Richard Mulligan fell into acting after a career as a writer was swiftly brought to an end when he was asked to fill in at a rehearsal for a play he was trying to sell.
He went on to become a star on stage, silver screen and television, but is prehaps best knows for his role as Dr Harry Weston on Empty Nest and as Burt Campbell in the 70's TV show, Soap.
Career highlights included performing on stage with Jimmy Stewart in "Harvey" and being directed by Blake Edwards in 1981 in "S.O.B.", which also starred Julie Andrews.
Richard Mulligan died after a long battle with colon cancer in September 2000. He was 67.
He won Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 1980 for Soap and in 1989 for Empty Nest.
He was also awarded a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series - Comedy/Musical for Empty Nest in 1989.