Richard Stevenson Parker Jr. (born June 4, 1952), known professionally as Parker Stevenson, is an American actor best known for playing Frank Hardy in the 1970s TV series The Hardy Boys and Craig Pomeroy on the 1990s TV series Baywatch.
Richard Stevenson Parker Jr.
June 4, 1952
|Alma mater||Princeton University|
Stevenson was born on the Main Line of Philadelphia, as Richard Stevenson Parker Jr., one of two sons of Richard Stevenson Parker Sr., an investment advisor, and Sarah Meade, an actress who worked on Broadway and in numerous television commercials. His mother took him to a filming session when he was five years old, which resulted in him making two small television appearances. The elder Parker, who had moved his family to Rye, New York, disapproved of the whole business, and although Richard Jr. himself appeared in a few plays at Brooks Preparatory School, he then had no intention of becoming an actor and wanted to be an architect.
Stevenson's first notable screen appearance was a starring role in the 1972 movie A Separate Peace, credited as Parker Stevenson. After graduating from Brooks School and Princeton University, where he studied architecture, he moved to Hollywood and landed a role opposite Sam Elliott in the 1976 film Lifeguard.
Stevenson became well known from starring with teen heartthrob Shaun Cassidy in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries series, produced by Glen A. Larson's production company through MCA-Universal Television (now NBCUniversal) under license from the Stratemeyer Publication Syndicate, from 1977 to 1979 on ABC. In 1983, he co-starred in the movie Stroker Ace as Burt Reynolds's brash race-car driving nemesis, Aubrey James. The film was a critical and financial failure.
In 1986, Stevenson starred as Billy Hazard in the television miniseries North and South: Book II. He co-starred with then-wife Kirstie Alley, who portrayed his sister Virgilia Hazard. He starred on the short-lived 1988 TV series Probe in the lead role of Austin James. He was part of the original cast of Baywatch in the 1989 season, returning for the syndicated 1997 and 1998 seasons. He had a recurring role as a computer tycoon on Melrose Place during the second season. He starred in Legion. In 2014, he had a guest role on the Western/mystery series Longmire.
Stevenson was married to his first wife, actress Kirstie Alley, on December 22, 1983, and they divorced in 1997. They have two children: a son, William True (b. 1992) and a daughter, Lillie Price (b. 1994).
|1972||A Separate Peace||Gene Forrester|
|1974||Our Time||Michael Brooks||Alternative title: Death of Her Innocence|
|1983||Stroker Ace||Aubrey James|
|1995||Not of This Earth||Officer Jack Sherbourne|
|2014||McTaggart's Fortune||Richard Heywood|
|2015||Perfect Disguise||General William Tecumseh Sherman|
|His Secret Family||Detective Daniel Sharpson|
|2016||The War Riders||General Sherman|
|Hidden Truth||Sheriff Underwood|
|2019||American Confederate||General Sherman|
|1974||Gunsmoke||Steven||1 episode: "To Ride a Yeller Horse"|
|1976||The Streets of San Francisco||Andy Horvath||1 episode: "The Drop"|
|1977–79||The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries||Frank Hardy||Main role (46 episodes)|
|1981||This House Possessed||Gary Straihorn||TV movie (main character)|
|1983||The Love Boat||Bill Watkins||2 episodes: "The Dean and the Flunkee" (Parts 1 & 2)|
|Shooting Stars||Bill O'Keefe||TV movie pilot|
|The Love Boat||Matt Stevens||1 episode: "Don't Take My Wife, Please"|
|1984||Hotel||Michael||1 episode: "Confrontations"|
|1984–85||Falcon Crest||Joel McCarthy||Recurring role (11 episodes)|
