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Richard Eastham

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Richard Eastham
Richard Eastham
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Portrays: General Cushing
Date of Birth: June 22, 1916
Date of Death: July 10, 2005
Age at Death: 89
Nationality: USA USA


Richard Eastham (June 22, 1916—July 10, 2005) was a familiar television character actor, who portrayed General Cushing in the Galactica 1980 episode, "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I".

Born as Dickinson Swift Eastham in Opelousas, Louisiana, Eastham's early in music was interrupted by his service in World War II. Peforming in musicals in the late 1940's, his TV debut was on "Toast of the Town", which would later be known as "The Ed Sullivan Show", in 1949.

He changed his name to "Richard Eastham" and went into film and TV in the late 1950s.

He has a recurring role as General Phil Blankenship on "Wonder Woman" (1976) starring Lynda Carter, which likely helped in his being cast in the bit role of Cushing.

His wife of 60 years, Betty Jean, passed away in Los Angeles in 2002, and Eastham died from complications due to Alzheimer's disease at age 89 on July 10, 2005 in LA as well.

Selected Filmography

His appearances include the following motion pictures:

On television he appeared regularly on series including: