Richard Kline

Richard Kline (born April 29, 1944) is an American actor and television director. His roles include Larry Dallas on the sitcom Three's Company, Richie in the later seasons of It's A Living and Jeff Beznick in Noah Knows Best.

Richard Kline
Kline at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, October 10, 2010
Richard Klein

(1944-04-29) April 29, 1944 (age 76)
Years active1971–present
Kathleen Doyle
(m. 1973; div. 1980)
Sandy Molloy
(m. 1982; div. 2002)
Beverly Osgoode
(m. 2002)
ChildrenColby Kline (daughter, born 1984)

Early lifeEdit

Richard Kline was born Richard Klein in New York City.[1] He was raised in Queens by parents who practiced Reform Judaism.[2] He attended Queens College and has a Master of Fine Arts degree in theater from Northwestern University. After graduation, he joined the United States Army and served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War as a lieutenant.[citation needed]


Kline became involved in theater and made his professional debut in 1971 as part of the Lincoln Center Repertory Company. Regional theater productions during this period included Chemin de Fer (in Chicago with actor Dennis Franz), Death of a Salesman, and Love's Labour's Lost. A classically trained singer, Kline made his Broadway career debut in City of Angels, a musical (1990).

On Three's Company, Kline played Larry Dallas, a playboy neighbor, used car salesman, and best friend to John Ritter's Jack Tripper. Kline appeared in 110 episodes of Three's Company from 1977–1984, also appearing as Larry Dallas in the spin-off shows The Ropers (1979) and Three's a Crowd (1985). Larry has the distinction of being the only other character besides Jack Tripper to appear on Three's Company and both of its spin-offs.

In addition to his television and big screen appearances, Kline has hosted two game show pilots, Jumble in 1988 and To Tell the Truth in 1990. The show's rights were then sold to NBC with Gordon Elliott, then Lynn Swann and Alex Trebek later hosting. Kline's TTTT pilot did air on the East Coast as a mistake on September 3, 1990, the day the show debuted. He also subbed for Charles Nelson Reilly as a guest panelist on Sweethearts for a week of shows in December 1988. His game show celebrity appearances included both The $25,000 and $100,000 Pyramid, Super Password, All New All-Star Beat the Clock, and Body Language. Kline also won $10,000 on The $10,000 Pyramid as a civilian contestant in 1974.[episode needed] Kline told he would like to compete on Jeopardy!.[3]

In February 2010, he was cast as the Wizard in the first national tour of Wicked.[4]

Kline was seen next in October 2011 in It Shoulda Been You, directed by David Hyde Pierce and starring Tyne Daly.[3] Kline appeared in a movie directed by and starring Mike Birbiglia called Don't Think Twice (2016).

Kline reunited with Three's Company cast members Joyce DeWitt, Jenilee Harrison and Priscilla Barnes in September 2016 at "The Hollywood Show" in suburban Chicago, an autograph and memorabilia event, meeting fans and signing autographs.[5]

Kline played Kid Twist in the Paper Mill Playhouse world premiere production of The Sting starring Harry Connick Jr. which ran April 8-29, 2018.[6] In December 2018, he joined the national tour of the musical Waitress through August 2019.[7] He reprised the role in the Broadway cast from August 20, 2019 until the show closed January 5, 2020.[8]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Richard Kline profile,; accessed April 30, 2014.
  2. ^ Rackham, Anne (January 27, 2013). "Richard Kline gets back to his Jewish roots; but first, Fagin". Jewish News of Greater Phoenix. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Seven Questions with Richard Kline of Three's Company; NBC Fall 2011 Premiere Dates". Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  4. ^ Spears, Steve (February 4, 2010). "'Wicked' returns to Tampa with Richard Kline of TV's 'Three's Company' as the Wizard". Archived 2010-02-09 at the Wayback Machine. Tampa Bay Times.
  5. ^ "'The Hollywood Show' Autograph Event". Book Signing Central. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew (April 8, 2018). "Harry Connick Jr.-Led The Sting Musical Opens April 8 at the Paper Mill Playhouse". Playbill. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  7. ^ Beifuss, John (January 11, 2019). "'Three's Company' star part of 'Waitress' musical coming to Memphis". The Commercial Appeal. Memphis.
  8. ^ McPhee, Ryan (July 24, 2019). "Richard Kline Joins Broadway Company of Waitress". Playbill. Retrieved July 22, 2020.

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