Blonde, blue-eyed supporting, character, and occasional leading actor Richard Mulligan has worked on stage, screen, and television. He made his feature-film debut in Love With the Proper Stranger (1963), but only occasionally appeared in movies through the early '70s. One of his notable roles was that of the arrogant General Custer opposite Dustin Hoffman in Arthur Penn's Western epic Little Big Man (1970). Mulligan made his first TV appearance in the telepic Pueblo (1973). His film career has encompassed a wide variety of genres, but in the late '70s, he turned primarily to comedy. On television, Mulligan is best known for playing Burt Campbell on the long-running comedy Soap (1977-1981) and for his Emmy-winning portrayal of Dr. Harry Weston on the sitcom Empty Nest (1988-1995). His older brother, Robert Mulligan, is a director.
Biography by Sandra Brennan
- Served in the U.S. Navy in Pensacola, FL.
- Once enrolled in a junior seminary in hopes of becoming a priest.
- Studied to be a playwright at Columbia University.
- Was a fixture in director Blake Edwards' comedies in the 1980s, starring in S.O.B., Trail of the Pink Panther, Micki & Maude and A Fine Mess.