Richard Easton

Richard Easton
John Richard Easton

(1933-03-22)March 22, 1933
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
DiedDecember 2, 2019(2019-12-02) (aged 86)
Years active1953–present

John Richard Easton[1] (March 22, 1933 – December 2, 2019) was a Canadian actor, best known for his portrayal of Brian Hammond in the 1970s BBC serial The Brothers.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Easton was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the son of Mary Louise (née Withington) and Leonard Idell Easton, a civil engineer. He started acting in a children's theatre group before moving, at the age of seventeen, to Ottawa to work in a weekly repertory theatre.[citation needed]

Easton has performed in a number of stage productions, as well as various film roles.[3] He has had television guest appearances on Doctor Who, L.A. Law, Frasier, and Ed.[citation needed][4][5]

In 2002, Easton starred in the title role in a three-part documentary, Benjamin Franklin, on PBS.[6] Between 2005 and 2011, Easton appeared as Benjamin Franklin in a series of commercials and videos about Freemasonry, produced for the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts A.F. & A.M.[citation needed]

On 18 October 2006, while performing Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia on stage during the show's second preview at the Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theater, Easton suffered a heart attack and collapsed. His heart stopped beating, but after co-star Ethan Hawke realised that Easton's fall was serious and asked the audience if a doctor was present, a stagehand stepped up to perform CPR. An ambulance was called and Easton was revived with defibrillation.[7][8] He underwent a procedure to correct a heart arrhythmia, briefly delaying the opening of the play, in which he played a central role.[9]

In 2008, Easton was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.[10]

In 2011, Easton made a guest appearance in the second season of Boardwalk Empire, appearing as Jackson Parkhurst in the episode, "Gimcrack & Bunkum".[11]

Easton died in December 2019 at the age of 86.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
1976 Feelings (Unknown Role)
1983 Young Warriors Bartender
1989 Henry V Constable of France Charles D'Albret
1991 Dead Again Father Timothy
2000 Finding Forrester Prof. Matthews
2005 Stealing Martin Lane Ed
2005 It's About Time Mr. Dawson
2005 Pizza Mr. Mitchell
2008 Revolutionary Road Mr. Givings


Year Title Role Notes
1959 Play of the Week Beliaev 1 episode
1960 The DuPont Show of the Month 1 episode
1963 No Hiding Place Simon McCowen 1 episode
1971-1976 The Brothers Brian Hammond 85 episodes
1982 Doctor Who Captain Stapley 4 episodes
1997 Frasier Mel White Episode: "Ham Radio"
2002 Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin PBS mini series
3 episodes
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Richard Sutton Episode: "Bound"
2011 Boardwalk Empire Jackson Parkhurst Episode: "Gimcrack & Bunkum


Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role
2007 Manhunt 2 Watchdogs member
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Nigel


Year Award Category Film/TV Show/Play Result
2001 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play The Invention of Love Won
2001 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play Won


  1. ^ "Richard Easton Biography (1933-)".
  2. ^ "Richard Easton". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  3. ^ "Richard Easton". BFI.
  4. ^ "Richard Easton | TV Guide".
  5. ^ "Richard Easton".
  6. ^ "Benjamin Franklin [Part Two] (2002)". BFI.
  7. ^ Stuart Miller (21 April 2007). "Sometimes Not Just Curtains Fall Onstage". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  8. ^ LincolnCenterTheater (16 April 2010). "Richard Easton". YouTube. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  9. ^ "The Coast Is Clear: Stoppard's Utopia Opens on Broadway". Playbill. 27 November 2006. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
  10. ^ "Hamlisch, Lane, Birch, Tunick and Azenberg Among Theater Hall of Fame Inductees". Archived from the original on 2014-03-10.
  11. ^ "Boardwalk Empire | TV Guide".
  12. ^ Mockingbird Hill Cottage: Wednesday Thoughts

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