Saturday, November 20, 2010

Richard Kline who played Larry on Three's Company

Richard Kline was born in 1944 in New York City.  He is well known as playing the neighbor of roommates Jack (John Ritter), Chrissy (Suzanne Somers), Janet (Joyce DeWitt), and Terri (Priscilla Barnes) in the TV show "Three's Company".



Richard Kline as "Larry" in "Three's Company"

Richard made his first acting appearance on the Chicago stage in 1971 in the show "Death of a Salesman", then "Love's Labour's Lost". In 1976 he made his very first television debut in "Serpico", followed by "Executive Suite", and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show".  The following year he appeared in "Seventh Avenue", "Eight is Enough", and "Maude".




That same year in 1977, he began his role as Larry Dallas in the series "Three's Company" co-starring with John Ritter, Joyce DeWittSuzanne Somers, and Priscilla Barnes.  He also made one appearance in the spin-off show "The Ropers" whiched starred Audra Lindley (Helen Roper) and Norman Fell (Stanley Roper) who were the landlords of the building they lived in.  During the run of "Three's Company" until 1984, he also appeared in "One Day At a Time", "Not Just Another Affair", "Insight", "Fantasy Island"
with Ricardo Montalban and Hervé Villechaize , and "The Love Boat" starring Gavin MacLeod, Lauren Tewes, Bernie Kopell, Fred Grandy, Jill Whelan, and Ted Lange.


"Three's Company" cast members, Front: Joyce DeWitt (Janet), John Ritter (Jack), Ann Wedgeworth (Lana)  Back: Don Knotts (Mr. Ralph Furley), Richard Kline (Larry) , Suzanne Somers (Chrissy)

After "Three's Company", Kline appeared in "Hotel" (1985), "Comedy Factory", "Shadow Chasers" (1986), "Sidekicks", "You Again?", "Silver Spoons" (1987), "Hill Street Blues", "St. Elsewhere", "Matlock" (1988), "Punky Brewster"
starring Soleil Moon Frye, George Gaynes, Cherie Johnson , Susie Garrett, and Ami Foster; "Simon & Simon", "Making a Living" 1985-88.

He appeared on the Broadway stage in 1990 in "City of Angels".   During this same year he also hosted the game show "To Tell The Truth" as well as thirteen episodes of "His & Hers" as Jeff Spencer. 

Richard Kline in the 90s

He went on to appear in "Father Dowling Mysteries" (1991), "Harry and the Hendersons" (1992), "The New WKRP in Cincinnati" (1993), "Columbo", "L.A. Law" (1994), "Family Matters" (1995), "Step by Step" (1995), "The Bold and the Beautiful" (1996), "Married with Children", "Beverly Hills Ninja" (1997), "Liberty Heights (1999), "That '70s Show", "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (2000), "Saving Silverman" (2001), "Judging Amy", "Gilmore Girls" (2002), "NYPD Blue" (1996 and 2004), "ER" (2004), "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry" (2007), "Knight to F4" (2009), and "MovieMoney" in 2010. 
Also in 2009 Richard began stage performances in the show "Wicked" playing the role of "The Wizard".






Richard Kline today

4 comments:

  1. Richard Kline, in my opinion played a wild bachelor as Jack's sidekick in Three's Company & did a superb job, especially when he sang in Jack's Restaurant episode where he couldn't sing a note but Jack gave him a lot of support despite Janet telling him that Larry stunk as a singer..OFR

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  2. Larry Dallas was definitely became a key player, yet he was not as credited compared to the rest. I felt he should have been given more recognition (ex. the movie), but despite of the turmoil between cast members, he was one of the few that made it throughout the series. Loved his character and he always stayed true to his persona from beginning to end. He will always be my favorite bachelor :)

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  3. Richard Kline can be seen in the movie don't think twice with mike birbiglia and Keegan Michael key.

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  4. I always loved his character, i wish he would have given more time in an episode, Very natural actor
    Anwar

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