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Richard Eastham (Dickinson Swift Eastham)

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Biography

Opelousas, Louisiana, USA
Another in the long line of 1950s and 1960s character actors whose face was oh-so familiar but not the name, Richard Eastham was originally headed for a musical career. He was born Dickinson Swift Eastham in Opelousas, Louisiana, on June 22, 1916. A student at Washington University, he was gifted with a fine sturdy baritone and performed with the St. Louis Grand Opera in the days before World War II. After finishing his wartime four-year army service, Eastham moved to New York and studied at the American Theatre Wing. Read more...

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Character: Colonel Sam Castle

Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus 1960

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Character: Supervisor Newton

That Darn Cat! 1965

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Character: Dr. Norman Solaris

Murderers' Row 1966

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Character: General Milt Walters

Not with My Wife, You Don't! 1966

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Character: Harrison Cochran

Mod Squad 1968

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Character: Judge Thomas Parrish

The Waltons 1971

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Character: Senator Mickelwaite

Rich Man, Poor Man 1976

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Character: Gen. David M. Shoup, USMC Commandant

The Missiles of October 1974

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Character: Thomas Ewing

McMillan & Wife 1971

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Character: Linton Gavin

Baretta 1975

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Character: Rafaelson

Cade's County 1971

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Character: Mr. Courtnay

Adam-12 1968

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Character: Lionel Schallert

The Bill Cosby Show 1969

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Character: Will Stark

Alcoa Premiere 1961

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Character: Sam Verner

The Barbara Stanwyck Show 1960

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Character: Jim Amber

Zane Grey Theater 1956

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