Saturday, July 01, 2006

Richard Chamberlain Joining Cast of Nip/Tuck in New Season


Richard Chamberlain Returns to TV

The handsome heartthrob who stole viewers' hearts as "Dr. Kildare" and the lovelorn Father Ralph from the 1983 miniseries, "The Thorn Birds," is returning to TV this fall in a taboo-shattering new role, and he's talking only to "The Insider" about it!

"This is the first gay character I've played on TV," RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN says from the set of "Nip/Tuck." "I only have one scene in the show, but it's a really good scene."

After more than 40 years playing heroes and dashing romantic leads, Richard, 72, is excited about his new part as a controlling, slightly predatory, gay businessman on FX's hit drama about two Miami Beach plastic surgeons.

"To be on the other side of the scalpel is fun," the 1960s TV doc tells PAT O'BRIEN. "Leading men are great -- I'm not kvetching at all. But the parameters of leading men are rather narrow. You've got to end up being the good guy, you've got to get the girl. It's a little bit narrow. When you're doing character stuff you can go crazy and that's fun."

In the episode coming this fall, Richard plays a successful older man who takes up with a much younger boyfriend that he wants to make over. So he takes him to meet with "Nip/Tuck" docs Sean (DYLAN WALSH) and Christian (JULIAN McMAHON).

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