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The life and death (murder) of closeted gay actor Dick Kallman

Dick Kallman was an actor in movies and television in the late 50s and 60s.He was also an accomplished singer who recorded an album of standards for EMI in London, when he was accompanied by orchestras conducted by John Barry and Ennio Morricone. In 1975, he joined a partnership to manufacture women's play clothes and party clothes and also began working as a dealer in antiques, silver, and art.

Richard Kallman was also a gay man. On February 22, 1980 Richard and his partner Stephen Szladek were murdered in Kallman's Manhattan apartment by three men who gained entrance and stole a lot of valuable art, antiques, and jewelry. It was a well planned and executed heist and it took over a year before the three were caught and even longer for them to be tried, convicted, and given lengthy prison sentances.

27-year-old Charles Lonnie Grosso of Queens was convicted of the killings and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. None of the paintings, jewelry, and antiques stolen from the apartment were ever recovered.

by Anonymousreply 8703/06/2015

Dick Kallam is best remembered as the titular character in the NBC sitcom,Hank.Hank is a college concession stand operator who disguises himself and sneaks into classes. Hijinks ensue from his deceptions.

by Anonymousreply 107/08/2010

Thanks for the link, r1! He was a cutie.

by Anonymousreply 207/08/2010

Kallman also starred in the national tour of the musical "Half a Sixpence."

by Anonymousreply 507/08/2010

There's someone quoted at r1's link who seems to be saying that HE was Kallman's lover: "I never set foot in our apartment again."

by Anonymousreply 607/08/2010

Thanks OP for posting this. He seemed like a great person.

by Anonymousreply 707/08/2010

He was also the lead in How to Succeed on the road. Saw him in Half a Sixpence, too.

by Anonymousreply 807/08/2010

I loved his performance as Little Louie Groovy in the last season of Batman with Cesar Romero as The Joker and Eartha Kitt as The Catwoman.

by Anonymousreply 907/08/2010

How weird! I don't remember him or the series HANK at all, and I was a searching confused gay teen in the 1960s.

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by Anonymousreply 1207/08/2010

R4/R11= retarded. Fuck off imbeciles.

by Anonymousreply 1307/08/2010

I wonder how these men gained access to their apartment.

by Anonymousreply 1407/08/2010

Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I was still in the closet back in 1980 and working for New York State Crime Victims Board when I was assigned a claim by Zara Kallman who was Richard's mom. Richard Kallman was a closeted gay man who by 1980 had left the acting profession and become a noted art dealer. On February 22, 1980 Richard Kallman and his partner Stephen Szladek were murdered in Kallman's apartment by three men who gained entrance and stole a lot of valuable art, antiques, and jewelry. It was a well planned and executed heist and it took over a year before the three were caught and even longer for them to be tried, convicted, and given lengthy prison sentances.

Through Zara Kallman I got to know Richard, he sent her various sums of money to help her live, she was living in California. He was a dutiful son indeed and I was able to sell the idea of paying a loss of support even though he had never declared her as a dependant on his tax return. I was certainly glad to do it.

I've no doubt Dick Kallman was victimized because even 11 years after Stonewall celebrities were not rushing to break down closet doors. We've seen in the past few years a lot of them break free from the closet like Neil Patrick Harris, George Takei, Ellen DeGeneres, and most recently Clay Aiken. Kallman's killers occupied that shadowy world of people who prayed on gays.

But the lesson for me in this horrible crime was that if a celebrity like Dick Kallman could be victimized like this, what does that hold for an obscure civil servant like your's truly? Within a year I was out at work and have never regretted it since.

So to Richard Kallman who after his own death influenced another life on this planet this review is dedicated. And to Zara Kallman who brought up a dutiful gay son whom she was proud of and who I was privileged to assist in her hour of tragedy this review is also dedicated. Having had a mother who also endured the loss of a child, I know what she went through.

I only wish Kallman had a better show for his epitaph.

by Anonymousreply 1507/08/2010

NY Times July 29,1981

THE CITY; Verdict in Killings Of 2 on East Side

A 27-year-old Queens man was convicted of second-degree murder in the slayings last winter of Richard Kallman, a prominent art and antiques dealer, and Mr. Kallman's business associate.

The defendant, Charles Lonnie Grosso, was found guilty in State Supreme Court in Manhattan of killing Mr. Kallman, 46, the art dealer, and Steven Szladek, 26.

