Richard Kiley

Richard Paul Kiley (31 March 1922 – 5 March 1999) was an American stage, television, and film actor, though he is best known for his voice work, as narrator of various documentary series. In Jurassic Park, the impresario boasted, "We've spared no expense. We got Richard Kiley to do the narration!" [approximate quote]

Kiley was born in Chicago, Illinois. His work on stage included Oklahoma! in 1947, and the lead roles in Redhead and the original production of Man of La Mancha, for which he won Tony Awards in 1959 and 1966.

Kiley won several Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards for his work in television, including The Thorn Birds (1983) and A Year in the Life (1986–87).

He died of bone-marrow disease in Warwick, New York in 1999.

Partial Filmography

  • Patch Adams (1998)
  • Tigers of the Snow (1997) (TV)
  • Phenomenon (1996)
  • Jurassic Park (1993) (voice)
  • A Year in the Life (1987) TV
  • Howard the Duck (1986) (voice)
  • George Washington (1984) TV Miniseries
  • The Thorn Birds (1983) TV Miniseries
  • Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
  • Blackboard Jungle (1955)

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He died of bone-marrow disease in Warwick, New York in 1999.
. Kiley won several Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards for his work in television, including The Thorn Birds (1983) and A Year in the Life (1986–87). His moustache was removed in the US version of the series. His work on stage included Oklahoma! in 1947, and the lead roles in Redhead and the original production of Man of La Mancha, for which he won Tony Awards in 1959 and 1966. In Tiziano Sclavi's comic book series Dylan Dog, the hero's sidekick and assistant is called and looks like Groucho Marx. Kiley was born in Chicago, Illinois. Bugs Bunny befuddles Elmer Fudd memorably in "Wideo Wabbit" by imitating the mustachioed comedian in a "You Bet Your Life" parody called "You Beat Your Wife". Later he imitates Art Carney and slaps comical glasses on Elmer, admonishing "don't be such a Groucho".

We got Richard Kiley to do the narration!" [approximate quote]. Dave Sim, in his controversial comic book Cerebus the Aardvark, cast Groucho as the slippery, wisecracking but indomitable Lord Julius, Grandlord of the bureaucrat-ridden City-state of Palnu. In Jurassic Park, the impresario boasted, "We've spared no expense. Gabe Kaplan personated him in the biographical Groucho (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084031/). Richard Paul Kiley (31 March 1922 – 5 March 1999) was an American stage, television, and film actor, though he is best known for his voice work, as narrator of various documentary series. Alan Alda often vamped as Groucho on M*A*S*H. Blackboard Jungle (1955). Various Groucho-like characters have lived on since Marx's death, a testament to the character's lasting appeal.

Goodbar (1977). He was cremated, and the ashes were entombed in the Eden Memorial Park Cemetery in Mission Hills, California. Looking for Mr. Groucho Marx died on August 19, 1977. The Thorn Birds (1983) TV Miniseries. Groucho was a master at improvising clever insults, and became well known for this. One of his frustrations in later years was that when he insulted people who annoyed him they tended to laugh, thinking it was just part of the famous comedian's act. George Washington (1984) TV Miniseries. His stage name, "Groucho," was said to have been bestowed on him because while in Vaudeville he kept his money in a bag around his neck known as a "grouch" bag. An alternate story is that he was grouchy.

Howard the Duck (1986) (voice). In later years he grew a real mustache. A Year in the Life (1987) TV. Off-stage he was bookish and stated late in life that he lamented the fact he had never finished school or gone to college. Some of the letters displaying his wit were incorporated into a book. Jurassic Park (1993) (voice). Throughout his career he introduced a number of memorable songs in films, including "Hooray for Captain Spaulding", "I'm Against It", "Hello I Must be Going", "Everyone Says I Love You" and "Lydia the Tattooed Lady". Crooner Frank Sinatra once quipped that the only thing he could do better than Marx was sing. Phenomenon (1996). The show was responsible for the phrases "Say the secret word and win a prize" and "Who is buried in Grant's Tomb?".

Tigers of the Snow (1997) (TV). Then they would play a brief quiz. Patch Adams (1998). The show consisted of Groucho interviewing the contestants and ad libbing jokes. In the 1950s, he hosted the popular television program You Bet Your Life. Groucho also worked as a radio comedian and show host in the 1930s and 1940s.

(See: Marx Brothers). He and his brothers starred in a series of extraordinarily popular movies and stage shows, often departing from the scripts they were using. Groucho developed a routine as a wise-cracking hustler with a distinctive chicken-walking lope and an exaggerated greasepaint moustache, improvising insults to stuffy dowagers (often played by Margaret Dumont) who stood in his way. He quickly dropped the accent and developed the fast-talking wise guy character he would make famous.

However, after the sinking of the RMS Lusitania in 1915 public anti-German sentiment was widespread, and Groucho's "German" character was booed. For a time in vaudeville, all the brothers performed in ethnic accents; Groucho did a German accent. Leonard Marx, the oldest Marx brother, developed the "Italian" accent he used as "Chico" to convince some roving bullies that he was Italian, not Jewish. The Marx family grew up on the Upper East Side of New York City, in a small Jewish neighborhood sandwiched between Irish/German and Italian neighborhoods.

Julius Henry Marx, known as Groucho Marx (October 2, 1890 - August 19, 1977), was an American comedian, working both with his siblings the Marx Brothers and on his own. This line spread to other nations as well in the 1960s and 1970s. A famous French witticism was "Je suis Marxiste, tendance Groucho."; "I'm a Marxist of the Groucho variety". [...] He is simply unique in the same way that Picasso or Stravinsky are." — Woody Allen.

"Groucho Marx was the best comedian this country ever produced.

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