|1985||Rockhopper||Nick Larabee||TV movie|
|Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Lance Richards||1 episode: "Method Actor"|
|Murder, She Wrote||Michael Digby||1 episode: "Sticks and Stones"|
|1986||North and South: Book II||Billy Hazard||TV miniseries|
|That Secret Sunday||Investigative Reporter Scott Dennis||TV movie|
|1987||Matlock||Dr. Philip Eagen||1 episode: "The Author"|
|The Hitchhiker||Brett||1 episode: "Best Shot"|
|Shades of Love: The Rose Cafe||Josh||TV movie|
|1988||Mission: Impossible||Champ Foster||1 episode: "The Haunting"|
|Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Clark Taylor||1 episode: "Prosecutor"|
|Probe||Austin James||Main role (8 episodes)|
|1989||The Cover Girl and the Cop||Cable Hayward (uncredited)||TV movie|
|Baywatch: Panic at Malibu Pier||Craig Pomeroy||TV movie pilot|
|Caddie Woodlawn||Uncle Edmund Grey||TV movie|
|Baywatch||Craig Pomeroy||Main cast (season 1), recurring (seasons 8–9)|
|1990||All the Rivers Run II||Cyrus P. James||TV movie|
|1991||Flesh 'n' Blood||Jeffrey Hazelwood||1 episode: "Tall, Dark and Wanted in Four States"|
|1992||Blossom||Jim / Scott Alexander||1 episode: "Hot for Teacher"|
|Are You Lonesome Tonight?||Mat Henderson||TV movie|
|Shadow of a Stranger||Ted Clinton||TV movie|
|1993||Melrose Place||Steve McMillan||Recurring role (6 episodes)|
|Official Denial||Paul Corliss||TV movie (main character)|
|1994||Burke's Law||Ted Cranshaw||1 episode: "Who Killed Good Time Charlie?"|
|1998||Legion||Captain Aldrich||TV movie (main character)|
|1999||Avalon: Beyond the Abyss||Commander John Alden||TV movie (main character, also executive producer)|
|2000||Batman Beyond||Paxton Powers (voice)||1 episode: "King's Ransom"|
|2001||Trapped||Oliver Sloan||TV movie (main character)|
|2002||Judging Amy||Mr. Andrew Pickeral||1 episode: "Who Shot Dick?"|
|The District||Mr. Skols||1 episode: "Convictions"|
|2003||Terror Peak||Kevin Fraser||TV movie (main character)|
|2010||Legend of the Seeker||The Margrave||1 episode: "Princess"|
|2014||Longmire||Welles VanBlarcom||1 episode: "Reports of My Death"|
|2015||Win, Lose or Love||Mike Canton||TV movie|
|A Christmas Reunion||Don Dupree||TV movie|
|2016||The Perfect Daughter||Bruce Cahill||TV movie|
|Bull||Gavin Everton||1 episode: "Just Tell the Truth"|
|2017||My Christmas Prince||Jim Logan||TV movie|
|2017–2020||Greenhouse Academy||Louis Osmond||Main cast (40 episodes)|
- Mason, Aiden (December 29, 2019). "10 Things You Didn't Know about Parker Stevenson". TVOvermind. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
- "Parker Stevenson Talks About The Hardy Boys, Probe, and His Passion for Photography". Classic Film and TV Café. July 24, 2014. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
- Ross, Robyn (November 6, 2012). "Kirstie Alley: I Had an Affair with Patrick Swayze". TV Guide.
- Carter, Alan (October 22, 1993). "Parker Stevenson visits 'Melrose Place'". Entertainment Weekly.
- "Shadowworks". Parker Stevenson Shadowworks. Archived from the original on March 9, 2022.
- Ellenbogen, Rachael (October 24, 2019). "'Greenhouse Academy' Season 3: Brooke, Emma Actresses Recast and New Characters Added". International Business Times. Retrieved January 20, 2021.
- Fisher, Luchina (April 16, 2009). "'Gal-imony': Celeb Women Who Pay in the Divorce". ABC News. Retrieved January 20, 2021.
- Khoo, Isabelle (June 22, 2016). "Kirstie Alley Kids: Actress Shares First Photo Of Grandson Waylon Tripp Parker". HuffPost. Retrieved January 20, 2021.
- "Inside 'Hardy Boys' Star Parker Stevenson's Wedding To Lisa Schoen (EXCLUSIVE)". Closer Weekly. November 17, 2018. Retrieved January 20, 2021.