Richard Dutoit Carlson was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota on April 29, 1912. He was the son of a Danish-born lawyer and attended the University of Minnestoa., where he majored in drama, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and earned a master's degree cum laude
After briefly teaching English there, he joined the famous Pasadena Playhouse in California, where he acted, directed and wrote plays.
He made his acting debut on Broadway in "Three Men on A Horse" in 1935, and later appeared with Ethel Barrymore in "Ghost of Yankee Doodle" and "Whiteoaks."
Carlson's first film was "Young in Heart" in 1938. Other films included "Winter Carnival," "No, No, Nanette," "Back Street," "White Cargo." "The Little Foxes," "Man from Down Under," "Blue Veil," "It Came from Outer Space" “Kid Rodelo”, “The Valley of Gwangi” and "Ridgers to the Starts."
He continued to appear for a number of years on live and tape television dramas. He also appeared in road shows of such plays as "Mr. Roberts."
Carlson died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 65 on November 25,1977, in Encino, California. He was buried in Los Angeles National Cemetery, in West Los Angeles. For his contribution to the television industry, Richard Carlson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6333 Hollywood Blvd.
CARLSON, Richard (Richard Dutoit Carlson) [4/29/1912, Albert Lea, Minnesota, U.S.A. – 11/25/1977, Encino, California, U.S.A. (cerebral hemorrhage)] – director, writer, singer, theater, film, TV actor, married to ctress Mona Carlson [1918-1990] (1939-1977) father of attorney Richard Henry Carlson, Christopher Hugh Carlson.
Kid Rodelo – 1966 (Link)
The Valley of Gwangi – 1969 (Champ)