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"Over a long period of time, living as if you were someone else is no fun."

George Richard Chamberlain (born March 31, 1934 in Beverly Hills, California) is an American actor and singer best known for his breakout role as TV's Dr. Kildare (1961–66), and for his portrayal of a romantic leading man in numerous films and such high-profile miniseries as The Thorn Birds, Shōgun, Centennial, Wallenberg: A Hero's Story, and the first filmed adaptation of The Bourne Identity.

His success in various television projects gave him the affectionate title of "King of the Miniseries." TV Guide ranked him #18 on their list of the "Greatest TV Stars of All Time."

He had a brief but moderately successful recording career in the 1960s, with his first single, "Theme from Dr. Kildare (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight)", reaching #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and a cover of The Everly Brothers' "All I Have to Do Is Dream" reaching #12. He was also the first singer to record "(They Long to be) Close to You", years before it became a huge Carpenters hit.

Chamberlain publicly came out as gay in his bestselling 2003 autobiography Shattered Love, and he received acclaim for his guest roles playing LGBT characters in Brothers & Sisters and Desperate Housewives.

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