Richard Kiley

Performer
Richard Kiley

Male

Born: March 31, 1922
Chicago, Illinois

Died: March 5, 1999
Warwick, New York

Richard Kiley, the Tony Award-winning actor who made "The Impossible Dream" soar in the Broadway musical, Man of La Mancha, has died, according to a news service report. Richard Kiley, the Tony Award-winning actor who made "The Impossible Dream" soar in the Broadway musical, Man of La Mancha, has died, according to a news service report.

Mr. Kiley, 76, had struggled with bone marrow disease and was too ill to attend his Theatre Hall of Fame honor earlier this year at the Gershwin Theatre in New York City.

E! Online reported that Mr. Kiley's death was confirmed March 5 by a funeral director in Warwick, NY, but no other details were immediately available.

In addition to creating and nabbing a Best Actor Tony for the dual roles of Cervantes and Don Quixote in the smash 1965 musical, Man of La Mancha, Mr. Kiley won a Best Actor Tony Award for 1959's Redhead with Gwen Verdon and sang "The Sweetest Sounds" opposite Diahann Carroll in the groundbreaking 1962 musical, No Strings, with music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers. He appeared in Kismet in 1953, playing the Caliph and introducing another major musical theatre hit: "Stranger in Paradise," based on a theme by Borodin.

His sonorous voice was heard on radio serials, commercials and voiceovers (the voice of the "Jurassic Park" tram in the Spielberg film) and his late-career TV work included roles in "Ally McBeal," "Picket Fences," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and the miniseries, "A Year in the Life," which later became a regular series on NBC.

Born in Chicago in 1922, he attended Loyola University and Barnum Dramatic School in Chicago, 1941-42. He served as a gunnery instructor in the U.S. Navy and came to New York City in 1947. He would have turned 77 March 31.

Mr. Kiley was known for his virile, commanding presence and his versatility, moving easily between classical roles (Misalliance on Broadway), musicals (1964's I Had a Ball, 1968's Her First Roman) and contemporary plays (understudying Anthony Quinn and later taking over for him as Stanley in a tour of A Streetcar Named Desire).

His films include "The Blackboard Jungle," "The Little Prince," "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" and "Patch Adams."

He is survived by wife Patricia and six children.

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - All My Sons All My Sons
Apr. 22, 1987 - May 17, 1987
Joe Keller Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 34th Annual Tony Awards - 1980 The 34th Annual Tony Awards - 1980
Jun. 8, 1980 - Jun. 8, 1980
Participating Artist Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Man of La Mancha Man of La Mancha
Sep. 15, 1977 - Dec. 31, 1977
Don Quixote (Cervantes) Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Heiress The Heiress
Apr. 20, 1976 - May 9, 1976
Dr. Austin Sloper Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Absurd Person Singular Absurd Person Singular
Oct. 8, 1974 - Mar. 6, 1976
Ronald Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Man of La Mancha Man of La Mancha
Jun. 22, 1972 - Oct. 21, 1972
Don Quixote (Cervantes) Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Voices Voices
Apr. 3, 1972 - Apr. 8, 1972
Robert Performer
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - The Incomparable Max The Incomparable Max
Oct. 19, 1971 - Nov. 6, 1971
A. V. Laider Performer
(Original)
 
    Enoch Soames Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The 25th Annual Tony Awards - 1971 The 25th Annual Tony Awards - 1971
Mar. 28, 1971 - Mar. 28, 1971
Performer Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Her First Roman Her First Roman
Oct. 20, 1968 - Nov. 2, 1968
Caesar Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Man of La Mancha Man of La Mancha
Nov. 22, 1965 - Jun. 26, 1971
Don Quixote (Cervantes) Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - I Had a Ball I Had a Ball
Dec. 15, 1964 - Jun. 12, 1965
Stan The Shpieler Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - No Strings No Strings
Mar. 15, 1962 - Aug. 3, 1963
David Jordan Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Advise and Consent Advise and Consent
Nov. 17, 1960 - May 20, 1961
Brig Anderson Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Redhead Redhead
Feb. 5, 1959 - Mar. 19, 1960
Tom Baxter Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Time Limit! Time Limit!
Jan. 24, 1956 - May 12, 1956
Major Harry Cargill Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Kismet Kismet
Dec. 3, 1953 - Apr. 23, 1955
The Caliph Performer
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Misalliance Misalliance
Mar. 6, 1953 - Jun. 27, 1953
Joey Percival Performer
(Original)
 
 

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Awards


Drama Desk Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1978 Outstanding Actor in a Musical Man of La Mancha Nominee
1976 Outstanding Actor in a Play The Heiress Nominee

Theatre World

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1953 Theatre World Award Misalliance Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1987 Actor in a Play All My Sons Nominee
1966 Actor in a Musical Man of La Mancha Winner
1962 Actor in a Musical No Strings Nominee
1959 Actor in a Musical Redhead Winner
 
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