John Pleshette

John Pleshette (born July 27, 1942) is an American actor and screenwriter, best known for his role as Richard Avery on the television drama Knots Landing, and for portraying Lee Harvey Oswald in the TV movie The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald.[1][2] Pleshette also wrote several scripts for Knots Landing in the 1980s.

John Pleshette
Born (1942-07-27) July 27, 1942 (age 78)
Alma materBrown University
OccupationActor, screenwriter
Years active1964–present
Spouse(s)Lynn Pleshette
RelativesSuzanne Pleshette (cousin)


In a television acting career spanning decades, Pleshette has appeared in such shows as The Rockford Files; Highway to Heaven; Kojak; Magnum P.I.; Simon & Simon; Murder, She Wrote; MacGyver; Beauty and the Beast; L.A. Law; Diagnosis Murder; The Larry Sanders Show; Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; ER; NYPD Blue; The Sopranos; Law & Order: LA and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Pleshette played Lee Harvey Oswald in the television film The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (1977), and appeared in the TV miniseries Seventh Avenue the same year. In 1979, he was cast in the role of Richard Avery on Knots Landing. Series creator David Jacobs was acquainted with Pleshette's work, and Pleshette was married to literary agent Lynn Pleshette, Jacobs' ex-wife. Pleshette appeared on Knots Landing for four seasons (1979–83), and returned briefly in 1987. During the 1980s, he wrote several scripts for the series.

Pleshette also appeared in the Blake Edwards comedy S.O.B. (1981),[3] and Micki & Maude (1984). He appeared in the episode 'The Judas Bug" of the ABC crime drama The Feather and Father Gang in 1977,[4] and in MacGyver in the Season Two episode "D.O.A.: MacGyver".

Personal lifeEdit

Pleshette is the cousin of actress Suzanne Pleshette. He is a 1964 graduate of Brown University.

Partial filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (part I)". Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  2. ^ "Kennedy memories: 25 for JFK - Photos - 8 of 25 -". Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  3. ^ "S.O.B. (1981)". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Stefanie Powers Official Website - Feather and Father Gang". Retrieved 21 October 2017.

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