Peter Mark Richman, who frequently played villains, dies

Peter Mark Richman in an episode of The FBI

Peter Mark Richman, a character actor who had a long career and often played villains, has died at 93, Variety reported.

He was often tapped by QM Productions for its various shows and was part of the “QM Players” of actors frequently employed by producer Quinn Martin.

Richman’s QM credits included The FBI (appearing as a guest star in eight of nine seasons), The Invaders, The Fugitive, Cannon, Barnaby Jones, and The Streets of San Francisco. The actor was part of a big cast for the QM TV movie House on Greenapple Road, which led to the Dan August series.

Richman also was called upon by casting directors for 1960s spy shows, including The Wild Wild West, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (the show’s two-part series finale), It Takes a Thief, and Mission: Impossible.

He also was the lead in Agent for H.A.R.M. (1966), which mixed spy fi with sci fi. The cast also included Aliza Gur, who earlier appeared in From Russia With Love as one of the two gypsy fighting women.

The production was poked fun at on Mystery Science 3000, where a host and two puppets (which were supposed to be robots) provided running commentary.

Richman’s IMDB.COM ENTRY lists more than 150 credits from 1953 to 2016.

UPDATE: The Silver Age Television account on Twitter embedded a clip where Richman appears. It’s pretty typical of the characters that Richman played.

2 Responses

  1. I was wondering where I saw Peter’s face before and it finally hit me. He was the one dimensional, rich jerk who was brought out of a cryogenic, frozen state in the Star Trek: TNG episode The Neutral Zone.

  2. Just watched Mr. Richman last month on an episode of Quinn Martin’s “12 O Clock High”. He was billed as Special Guest Star, after his fellow guest actors Bruce Dern & Burt Reynolds! QM certainly held him in high esteem.

    Mr. Richman also appeared on the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon once in the 80s. Lewis himself introduced the actor and went on to praise his talent & career. Mr. Richman looked genuinely touched. It was a nice moment.

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