Richard Beymer

Richard Beymer

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Richard Beymer

George Richard Beymer, Jr. (born February 20, 1938) is an American actor, filmmaker and artist who is best known for playing the roles of Tony in the film version of West Side Story (1961), Peter in The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) and Ben Horne on the television series Twin Peaks (1990–1991, 2017).

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George Richard Beymer Jr.
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Twin Peaks, West Side Story
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21 February 1939
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Avoca, Iowa
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83
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6' 2" (188 cm)
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North Hollywood High School
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[On his attitude towards Natalie Wood on the set of West Side Story (1961) and at a later date]: "I think there was a residue of animosity toward Natalie because of that test for Rebel [Without a Cause], and it contributed to our situation. But a few years later we caught sight of each other at a nightclub on Sunset Strip. Natalie waved, came over to my table, and we talked for a few moments. She was incredibly sweet, left me thinking what a lovely person she was, and I felt genuinely attracted to her."
  • While in Italy filming _Barabbas(1961)_ in 1961 Richard Beymer became captivated by a beautiful high school girl who had been doing extra work in the movie. The following year when he was back in California and the girl too had moved back to the United States, the two renewed communication and he encouraged her to pursue a career in film, which she did. They saw quite a lot of each other for over a year, and remained on friendly terms thereafter. The girl's name? Sharon Tate.
  • He hated his performance in West Side Story (1961) and left the London premiere half way through the film`s screening, before he could be presented to Queen Elizabeth II.
  • While in Italy filming Barabbas(1961)in 1961 Richard Beymer became captivated by a beautiful high school girl, Sharon Tate, who had been doing extra work in the movie. The following year when he was back in California and the girl too had moved back to the United States, the two renewed communication and he encouraged her to pursue a career in film, which she did. They saw quite a lot of each other for over a year, and remained on friendly terms thereafter.
  • He has played the love interest of both Natalie Wood and her sister Lana Wood in 2 separate films: Tony opposite Natalie`s Maria in West Side Story (1961), and Dean opposite Lana`s Karen in Scream Free! (1969) (aka Free Grass).
  • February 1977 - One time roommate of Andy Kaufman, he originated on stage at the Improv at 2:30 am the "has-been corner" bit Kaufman used in his TV specials.

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