Monday, 25 February 2013

1976, Television: “Rich Man, Poor Man”

The American television series "Rich Man, Poor Man" premiered on ABC on February 1, 1976. It was produced by Universal Television and starred Peter Strauss, Nick Nolte and Susan Blakely. The series was based on the best-selling 1970 novel by Irwin Shaw. A sequel,  "Rich Man, Poor Man Book II", aired from September 1976 through March 1977.

Spanning from 1945 through the late 1960s it followed the divergent careers of the German immigrant Jordache brothers. Rudy Jordache (Peter Strauss) was the rich man, a well-educated and very ambitious businessman. Tom Jordache (Nick Nolte), the poor man, was a rebel who eventually turned to boxing to support himself. Axel and Mary were their parents, and Julie Prescott was Rudy's lifelong sweetheart who eventually married him.
Nick Nolte and Peter Strauss
Nick Nolte
Susan Blakely
Main Cast
  • Peter Strauss as Rudy Jordache
  • Nick Nolte as Tom Jordache
  • Susan Blakely as Julie Prescott
  • Edward Asner as Axel Jordache
  • Dorothy McGuire as Mary Jordache
  • Robert Reed as Teddy Boylan
  • Gloria Grahame as Sue Prescott
  • Kim Darby as Virginia Calderwood
  • Bill Bixby as Willie Abbott
  • Fionnula Flanagan as Clothilde
  • Tim McIntire as Brad Knight
  • Ray Milland as Duncan Calderwood
  • Lawrence Pressman as Bill Denton
  • Talia Shire as Teresa Santoro
  • Craig Stevens as Asher Berg
  • Norman Fell as Smitty
Susan Sullivan
Talia Shire
  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series: Alex North (1976)
  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series: David Greene (1976)
  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series: Edward Asner (1976)
  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Comedy or Drama Series: Fionnula Flanagan (1976)
  • Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor – Television: Edward Asner (1977)
  • Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress – Television: Josette Banzet (1977)
  • Golden Globe for Best TV Actress – Drama: Susan Blakely (1977)
  • Golden Globe for Best TV-Series – Drama (1977)

Opening Credits

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