Thursday, October 20, 2016

Eddie Applegate R.I.P.

Eddie Applegate, best known for playing Patty Lane's boyfriend Richard Harrison on The Patty Duke Show, died on  October 17 2016 at the age of 81.

Eddie Applegate was born on October 4 1935 in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. As a child he appeared on stage at the e Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania. After he had graduated from high school he went to New York City to pursue his acting career. He made his television debut in an episode of Kraft Playhouse in 1956.

Mr. Applegate guest starred on an episode of Dobie Gillis in 1963. He was touring with a production of Bye Bye Birdie when the producers of The Patty Duke Show saw him. They cast him in the role of Richard Harrison, and he went on to appear in 70 episodes of the show. He guest starred on Daktari and Gunsmoke, and had a recurring role on the short lived series Nancy.

For many years Eddie Applegate worked as a talent agent. In 1999 he took part in the reunion special for The Patty Duke Show, The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights. From the Naughts into the Teens he appeared in the films Exorcism (2003), Welcome to September (2005), Easy A (2010), and Rain from Stars (2013).

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