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.
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He died of bone-marrow disease in Warwick, New York in 1999. He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, in Glendale, California. 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). It is said he would throw away good cards (with the knowledge of spectators) to make the play "more interesting". 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. He had a reputation as a world-class pinochle player. Kiley was born in Chicago, Illinois. Because of his gambling, the brothers finally took the money as he earned it and put him on an allowance, which he stayed on until he died.
We got Richard Kiley to do the narration!" [approximate quote]. Chico Marx had a lifelong gambling habit, which usually kept him short of funds, and which compelled him to continue in show business long after his brothers had retired in comfort from their Hollywood income. (Groucho continued to host the long-running televison show "You Bet Your Life" out of his love of being before an audience rather than any financial need.) The last two Marx brothers movies were made for Chico's benefit; the other brothers twice returned to the screen to bail Chico out of debt. In Jurassic Park, the impresario boasted, "We've spared no expense. For a while in the 1930s and 1940s Chico led a big band; young Mel Torme began his professional career singing with the Chico Marx Orchestra. 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. As manager he cut a deal to get the Marx Brothers a percentage of a film's gross receipts - the first of its kind in Hollywood. Blackboard Jungle (1955). Chico became manager of the Marx Brothers after their mother Minnie, died.
Goodbar (1977). As part of the act he would play passages with his thumb up and index finger straight--like a gun. Looking for Mr. He was known for "shooting" the keys of the piano. The Thorn Birds (1983) TV Miniseries. Before performances he would soak his fingers in hot water before going on instead. George Washington (1984) TV Miniseries. Groucho Marx one time said that Chico never practiced the pieces he played.
Howard the Duck (1986) (voice). Harpo however could only play a few tunes on the piano, which often would get both brothers fired. A Year in the Life (1987) TV. The two brothers looked so much alike, no one could tell the difference. Jurassic Park (1993) (voice). He would acquire the job with his piano playing skills, work for a few nights, and then substitute Harpo on one of the jobs. Phenomenon (1996). Sometimes Chico would even get work playing in two places at the same time.
Tigers of the Snow (1997) (TV). As a young boy, he would get jobs playing piano to earn money for the Marx family. Patch Adams (1998). Chico was a talented pianist. Stereotyped ethnic characters were common with Vaudeville comedians, and all the Marx brothers sometimes performed "dialect characters" early in their careers, but Chico was the only one to continue this. Chico developed the "Italian" accent he used to convince some roving bullies that he was Italian, not Jewish.
A typesetter accidentally dropped the k in his name and it became Chico, but it was still pronounced as if it were Chicko. Originally nicknamed Chicko because in those days women were referred to as chicks and the guys who chased them as chicken chasers, of which he was one. Leonard Marx, known as Chico, (March 22, 1887 - October 11, 1961) was one of the Marx Brothers.