Born in Beverly Hill California on March 31, 1934 George Richard Chamberlain was the heartthrob of the 1960s television scene. He was the handsome Dr. Kildare with the Ivy-League charm and intelligent demeanor. This situation would be wonderful for any new star, but Chamberlain found it confusing and difficult.
Chamberlain developed a strong interest in acting when he attended Pomona College. He was drafted into the military and sent to Korea for 16 months before he graduated. After his discharge he moved to Hollywood and was a guest on Gunsmoke in 1955, Mr. Lucky in 1959 and the medical show Dr. Kildare in 1961.
He left for England in 1968 to star on stage. He was very well received in Hamlet in 1969 and Richard II in 1971. He was Octavius Caesar in Julius Caesar (film) in 1970 and starred in The Music Lovers also in 1970. Chamberlain returned to America and played on Broadway in The Night of the Iguana in 1975. He was Aramis in The Three Musketeers in 1973 and had a villainous role in The Towering Inferno. He turned to television again in the epic The Count of Monte-Cristo in 1975, The Thorn Birds in 1983. Chamberlain starred in Shogun in 1983. These TV movies earned him Emmy nominations and Golden Globes.
He played gay characters in I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry in 2006 and on the television series Will & Grace in 1998. At last, Chamberlain could feel release from hiding his homosexuality all these years.