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Morning Man Classic: Perry King!

Dreamboat television and film actor Perry King is still looking terrific at 70 but he was a real heartthrob in the 80s when he was one of the stars of NBC’s Riptide.

Perry made his film debut in the 1972 feature Slaughterhouse Five but lost out on the role of Hans Solo in Star Wars three years later to Harrison Ford.

His other feature credits included The Lords of Flatbush with Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler, Lipstick with Margaux Hemingway and a very controversial movie for its time: A Different Story which cast him as a gay man best friends with a lesbian played by Meg Foster.

He made scores of TV movies including Inmates: A Love Story opposite Kate Jackson; The Hasty Heart for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and the highly-rated miniseries I’ll Take Manhattan.

Post-Riptide, he had a recurring role on Melrose Place and played a patriarch of a very rich and very dysfunctional family in the NBC primetime soap Titans which also starred Victoria Principal, John Barrowman and Yasmine Bleeth, among others.

His most recent TV credits include guest spots on Big Love, The Mentalist and Drop Dead Diva.

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4 Remarks

  1. Perry King and Jan-Michael Vincent were my two crushes back then.

  2. October 16th, 2019 at 12:44 pm
    PAUL BARRESI says:

    I was featured in my first Hollywood movie ‘The Wild Party’ when I first started out as an actor in the early 70′s with Perry King. He was as much a gentleman as he was strikingly handsome. A very classy guy -Paul Barresi

  3. On a scale of 1 to 10 Perry King was off the chart!

  4. April 4th, 2022 at 3:37 pm
    Greg Bloomfield says:

    …always thought that he and Joe Penny made a handsome and highly likely pair…

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