Sunday, April 08, 2012

The illustrated Friends: Dr Kildare

More singing actors, then. Richard Chamberlain wasn't the original Dr Kildare - the character had been taking temperatures and countersigning passport application forms for quarter of a century on radio and in the cinema before Chamberlain pulled on his white coat on NBC in 1961. But he is the definitive Kildare.

And, as was the custom at the time, he couldn't resist having a go in a recording studio:

But in the singing-fake-doctors stakes, Chamberlain was never anything more than a junior. Rick Springfield managed to hold down a proper acting role in General Hospital, while also being a more-or-less proper Pop Star:

You can't picture Charlie Fairhead getting a top tenner, can you?

[Part of the illustrated Friends]