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Richard Long
Birth: Dec. 17, 1927
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Dec. 21, 1974
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Actor. He was the fifth of six children of Sherman D. Long, a commercial artist, and Dale McCord. The family lived in the greater Chicago, Illinois area until Richard’s senior year in high school when they relocated to Hollywood, California. He had no intention of becoming an actor until he enrolled in drama class for an easy English credit requirement. By accident, a Universal Studio talent scout caught the handsome, 6-foot tall, blue-eyed teenager in a school performance; hence his acting career began upon graduation. By 1947, after a couple of bit parts, he had his first role as Drew, the son of Claudette Colbert and Orson Welles in the movie “Tomorrow Is Forever”. In his second film, he played Noah Longstreet, the brother of Loretta Young’s character in Orson Welles’ film “The Stranger”. This was followed by his role as the oldest son in the first four of the nine “Ma and Pa Kettle” movies. He also had the movie roles of Jeff Taylor in “The Life of Riley”, the outlaw Frank James in the 1950 “Kansas Raiders” and “Air Cadet” in 1951 gave him a role starring with Rock Hudson. In 1953, he had a supporting role in “All I Desire” starring Barbara Stanwyck. In the 1954 film “Saskatchewan”, he was dashing in the Royal Mounties’ red-coated uniform, sporting a mustache and a thick Irish accent with the role of Patrick Scanlon. He played a leading role in the western "Fury at Gunsight Pass” in 1956 and in black and white horror movies, “Cult of the Cobra” in 1954 and “House on “Haunted Hill” in 1959. In 1963, he was casted as a Navy officer alongside co-stars Connie Francis and Paula Prentiss in the MGM romantic musical “Follow the Boys”, a sequel to “Where the Boys Are”. It was at this point, his career turned toward television. From 1958 to 1960, he played the reoccurring role of gambler John "Gentleman Jack" Darby in four episodes of “Maverick”. He had a lead role in Warner Brothers’ Bourbon Street Beat from 1959 to 1960, a reoccurring role in “77 Sunset Strip”, guest roles in “Hey, Jeannie!”, “The Twilight Zone, ”Going My Way”, in 1963 “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour”, and in 1964 “The Tenderfoot”. In 1965, he accepted the role of Jarrod Barkley in what would become a role in a four-year-long TV series, “The Big Valley”. With the setting being on a cattle ranch in California in the late 1870’s, he played a lawyer and the eldest son of a rich matriarch, Barbara Stanwyck. Stepping away from acting, he directed the episode 55 “Plumder”, which was aired March 13, 1967. Since “The Big Valley” is listed as reruns on today’s TV schedules, the role of Jarrod Bartley could be his most notable as he was in 96 episodes of the 112. He appeared in 1970 in one episode of “Love American Style” playing Rev. Atkins. From 1970 to 1971, he had the lead role in the ABC sitcom “Nanny and the Professor” and attempted another sitcom, “Thicker than Water, in the summer of 1973. Two made-for-TV-movies were released in 1974: First, a comedy “The Girl Came Gift Wrapped” with his co-stars Karen Valentine and Farrah Fawcett and the second a murder mystery “Death Cruise”, where he had a leading role ending with his very last performance being a death scene. With a medical history of numerous myocardial infarctions starting as early as late 1950’s, he died from a fatal one on December 21, 1974 only four days after his 47th birthday. He was survived by a widow and three teenage children. He was married twice: His first wife actress Suzan Ball, who died from cancer 16 months after their 1955 marriage; in January 1957, he married actress Mara Corday. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict alongside Martin Milner, David Janssen and Clint Eastwood, who continued to be colleagues throughout his lifetime. (bio by: Linda Davis) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Sherman DeEston Long (1896 - 1961)
  Dorothy Dale McCord Long (1891 - 1971)
 
 Spouse:
  Suzan Ball (1934 - 1955)
 
 Children:
  Carey Long (1957 - 2008)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Heart attack
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Cinnamonntoast4
Record added: Jun 27, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6550770
Richard Long
Added by: Ron Moody
 
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Miss you!
-Anonymous
 Added: May. 20, 2016
Remembering you with affection and admiring your work. A wonderful actor taken far too soon.
- L.C.
 Added: Apr. 29, 2016

- IRVING PRESSER
 Added: Apr. 28, 2016
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