• Parker Stevenson changed his name from Richard Parker when he started acting in Hollywood.
• He studied architecture at Princeton University before pursuing show business.
• He achieved great success as an actor, director, and photographer.
• Parker is 6ft tall with blonde hair and blue eyes.
• His estimated net worth is $10 million.



Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthJune 4, 1952
SpouseKirstie Alley
FactOlder brother of Hutch Parker.


Introduction

Parker Stevenson spent almost half a century working in Hollywood, but his first challenge was picking the name he would become known as. When Richard Parker first started acting his name was already used by a famous actor registered with the Screen Actors Guild. He thought about using Richard Stevenson, but that name too was already taken. So, he settled on Parker Stevenson, as he is now known, and has openly stated he prefers.

Early Life

Richard Stevenson Parker Jr. was born on the 4th June 1952, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, one of two sons born to Sarah Meade and Richard Stevenson Parker Sr.

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His father worked as a money manager and investment advisor, and his mother was a Broadway actress and the face of numerous commercials. He found his way into acting at five years of age completely by accident, when his mother took him to one of her filming sessions – Parker was spotted, and it resulted in him appearing in two small television roles.

Although Parker’s father married a performer, he did not approve of the lifestyle his wife and son where persuing. The family moved to Rye, New York. Stevenson was cast in a few small school plays, but he wanted to make his father proud, and had no intention of carrying on his pursuit of acting – he instead wanted to study architecture.

Education

Stevenson started at Brooks School and then attended Rye Country Day School. After matriculating in 1971, he was accepted to study architecture at Princeton University in New Jersey.

Career

However, after university instead of pursuing architecture Stevenson decided to go try show business. In 1977 he received his big break when he got the part of Frank Hardy in ‘The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries’, a very popular television series, and stayed on for two years appearing in thirty-five episodes.

In 1983 he appeared in “Stroker Ace”, an action comedy film directed by Hal Needham, in which Parker played character Aubrey James.

Parker Stevenson

In the same year he was cast in “Shooting Stars” and “The Love Boat” series, then CBSs ‘Falcon Crest’ asked Stevenson to play Joel McCarthy for eleven episodes in 1984. From here Parker’s career continued to pick up momentum. In 1985 he played Nick Larabee in the television movie ‘Rockhopper’, at the same time as he was appearing in multiple other series such as ‘Murder, She Wrote’, ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ and ‘Stiches’.

In 1986, Stevenson appeared along side his wife at the time Kirstie Alley, as he played Billy Hazard in the miniseries “North and South: Book 11.” In 1989 Stevenson became apart of the iconic series “Baywatch”, when he joined the original cast to play Craig Pomeroy. Not only did he appear in twenty-eight episodes, but Parker made his directing debut in nine of the series episodes.

However, Stevenson went straight back into acting with roles in “Flesh ‘n’ Blood” and “Caddie Woodlawn”. In 1993 he joined the second season of the TV series “Melrose Place” as the recurring character Steve McMillan. He had clearly got bitten by the directing bug, because he also directed a few episodes of the series.

After a ten-year break from feature films, Stevenson played Jack Sherbourne in ‘Not of This Earth.’ He wasn’t yet satisfied with his clearly impressive resume, and so he added voice actor to the list in 2000, when he voiced the character Paxton Powers in an episode of ‘Batman Beyond’.

Stevenson went on to appear in many more series and films over the next 18 years, well over 50 films and TV series – most recently he played Brandon Mckellan in the film “Mistrust’ in 2018.

Apart from his career in Hollywood Parker is a very active photographer, and there is an official website and studio on which his works are displayed. Parker’s interest in photography began when he was fourteen years old, when he worked part-time taking photos at weddings, at which he admits that he wasn’t very good, feeling somewhat awkward and intrusive. In his spare time while studying at Princeton, he focused on architecture and landscape photography, as well as doing some headshots and portraits for extra money.

Parkers love for photography has not faded over the years, and continues to be a very active – when asked what inspires him to take photos, he said “If you see something and feel your breath kind of catch, shoot it because there’s something there.”

