Veteran actor Peter Mark Richman — who performed on stage, film, and television and had appeared on more than 500 TV shows — died on Jan. 14 at the age of 93. According to Deadline, the actor passed away due to natural causes in Woodland Hills, CA. Richman’s career as a playwright, actor, author, and artist spanned a whopping eight decades in the entertainment industry.
To soap fans, Richman may be recognized as the actor who originated the role of C.C. Capwell on NBC’s SANTA BARBARA back in 1984. The patriarch of the powerful Capwell family, C.C. was also one of the most powerful businessmen in the country and the rather domineering father of Mason, Eden, Kelly, and Ted. Richman was only on the soap for less than a year before the role was recast with Paul Burke. You can watch a clip of Richman’s first and last SANTA BARBARA scenes below.
In primetime, Richman starred as Nick Cain in his own NBC series, CAIN’S HUNDRED, a crime drama that aired in the 1961-62 season. He also had recurring roles as Andrew Laird, Blake’s cutthroat attorney on DYNASTY, as Chrissy’s preacher father, Reverend Snow, on THREE’S COMPANY, as papa Jim’s boss, Larry, on BEVERLY HILLS, 90210, and as Duke Paige in the 1971 police procedural LONGSTREET.
Over the course of his career, Richman guest-starred on 130 series, including the likes of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, MURDER, SHE WROTE, HART TO HART, FANTASY ISLAND, HOTEL, and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. His film credits included Naked Persuasion, Black Orchid, Naked Gun 2 ½, Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, and Poolhall Junkies, in which his son, Orien Richman, also appeared. As a playwright, he authored numerous one-man shows, including 4 Faces; he would later star in a 1999 film based on his play.
Richman is survived by his wife of 67 years, actress Helen Richman, children Howard, Kelly, Lucas, Orien, and Roger and their spouses, and six grandchildren. Please join us in sending our condolences to the entire Richman family during this difficult time.