King of the Miniseries

Known as “King of the Miniseries” and “Mr. Miniseries,” Hollywood’s romantic leading man Richard Chamberlain made a career out of playing larger than life characters (a sort of Charlton Heston of the 70’s and 80’s) in such TV productions as Centennial (1978), Shogun (1980), Thornbirds (1983) and Casanova(1987).

king-of-the-miniseriesEarlier in his career, Richard Chamberlain made the ladies swoon when he starred as the caring, young intern, Dr. James Kildare on the medical drama DR. KILDARE/NBC/1961-66.

In the late 1960s he left America to study classical acting in Europe, returning to become the hottest property in glitter land.

His numerous honors include winning a Golden Globe Award for best actor in Shogun and People’s Choice Award for best actor in Thornbirds.

Chamberlain made a short-lived return to series television on the medical drama ISLAND SON/CBS/1989-90 as Dr. Daniel Kulani, an internist working at a Honolulu hospital.

And he made cameo appearances as the Nigel Wick’s British mother Maggie (“Mum”) on the situation comedy THE DREW CAREY SHOW/ABC/1995-2004.

Note: In the ’80s, Jaclyn Smith (of CHARLIE’S ANGELS fame) was unofficially dubbed “The Queen of Mini-series” because of her large collection of work in the genre.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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