Mr. Kallman and Mr. Szladek were found dead Feb. 22 in Mr. Kallman's apartment at 17 East 77th Street. Each had been shot in the head. Paintings, jewelry and antiques stolen from the apartment have not been recovered.

Justice Patrick McGinley set sentencing for Sept. 18. The maximum penalty is 25 years to life.(AP)

by Anonymousreply 1607/08/2010

NY (UPI)-Feb 23, 1980

Richard Kallman, an actor turned art dealer who played a destitute short-order cook on television, was found shot to death in his apartment surrounded by precious art objects, including a 2.3 million Titian painting.

Kallman, 46, was found Friday in his living room naked from the waist down.He had been found shot at least once, in the right eye, police said.

Nearby, his assistant, identified only as Steven was lying nude in a pool of blood.The assistant described as being in his 20s, had been shot at least once in the head.

Kallman is the son of the Broadway actress Zara Whitman and Alvin Kallman, a one time millionaire hotel owner.

by Anonymousreply 1707/08/2010

He was hot and Lucy liked him, believe he guest-starred on "Here's Lucy" a couple of times and she may have produced his own series. Always thought his story would make an interesting indie film, also Dennis Parker of "Edge of Night" and "Like An Eagle" semi-fame.

by Anonymousreply 1807/08/2010

More info-

Kallman, a handsome stocky man of 46, was found sitting in an armchair of his yellow living room. He was wearing a robe and was naked from the waist down.Nearby, his assistant, a tall blond haired man was lying nude in a fetal position.

Detectives said there was no apparent motive for the slayings, which occurred sometime after a small dinner party Thursday night, attended by five male guests in the lavishly furnished duplex at 17 E. 77th St.

by Anonymousreply 1907/08/2010


by Anonymousreply 2107/08/2010

I can't believe this was never an episode of True Hollywood Stories by A.J. Benza.

by Anonymousreply 2207/08/2010

I think this is his inmate record.

by Anonymousreply 2307/08/2010

Other than the His and Hers full-length mink coats, I'm not sure what r20 is saying about Delores' relationship to Dick.

by Anonymousreply 2407/08/2010

The arresting officer, who is gay, recounts the experience on Kallman's imdb page.

by Anonymousreply 2507/08/2010

Dick Kallman was my uncle and I find it very interesting to see more and more information on him every time I look. Sadly I only remember meeting him once when I was very young and so I don't have a lot to add to the discussion. He and my father did not get along very well and my grandmother always favored Dick, but I do wish I could have gotten to know him more as I understand he was a great guy.%0D TK

by Anonymousreply 2604/20/2011

Strange this thread was bumped because I just watched him on a dvd of an old "Hullabaloo" ep. where he sang some song of his. He had a couple of albums, not sure if any were hits, but his voice was okay. Kind of a Tom Jones (except lamer) feel to his music. He was hot, though.

by Anonymousreply 2704/20/2011

So who got the UES duplex? You don't let an address like that go.%0D

by Anonymousreply 2804/20/2011

Dear reply 15 & 26 I am currently researching into Dick Kallman's life and tragic death. I am based in London. Would you be happy to talk?

by Anonymousreply 2901/17/2013

[quote]women's play clothes

Is this a euphemism for something?

by Anonymousreply 3001/17/2013

R30, I think that's what are called "sports separates" today.

[quote]Kallman's killers occupied that shadowy world of people who prayed on gays.

The killer was a cleric?

by Anonymousreply 3101/17/2013

Hello posts 15 & 26 we have now set up a completely confidential email address for you to contact us. We are researching Dick Kallman's life and would love to hear from you so that we can build a fuller more complete picture.Thank you and please contact us at:

Many hearfelt thanks

by Anonymousreply 3202/20/2013

I confuse Dick Kallman with Dick Kollmar, an actor who was also reputedly gay and married to the chinless wonder Dorothy Kilgallen, star of "What's My Line"

by Anonymousreply 3502/21/2013

I was one of the last people to see Dick Kallman alive, at a dinner party at Russell and Diantha Nype's apartment. He was indeed a pleasant fellow, officially Dolores Gray's social escort, because in those days women of an old-fashioned outlook needed a male to squire them around. They felt it looked odd if they just showed up by themselves, whether theatregoing or antiquing. Even at whatever age he was then, he looked very young. The Nypes' dinners always featured musicales at the piano, and I was the accompanist. Dolores wanted to sing "Here's That Rainy Day," but I don't play by ear and Russell didn't have the music. She sang it a cappella, glaring at me the whole time. She was truly an awful character, but an amazing talent--one of the very best singers Broadway has ever known.

