Richard Kiley

Richard Kiley
Born: March 31, 1922
in Chicago
Richard Paul Kiley (March 31, 1922 – March 5, 1999) was an American stage, television, and film actor and singer. He is best known for his distinguished theatrical career in which he twice won the Tony Award for Best Actor In A Musical. Kiley created the role of Don Quixote in the original 1965 production of the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha and was the first to sing and record "The Impossible Dream", the hit song from the show. In the 1953 hit musical Kismet, he played the Caliph and was one of the quartet introducing the song "And This Is My Beloved". Additionally, he won three Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards during his 50-year career and his "sonorous baritone" was also featured in the narration of a number of documentaries and other films. At the time of his death, Kiley was...
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  • 1994
    Primetime Emmy Award
    • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
  • 1988
    Primetime Emmy Award
    • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
  • 1983
    Primetime Emmy Award
    • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
  • 1966
    Tony Award
    • Best Actor in a Musical
  • 1959
    Tony Award
    • Best Actor in a Musical
  • 1953
    Theatre World Award
    • N/A

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