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Richard Basehart Height, Weight, Age, Wife, Bioghraphy

Richard Basehart Quick Info
Height 5 ft 9 in
Weight 78 kg
Date of Birth August 31, 1914
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Died September 17, 1984

Richard Basehart was an American actor known for his portrayal of Admiral Harriman Nelson in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964–68) and Wilton Knight in Knight Rider (1982).

Born Name

John Richard Basehart

Nick Name


Photo of Richard Basehart from a CBS Television special where he served as its narrator
Photo of Richard Basehart from a CBS Television special where he served as its narrator (CBS Television / Wikimedia / Public Domain)


Richard was born on August 31, 1914.


Richard died on September 17, 1984, at the age of 70, in Los Angeles, California, United States of America due to a series of strokes.

Sun Sign


Born Place

Zanesville, Ohio, United States





Richard studied at Bishop Rosecrans High School.




  • Father – Harry T. Basehart
  • Mother – Clara Mae (née Wetherald)




5 ft 9 in or 175 cm


78 kg or 172 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Richard has dated –

  1. Stephanie Klein (1940-1950) – Richard was married to his first wife Stephanie Klein from January 14, 1940, until her death on July 28, 1950.
  2. Valentina Cortese (1951-1960) – Richard tied the knot with Italian film actress Valentina Cortese on March 24, 1951, and divorced in 1960. Together, the couple had a child named Jackie Basehart (b. October 11, 1951 and d. May 20, 2015). Jackie was an actor by profession and died at the age of 63 in Milan, Italy.
  3. Diana Lotery – Richard tied the knot with Diana Lotery in 1962 and remained married to her until his death on September 17, 1984. Together, the couple has two children, one of whom is makeup artist Gayla Basehart (b. August 6, 1969).

Race / Ethnicity


Hair Color

Light Brown

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Thin upper lip
  • Would sport a brushed-up hairstyle

Richard Basehart Facts

  1. After his death, Richard’s body was cremated, and the ashes were interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.
  2. He made his debut feature film appearance as William Williams in Repeat Performance in 1947.
  3. In 1960, Basehart was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures.
  4. From 1982 to 1986, Basehart narrated the intro to the television show Knight Rider.
  5. His television and film credits included Being There, Mansion of the Doomed, Love Is a Funny Thing, Chato’s Land, Hawaii Five-O, The Bounty Man, The Rebels, Once Upon a Classic, Savage Guns, and Kings of the Sun to name few.

Featured Image By CBS Television / Wikimedia / Public Domain

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