Meeting spouse

In September of 2018 Parker married chef Lisa Schoen in Los Olivos, California at the Demetria Vineyards, before jetting off to Israel to enjoy their honeymoon. The couple met living next to each other, when Lisa went over to Parker and asked to borrow a large pot. As thanks she returned the pot full of “The best chicken soup I’ve ever had”, confirming the age-old thought that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

Past relationships

In 1980 Stevenson was linked to actress Morgan Fairchild, followed a year later by dating writer Carol Connors. Stevenson was most famously married to actress Kirstie Alley for fourteen years, during which in 1992 they adopted son William, and in 1994 daughter Lillie. The couple had previously tried to get pregnant, but after Alley experienced a miscarriage and a stillbirth the couple decided to try adoption.

The couple’s divorce in 1997 was highly publicized, with Stevenson being rumoured to have walked away from the marriage with $6 million, when he had only asked for $75,000 in alimony from Alley. The couple split all their assets in the divorce, and continue to share custody of their two now adult children.

Net worth/ Salary

If you have ever wondered how much this Hollywood heavy weight has made over the years, you won’t find much information, but it is known that he has achieved great success as an actor, director and photographer. Sources state that Stevenson’s net worth is an estimated $10 million, as of early 2020. Parkers great success was through hard work and dedication working his way from the ground up to join many great actors and actresses that make up a large part of Hollywood’s history.

Physical characteristics

Parker is 6ft (1.8m) tall and weighs 155lbs (70kgs). Once known as a heart throb, Stevenson’s blonde hair may have faded, but his blue eyes and signature toothy grin remain.

General Info

Full NameParker Stevenson
Date Of BirthJune 4, 1952
ProfessionPhotographer, Actor, Television Director
EducationPrinceton University, Brooks School, Rye Country Day School
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseKirstie Alley
ChildrenWilliam True Stevenson, Lillie Price Stevenson
ParentsSarah Meade, Richard Stevenson
SiblingsHutch Parker

Accomplishments

NominationsTV Land Favorite Crimestopper Duo Award
MoviesA Separate Peace, Our Time, Lifeguard, This House Possessed, Stroker Ace, Stitches, Caddie Woodlawn, Shadow of a Stranger, Official Denial, Baywatch the Movie: Forbidden Paradise, Legion, Terror Peak, That Secret Sunday, Shades of Love: Rose Cafe, The Rivers Run
TV ShowsProbe, North and South, Book II, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, All the Rivers Run, Greenhouse Academy

Social profile links

Quotes

#Quote
1[on his 70s teen idol days] The teen idol thing restricts where I can go. But it's also given me the power to do the kind of work I want.

Facts

#Fact
1Brother-in-law of Rebecca Pollack.
2Older brother of Hutch Parker.
3Parker has two children - a son, William True Stevenson (born September 28, 1992) and a daughter, Lillie Price Stevenson (born June 15, 1994).
4Couldn't use the name Richard Parker because another actor already had that name registered with the Screen Actors Guild. When he suggested Richard Stevenson, there was an actor with that name also, so Parker, as he's now known in the business, settled on Parker Stevenson, the name which he now prefers.
5Graduated from Brooks Prep school in Massachusetts. He studied architecture at Princeton.

