Television: Kildare as Hamlet

In the early 1960s, when he was MGM Television's Dr. Kildare, Richard Chamberlain got more fan mail than just about anyone on the lot since Clark Gable played Rhett Butler. In 1966, when the TV series ended. Chamberlain decided to start his career all over again.

He went to England, let his peroxided hair grow brown and long. He took speech lessons, and, after a strong performance in a BBC drama, received an offer to play Hamlet with the excellent Birmingham Repertory Theater. Recalls Chamberlain: "I felt pride, amazement, disbelief, terror." He was the...

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