by Anonymousreply 3602/21/2013

Haven't heard the word "musicale" since Grant and Lee met at Appomatox.

by Anonymousreply 3702/21/2013

I wonder how many people who have had roles in Broadway musicals have been murdered. Can anyone name others?

by Anonymousreply 3803/26/2013

R38, George Rose, who won the Tony for Best Actor in a Musical for THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD in 1986 was murdered while on vacation in the Dominican Republic in 1988 by his adopted son, a poor teenage boy whom he unwisely named his heir. The boy and his real father and uncle murdered Rose and tried to make it look like an accident. They were caught and tried in their native land but allowed to go free.

by Anonymousreply 3903/27/2013

[R39]: Did the culprits get Rose's money?

by Anonymousreply 4003/27/2013

Don't invite no trash inside yore howse

by Anonymousreply 4103/27/2013

The news reports keep saying the killers "gained entrance to the apartment."

WTF does that mean? They broke in? They were let in?

by Anonymousreply 4203/27/2013

For R40. Sad story.

by Anonymousreply 4303/27/2013

How is one "naked from the waist down" while wearing a robe? Or is one always "naked from the waist down" if only wearing a robe?

"all the press had to say was that Marilyn was found in the nude"

by Anonymousreply 4403/27/2013

Danny Lockin, who played Barnaby in Hello Dolly, didn't deserve to go like he did. So sad.

by Anonymousreply 4503/27/2013

That story is terrible, R45.

You've got to wonder how poor the police work must have been in that case. No witnesses?

by Anonymousreply 4603/27/2013

Thank you, [[R43]]. What a ghastly saga. Not to blame the victim, but why did Rose have to go adventuring in a place like the Dominican Republic? With his vast discretionary income, couldn't he have simply hired what he needed back home? I just read a short story in which a nerdy guy picks up a dangerous-sounding sailor in a bar and takes him home and gets raped. Then it turns out that the sailor is an actor and this is a regular gig between the two of them. So he gets the excitement without the peril. It's really sad that George Rose didn't think to do the same thing--and he certainly had plenty of exposure to actors.

by Anonymousreply 4703/28/2013

That is just sad 45.

by Anonymousreply 4803/28/2013

Sadly, this is a tale as old as time. Add Ramon Novarro and Sal Mineo to this list.

by Anonymousreply 4903/28/2013

Bump for the "28 short intros from 1960-64" thread.

by Anonymousreply 5004/20/2013

Wow, Danny Lockin was cute.

by Anonymousreply 5104/20/2013

Fuck you, R4, and stuff that sigh back down your homophobic throat.

by Anonymousreply 5204/21/2013

He was very good looking. You know, whenever I go to NYC, I always hunt down where famous people died or were murdered. I'm going to this apartment next time.

by Anonymousreply 5304/21/2013

This was his town house where he and his partner were stabbed 100 times. How did he get the money for this thing, I wonder? He was a failed actor for all but 5 of his last years on Earth. The news report said there was a Titian painting there valued at 5 million dollars in 1980 dollars.

by Anonymousreply 5404/21/2013

Inside the DEATH APARTMENT on 77East st.

by Anonymousreply 5504/21/2013

Is there a book on Danny Lockin?

by Anonymousreply 5604/21/2013

On Danny lockin official website, they don't mention anything about the guy being bisexual.

by Anonymousreply 5704/21/2013

SO there is no book on Dick Kallman either? These guys seem like they would be interesting to read about. Also, their murder cases would be interesting to read about as well. True crime books dissecting the evidence and the crimes.

by Anonymousreply 5804/21/2013

This is all very interesting and infuriating and I thank the OP for bringing this to our attention....but....

Eve Arden did "Hello Dolly?" How did I not know this? Did any of you see her in it? I bet she was fab-u-lous.

Also interesting about The Merm making the show "her show" and leaving Dolly in the dust.

by Anonymousreply 5904/21/2013

Marry me R37 LOL!!!

