Peter Mark Richman held roles in over 130 television shows

By Gabrielle Chung
January 14, 2021 11:29 PM
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Petr Mark Richman
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Peter Mark Richman, an actor with over 130 television credits including his recurring role as Reverend Snow on Three's Company, has died at the age of 93.

Richman died of natural causes on Thursday morning at his home in Woodland Hills, California, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.

"Peter Mark's family would like to thank all those who have been expressing their condolences and admiration for his extraordinary accomplishments," a statement provided to PEOPLE reads. "The love he gave — to everything he did, and everyone he knew — will live forever."

In another statement to PEOPLE, Richman's Three's Company costar Suzanne Somers said, "Comedy is musical. Peter Mark Richman and I understood the music from the very first time we appeared together on Three's Company. He knew his 'stuff.' We lost a good one. Rest In Peace Peter Mark Richman."

Born in Philadelphia, Richman worked as a pharmacist before kick-starting his acting career in New York as a member of the Actors Studio in the 1950s.

From there, he appeared in A Hatful of Rain and Masquerade on Broadway, as well as starred in over 400 performances of Edward Albee's The Zoo Story.

Peter Mark Richman (center) in Three's Company
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His earliest film credit was 1956's Friendly Persuasion. He also went on to appear in films such as Black Orchid, The Strange One, The Naked Gun ​2 1⁄2: The Smell of Fear and Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan.

In television, Richman notably held recurring roles on Three's Company as Reverend Snow — the father of Somers' character Chrissy Snow — and on Dynasty as Andrew Laird, the attorney for Carrington family.

He also appeared on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Longstreet and guest-starred on series such as The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Murder She Wrote, The FugitiveBonanza, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

In his eight-decade career, Richman also produced works as a playwright. His one-man show 4 Faces was made into a movie in 1999, in which he also starred.

"I've fulfilled other writers' ideas for a very long time," he told The Los Angeles Times in 1995. "Sometimes I enhanced their ideas, because they weren't sure of what they were saying. I once had to rewrite a Broadway play out of town and hide what I was doing from the rest of the cast because the writer was paralyzed. He didn't have a clue."

Peter Mark Richman in Dynasty
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In addition to plays, Richman wrote and published several novels and short-story collections. He was also an accomplished painter.

In 1990, he was awarded the Motion Picture and Television Fund's Silver Medallion for outstanding humanitarian achievement. He was also honored with the Sybil Brand Humanitarian Award from the Jeffrey Foundation in that same year.

"God has been good to me, in everything," Richman wrote in his 2018 autobiography, I Saw A Molten White Light. "Through all the struggle and suffering, progress has been made … God put this sacred and mysterious place inside all of us — our inner life or soul — that has the capacity to come alive again — to wake up from its sleepy torpor once the button is pushed for the door to open. And when the door is open, most of the time the sun is warm, and the birds are singing — and all things are possible."

Richman is survived by his wife of 67 years Helen Richman, their five children, and six grandchildren.