Richard Eastham, who starred on Broadway with Mary Martin in “South Pacific” and went on to roles in films and television, died July 10 in Santa Monica, Calif. of a respiratory ailment. He was 89.
Eastham took over the male lead in “South Pacific” from Italian opera singer Ezio Pinza, who originated the role on Broadway.
He also appeared in about a dozen films, including Disney’s 1965 “That Darn Cat!” and the 1960 “Toby Tyler.”
Eastham made his television debut in 1949 in CBS’ “The Ed Sullivan Show” and, from 1957 to 1959, hosted ABC’s “Tombstone Territory,” portraying Harris Claibourne, editor of the Epitaph in Tombstone, Ariz.
He was featured as Gen. Phil Blankenship in “Wonder Woman,” which aired on ABC and CBS from 1976 to 1979. His last TV role was as Dr. Howell in CBS’ “Falcon Crest” from 1982 to 1983.