Richard Paul Kiley (March 31, 1922 – March 5, 1999) was an American stage, television, and film actor. He is best known for his voice work, as narrator of various documentary series, and for having played Don Quixote in the original 1965 production of the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha. Kiley was the first to sing and record "The Impossible Dream", the hit song from the show. In the 1953 hit musical Kismet, he played the Caliph, and introduced the…
Photos: Richard Kiley in 1980. (Jack Manning/The New York Times); Richard Kiley as Don Quixote in the 1965 Broadway musical ''Man of La Mancha,'' for which he won a Tony.
LITTLETON, Colo - A funeral mass for Richard Alan Kiley, 80, of Littleton, will be at 9:30 a.m. today at All Souls Catholic Church in Englewood, Colorado. Richard will be laid to rest at the Littleton Cemetery in Littleton, Colorado.
Richard Kiley remained active until recently - he plays a doctor in the Robin Williams film Patch Adams - and was still fulfilling requests to sing Quixote's anthem in which he vows to "bear the unbearable sorrow" and "fight the unbeatable foe". Though the song provokes a strong reaction (even when the show opened some reviewers detested it) Kiley stated that it remained his favourite song. "People are always asking me to sing it at hospital openings and every place else, though I don't enjoy singing in a tuxedo. I feel I have to be wearing armour to do it right."
Kiley in 1960.
|Born||Richard Paul Kiley
March 31, 1922
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||March 5, 1999
Warwick, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Patricia Ferrier (1968–1999) (his death)
Mary Bell Wood (1948–1967) (6 children)