|Allan Rich Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||February 8, 1926|
Allan Rich is an American actor, activist, and author, best known for being one of the most recognizable character actors with a film and television career that started in 1963. Before he was ever an on-screen actor, he appeared in a play on Broadway named I’ll Take the High Road when he was only 17 years old. He then worked in Darkness at Noon play that ran from January 1950 until June 1951. Allan was on top of his acting game until the early 70s came around, but due to being accused of involvement with the Communist Party and devotion to civil rights, ended up on a Hollywood blacklist, which meant he wasn’t being cast anymore. After working his way around the ban from roles, he slowly started getting back to acting, first with Naked City TV series where he had a small role of a cab driver in 1963, and East Side/West Side TV series the same year, with a role of Phil Mellon.
Allan Rich re-launched his film career and came back on the radar first with a play named Journey of the Fifth Horse alongside young Dustin Hoffman, and then starring in Serpico (1973) alongside Al Pacino and The Gambler as Bernie the same year. Landing roles in movies such as Scott Free (1976), Tail Gunner Joe (1977), Terraces (1977), Uncle Joe Shannon (1978) and TV series such as Little House on the Prairie in 1978, Baretta from 1975 to 1978, as well as Happy Days in 1979 soon proved that Allan was a highly sought-after actor. He went on to have a successful career by appearing in Quiz Show in 1994 as Robert Kirtner, Disclosure (1994) as Ben Keller alongside Demi Moore, and Amistad (1997) directed by Steven Spielberg, where he had the role of Judge Juttson.
Benjamin Norman Schultz
The Bronx, New York, United States
Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Actor, Author, Activist
Allan is represented by –
- Culter Management in Los Angeles, California, United States
- Pierce Law Group in Beverly Hills, California, United States (Legal Representative)
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
65 kg or 143.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Allan has dated –
- Elaine Rich (1951-2015) – Allan started dating Elaine in 1950, and they got married about a year later, on September 2, 1951. Their marriage lasted a little more than 63 years, until her unfortunate death in 2015. They had 2 children as a result of their marriage, one of whom was a daughter Marian Rich.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of American descent.
Due to advancing age, his hair has turned ‘Grey’ then ‘White’.
- Large build during his career
- Slim physique
- White hair due to age
- Often wore mustache or beard for roles
Allan co-founded a non-profit organization named We Care About Kids in 1994. The goal of the organization is to film educational films for youth and teenagers on socially relevant topics.
Best Known For
- Starring in Serpico (1973) as D.A. Tauber alongside Al Pacino
- Playing a character Ben Heller in Disclosure (1994)
- Starring as Robert Kintner in Quiz Show (1994)
- Playing a character named Speed in a movie Man in the Chair (2007)
- Having a very long on-screen career which started in 1963
Allan made his theatrical film debut in Serpico released in 1973, where he played the character of D.A. Tauber alongside Al Pacino.
First TV Show
He made his television show debut on Armstrong Circle Theatre in 1963, where he had the role of Walter Nye in an episode titled The Counterfeit League.
Allan Rich Favorite Things
- Activity – Animal and Children Charity Support, Reading
- Animal – Dog
Source – Instagram
Allan Rich Facts
- He began his career when he was a teenager, even though he knew he wanted to be an actor since he was 5 years old. He starred with well known and legendary actors at the time such as Claude Raines, Ralph Bellamy, Jack Palance, Kim Hunter, Henry Fonda, and others.
- In the late 1940s, he was at the front of the people vouching for the Theatrical Action Committee to free Willie McGee, who was wrongfully accused and convicted of r*pe in 1945 and electrocuted in 1951. The fact that Allan sought civil rights, and him being connected to the Communist Party lead to him caught up in the “Red Scare” event and banned from being cast in Hollywood.
- After his ban, Allan was in trouble as he dedicated his time and effort to pursuing acting. With a family to support, he had to make ends meet and joined Wall Street to buy and sell stocks.
- After 5 years of working on Wall Street, Allan opened his own brokerage firm and started collecting fine art with a hefty price tag. He soon became somewhat of an expert, and opened Allan Rich Galleries on Madison Avenue, New York, and started selling lithographs of well-known painters and artists, such as Calder, Miro, and Salvador Dali.
- His experience with Salvador Dali’s work led him to write a screenplay named Memories of Surrealism in 1970.
- Based on the acting career that lasted for more than half a century, he wrote a book titled A Leap from the Method: An Organic Approach to Acting in 2007. It was his attempt at teaching others the acting technique he developed himself, and some of his students were Jamie Lee Curtis, Rene Russo, Donna Dixon, Larry Miller, and Sharon Stone.
- His charity work for the middle and high-school youth in form of We Care About Kids organization in 1994 was praised by well-known socialites and politicians at the time, such as President Bill Clinton, Governor Gray Davis, and the poet Maya Angelou.
- His residence as of early 2019 was the Actor’s Fund Home for retirement Englewood, New Jersey, United States. Allan suffered from dementia for a number of years but had professionals take care of his health.
- Allan celebrated his 93rd birthday on February 8, 2019, at Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn, New York, United States, along with his daughter, Marian Rich, and her husband.
- Allan himself doesn’t use social media. Follow Allan on his daughter Marian’s Instagram.
Featured Image by Allan Light / Flickr / CC BY 2.0