Richard Venture

Richard Venture (born Richard Charles Venturella; November 11, 1923 – December 19, 2017) was an American actor. He performed in more than eighty films from 1964 to 2001. His television guest-credits include The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, Fame and Murder, She Wrote. Venture died just 31 days prior to ex-wife actress Olivia Cole, in December 2017 at the age of 94.[1]

Richard Venture
Richard Charles Venturella

(1923-11-11)November 11, 1923
DiedDecember 19, 2017(2017-12-19) (aged 94)
Years active1954–2001
Grayce Grant
(m. 1946; div. 1971)

(m. 1971; div. 1984)

Lorraine Venture
(m. 1984; div. 1995)

Katherine Catalano-Venture
(m. 2003⁠–⁠2017)

Venture was born in New York City.[2]

He debuted on Broadway in Dinosaur Wharf (1951).[2] His other Broadway credits included The National Health (1974), Chemin de Fer (1973), The Visit (1973), Murderous Angels (1971), Solitaire / Double Solitaire (1971) Double Solitaire (1971), and The Merchant of Venice (1951).[3]

Venture wed actress Grayce Grant in 1950, and they divorced in 1971. They had four children. He was married to actress Olivia Cole from 1971 until their divorce in 1984. He and Lorraine Venture married in 1984 and divorced in 1995.[4] He was married to Katherine Catalano-Venture in 2003 until his death in 2017.

Venture served in the United States Navy during World War II.


Year Title Role Notes
1965 Dark Intruder The 1st Man
1972 The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds Floyd Hunsdorfer
1974 Man on a Swing Man in Motel
1976 Diary of the Dead Fergy
1976 All the President's Men Assistant Metro Editor #4
1977 Airport '77 Commander Guay
1977 The Greatest Colonel Cedrich
1977 Looking for Mr. Goodbar Doctor
1978 The Betsy Mark Sampson
1979 The Onion Field Detective Glenn Bates
1979 The Last Word Ellinger
1979 Being There Wilson
1980 The Hunter Captain Spota
1981 Looker Cindy's Father
1982 Missing U.S Ambassador
1986 Touch and Go Gower
1986 Heartbreak Ridge Colonel Myers
1987 The Sicilian Cardinal of Palermo
1990 Navy SEALs Admiral Colker
1992 Scent of a Woman William Slade
1994 Imaginary Crimes Judge Klein
1996 Courage Under Fire Don Boylar
1997 Red Corner Ambassador Reed
2001 Series 7: The Contenders Franklin James (final film role)
Year Title Role Notes
1976 The Practice Mr. Miller Episode "Jules and Eddie"
1976 Helter Skelter Police Inspector
1978 Wheels Arenson
1979 From Here to Eternity Colonel Delbart
1980 Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case Judge Richard Barber
1981 The Best Little Girl in the World Dr. Neil Holzer
1982 The Executioner's Song Earl Dorius
1983 The Thorn Birds Harry Gough
1983 Cocaine: One Man's Seduction Dan Hatten
1985 Street Hawk Commander Leo Altobelli 13 episodes
1985 Golden Girls Milton 1 episode
1986 Second Serve Dr. David Radley
As Summers Die Brevard Holt
1987 Billionaire Boys Club Nelson Prescott
The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd
1990 L.A. Law Abe Lassen Episode "Bound for Glory"
1991-2000 Law & Order Douglas Greer
1993 The Boys Al Kozarian
1993 The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. Mack Brackman Episode "Showdown"


  1. ^ Richard Venture, Character Actor in 'Scent of a Woman,' 'Being There' and Lots More, Dies at 94
  2. ^ a b Lentz, Harris M., III (2018). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2017. McFarland. p. 397. ISBN 9781476670324. Retrieved 12 July 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Richard Venture". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Retrieved 12 July 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Richard Venture, 94". Classic Images (513): 48, 52. March 2018.

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