Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The 11 Question Interview Presents Richard Kline

Hiya gang, and welcome to a new edition of The 11 Question Interview, wherein I pose eleven esoteric questions to various equally esoteric personalities. Here we go...

Today's victim...er, I mean, today's happy interviewee is Larry Dallas, that money-hungry, girl-hungry, best bud of Jack Tripper, on that seminal fun-hungry show of the late 1970's and early 1980's, Three's Company. That's right, the used car salesman with a heart of gold. Actually, today's interviewee is the actor who famously played Larry (I'm not interviewing a fictional character here!), Mr. Richard Kline. Of course, even though Three's Company is what all we TV nerds know Mr. Kline from the best, the actor/director has done a slew more other things as well. On the small screen, the actor has appeared in such shows as Hotel, Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, Matlock, L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, Married With Children, Judging Amy, Gilmore Girls, and even in an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, where he made his TV debut. On the big screen, Mr. Kline can be seen in such films as Liberty Heights and Nothing But the Truth. He has also done a myriad of game shows, and has appeared on stage in such productions as Native Son, Oliver, and Wicked. But enough of that. Let's get on with the questions, and Mr. Kline's answers.


If you were told you had to have a spirit animal, even if you didn't want one, which animal would that be, and why?
  • I guess I would choose a cat for their independence, grace, intelligence and ability to purr.

What is your favourite childhood memory?
  • Anything to do with the boys camp I attended in Litchfield, Connecticut. Camp Wonposet. Cabins were in close proximity to Bantam Lake and for a city boy like myself (NY), falling asleep at night to the sound of water lapping ashore was idyllic.

If you could choose one person from throughout history, real or fictional, to have a beer with, who would that one person be, and why?
  • Definitely Shakespeare. I’d ask him what in g-d’s name was he thinking when he wrote King John and if the rumors about Chris Marlowe’s sexuality were true.

If you were on that proverbial desert island, and could bring just three things, what would those three things be?
  • My Ultra Firm Beautyrest mattress, a water-filtration system, my wife.

If you had to pick just one item of food to eat for the rest of your life, what would that food be, and why?
  • Pizza...no need to explain.

If you had to live the rest of your life in a TV show, other than the obvious choice of Three's Company, which TV show would you choose?
  • Well, it would have to be a comedy. There are so many good ones but I guess I would choose Friends.
If you were to choose one movie, song, or book title that best describes your life, what would that movie, song, or book title be?
  • Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

You have played many great roles in your career, but if you could go back and play any one part in any film, play, or TV show in history, what part would that be?
  • Benjamin in “The Graduate.”

If you could trade places with another person for a week, real or fictional, from any point in history, with whom would it be?
  • Probably Dr.Jonas Salk during the week he discovered the polio vaccine.

If you could sing one song on American Idol, what song would you sing?
  • “Your Song” by Elton John.

What are some of your favourite TV shows (and yes, you can include Three's Company if you so wish)?
  • Breaking Bad, Blacklist, Homeland (first yr only), Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, Modern Family, In Treatment, Seinfeld, Friends, St. Elsewhere, Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blues, Mad Men.

I would like to thank Mr. Richard Kline for being kind enough to take part in The 11 Question Interview. It is an honour to have him here. I will be back soon with a brand new interview and a brand new interviewee. That's it gang. See ya 'round the web.


  1. Did he really respond to these question? If so, pretty neat and if not...Oh well I can be taken hooked line and sinker often. He was my favourite character on Three's Company

  2. Yes, these are actually real answers from Richard Kline. I have sent to several different past TV actors (Eve Plumb, Gary Sandy, Dawn Wells, etc) but, so far, only Richard has responded, and he did so in just a few days time. He seems like a really nice guy.

    Thanx for stopping by.