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    Okay, I was too young when he became an idol in the sixties as Dr. Kildare. I didn't notice him until I saw him in The Three Musketeers in the mid seventies, when I was a pre-teen. He was pretty, and as young as I was, I knew I liked pretty Later when I saw pix of him as Dr. Kildare I wondered how the hell they thought he was so handsome then. He had this blank, non-descript face in that series.
    I'm not even sure he is all that handsome. To me he is most attractive in period pieces: his posture and face are made for costume movies. So my all-time favorite (and thus most attractive) Chamberlain parts are in the Musketeer movies, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Slipper and the Rose, Shogun, The Thorn Birds. One exception, not for his physical attractiveness but for his fantastic acting, is in the TV miniseries The Bourne Identity with Jaclyn Smith. I still prefer that to the movies with what's his name.
    Although rumors about him being gay were going around since his Dr. Kildare days, Chamberlain did not come out until he was 69 and no longer in the running for romantic lead parts.

    Vital Stats and trivia:
    Born: March 31, 1934
    Height: 6'0"
    Hair: (light) brown/sandy blond, now grey, what's left of it.
    Eyes: Blue
    Trivia: "King of the miniseries", lost his virginity while serving in the army in Korea to a Japanese girl "It was great, she was great and I really enjoyed it. But somehow it didn't feel right. ...It was under extraordinary circumstances. I was drunk and very young. And she was lovely. And it just sort of happened. But it's not -- but the idea of being married, etcetera and having kids, never appealed to me at all. Not at all."





    ^Loved him in Richard Lester's The Three (and later Four) Musketeers; zany and funny. He played Aramis.

    ^With is co-Musketeers: Oliver Reed, Michael York and Frank Finlay.

    ^The perfect prince in the Cinderella adaptation "The Slipper and the Rose".

    ^The perfect, vain, King Louis in "The Man in the Iron Mask"

    ^The perfect sea captain turned honorary samurai in "Shogun"


    ^the perfect imperfect priest in "The Thorn Birds".
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    I loved him. Had a serious crush for years.

    Then I transferred to the Studio from the parent company, very wide-eyed and ludicrously naive, and the guys from corporate, on a visit, asked me who I wanted to meet. I mentioned Richard Chamberlain, and they rather gently informed me he was gay. I was aghast, and incensed. (And naive. Did I mention naive?)

    "He is not!" I replied indignantly.

    "He's the prince of them all." they insisted, again rather gently. (They were really great guys.)

    A few months later, I was a bit more aware, and recognized they were right. Still wanted to meet him, of course. Unfortunately, I never did, but I understand from people who knew him that he was a gentleman in the finest sense of the word.
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    He sure was pretty back in the day.

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    I agree he was a living doll. I really did love him.

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    Awww Yvette Mimieux, they look so good together. I really like Yvette too, such a darling soul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HWBL View Post
    Okay, I was too young when he became an idol in the sixties as Dr. Kildare. I didn't notice him until I saw him in The Three Musketeers in the mid seventies, when I was a pre-teen. He was pretty, and as young as I was, I knew I liked pretty Later when I saw pix of him as Dr. Kildare I wondered how the hell they thought he was so handsome then. He had this blank, non-descript face in that series.
    I'm not even sure he is all that handsome. To me he is most attractive in period pieces: his posture and face are made for costume movies. So my all-time favorite (and thus most attractive) Chamberlain parts are in the Musketeer movies, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Slipper and the Rose, Shogun, The Thorn Birds. One exception, not for his physical attractiveness but for his fantastic acting, is in the TV miniseries The Bourne Identity with Jaclyn Smith. I still prefer that to the movies with what's his name.
    Although rumors about him being gay were going around since his Dr. Kildare days, Chamberlain did not come out until he was 69 and no longer in the running for romantic lead parts.

    Vital Stats and trivia:
    Born: March 31, 1934
    Height: 6'0"
    Hair: (light) brown/sandy blond, now grey, what's left of it.
    Eyes: Blue
    Trivia: "King of the miniseries", lost his virginity while serving in the army in Korea to a Japanese girl "It was great, she was great and I really enjoyed it. But somehow it didn't feel right. ...It was under extraordinary circumstances. I was drunk and very young. And she was lovely. And it just sort of happened. But it's not -- but the idea of being married, etcetera and having kids, never appealed to me at all. Not at all."





