Interviews

 

Richard Chamberlain

Actor

Richard Chamberlain on the great love story in The Thorn Birds

02:01

Oh, I knew acting was what I wanted to do. There was nothing else in the universe that I wanted to do.

About this interview

In his two-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Richard Chamberlain talks about his life-long interest in acting. He discusses his first television role on Gunsmoke and describes at length his experience on Dr. Kildare, one of TV's first medical dramas. He goes on to recount his roles on two of television's most memorable miniseries: playing "John Blackthorne" on Shogun, and portraying the unforgettable "Father Ralph" on The Thorn Birds. He also speaks of his stage and television work in London as well as his ventures into feature films, where he socialized with the likes of Katharine Hepburn and Federico Fellini on set. He touches on his forays into music recording and on what it's like to be an actor who also happens to be gay. And be sure to watch for his tale on how he was mistaken for a serial killer in Colorado while filming the NBC miniseries, Centennial. Stephen J. Abramson conducted the interview on February 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.

Oh, I knew acting was what I wanted to do. There was nothing else in the universe that I wanted to do.

Interview Highlights

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Richard Chamberlain on the great love story in The Thorn Birds

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Richard Chamberlain on his best advice to actors

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Richard Chamberlain on his legacy

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Richard Chamberlain on wanting to be an actor

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Richard Chamberlain on getting his first role on Gunsmoke

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