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Richard Egan (July 29, 1923 - July 20, 1987) was an American actor. In some films he is credited as Richard Eagan.

Born in San Francisco, California, Egan served in the United States Army as a judo instructor during World War II. A graduate of the University of San Francisco (B.A.) and Stanford University (M.A.), he studied and taught at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, for a time. Having studied theatre, he took a bit role in the 1949 Hollywood film The Story of Molly X.

This start would lead to his signing of a contract with 20th Century Fox where his talent, rugged physique and good looks made him a favorite and respected leading man.

In 1956, he starred as Elvis Presley's older brother in Presley's first film, Love Me Tender, and in 1959 was the male lead opposite Dorothy McGuire in A Summer Place. In 1960, Egan appeared with Jane Wyman and Hayley Mills in Pollyanna. He also starred with Joan Collins in Esther and the King. Other noteworthy films include Undercover Girl (1950), Split Second (1953), A View from Pompey's Head (1955), Slaughter on 10th Avenue (1957), Voice In The Mirror, about the man who started Alcoholics Anonymous, The 300 Spartans (1962), The Big Cube (1969), and Moonfire (1970).

During the decade of the 1960s, Egan worked extensively in television, starring in the NBC western dramatic series, Empire, which aired from September 25, 1962 to December 31, 1963. In the shortened second season, the program was renamed Redigo after Egan's character, ranch manager Jim Redigo.

After his series ended, he made guest appearances on other television shows and acted in several motion pictures for the big screen plus in films made specifically for television. In 1982 he joined the cast for the new daytime television political drama Capitol.

Richard Egan died in Los Angeles, California, on July 20, 1987, of prostate cancer, 9 days before his 64th birthday, and was buried in Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery.

A devout Roman Catholic, with a brother who was a priest, Egan was married to the former Patrica Hardy for thirty years until his death. They had five children, including son Rich Egan, owner of Vagrant Records, and daughter, writer/director Maureen Egan.

Egan was respected within the acting community for having helped a number of young actors get their first break in the film industry. One of these young actors was Ryan O' Neal, a former Golden Gloves contender with a record of 18-4 and 13 knockouts. He worked out at the same gym as Egan, who got him credited work in four episodes of "Empire".

Egan was Rod Serling's first choice to narrate The Twilight Zone, because of his distinctive voice. However, contractual issues got in the way, and Serling narrated instead, rather than select any other actor than his first choice.

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