Person Details

Birthday: 1914-08-13 00:09:55

Death: 1984-09-17 00:09:55

Aliases: No known aliases

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Zanesville, Ohio, USA

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Movie Involvements: 63

TV Involvements: 10


Most Famous Work

Biography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia John Richard Basehart (August 31, 1914 – September 17, 1984) was an American actor. He starred in the 1960s television science fiction drama Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, in the role of Admiral Harriman Nelson. One of his most notable film roles was the acrobat known as "the Fool" in the acclaimed Italian film La strada directed by Federico Fellini. He also appeared as the killer in the film noir classic He Walked by Night (1948), as a psychotic member of the Hatfield clan in Roseanna McCoy (1949), as Ishmael in Moby Dick (1956), and in the drama Decision Before Dawn (1951). He was married to Italian Academy Award-nominated actress Valentina Cortese, with whom he had one son before their divorce in 1960. Cortese and Basehart also costarred in Robert Wise's The House on Telegraph Hill (1951). Basehart was also noted for his deep, distinctive voice and was prolific as a narrator of many television and movie projects ranging from features to documentaries. In 1980, Basehart narrated the mini-series written by Peter Arnett called Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War that covered Vietnam and its battles from the Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945 to the final American embassy evacuation on April 30, 1975. He appeared in the pilot episode of the television series Knight Rider as billionaire Wilton Knight. He is the narrator at the beginning of the show's credits. In 1971, Basehart played "Captain Sligo", a comical Irishman with a pet buffalo who negotiates a flawed but legal cattle purchase and unconventionally courts a widow with two children, played by Salome Jens, in CBS's western series, Gunsmoke, with James Arness. Basehart appeared in an episode of The Twilight Zone, Hawaii Five-O, and as Hannibal Applewood, an abusive schoolteacher in Little House on the Prairie in 1976. In 1972, he appeared in the Columbo episode Dagger of the Mind in which he and Honor Blackman played a husband-and-wife theatrical team who were loose parodies of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. In the feature realm, he played a supporting role as a doctor in Rage (1972), a theatrical feature starring and directed by George C. Scott. He made a few TV movies including Sole Survivor (1970) and The Birdmen (1971). Both were based on true stories during World War II. He died at age 70 following a series of strokes. One month before his death, Basehart was an announcer for the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Description above from the Wikipedia article Richard Basehart, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Most Famous Work

Columbo
Average
8

Columbo

(1971) Nicholas Framer
Knight Rider
Average
8

Knight Rider

(1982) Wilton Knight
Rawhide
Average
8

Rawhide

(1959) Tod Stone
Gunsmoke
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7

Gunsmoke

(1955) Captain Aron Sligo
Combat!
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8

Combat!

(1962) Capt. Steiner
Tales of the Unexpected
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7
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
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8

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

(1964) Adm. Harriman Nelson
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Average
8

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour

(1962) Miles Crawford

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2002 Cpl. Denno (archive footage) (uncredited)
1982 Self
Wilton Knight
Wilton Knight
Narrator (Self)
1981 N/A
N/A
1980 John Huston
1979 Vladimir Skrapinov
Duke of Kentland
Slade
Narrator
1978 Manny Benchly
N/A
N/A
King Arthur
1977 Stan Ellis
Sayer of the Law
John Cutler
Elliott Osborn
1976 Willy Brandt
Dr. Leonard Chaney
Dr. Joshua Henderson (1871)
1975 N/A
N/A
N/A
George Latimer
1974 N/A
1973 Carl Brenner
Schiller
Dr Douglas Pruitt
1972 Dr. Roy Caldwell
Angus Keough
N/A
Maj. Barney Caldwell
Nye Buell
1971 Robert Barnes
Nicholas Framer
Host / Narrator
The President
1970 Henry Wirz
Brig. Gen. Russell Hamner
1969 Dr. Boeker
1968 N/A
Narrator
1967 N/A
1965 Dr. Gregor Hoffman
1964 Narrator
Narrator (voice)
Adm. Harriman Nelson
1963 Ah Min
N/A
1962 Capt. Steiner
Steve Fallon
Miles Crawford
Philip Townsend
Adolf Hitler
1961 N/A
1960 Don Benton
N/A
Father Phelan
Howard Mason
Eric Reinhardt
1959 George Rancourt
N/A
Wittkuhn
Tod Stone
1958 N/A
Lester Bergson
Ivan Karamazov
1957 Maj. Harry Cargill
Martino
1956 N/A
Ishmael
Reginald 'Reggie' Wilson
Joe Blake
1955 Ing. Stefano Manfredi
Picasso
Captain Aron Sligo
Larry Kendall
1954 Il 'Matto'
Dottor Stefano Luprandi
Joe Halsey
Joe Hamstringer
1953 George S. Headley
1951 N/A
Lt. Dick Rennick
Cpl. Denno
Alan Spender
Robert Cosick
1950 Larry Nelson
1949 Warren Quimby
Maximilian Robespierre
Mounts Hatfield
Roy Martin / Roy Morgan
1948 N/A
1947 James Caldwell Demarest
William Williams
Year Character Movie/Tv

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