Perry King

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Perry King
King in 1975
Perry Firestone King

(1948-04-30) April 30, 1948 (age 75)
EducationYale University
Juilliard School
Stella Adler Studio of Acting
Years active1970–present

Perry Firestone King (born April 30, 1948) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles on television and in films.

King received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the television film The Hasty Heart (1983), which is a remake of the 1949 film of the same title.

Early life[edit]

King was born in Alliance, Ohio; his father was a physician.[citation needed] His maternal grandfather was Maxwell Perkins, an editor for the publishing house Charles Scribner's Sons. Through Perkins, King is descended from U.S. Senator William M. Evarts and from Roger Sherman, one of the signers of the Declaration of independence.[1] King received a degree in drama from Yale University and also studied at Juilliard.[1]


King made his film debut, aged around 23, in the 1972 film Slaughterhouse-Five. In 1975, he portrayed Hammond Maxwell in Mandingo.

Since the 1970s, he has appeared in dozens of feature films, television series and television movies. He auditioned for the role of Han Solo in Star Wars, but the role ultimately went to Harrison Ford. However, he played the character in the radio adaptations of Star Wars and both its sequels.[2]

In 1984, King was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his role in the TV movie The Hasty Heart. That same year, he landed the role of Cody Allen on the series Riptide.[3]

In 1993, he starred in the television adaptation of Sidney Sheldon's novel A Stranger in the Mirror, which is a roman à clef on Groucho Marx. In 1995, he portrayed the role of Hayley Armstrong on Melrose Place. He also appeared as Richard Williams in the NBC TV series Titans with Yasmine Bleeth in 2000 [1] and as the President of the United States in the 2004 film The Day After Tomorrow.[3]

King has made guest appearances on TV shows including Spin City, Will & Grace, Eve, and Cold Case.[3]

He has also worked as a voice actor, voice-acting for Samson in the 1985 animated feature Samson & Delilah and the character of Randall in an episode of SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Married and divorced twice, King has two daughters and one granddaughter.[citation needed]

An avid motorcyclist, King was featured on Huell Howser's California's Gold where he spoke about his collection of motorcycles and sidecars. In December 2008, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) appointed King to its Board of Directors.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1972 Slaughterhouse-Five Robert Pilgrim
1972 The Possession of Joel Delaney Joel Delaney
1974 The Lords of Flatbush David 'Chico' Tyrell
1975 The Wild Party Dale Sword
1975 Mandingo Hammond Maxwell
1976 Lipstick Steve Edison
1977 Andy Warhol's Bad L.T.
1977 The Choirboys Baxter Slate
1978 A Different Story Albert Walreavens
1979 Search and Destroy Kip Moore
1982 Class of 1984 Andrew Norris
1982 The Clairvoyant Paul 'Mac' McCormack
1991 Switch Steve Brooks
1998 The Adventures of Ragtime Jerry Blue
1999 Her Married Lover Richard Mannhart
2004 The Day After Tomorrow President Blake
2004 The Discontents John Walker
2012 Hatfields and McCoys: Bad Blood Ran'l McCoy
2014 K'ina Kil: The Slaver's Son Nasi Short
2014 Delusional Daniel Gallagher
2018 The Divide Sam Kincaid


Year Title Role Notes
1973 Medical Center Wilson Episode: "Nightmare"
1974 Cannon Stephen Danver Episode: "Blood Money"
1974 Apple's Way Jack Gale Episode: "The Coach"
1974 Hawaii Five-O Rick, Jay Farraday Episodes: "The Banzai Pipeline", "We Hang Our Own"
1975 Foster and Laurie Rocco Laurie TV film
1976 Captains and the Kings Rory Armagh TV miniseries
1977 Aspen Lee Bishop TV miniseries
1979 The Cracker Factory Edwin Alexander TV film
1979 Love's Savage Fury Zachary Willis TV film
1979 The Last Convertible Russ Currier TV miniseries
1980 City in Fear John Armstrong TV film
1981 Inmates: A Love Story Roy Matson TV film
1981 Golden Gate Jordan Kingsley TV film
1982 The Quest Dan Underwood Main role
1983 The Hasty Heart Yank TV film
1984 The Miracle Continues John Macy TV film
1984–1986 Riptide Cody Allen Main role
1985 The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible Samson Episode: "Samson and Delilah"
1986 Stranded Nick MacKenzie TV film
1987 I'll Take Manhattan Cutter Amberville TV miniseries
1988 Perfect People Ken Laxton TV film
1988 Shakedown on Sunset Strip Charles Stoker TV film
1988 Disaster at Silo 7 Maj. Hicks TV film
1989 The Man Who Lived at the Ritz Philip Weber TV film
1989 Valvoline National Driving Test As himself TV special
1989 Roxanne: The Prize Pulitzer Herbert 'Peter' Pulitzer TV film
1989 The Hitchhiker Doug Episode: "Studio 3X"
1990 The Knife and Gun Club Matt Haley TV film
1990 Kaleidoscope John Chapman TV film
1990 Only One Survived Phillip Asherton TV film
1992 Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story Mark TV film
1992 A Cry in the Night Erich TV film
1993 The Torkelsons Brian Morgan Main role (season 2)
1993 Country Estates Kurt Morgan TV film
1993 A Stranger in the Mirror Toby Temple TV film
1993 Tales from the Crypt Roger Episode: "Came the Dawn"
1993 Jericho Fever Michael Whitney TV film
1993 The Trouble with Larry Boyd Flatt Main role
1994 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron Randall (voice) Episode: "The Deadly Pyramid"
1994 Good King Wenceslas Tunna TV film
1994 She Led Two Lives Jeffrey Madison TV film
1995 Burke's Law Richard Moss Episode: "Who Killed the Centerfold?"
1995 The Outer Limits Richard Adams Episode: "Birthright"
1995 Melrose Place Hayley Armstrong Recurring role (seasons 3–4)
1996 Hijacked: Flight 285 Frank Leyton TV film
1996 Face of Evil Russell Polk TV film
1997 Their Second Chance Larry TV film
1998 The Sentinel William Ellison Episode: "Remembrance"
1998 The Cowboy and the Movie Star Clint Brannan TV film
2000 Will & Grace John Marshall Episode: "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, He's Kept Me in the Closet and I'm So Sad"
2000 Titans Richard Williams Main role
2001 The Perfect Wife Robert Steward TV film
2002 Spin City Tom Crandall Recurring role (season 6)
2002 Another Pretty Face Michael Bennet TV film
2004 Stranger at the Door Greg Norris TV film
2004 Eve Jackson Episode: "Dateless in Miami"
2005 The Perfect Neighbor William Costigan TV film
2005 Home for the Holidays Jack Cooper TV film
2006 Without a Trace Walter Mulligan Episode: "More Than This"
2007 Cold Case Stan Williams Episode: "Blackout"
2007 Framed for Murder Jason TV film
2007 Brothers & Sisters Curtis Jones Episode: "Game Night"
2009 Happiness Isn't Everything Comm. Gower TV film
2010 Big Love Clark Paley Episodes: "Strange Bedfellows", "Sins of the Father", "End of Days"
2011 Drop Dead Diva Warren Persky Episode: "Closure"
2012 The Mentalist Greg Bauer Episode: "Cheap Burgundy"
2014 Newsreaders Mayhew Ketchup Episode: "Band Names-R-Us: Put Me in Coach"
2015 Eyewitness Lee Decker TV film

Award nominations[edit]

Golden Apple Award

  • Nominated: Male New Star of the Year (1975)

Golden Globe Awards

  • Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV, The Hasty Heart (1984)[6]


  1. ^ a b c Perry King Official website biography Archived 2002-03-05 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Sklar, Ronald. "Perry King: A Different Story". Retrieved 2008-01-02.
  3. ^ a b c "Perry King". TV Guide. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  4. ^ SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, episode: "The Deadly Pyramid"
  5. ^ Actor Perry King Appointed To Replace Dal Smilie On AMA Board Of Directors. Road Racing World. December 1, 2008
  6. ^ "Perry King (nominee 1984)". Golden Globe Awards. Retrieved 30 March 2020.

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