‘Serpico’ Star Allan Rich Dead at 94
Allan Rich – a longtime Hollywood actor, who rebounded after being blacklisted – has died.
The thespian died this weekend in New Jersey from progressive dementia … this according to his family. He was residing in an assisted living facility called Lillian Booth Actors Home, which houses people who were in the business.
Allan barely played the lead role in his filmography, but he did an incredible job with smaller roles in a number of blockbuster movies and shows dating from the ’60s and’ 70s. Perhaps most notably, he starred in films like “Serpico”, “The Gambler” and “The Happy Hooker”.
He has also appeared in TV series like “Hawaii Five-O”, “All in the Family”, “Kojak”, “Little House on the Prairie”, “Baretta”, “Happy Days”, “CHiPS”, “The Incredible Hulk, “” Alice “,” Magnum PI “,” Hill Street Blue “and countless other staples over the decades.
His acting career grew steadily in the 90s, with notable appearances in films like “Disclosure”, “Amistad”, “Quiz Show”, “Jack” and many more. He often played a judge or a lawyer of some sort – Allan had a deep, authoritative voice … and suited the role well.
What’s crazy is that in the 1940s and 1950s – when he was playing a more traditional role in the theater – he was labeled a communist and blacklisted in Hollywood for a while. He later said he was put on the “red chain” list because he tried to help free a black man who had been wrongly convicted of rape.
Fortunately, he overcame this difficult time in his life and racked up over 100 acting credits. He survived his children, stepchildren and grandchildren.
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