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  • Date of birth : 06/06/1940
  • Date of death : 25/12/1998



  • Paul Richard


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Richard Paul (1940)

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Richard Paul (June 6, 1940 – December 25, 1998) was an American actor.

He was born in Los Angeles, California. He was able to imitate most American and many foreign dialects. He had a tenor voice and trained with Lee Sweetland.

Richard had a B.A. in public affairs from Claremont Men's College and an M.A. in psychology from California State University at Los Angeles. He was near completion of his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona but gave up his career as a therapist to become a full time performer.

Richard Paul was nicknamed "Pige Paul" by Slim Pickens while filming an episode of The Love Boat after local pigeons anointed a new suit jacket.

Richard was also a frequent panelist on Match Game in the 1980s. From 1977 to 1979, he portrayed Mayor Teddy Burnside in Carter Country, and later played the recurring character of Cabot Cove Mayor Sam Booth in Murder, She Wrote.

He was cast as Dr. Bob Halyers in the "Clean Up Radio Everywhere" episode of WKRP in Cincinnati because of his resemblance to Rev. Jerry Falwell. Paul played Falwell himself twice: once in Fall From Grace, a Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker TV movie made in 1990, and then in The People vs. Larry Flynt in 1996.

Paul was in the cult classic film Eating Raoul , written and directed by Paul Bartel. He was also in Bartel's short film The Secret Cinema, a paranoid-delusional fantasy masterpiece of self referential cinema which was part of the Amazing Stories series on television. Paul also appeared in Not for Publication, written and directed by Bartel.

He volunteered with Actors and Others for Animals. He was on the Mental Health Advisory Board of Los Angeles County. He volunteered at childhood immunization clinics for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. He read books into tapes by special request at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles.

On Christmas Day 1998, Richard died at home in Studio City, California due to cancer. He was 58 years old.

He married Patty Oestereich in 1968 in Pasadena, California. They were married for 30 years, until his death.


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