? The American Film Institute states that:

"Although the film is set in Pennsylvania, the original stories were set in Indiana. ... Although a 20 May 1955 Hollywood Reporter news item stated that the picture was to be shot in Pennsylvania and New England, and mid-Jul 1955 news items noted that Wyler and production assistant Richard Maybery had scouted locations in Indiana and Kentucky, where the film was to be shot, the picture was filmed entirely in California."

 Posted:   Jan 25, 2021 - 11:57 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Another decade of dozens of television roles ended with Richman’s appearance in 1989’s FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII -- JASON TAKES MANHATTAN. In the film, a boatful of graduating high school students headed to Manhattan accidentally pull “Jason Voorhees” (Kan Hoder) along for the ride. Peter Mark Rickman co-starred as school principal “Charles McCulloch.”


This was Rob Hedden’s first time writing and directing a theatrical feature. He had previously directed and written for television, including “Friday the 13th - The Series”. Fred Mollin’s score was released by BSX in 2005.

The film's budget was slightly over $5 million and it grossed $14.3 million in the U.S., the lowest-grossing film of the series to date. The disappointing results at the box office caused Paramount to sell the “Friday the 13th” film series to New Line Cinema, making JASON TAKES MANHATTAN the last in the series produced by Paramount until the 2009 remake.

 Posted:   Jan 25, 2021 - 10:30 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Peter Mark Richman played “Arthur Dunwell,” one of the villains in 1991's THE NAKED GUN 2 1/2: THE SMELL OF FEAR. David Zucker directed, and Ira Newborn's score was most recently released on CD by La-LA Land in 2014.

 Posted:   Jan 26, 2021 - 2:33 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Peter Mark Richman was somewhat of a Renaissance man. He attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, which is now the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and was a licensed pharmacist in both Pennsylvania and New York. He was an accomplished painter from an early age and had at least seventeen successful one-man exhibitions on the West Coast and in New York (primarily portraits of oil on canvas). He also wrote two novels and several stage plays, of which his solo show “4 Faces” and the one act play “A Medal for Murray” were the most acclaimed.

With just a smattering of feature films to his credit, and two single-season television series, it was as a guest star on television shows of all genres that provided Peter Mark Richman with a career, and made his name, face, and voice ubiquitous to TV viewers from the 1960s through the 1980s. It is estimated that he made more than 500 television appearances. And he made most of them memorable. Farewell, Peter (or Mark smile)

with Gary Cooper

with Cara Williams

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on “Three’s Company”

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