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Rich Man, Poor Man

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(ABC, 2/1/1976 to 3/15/1976, 8 Parts, 12 hours). The overwhelming success of this star laden TV adaptation of Irwin Shaw’s 1970 best-seller that was shown as six two-hour motion pictures over a seven-week period ensured the future of the “Novel for Television” miniseries genre. Stars of varying magnitudes were made of the production’s three leading players Peter Strauss, Susan Blakely and Nick Nolte (each Emmy Award-nominated) as the two Jordache brothers and the girl involved at one time or another with each during the 20 years from the end of World War II until the late 1960s in this odyssey examining the shifting social and moral values in America. It also spawned a weekly series, “Rich Man, Poor Man Book II” (which had nothing to do with Shaw’s original book), running during the 1976-77 television season with Strauss continuing his original role. Emmy Awards were won by Edward Asner and Fionnuala Flanagan for acting, David Greene for directing (Part 8), and Alex North for his music score. Among the other nominations (20 in all) were one for Best Limited Series as well as to Dorothy McGuire, Ray Milland, Bill Bixby, Robert Reed, Van Johnson and Norman Fell (in various specialized acting categories), director Boris Sagal (for Part 5), writer Dean Reisner, cinematographer Howard R. Schwartz, costumer Charles Waldo, and editors Douglas Stewart and Richard Bracken.

Production Company Universal Television. Director (Parts 1, 2, 7 and 8) David Greene. Director (Parts 3, 4, 5 and 6) Boris Sagal. Executive Producer Harve Bennett. Producer Jon Epstein. Teleplay Dean Riesner. Based on the Novel by Irwin Shaw. Photography (Parts 1 and 2) Howard R. Schwartz. Photography (Parts 3 through 8) Russell L. Metty. Music Alex North. Editors Douglas Stewart, Richard Bracken. Art Director John E. Chilberg II.

Cast Peter Strauss (Rudy Jordache), Nick Nolte (Tom Jordache), Susan Blakely (Julie Prescott), Edward Asner (Axel Jordache), Dick Butkus (Al Fanducci), Michael Evans (Arnold Simms), Gloria Grahame (Sue Prescott), Dorothy McGuire (Mary Jordache), Robert Reed (Teddy Boylan), Dennis Dugan (Claude Tinker), Frank Aletter (Mr. Tinker), Josette Banzet (Miss Lenaut), John Furlong (Dr. Tinker), Mike Baird (Buddy), Martin Ash (Martin), William Bronder (Theatre manager), Steve Allen (Bayard Nichols), Bill Bixby (Willie Abbott), Kim Darby (Virginia Calderwood), Fionnuala Flanagan (Clothilde), Tim McIntire (Brad Knight), Ray Milland (Duncan Calderwood), Lawrence Pressman (Bill Denton), Talia Shire (Teresa Santoro), Bo Brundin (Harold Jordache), Julius Harris (Augie), Ben Archibek (Jay Ledbetter), Craig Stevens (Asher Berg), Norman Fell (Smitty), Jo Ann Harris (Gloria Bartley), Lynda Day George (Linda Quales), George Maharis (Joey Quales), Anthony Carbone (Lou Martin), Roy Jenson (Pete Tierney), Eddie Barth (Papadakis), William Smith (Falconetti), Murray Hamilton (Sid Gossett), Van Johnson (Marsh Goodwin), Dorothy Malone (Irene Goodwin), Herbert Jefferson Jr. (Roy Dwyer), Andrew Duggan (Colonel Deiner), Kay Lenz (Kate), Harvey Jason (Pinky), Helen Craig (Martha), Gavan O’Herlihy (Phil McGee), Leigh J. McCloskey (Billy), Michael Morgan (Wesley).

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