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mistrust2017post-productionBrandon McKellan
Greenhouse Academy2017TV Series post-production
Bull2016TV SeriesGavin Everton
The Perfect Daughter2016TV MovieBruce Cahill
Hidden Truth2016Sheriff Underwood
War Riders2016U.S, General Sherman
A Christmas Reunion2015TV MovieDon Dupree
His Secret Family2015Detective Sharpson
Perfect Disguise2015General William Tecumseh Sherman
Win, Lose or Love2015TV MovieMike Canton
Longmire2014TV SeriesWelles VanBlarcom
McTaggart's Fortune2014Richard Heywood
Legend of the Seeker2010TV SeriesThe Margrave
Loaded2008Ben Ryan
Terror Peak2003TV MovieKevin Fraser
The District2002TV SeriesMr. Skols
Judging Amy2002TV SeriesMr. Andrew Pickeral
Trapped2001TV MovieOliver Sloan
Batman Beyond2000TV SeriesPaxton Powers
Avalon: Beyond the Abyss1999TV MovieJohn Alden
Baywatch1989-1999TV SeriesCraig Pomeroy
Legion1998TV MovieCaptain Aldrich
Not of This Earth1995Jack Sherbourne
Burke's Law1994TV SeriesTed Cranshaw
Melrose Place1993TV SeriesSteve McMillan
Official Denial1993TV MoviePaul Corliss
Shadow of a Stranger1992TV MovieTed Clinton
Are You Lonesome Tonight1992TV MovieMat Henderson
Blossom1992TV SeriesJim / Scott Alexander
Flesh 'n' Blood1991TV SeriesJeffrey Hazelwood
Caddie Woodlawn1989Uncle Edmund
Panic at Malibu Pier1989TV MovieCraig Pomeroy
Mission: Impossible1989TV SeriesChamp Foster
The Cover Girl and the Cop1989TV MovieCable Hayward (uncredited)
Probe1988TV SeriesAustin James
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1985-1988TV SeriesClark Taylor / Lance Richards
Rough Ridin' Justice1987
Shades of Love: The Rose Cafe1987TV MovieJosh
The Hitchhiker1987TV SeriesBrett
Matlock1987TV SeriesDr. Philip Eagen
That Secret Sunday1986TV MovieScott Dennis
North and South, Book II1986TV Mini-SeriesBilly Hazard
Murder, She Wrote1985TV SeriesMichael Digby
Stitches1985Bobby Stevens
Rockhopper1985TV MovieNick Larabee
Falcon Crest1984-1985TV SeriesJoel McCarthy
The Love Boat1983TV SeriesBill Watkins / Matt Stevens
Hotel1983TV SeriesMichael
All the Rivers Run1983TV Mini-SeriesCyrus
Shooting Stars1983TV MovieBill O'Keefe
Stroker Ace1983Aubrey James
This House Possessed1981TV MovieGary Straihorn
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries1977-1979TV SeriesFrank Hardy
The Streets of San Francisco1976TV SeriesAndy Horvath
Lifeguard1976/IChris
Our Time1974Michael
Gunsmoke1974TV SeriesSteven
A Separate Peace1972Gene

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Baywatch1992-1999TV Series 9 episodes
Baywatch Nights1997TV Series 1 episode
Savannah1996-1997TV Series 2 episodes
Models Inc.1994TV Series 3 episodes
Melrose Place1994TV Series 2 episodes

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Baywatch1997TV Series second unit director - 1 episode

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Avalon: Beyond the Abyss1999TV Movie executive producer

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
This House Possessed1981TV Movie performer: "I Kept Believing in You", "Sensitive You're Not", "You Played Me Like a Song"

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2013TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Close Calls2011TV SeriesHimself
Biography2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Hunter & Hunted2005-2006TV Series documentaryNarrator
Class of...2005TV SeriesHimself
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 8th Annual Cable ACE Awards1987TV SpecialHimself
The 2th Annual Stuntman Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
Battle of the Network Stars XVII1984TV SpecialHimself - CBS Team
Salute!1983TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1978TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself - Actor
Battle of the Network Stars IV1978TV SpecialHimself - ABC Team
Pat Boone and Family1978TV MovieHimself
Donny and Marie1978TV SeriesHimself
Battle of the Network Stars III1977TV SpecialHimself - ABC Team
The Merv Griffin Show1977TV SeriesHimself
Kaptain Kool and the Kongs Present ABC All-Star Saturday1977TV MovieHimself
The Magic of ABC1977TV SpecialHimself - Guest

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biography2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Baywatch1992-1996TV SeriesCraig Pomeroy
Falcon Crest1985TV SeriesJoel McCarthy

Awards

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2004TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Crimestopper DuoThe Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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