Dick Kallman was in the national company of HOW TO SUCCEED. Dyan Cannon played Rosemary. My folks saw it in Chicago. That was right before she left to marry Cary Grant. I believe Kallman also played J. Pierpont Finch the first time HOW TO SUCCEED was produced in summer stock at the St. Louis Muny, although I could be wrong.

by Anonymousreply 6004/21/2013

Danny Lockin and Sal Mineo... so sad. Lockin was adorable in HELLO, DOLLY!

by Anonymousreply 6104/21/2013

[quote]Eve Arden did "Hello Dolly?" How did I not know this? Did any of you see her in it? I bet she was fab-u-lous.

Arden headed the Chicago company that was a sit down production that didn't move every few weeks like a national tour. Not sure if she did one of the other tours. She never did the role on Broadway.

by Anonymousreply 6204/21/2013

For R59- Website about all the actresses who played Dolly. Look and you will fimd Eve Arden.

by Anonymousreply 6304/21/2013

Big fan of musical theater here, R63, what a great link. GREAT! History on the hoof. Many thanks.

by Anonymousreply 6404/21/2013

Happy to do it Edga! In my time I have seen Carol Channing, Dorothy Lamour, Marilyn Maye, Madeline Kahn and Michele Lee all play Dolly Levi.

by Anonymousreply 6504/21/2013

And I guess I have hijacked this thread from Kallman to Danny Lockin to Dolly. Sorry!

by Anonymousreply 6604/21/2013

R47, there's something to be said for going commercial.

You get it out of your system and nobody gets hurt.

by Anonymousreply 6704/21/2013

Madeline Kahn played Dolly? Where?

by Anonymousreply 6804/21/2013

I love reading these types of unsolved mystery stories, but there is something spooky about them. You just never know who you're going home with, do you?

by Anonymousreply 6904/22/2013

R69 is correct. Just think of all the men who went home with JANBOT, unsuspecting.

by Anonymousreply 7004/22/2013

I saw Dick Kallman in "How to Succeed" when I was about 12 or so, and remember that he projected a childlike, asexual quality, much like Peewee Herman. Robert Morse had that quality, too, of a young innocent who's oblivious to women but Kallman was much more campy. So while he wasn't out as a performer, he sure wasn't in.

New York Magazine did an article two weeks before his death showcasing his fabulous apartment and collection.In retrospect, that doesn't seem like a smart move.

by Anonymousreply 7104/22/2013

kcguy, you should start a thread for your musical theatre links! That would be neat.

by Anonymousreply 7204/22/2013

Saw him in Half a Sixpence, too. Adorable.

by Anonymousreply 7304/22/2013

[quote]Madeline Kahn played Dolly? Where?

Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, a large 9,000 seat outdoor theatre similar to the Muny in St. Louis.

And during the Dolly number as she was dancing along the runway, she hummed a bit of "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life." John Schuck was Vandergelder. This was in 1992.

I was lucky to see Kahn on stage twice. Dolly and ON THE 20TH CENTURY a week before she left or was fired.

by Anonymousreply 7404/22/2013

Australian Actress/Singer Tony Lamond, on of the Dollys in R63 link, is the mother of Tony Sheldon, from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

by Anonymousreply 7504/22/2013

[quote]New York Magazine did an article two weeks before his death showcasing his fabulous apartment and collection.In retrospect, that doesn't seem like a smart move.

I've always wondered why celebrities or even people who aren't famous but well-off showcase their homes in publications. Be it Architectural Digest or gossip magazines, it seems like such an opening for thieves who could easily find the location.

by Anonymousreply 7604/22/2013

For those of you who have seen the 1961 remake of "Back Street," actor Dick Kallman is the sailor who is dancing with Susan Hayward at the airport USO at the very beginning of the film.

Kallman: "You don't live here in Lincoln?"

Hayward: "You call this living?!?"

by Anonymousreply 7704/24/2013

Now THIS would make an interesting movie. Not another Stonewall re-telling.

by Anonymousreply 7804/24/2013

Couldn't someone in the apartment building have herd something? Because you New Yorkers live so close together like you live in a bunch of cubby holes.

by Anonymousreply 7906/08/2013

I don't know about you, but the last post made me laff so herd!

by Anonymousreply 8006/08/2013

Would make a great book or movie

by Anonymousreply 8106/08/2013

Tom Ford could make a film of this!

I thought A Single Man was very good.

by Anonymousreply 8206/09/2013

[quote]Couldn't someone in the apartment building have herd something?

I don't believe one is allowed to keep sheep within the city limits.

by Anonymousreply 8306/10/2013

I don't get who R54's post is referring to. I thought Kallman was shot, not stabbed. It was Danny Lockin who was stabbed 100 times.

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