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John Richard Basehart (August 31, 1914 – September 17, 1984) was an American actor. He starred in the 1960s television science fiction drama Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, in the role of Admiral Harriman Nelson.

One of his most notable film roles was the acrobat known as "the Fool" in the acclaimed Italian film La strada directed by Federico Fellini. He also appeared as the killer in the film noir classic He Walked by Night (1948), as a psychotic member of the Hatfield clan in Roseanna McCoy (1949), as Ishmael in Moby Dick (1956), and in the drama Decision Before Dawn (1951). He was married to Italian Academy Award-nominated actress Valentina Cortese, with whom he had one son before their divorce in 1960. Cortese and Basehart also costarred in Robert Wise's The House on Telegraph Hill (1951).

Basehart was also noted for his deep, distinctive voice and was prolific as a narrator of many television and movie projects ranging from features to documentaries. In 1980, Basehart narrated the mini-series written by Peter Arnett called Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War that covered Vietnam and its battles from the Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945 to the final American embassy evacuation on April 30, 1975. He appeared in the pilot episode of the television series Knight Rider as billionaire Wilton Knight. He is the narrator at the beginning of the show's credits.

In 1971, Basehart played "Captain Sligo", a comical Irishman with a pet buffalo who negotiates a flawed but legal cattle purchase and unconventionally courts a widow with two children, played by Salome Jens, in CBS's western series, Gunsmoke, with James Arness. Basehart appeared in an episode of The Twilight Zone, Hawaii Five-O, and as Hannibal Applewood, an abusive schoolteacher in Little House on the Prairie in 1976.

In 1972, he appeared in the Columbo episode Dagger of the Mind in which he and Honor Blackman played a husband-and-wife theatrical team who were loose parodies of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. In the feature realm, he played a supporting role as a doctor in Rage (1972), a theatrical feature starring and directed by George C. Scott. He made a few TV movies including Sole Survivor (1970) and The Birdmen (1971). Both were based on true stories during World War II.

He died at age 70 following a series of strokes. One month before his death, Basehart was an announcer for the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

John Richard Basehart (August 31, 1914 – September 17, 1984) was an American actor. He starred in the 1960s television science fiction drama Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, in the role of Admiral Harriman Nelson.

One of his most notable film roles was the acrobat known as "the Fool" in the acclaimed Italian film La strada directed by Federico Fellini. He also appeared as the killer in the film noir classic He Walked by Night (1948), as a psychotic member of the Hatfield clan in Roseanna McCoy (1949), as Ishmael in Moby Dick (1956), and in the drama Decision Before Dawn (1951). He was married to Italian Academy Award-nominated actress Valentina Cortese, with whom he had one son before their divorce in 1960. Cortese and Basehart also costarred in Robert Wise's The House on Telegraph Hill (1951).

Basehart was also noted for his deep, distinctive voice and was prolific as a narrator of many television and movie projects ranging from features to documentaries. In 1980, Basehart narrated the mini-series written by Peter Arnett called Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War that covered Vietnam and its battles from the Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945 to the final American embassy evacuation on April 30, 1975. He appeared in the pilot episode of the television series Knight Rider as billionaire Wilton Knight. He is the narrator at the beginning of the show's credits.

In 1971, Basehart played "Captain Sligo", a comical Irishman with a pet buffalo who negotiates a flawed but legal cattle purchase and unconventionally courts a widow with two children, played by Salome Jens, in CBS's western series, Gunsmoke, with James Arness. Basehart appeared in an episode of The Twilight Zone, Hawaii Five-O, and as Hannibal Applewood, an abusive schoolteacher in Little House on the Prairie in 1976.

In 1972, he appeared in the Columbo episode Dagger of the Mind in which he and Honor Blackman played a husband-and-wife theatrical team who were loose parodies of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. In the feature realm, he played a supporting role as a doctor in Rage (1972), a theatrical feature starring and directed by George C. Scott. He made a few TV movies including Sole Survivor (1970) and The Birdmen (1971). Both were based on true stories during World War II.

He died at age 70 following a series of strokes. One month before his death, Basehart was an announcer for the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 88

Birthday 1914-08-13

Day of Death 1984-09-17

Place of Birth Zanesville, Ohio, U.S.

