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Richard Egan

Richard Egan was an American actor. Born in San Francisco, California, Egan served in the United States Army during World War II. A graduate of the University of San Francisco and Stanford University, he studied and taught at Northwestern University for a time. Having studied theatre, he took a bit role in the 1949 Hollywood film The Story of Molly X. This start would lead to his signing of a contract with 20th Century Fox where his rugged physique and good looks made him an early 1950s leading man in mainly B-movies. In 1956, he starred as Elvis Presley's older brother in Presley's first film, Love Me Tender and in 1959 was the male lead opposite Dorothy McGuire in A Summer Place. In 1960, Egan appeared in such films as Pollyanna and with Joan Collins in Esther and the King.

During the decade of the 60s, Richard Egan worked extensively in television, starring in the western drama series, Empire from 1962 to 1964. After his series ended, he made guest appearances on other television shows as well as acting in several motion pictures for the big screen plus in films made specifically for television. In 1982 he joined the cast for the new daytime television political drama Capitol with which he worked until being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1987.

Richard Egan died in Los Angeles and was interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery in suburban Culver City.

Egan was well respected within the acting community for having helped a number of young actors get their first real break in the film industry.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Richard Egan Facts

BirthdayJuly 29, 1921
BirthplaceSan Francisco, California, USA
Date of deathJuly 20, 1987 (Los Angeles, California, USA, age 65)
Height6' 2" (1m88)  How tall is Richard Egan compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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