Sixties television actor Eddie Applegate died October 17 at a nursing home in Los Angeles just two weeks after turning 81 years old. No official cause of death was announced, but his son Michael said that his father had had a stroke back in 2013.
Applegate is best known for his role as Patty’s devoted boyfriend Richard Harrison in 88 episodes of the sixties sitcom “The Patty Duke Show”.
Edward Robert Applegate was born in Wyncote, Pennsylvania on October 4, 1935. A child actor, Applegate performed at the Bucks County Playhouse in Pennsylvania and after graduating from high school he moved to New York City to continue his acting career.
Applegate made his television screen debut in 1956 with the “Kraft Theatre” in “A Night to Remember”. From there he went on to appear in less than two dozen productions including “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”, “The Lucy Show”, “Mr. Novak”, the TV movie “Best of Patty Duke”, “The Carol Channing Show”, “Daktari”, “Gunsmoke”, “The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin’ in Brooklyn Heights”, “Easy A”, and his final role in 2013 in “Rain from Stars”.
He is survived by his children – Michael, John, and Heather; sister Judy; and six grandchildren.
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