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. Truth being stranger than fiction sometimes, Bela Lugosi was buried in his full Dracula costume, as per the request in his will, in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, 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). He was also the subject of a song by gothic rock band Bauhaus entitled "Bela Lugosi's Dead". 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. Instead he was listed as a guest-star, below Tor Johnson, Vampira and Kenne Duncan. Kiley was born in Chicago, Illinois. Contrary to Burton's Ed Wood, Lugosi did not receive top billing for Plan 9.

We got Richard Kiley to do the narration!" [approximate quote]. Wood hired his wife's chiropractor to double for Lugosi, who is easily spotted by the fact that. In Jurassic Park, the impresario boasted, "We've spared no expense. However, Lugosi died three years before the funding came through (from the Baptist Church of Beverly Hills, no less). 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. Wood had had great difficulty in financing the project, and was only able to shoot short, silent scenes that he planned to incorporate into the whole of the film once he had found the remainder of his funding. Blackboard Jungle (1955). Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space featured footage of Lugosi interspersed with a double who looked nothing like him.

Goodbar (1977). One of Lugosi's most infamous roles was in a movie that was released after he was dead. Looking for Mr. (The role was later given to Kenne Duncan, and the shots of that production made their way into Wood's Night of the Ghouls, a sequel of sorts to Wood's previous Lugosi films.). The Thorn Birds (1983) TV Miniseries. The script for Final Curtain, written by Ed Wood, was in his lap. George Washington (1984) TV Miniseries. He died of a heart attack, aged 73, in Los Angeles, California, while sitting in a chair.

Howard the Duck (1986) (voice). Because Lugosi appeared in B-Movies, he was featured in several episodes of the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, most notably, Bride of the Monster. A Year in the Life (1987) TV. The biographical film Ed Wood, by Tim Burton, portrayed Wood's relationship with Lugosi, who was played by Martin Landau. Jurassic Park (1993) (voice). Ed Wood, a long-time fan of Lugosi's, offered him numerous roles in his films, always playing some variant of a mad scientist/vampire type, even in movies — such as Glen or Glenda — in which such a role made no sense. Phenomenon (1996). Late in his life, he again got to star in movies, albeit lousy ones.

Tigers of the Snow (1997) (TV). Later on, the acting jobs dried up and he became addicted to morphine, though he did get to recreate the role of Dracula one last time for the film Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein in 1948. Patch Adams (1998). Lugosi's attitude towards Karloff is the subject of contradictory reports, some claiming he was openly resentful of Karloff's long-term success and ability to get good roles beyond the horror arena, while others suggested the two actors were - for a time at least - good friends. Several films, such as The Black Cat and the aforementioned Son of Frankenstein paired Lugosi with his chief rival in the realm of horror movies, Boris Karloff. He also had a small role in the comedy classic Ninotchka opposite Greta Garbo.

He declined an offer to appear as The Monster in Frankenstein but made an impression as the insane Ygor in two sequels, Son of Frankenstein and Ghost of Frankenstein before finally consenting to play the creature in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man. The film was a success, but Lugosi was typecast as a horror heavy with such movies as White Zombie and Scared to Death. He was most famous for his title role in Tod Browning's Dracula (1931) (building on the stage role). He left from his native Hungary for Germany in 1919 after persecution following his complicity in the forming of an actor's union, and emigrated to the United States in 1921.

During World War I he served as an infantry lieutenant for the Central Powers. He however, became most notably known for his portrayal of Dracula in a stage production of Bram Stoker's classic vampire story. Lugosi started his acting career on the stage in Europe in several Shakespearean plays. He was born in Lugos, Transylvania, Austria-Hungary (now Lugoj, Romania), the youngest of four children of a banker.

Béla Lugosi was the stage name of actor Blaskó Béla Ferenc Dezső (October 20, 1882–August 16, 1956). He covers his face with his cape in every shot. He looks nothing like Lugosi.

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