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1982 Knight Rider(2 episodes) as Wilton Knight
1981 Mr. Merlin(1 episode)
1981 Masada(4 episodes)
1980 Marilyn: The Untold Story as John Huston
1979 Being There as Vladimir Skrapinov
1979 The Rebels as Duke of Kentland
1979 Tales of the Unexpected(1 episode)
1978 The Great Bank Hoax as Manny Benchly
1978 W.E.B.(8 episodes)
1978 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court as King Arthur
1978 Vega$(1 episode)
1977 The Love Boat(1 episode)
1977 The Island of Dr. Moreau as Sayer of the Law
1976 Flood! as John Cutler
1976 21 Hours at Munich as Willy Brandt
1976 Mansion of the Doomed as Dr. Leonard Chaney
1976 Time Travelers as Dr. Joshua Henderson (1871)
1976 How the West Was Won(2 episodes)
1975 Joe Forrester(1 episode)
1975 Medical Story(1 episode)
1975 Judgment: The Court Martial of Lieutenant William Calley as George Latimer
1974 Little House on the Prairie(1 episode)
1973 Maneater as Carl Brenner
1973 ...And Millions Die! as Dr Douglas Pruitt
1972 Rage as Dr. Roy Caldwell
1972 The Bounty Man
1972 The Streets of San Francisco(1 episode)
1972 Un dangereux rendez-vous as Maj. Barney Caldwell
1971 The Death of Me Yet as Robert Barnes
1971 The Birdmen as Schiller
1971 Columbo(1 episode) as Nicholas Framer
1971 City Beneath the Sea as The President
1970 The Andersonville Trial as Henry Wirz
1970 Sole Survivor as Brig. Gen. Russell Hamner
1969 Hans Brinker as Dr. Boeker
1968 Hawaii Five-O(1 episode)
1968 The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich as Narrator
1967 Ironside(1 episode)
1965 The Satan Bug as Dr. Gregor Hoffman
1964 Four Days In November as Narrator (voice)
1964 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea(122 episodes) as Adm. Harriman Nelson
1963 Kings of the Sun as Ah Min
1963 Arrest and Trial(1 episode)
1962 Combat!(2 episodes)
1962 The Savage Guns as Steve Fallon
1962 Hitler as Adolf Hitler
1961 Ben Casey(1 episode)
1961 Visa to Canton as Don Benton
1960 Route 66(1 episode)
1960 For the Love of Mike as Father Phelan
1960 Portrait in Black as Howard Mason
1960 5 Branded Women as Eric Reinhardt
1959 The Ambitious One as George Rancourt
1959 The Twilight Zone(1 episode)
1959 Jons und Erdme as Wittkuhn
1959 Rawhide(1 episode)
1958 Love and Troubles
1958 Naked City(1 episode)
1958 The Brothers Karamazov as Ivan Karamazov
1957 Time Limit as Maj. Harry Cargill
1957 Miracles of Thursday as Martino
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater(1 episode)
1956 Moby Dick as Ishmael
1956 The Intimate Stranger as Reginald 'Reggie' Wilson
1956 The Extra Day as Joe Blake
1955 La vena d'oro
1955 Gunsmoke(1 episode)
1955 Il Bidone as Picasso
1955 Jailbirds
1955 Repris de justice as Dottor Stefano Luprandi
1955 Canyon Crossroads as Larry Kendall
1954 La Strada as Il 'Matto'
1954 The Good Die Young as Joe Halsey
1954 The Stranger's Hand as Joe Hamstringer
1953 Titanic as George S. Headley
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame(2 episodes)
1951 Decision Before Dawn as Lt. Rennick
1951 Fixed Bayonets! as Cpl. Denno
1951 The House on Telegraph Hill as Alan Spender
1951 Fourteen Hours as Robert Cosick
1950 Outside the Wall as Larry Nelson
1949 Tension as Warren Quimby
1949 Reign of Terror as Maximilian Robespierre
1949 Roseanna McCoy as Mounts Hatfield
1948 He Walked by Night as Roy Martin / Roy Morgan
1948 Studio One(2 episodes)
1947 Cry Wolf as James Caldwell Demarest
1947 Repeat Performance as William Williams, Poet

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