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Overview (3)

Born in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (colon cancer)
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 had successfully transferred his unique comedic talents to film and television. On the big screen, he had appeared in such films as Little Big Man (1970), The Big Bus (1976), Teachers (1984) and The Heavenly Kid (1985). He had also performed in a number of Blake Edwards' films, including S.O.B. (1981), Trail of the Pink Panther (1982), Micki + Maude (1984) and A Fine Mess (1986). Mulligan had made numerous guest-starring television appearances, but it was his role as Burt Campbell in Witt-Thomas-Harris' offbeat sitcom Soap (1977) that earned him his first Emmy Award. He also starred in the short-lived sitcom Reggie (1983). His movie-of-the-week and miniseries credits include Pueblo (1973), Poker Alice (1987), Harvey (1996) and the acclaimed Guess Who's Coming for Christmas? (1990) with Beau Bridges. He was the brother of director Robert Mulligan.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Family (1)

Spouse Rachel Ryan (27 April 1992 - 1993)  (divorced)
Lenore Stevens (25 June 1978 - 1990)  (divorced)
Joan Hackett (3 January 1966 - June 1973)  (divorced)
Patricia Jones (1957 - January 1966)  (divorced)  (1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Thick baritone voice with Bronx accent.
Frequently worked with Susan Harris.

Trivia (25)

Younger brother of director Robert Mulligan.
Mulligan was cremated, and no memorial service was held, at his own request.
Won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. However in 1989, he finally accepted his Emmy Award for Empty Nest (1988). Because in 1980, he had been participating in the Screen Actors' Guild strike at the time of The 32nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1980), during which he had won for Soap (1977).
Studied playwrighting at Columbia University.
Was Jason Robards' stand-by in the Broadway production of "A Thousand Clowns" (1962).
He had one son, James Mulligan.
Ex-wife Rachel Ryan was 29 years younger than he was.
The character "Nagilum", from the season season episode, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Where Silence Has Lease (1988), was named after him for being the first choice to play the role. But the role was given to actor Earl Boen.
Had appeared in Blackboard Jungle (1955) uncredited.
Had worked with both Lee Grant and her daughter, Dinah Manoff. Grant and Mulligan appeared in the movie Teachers (1984); Mulligan and Manoff appeared in the sitcoms Soap (1977) and Empty Nest (1988).
Had appeared in four series created by Susan Harris: Soap (1977), The Golden Girls (1985), Empty Nest (1988) and Nurses (1991). In the latter three, he played the same character, Dr. Harry Weston.
Best remembered by the public for his starring roles as Burt Campbell on Soap (1977) and as Dr. Harry Weston on Empty Nest (1988), The Golden Girls (1985) and Nurses (1991).
Had worked with Bea Arthur in episodes of three television series: Soap (1977), The Golden Girls (1985) and Empty Nest (1988).
He was directed by his elder brother Robert Mulligan in Love with the Proper Stranger (1963).
He played the same character (Dr. Harry Weston) in three different series: The Golden Girls (1985), Empty Nest (1988) and Nurses (1991).
He was considered for the role of Tom Hagen in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972) before Robert Duvall was cast.
When he divorced former adult-video star, Serina Robinson, after 10 months, Mulligan suing Robinson for what he characterized as her misleading account of the breakup in a supermarket tabloid.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 30, 1993.
On Empty Nest (1988), he played a widower, in real-life, he was married four times and divorced four times, until his passing.
Did not begin acting until he was age 29.
He was a commercial spokesperson for Total Whole Grain Cereal in the 1980s.
In 1994, Mulligan was diagnosed with cancer, but continued working in the final season of Empty Nest (1988), and battled the disease for six years, until his passing.
He never retired from acting until his death.
He was also a heavy smoker.

Personal Quotes (1)

"He exited the stage quietly and was happy to be able to do so." - David Fisher, Mulligan's assistant, after Mulligan's death.

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