RICHARD JORDAN BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Richard Jordan was born on July 19th, 1937 in New York City, New York with the birth name Robert Anson Jordan Jr. He received his early years education at a number of private schools in Manhattan and later at the Hotchkiss prep school in Lakeville, Connecticut. He also was given the chance to live as an exchange student in England and study at the Sherbourne School. He later earned his college degree from Harvard.
Jordan developed an interest in acting during his younger years and performed in a number of school productions as well as joined a summer stock company in Connecticut. Now with a degree from Harvard he felt ready to tackle acting as a fulltime career.
He began working as a stage actor and debuted on Broadway in 1961 in the play, "Take Her, She's mine". Other stage roles he soon added to his resume included, "Bicycle Ride to Nevada", "Generation" and later in his career, "A Patriot for Me". Over the course of his career as a stage actor he would appear in over 100 on and Off-Broadway productions.
Richard was also responsible during the 1960's as one of the founders of the Gotham Arts Theater where he encouraged young arts to get involved in the behind the scenes work of putting on a stage performance. He also gained a number of years experience with the New York Shakespeare Festival.
Soon he was also adding a number of television roles to his credits with appearances on, "Naked City", "Ben Casey", "Empire" and "The Defenders". Now with quite a bit of stage and television experience, he felt ready to tackle the film industry.
His debut film was in 1971 on, "Lawman" followed with a role in, "Chato's Land" (1972) starring Charles Bronson, Jack Palance, James Whitmore, Simon Oakland, Richard Basehart and Ralph Waite, "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" (1973), "Rooster Cogburn" (1975) starring John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn and his break through role on the television mini-series, "Captains and the Kings" (1976) which earned him his first Emmy nomination.
In addition to now working in films, he maintained his love for the stage and also worked on the other side of the industry as a writer, producer and director for plays performed at the L.A. Actors Theater in Los Angeles, California that he also managed during the 1970's.
As his career progressed he continued to work on such television series as, "American Playhouse" and "Tales from the Crypt". His final film appearances were on, "The Hunt for Red October" (1990) starring Sean Connery as Captain Marko Ramius and Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan and included James Earl Jones, Scott Glenn, Fred Thompson, Courtney Vance and Sam Neill, "Shout" (1991) starring John Travolta, Jamie Walters, Scott Coffey, Heather Graham, Glenn Quinn and Gwyneth Paltrow in her film debut, "Heaven Is a Playground" (1991), "Primary Motive" (1992), "Posse" (1993) starring Mario Van Peebles, Stephen Baldwin, Blair Underwood, Woody Strode and Isaac Hayes and "Gettysburg" (1993) starring Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels, Sam Elliott with Martin Sheen as narrator.
Richard Jordan married only once throughout his lifetime to Kathleen Widdoes in 1964 and they had one child together before the marriage came to an end in 1972. He did not re-marry but did live with his longtime girlfriend, Blair Brown from 1975 through 1985 and they had one son together. He then passed away from a brain tumor on August 30th, 1993 in Los Angeles, California at the young age of fifty six.
1992 Primary Motive
1991 Heaven Is a Playground
1991 Tales from the Crypt
1984-1991 American Playhouse
1990 The Hunt for Red October
1989 Manhunt: Search for the Night Stalker
1987-1988 The Equalizer
1988 The Murder of Mary Phagan
1987 The Secret of My Succe$s
1986 The Men's Club
1985 The Mean Season
1982 Washington Mistress
1981 The Bunker
1980 Raise the Titanic
1979 The French Atlantic Affair
1979 Old Boyfriends
1979 A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
1978 Les Miserables
1978 The Defection of Simas Kudirka
1976 Captains and the Kings
1976 Logan's Run
1975 Rooster Cogburn
1974 The Yakuza
1973 Hec Ramsey
1973 Incident at Vichy
1973 The Friends of Eddie Coyle
1973 The F.B.I.
1972 Chato's Land
1972 The Trial of the Catonsville Nine
1971 The Bold Ones: The Lawyers
1971 Valdez Is Coming
1964 Ready for the People
1962-1963 The Defenders
1962 Ben Casey
1962 The Wide Country
1962 Naked City