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King Lear
TV Episode | 175 min | Music

King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he ...See moreKing Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and turns for support to his remaining daughters. But Goneril and Regan have no love for him and instead plot to take all his power from him. In a parallel, Lear's loyal courtier Gloucester favors his illegitimate son Edmund after being told lies about his faithful son Edgar. Madness and tragedy befall both ill-starred fathers. Written by Jim Beaver See less
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Updated Feb 20, 1974

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Feb 20, 1974 (United States)

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Paul Sorvino
Gloucester Gloucester   See fewer
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Raul Julia
Edmund (as Raúl Juliá) Edmund (as Raúl Juliá)   See fewer
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James Earl Jones
King Lear King Lear   See fewer
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Rosalind Cash
Goneril Goneril   See fewer
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Lee Chamberlin
Cordelia Cordelia   See fewer
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Robert Lanchester
Cornwall Cornwall   See fewer
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Lou Quinones
Burgundy (as Louis Quinones) Burgundy (as Louis Quinones)   See fewer
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George Dzundza
Gentleman Gentleman   See fewer
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James Harper
First servant to Cornwall (as J.W. Harper) First servant to Cornwall (as J.W. Harper)   See fewer
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Anthony Chisholm
Servant to Cornwall Servant to Cornwall   See fewer
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Franklyn Seales
Servant to Cornwall (as Frank Seales) Servant to Cornwall (as Frank Seales)   See fewer
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Charles Pegues
Old man Old man   See fewer
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Messenger Messenger   See fewer
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William Hart
Doctor Doctor   See fewer
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Gregory Mosher
Messenger Messenger   See fewer
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Frankie Faison
Captain Captain   See fewer
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James West III
Gentleman Gentleman   See fewer
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Jose Machado
Attendant Attendant   See fewer
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Simpson Markson
Attendant Attendant   See fewer
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Kevin Maung
Attendant Attendant   See fewer
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John Salat
Attendant (as John W. Salat) Attendant (as John W. Salat)   See fewer
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Hal Holbrook
Himself - Host Himself - Host   See fewer
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Richard Kiley
Introduction Narrator (voice) (uncredited) Introduction Narrator (voice) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Himself (uncredited) Himself (uncredited)   See fewer
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8.8 / 10 | 106 votes