    ^Loved him in Richard Lester's The Three (and later Four) Musketeers; zany and funny. He played Aramis.

    ^With is co-Musketeers: Oliver Reed, Michael York and Frank Finlay.

    ^The perfect prince in the Cinderella adaptation "The Slipper and the Rose".

    ^The perfect, vain, King Louis in "The Man in the Iron Mask"

    ^The perfect sea captain turned honorary samurai in "Shogun"


    ^the perfect imperfect priest in "The Thorn Birds".
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    Goddammit, NO! Keep your ff-ing reboot hands off of the originals!!!! Shogun was epic with Chamberlain!

    Source: The Hollywood Reporter

    August 03, 2018 10:00am PT by Rick Porter
    FX Orders 'Shogun' Limited Series


    Photofest; Greg Doherty/Getty Images

    Richard Chamberlain in NBC's 'Shogun,' FX's John Landgraf



    The 10-episode series will be based on James Clavell's novel, which previously inspired a 1980 NBC miniseries.


    FX is taking a big swing — with a familiar name — for its next limited series.


    The cable channel has ordered up a 10-episode Shogun adaptation in what FX is calling its "largest international scale production to date." The series will be based on James Clavell's 1975 novel of the same title, which in turn inspired a hit 1980 NBC miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain.


    "The story of Shogun has captivated audiences since James Clavell first released his epic novel more than 40 years ago," said John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks. "The themes of an outsider encountering a new culture are as relevant today as then. We are honored to bring the series to today's viewers."


    The project has been on FX's radar for some time. Back in 2013, FX Productions teamed with producer Michael De Luca — who is an executive producer on this version — and writer Nigel Williams to develop an adaptation for the Fox broadcast network.


    Shogun is the story of English sailor John Blackthorne, who ends up shipwrecked in feudal Japan circa 1600. He eventually becomes a confidant of Lord Toronaga, a powerful daimyo (feudal lord). The story also centers on Lady Mariko, a female samurai "with invaluable skills but dishonorable family ties."


    The 1980 miniseries was told from Blackthorne's (Chamberlain) point of view as a European man in a strange land, a style of storytelling that wouldn't necessarily work as well now. Speaking to the press Friday, Landgraf said the Japanese characters will have equal footing in FX's adaptation.


    "There's a lot of really fun and fascinating work going on to try to balance the story out and tell it from both points of view," Landgraf said. "We're also casting… really, really wonderful Japanese actors. I agree with your assessment that if [it is to] just sort of exoticize and fetishize Japanese culture through Western eyes and the male gaze, it would probably not fly. But I think there's an exciting opportunity to tell the collision of two cultures from both perspectives."


    Ronan Bennett (Public Enemies, Top Boy) and Rachel Bennette (NW, Bel Ami) are writing the series and will executive produce with Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich of DNA TV; De Luca; Michaela Clavell; and Tim Van Patten (The Sopranos, Game of Thrones), who will direct multiple episodes. The series will film in Japan and the U.K.


    Macdonald and Reich are also executive producing another FX project announced Friday, limited series Devs.


    The September 1980 miniseries Shogun, which spanned 12 hours over five nights, was the first (and as of now only) American TV production that filmed entirely in Japan. It delivered what were at the time the biggest weekly ratings in NBC's history, averaging a 26.3 household rating. It won three Emmys the following year.


    There's no target date yet for Shogun on FX.










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    Honestly, Shogun (and all the Clavel novels of Asia) are some of my favorites. I dont love the original miniseries version, not because of Chamberlain, but I thought the screen play was very badly done.

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    Sorry, but he looks like the BeeGees’ dad, with slightly better teeth and a fucking creepy vibe about him.
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    He was the ultimate hot in "The Thornbirds".
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    After the Thornbirds came out in Germany, I had to inform my lovelorn co-worker that Richard Chamberlain was indeed gay. She was devastated.
    I always thought that he be really pretty, but sometimes he was just creepy looking, like he was wearing a mask.
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