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Richard Bakalyan

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Birth dateJanuary 29, 1931(age 85)
Place of birthWatertown, Massachusetts
OccupationFilm, television actor

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Richard Bakalyan (born January 29, 1931) is an American character actor who started his career playing juvenile delinquents in his first several films. He had some experience having served a year's probation at age 15. During the filming of the The Cool and the Crazy, he and fellow actor Dickie Jones were arrested for vagrancy in Kansas City. They were standing on the corner between takes in "JD" outfits and the police thought that they were actual gang members. It took several hours for the film crew to get it all straight and them released from jail.

As he grew out of these roles, he became something of a comic heavy, often in Disney films. He had an uncredited role in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) as the good thief on the cross. He appeared in several of Frank Sinatra's movies during the 60's. He has also appeared on numerous television shows from the 50's through the 2000s.

He became a good friend of Bobby Darin after appearing together in Pressure Point (1962) and was a regular on The Bobby Darin Show. He was one of the last people to see Darin alive prior to his death from heart disease.


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