Peter Mark Richman, star of Beverly Hills 90210 and Dynasty, dies aged 93

PETER Mark Richman, star of Beverly Hills 90210 and Dynasty, has died aged 93.

The beloved character actor passed away of natural causes at his home in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, on Thursday.

Peter is survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen, and their five children and six grandchildren.

He appeared in more than 30 films and 130 television series from the 1950s until his retirement in 2011.

The screen veteran is best known for his recurring roles on Three's Company, Beverly Hills 90210 and 1980s hit Dynasty

In the 1970s and 1980s, he portrayed Suzanne Somers' father, the Rev Luther Snow, on Three's Company, played Lawrence Carson in several episodes of Beverly Hills 90210 and was C.C. Capwell for nearly 30 episodes of Santa Barbara.

Born in Philadelphia, Peter started off as a pharmacist before turning to acting.

He joined the Actors Studio and in 1953 he starred on stage in the play End as a Man, before appearing on Broadway in A Hatful of Rain and Masquerade.

Peter also starred in movies like 1958's The Black Orchid with Sophia Loren, The Strange One, The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear and Friday the 13th, Part 8.

Bu he was best known for his TV work, appearing in more than 500 episodes of various shows over a decades-long career, from Bonanza and The Fugitive to Star Trek: The Next Generation.

He starred as lawyer Nick Cain in the short-lived 1960s NBC series Cain's Hundred and had a recurring role as an attorney on the 1970s show Longstreet.

Peter also wrote plays, including the acclaimed 4 Faces, as well as a novel, short stories and an autobiography.

"I've fulfilled other writers' ideas for a very long time," he told The Los Angeles Times in 1995.

"Sometimes I enhanced their ideas, because they weren't sure of what they were saying. I once had to rewrite a Broadway play out of town and hide what I was doing from the rest of the cast because the writer was paralyzed. He didn't have a clue."

Peter received the Silver Medallion from the Motion Picture & Television Fund in 1990 for outstanding humanitarian achievement.

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