Richard Paul (actor)

Richard Paul (June 6, 1940 – December 25, 1998) was an American actor who was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] He was able to imitate most American and many foreign dialects. He had a tenor voice and trained with Lee Sweetland.

Richard D. Paul
Paul's publicity photograph.
Born(1940-06-06)June 6, 1940[1]
DiedDecember 25, 1998(1998-12-25) (aged 58)[2]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.[2]
Years active1973–1997
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Spouse(s)Patty Oestereich
(1968–1998, his death)[1][2]

Early life

Paul was born in Los Angeles, California. Richard had a B.A. in public affairs from Claremont Men's College and an M.A. in psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. He was near completion of his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, but gave up his career as a therapist to become a full-time performer.


Richard Paul was nicknamed "Pige Paul" by Slim Pickens while filming an episode of The Love Boat (1977) after local pigeons anointed a new suit jacket.

In 1980 he guest starred in the ABC comedy One in a Million which aired for only one season.[3]

M*A*S*H Capt. Bill Bainbridge (1 episode, 1980)

Paul was also a frequent panelist on Match Game from 1978 to 1982. From 1977 to 1979 he portrayed Mayor Teddy Burnside in Carter Country, and later played the recurring character of Cabot Cove Mayor, Sam Booth, in Murder, She Wrote.[4]

The role of Bob Halyers in the "Clean Up Radio Everywhere" episode of WKRP in Cincinnati (1978) was written for him by the show's creator. Paul played Jerry Falwell twice: once in Fall From Grace, a Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker TV movie made in 1990, and then in The People vs. Larry Flynt in 1996.[5][6]

Paul was in the film Eating Raoul (1982), written and directed by Paul Bartel.[7] Also in 1982, he co-starred on the short-lived sitcom Herbie, the Love Bug. He also appeared in Bartel's short film, The Secret Cinema, a paranoid-delusional, fantasy masterpiece of self-referential cinema, which was part of the Amazing Stories series on television.[4] Paul also appeared in Not for Publication, written and directed by Bartel.[8]

Personal life

He volunteered with Actors and Others for Animals. He was on the Mental Health Advisory Board of Los Angeles County. He volunteered at childhood immunization clinics for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. He read books into tapes by special request at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles. He married Patty Oestereich on September 7, 1968, in Pasadena, California and they remained married until his death.[1]


Paul died of cancer at age 58 on Christmas Day 1998 at his home in the Studio City area of Los Angeles.[2]


n.b. for credit listings reference[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Coonskin Sonny Voice, Uncredited
1977 Exorcist II: The Heretic Man on the Plane
1982 Eating Raoul Mr. Cray
1983 The Man Who Wasn't There Pudgy Aide
1984 Not for Publication[8] Troppogrosso
1986 Uphill All the Way Thaddeus Dillman
1987 The Princess Academy Drago
1987 Project X Lead Ape Uncredited
1988 Pass the Ammo G.W. Wraith
1992 Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight Goddard
1994 Beanstalk Mayor Cecil Boggs
1996 The Glass Cage Mr. Silkerman
1996 The People vs. Larry Flynt Reverend Jerry Falwell
1996 Mind Games Dean Meyer
2000 The Independent Jeffries (final film role)


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Maude Mr. Bell Episode: "Carol's Promotion" (S 4:Ep 23)
Emergency! Tom Ellis Episode: "The Game" (S 6:Ep 1)
Holmes and Yoyo Claude Episode: "Connection, Connection II" (S 1:Ep 11)
1977–78 Carter Country Mayor Teddy Burnside Main cast
1979 CHiPs Himself (uncredited role) Episode: "Roller Disco, part 2" (S 3:Ep 2)
Fantasy Island Colonel Hank Sutton Episode: "The Handy Man / Tattoo's Romance" (S 3:EP 8)
1980 The Love Boat Floyd Schofield Episodes: "Kinfolk/Sis and the Slicker/Moonlight and Moonshine/Too Close for Comfort/The Affair, parts 1 and 2" (S 3:Eps. 18-19)
Disneyland Al Mathews Episode: "The Sultan and the Rock Star" (S 26:Ep 14)
Himself Episode: "Disneyland's 25th Anniversary Show" (S 27:Ep1)
One in a Million Barton Stone Main cast
CHiPs Himself (uncredited role) Episode: "The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party, part 2" (S 4:Ep 6)
Eight is Enough Chuck Episode: "Strike" (S 5:Ep 8)
M*A*S*H Captain Bainbridge Episode: "Letters" (S 9:Ep 2)
1981 The Dukes of Hazzard Clyde Amos Episode: "By-Line, Daisy Duke" (S 3:Ep 18)
WKRP in Cincinnati Dr. Bob Halyers Episode: "Clean Up Radio Everywhere" (S 3:Ep 22)
1982 Herbie, the Love Bug Bo Phillips Main cast
Gimme a Break! Stanley Nichols Episode: "Nell Goes Door to Door" (S 2:Ep 10)
Happy Days Dick Episode: "All I Want for Christmas" (S 10:Ep 10)
1983 Quincy, M.E. Boxwell Episode: "Quincy's Wedding, parts 1 and 2" (S 8:Ep 17-18)
At Ease Crenshaw 'Episode: "Valentine's Day" (S 1:Ep 12)
1985 Hail To the Chief Rev. Billy Joe Bickerstaff Main cast
1986–87 The New Gidget Wilton Parmenter 4 episodes
1986 Amazing Stories Mr. Krupp Episode: "Secret Cinema" (S 1:Ep 20)
1987 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Tagsworth Episode: "Do You Take This Spy?" (S 4:Ep 16)
227 Mr. Davis Episode: "The Audit" (S 2:Ep16)
Married... with Children Sheriff Episode: "Poppy's By the Tree, part 2" ( S2:Ep 2)
1987–91 Murder, She Wrote Mayor Sam Booth 7 episodes
1988–91 Full House Mr. Strowbridge 6 episodes
1990 Fall from Grace Jerry Falwell
1991 Beverly Hills 90210 Bob Barnett 'Episode: "B.Y.O.B." (S 1:Ep 11)
Out of This World Tex Episode: "Would You Buy a Used Car From This Dude" (S 4:Ep 16)
1992 Who's the Boss? Minister Episode: "Better Off Wed, part 2" (S 8:Ep 18)
Herman's Head Mr. Fitzer 'Episode: "A Charlie Brown Fitzer" (S 2:Ep 13)
1994 RoboCop: The Series Reverend Bob Taker Episode: "Prime Suspect" (S 1:Ep3)
1996 The Drew Carey Show Burt Episode: "Something Wick This Way Comes" (S 2:Ep 2)
1997 Roseanne Mayor Episode: "Lanford's Elite, part 1" (S 9:Ep 16)


  1. "Richard PaulBiography". IMDb. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  2. "Richard Paul, 58; Character Actor". Los Angeles Times. Reuters. December 28, 1998. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  3. "One in a Million (1980)". Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  4. "Richard Paul : Credit Listings". Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  5. "Milos Forman Explains Why He Made `The People Vs. Larry Flynt'". Chicago Tribune. December 27, 1996. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  6. Brennan, Judy (December 30, 1996). "Michael: Miracle at Box Office; Movies: Estimates show John Travolta's angel film setting a Christmas week record; 'Evita' and 'People vs. Larry Flynt' hit big in limited release". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  7. Eating Raoul on IMDb Retrieved May 16, 2015
  8. "Not for Publication". Sundance Institute. 1985. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
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