John Richard Basehart was born on August 31, 1914 in Zanesville, Ohio. He entered film by way of Broadway in 1947, making his mark in the gritty "He Walked by Night" (1948) and proving his versatility in several international productions, notably Federico Fellini's poignant masterpiece "La Strada" (1954). He garnered secondary fame as the star of the Irwin Allen-produced "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (ABC, 1964-1968), playing a submarine captain. Basehart's second wife was actress Valentina Cortese [1925- ] (1951-1960), their daughter is actress Jackie Basehart [1951- ].
Basehart appeared in two Euro-westerns: “The Savage Guns” (1961) as Steve Fallon and again in 1971’s “Chato’s Land” as Nye Buell.
Richard died as the result of a stroke he received one month after was the announcer for the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He died on September 17, 1984 in Los Angeles, California.
Today we remember Richard Basehart on what would have been his 100th birthday.