Three's Company and Dynasty Actor Peter Mark Richman Dies at 93

Peter Mark Richman died

Peter Mark Richman died

The Hollywood Reporter also reports that Richman died Thursday morning of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles. He also recurred as Suzanne Somers' father, Rev. Snow, on Three's Company.

Born in Philadelphia, Richman worked as a pharmacist before kick-starting his acting career in NY as a member of the Actors Studio in the 1950s. In addition to tours and productions across the US, he appeared on Broadway in "A Hatful of Rain" and "Masquerade" and portrayed Jerry in over 400 performances of Edward Albee's original NY production of "The Zoo Story". However, he felt called to the stage and became a member of the Actors Studio, appearing in End as a Man, by Calder Willingham.

The series followed Richman's title character as a former underworld lawyer who teams up with the federal government to bring 100 top criminals to justice. He starred in the TV shows Black Orchid (1958), Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991), Dynasty (1981-89), Beverly Hills 90210 (1990-2000) and Santa Barbara (1984-93), in which he played CC Capwell. He also played bit parts on "The Twilight Zone", "The Outer Limits", "Murder She Wrote", "Fantasy Island" and "Star Trek the Next Generation".

He appeared briefly as Jenna Wade's (Morgan Fairchild) wealthy lover on Dallas, Maynard Anderson, in 1978. Andrew was called upon to handle a variety of legal matters for the oil tycoon.

While Peter Mark Richman was a frequent presence on film and television since the mid-1950s, the actor strayed away from the spotlight in his later years, with his last credit on IMDB listed as 2016. He stepped in for Lloyd Bochner (ex-Cecil Colby, Dynasty), who was originally cast in the role but dropped out due to reported health issues.

FRIENDLY PERSUASION Mark Richman aka Peter Mark Richman
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Later on in his career, Richman moved into voice work. His acting credits are so numerous that it's hard to encapsulate his career within just three roles. He was Dynasty's Andrew Laird and Old Peter Parker in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, to name just two.

An artist of many mediums, Richman not only acted on the large and small screen (as well as on Broadway), but also had several of his one-act plays produced, several of his novels and short stories published, and was an accomplished painter with 17 one-man exhibitions.

He was also well known for his charitable work off the screen, awarded with the Motion Picture and Television Fund Silver Medallion for his charity work, along with the Sybil Brand Humanitarian Award from the Jeffrey Foundation.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen Richman, and his five children.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions in honor of Mr. Richman can be made to the Motion Picture Television Fund (MPTF).

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