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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 high-profile TV miniseries such as The Thorn Birds, Shogun, 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. He was also the first singer to record "(They Long to be) Close to You", years before it became a huge Carpenters hit.

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In 2003, he came out publicly as gay in his New York Times bestselling autobiography Shattered Love, and has received acclaim for his depictions of LGBT characters in Brothers & Sisters and Desperate Housewives.


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