Peter Mark Richman, ‘Three’s Company’ Co-Star, Dies At 93
Peter Mark Richman, who appeared in hundreds of television episodes and had reoccurring roles on Beverly Hills 90210 and Three’s Company, died on Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 93.
Richman died of natural causes at his home in Woodland Hills, according to his publicist Harlon Boll.
The Philadelphia-born actor started out as a pharmacist before joining the Actors Studio in New York in 1953. He performed in several stage plays, including A Hatful of Rain and Masquerade on Broadway. In 1960, he also starred in over 400 off-Broadway performances of The Zoo Story by Edward Albee.
Richman appeared in movies like The Black Orchid, The Strange One, Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear and Friday The 13th, Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan, but he was most well known for his prolific TV career. He appeared in more than 500 episodes of shows including Bonanza, Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Twilight Zone.
And although the show where he was featured as a main cast member, Cain’s Hundred, only lasted one season in 1960, it propelled him into playing more reoccurring characters in television. He played Rev. Luther Snow, the father of Suzanne Somer‘s character on Three’s Company, Lawrence Carson in Beverly HIlls 90210 and he appeared as C.C. Capwell in the soap opera Santa Barbara.
In 1990, Richman was awarded the Silver Medallion by The Motion Picture & Television Fund for his charitable and humanitarian work.
He is survived by his wife Helen, his five children and six grandchildren.
Fans remembered the actor on Twitter:
#RIP Peter Mark Richman, a distinguished actor with a long and accomplished career that included the penultimate episode of ‘The Twilight Zone,’ but best known to maniacs like us for his role in FRIDAY THE 13th, PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN (1989). Memorable bad guy there. pic.twitter.com/Bp9tgPsbP6
— Daily Grindhouse (@DailyGrindhouse) January 15, 2021
Will always love his performance as Charles McCulloch in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan. Such an underrated character and a great actor, RIP #PeterMarkRichman. https://t.co/fzOdygHPkj pic.twitter.com/1NyRmry9Dy
— Peter Johnston (@PeterJohnstonxx) January 15, 2021
Very sad! I met him at the premiere and gave him the rare Friday the 13th I ❤️NY poster because he wanted one so badly. An absolute gentleman and very human! R.I.P. Peter Mark Richman 😢
— Marty Weiss 🏳️🌈 (@mwmtalent) January 15, 2021
Sad to hear of actor Peter Mark Richman’s passing. He always made for a good heel whether in Friday The 13th, Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan or that Star Trek season one finale. I heard he was a really good guy, too. pic.twitter.com/58aiSoCH3S
— Nick Michalak, RavensFilm Productions (@RavensFilm) January 15, 2021
“School is out, McCullough.” 😢 RIP Peter Mark Richman. Did a ton, but as a horror fan, will always most remember him from playing that jerk uncle/teacher in Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan, a movie I will defend more than most fans (my 5th fav of the series). pic.twitter.com/sdoikGHwBx
— Schweig Writes (@schweigwrites) January 15, 2021