In Memory of Richard Basehart

Celebrity Q&A,Featured Article
February 10, 2013

What followed for the sci-fi actor who played Admiral Harriman Nelson?

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What has happened to Richard Basehart of the TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea?
—Carolyn Cooley, Milwaukee, Wis.

The actor, who portrayed Admiral Harriman Nelson in the 1964-1968 sci-fi series, died at age 70 in 1984 following a series of strokes. The Zanesville, Ohio, native began his career on Broadway before making more than 50 films, including He Walked by Night, Roseanna McCoy, Moby Dick and La Strada. Also a prolific narrator of documentaries, Basehart co-founded Actors and Others for Animals with his wife Diana Lotery in 1971.

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