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    Rich Man, Poor Man is a 1976 American television miniseries based on the 1969 novel of the same name by

    Irwin Shaw that aired on ABC in one- or two-hour episodes mostly on Monday nights over seven weeks, beginning February 1. It was produced by

    Universal Television and was the second time programming of this nature had been attempted. The first TV miniseries, QB VII, had aired — also on ABC — in 1974. These projects proved to be a critical and ratings success and were the forerunner for similar projects based on literary works, such as Roots and Shōgun . The film stars Peter Strauss, Nick Nolte and

    Susan Blakely .

    It spawned the sequel Rich Man, Poor Man Book II , which aired from September 1976 through March 1977. The network repeated the original series Tuesday nights at 9:00pm from May to June 1977. [1]

    Overview

    Based on the best-selling 1969 novel by

    Irwin Shaw , it spanned the period from 1945 through the late 1960s and followed the divergent career courses of the impoverished German American Jordache brothers. Rudy (Peter Strauss) was the titular rich man, a well-educated and very ambitious

    entrepreneur who triumphed over his background and constructed a corporate and political empire. Poor man Tom (Nick Nolte ) was a rebel who eventually turned to boxing to support himself. Axel and Mary were their parents, and Julie Prescott was Rudy's lifelong sweetheart who eventually married him.

    Later, another important character appears, the dangerous and eccentric Falconetti, lifelong nemesis of the Jordache Brothers, who is intent on killing them.

    While the first series spans a twenty-year period between 1945 and 1965, the second series begins in 1968. The series became a huge success in the countries that aired it.

    Primary cast

    Mary and Axel Jordache

    Rudy Jordache and Julie Prescott

    Tom Jordache

    Peter Strauss as Rudolph Jordache

    Nick Nolte as Thomas Jordache

    Susan Blakely as Julie Prescott

    William Smith as Anthony Falconetti

    Edward Asner as Axel Jordache

    Dorothy McGuire as Mary Jordache

    Robert Reed as Teddy Boylan

    Gloria Grahame as Sue Prescott

    Kim Darby as Virginia Calderwood

    Bill Bixby as Willie Abbott

    Fionnula Flanagan as Clothilde

    Tim McIntire as Brad Knight

    Ray Milland as Duncan Calderwood

    Lawrence Pressman as Bill Denton

    Talia Shire as Teresa Santoro

    Craig Stevens as Asher Berg

    Norman Fell as Smitty

    Lynda Day George as Linda Quayles

    George Maharis as Joey Quayles

    Murray Hamilton as Sid Gossett

    Van Johnson as Marsh Goodwin

    Dorothy Malone as Irene Goodwin

    Andrew Duggan as Col. Deiner

    Herbert Jefferson Jr. as Roy Dwyer

    Kay Lenz as Kate Jordache

    Leigh McCloskey as Billy Abbott

    Josette Banzet as Miss Lenaut

    Dick Butkus as Al Fanducci

    Dick Sargent as Eddie Heath

    Dennis Dugan as Claude Tinker

    Harvey Jason as Pinky

    Julius Harris as Augie

    Antony Carbone as Lou Martin

    Episode list

    Nº Title Directed By

    Teleplay By Runti

    1

    "Part I: Chapters 1 and 2"

    David Greene

    Dean Riesner 2 h

    2

    "Part II: Chapters 3 and 4"

    David Greene

    Dean Riesner 2 h

    3

    "Part III: Chapter 5"

    Boris Sagal

    Dean Riesner 1 h

    4

    "Part IV: Chapter 6"

    Boris Sagal

    Dean Riesner 1 h

    5

    "Part V: Chapter 7"

    Boris Sagal

    Dean Riesner 1 h

    6

    "Part VI: Chapter 8"

    Boris Sagal

    Dean Riesner 1 h

    7

    "Part VII: Chapter 9"

    David Greene

    Dean Riesner 1 h

    8

    "Part VII: Chapter 10"

    David Greene

    Dean Riesner 1 h

    9

    "Part VIII: Chapters 11 and 12"

    David Greene

    Dean Riesner 2 h

    Production notes

    Dean Riesner wrote all twelve episodes, and direction was shared by

    David Greene and Boris Sagal. The musical score was composed by Alex North , who was nominated for the

    Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special.

    Awards and nominations

    Emmy Award wins

    Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Alex North)

    Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series (David Greene)

    Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series (Edward Asner)

    Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Comedy or Drama Series (Fionnula Flanagan)

    Emmy Award nominations

    Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction or Scenic Design - Single Episode of a Comedy, Drama or Limited Series

    Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for Entertainment Programming for a Series

    Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design for a Drama or Comedy Series

    Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing for Entertainment Programming for a Series (February 2 episode)

    Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing for Entertainment Programming for a Series (March 5 episode)

    Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Ray Milland)

    Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Robert Reed)

    Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Dorothy McGuire)

    Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series (Boris Sagal)

    Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series (Nick Nolte)

    Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series (Peter Strauss)

    Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series (Susan Blakely)

    Outstanding Limited Series

    Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama Series (Bill Bixby)

    Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama Series (Norman Fell)

    Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama Series (Van Johnson)

    Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Comedy or Drama Series (Kim Darby)

    Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Comedy or Drama Series (Kay Lenz)

    Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (Dean Riesner)

    Golden Globe

    Best TV Series (Drama)

    Best TV Actress, Drama (Susan Blakely)

    Best Supporting Actor, Television (Edward Asner)

    Best Supporting Actress, Television (Josette Banzet)

    Golden Globe nominations

    Best TV Actor, Drama (Nick Nolte)

    Best TV Actor, Drama (Peter Strauss)

    Home media

    On September 28, 2010, A&E Home Video released an edited version of

    Rich Man, Poor Man: The Complete Collection on Region 1 DVD in the United States.

    References

    Notes

    1. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2007-10-17). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present (9 ed.). Ballantine Books. p. 1152. ISBN 0-345-49773-2 .

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