George Richard Chamberlain (born March 31, 1934) is an American stage and screen actor and singer, who became a teen idol in the title role of the TV show Dr. Kildare. Since then, he has appeared in several mini-series, many successful films, performed classical stage roles and worked in the musical theatre.
Chamberlain co-founded a Los Angeles-based theatre group, Company of Angels, and began appearing in TV series in the 1950s. In 1961, Chamberlain gained widespread fame as the young intern, Dr. Kildare, on TV series of the same name. Chamberlain’s singing ability also led to some hit singles in the early 1960s, including the “Theme from Dr. Kildare” entitled “Three Stars Will Shine Tonight”.
Dr. Kildare ended in 1966, after which Chamberlain began performing on the theatre circuit. In 1966, he was cast in the ill-fated Broadway musical Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which, after an out-of-town tryout period, closed after only four previews. Decades later he returned to Broadway in revivals of My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music.
At the end of the 1960s, Chamberlain spent a period of time in England, where he played in repertory theatre and in the BBC’s Portrait of a Lady adaptation, becoming recognized as a serious actor. While in England he took vocal coaching and in 1969 performed the title role in Hamlet for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, becoming the first American to play the role there since 1929.
In the 1970s, Chamberlain enjoyed success as a leading man in many films including The Three Musketeers (1973), The Lady’s Not for Burning (1974), The Count of Monte Cristo (1975) and more.
Theme from Dr. Kildare
A Kiss to Build a Dream On