Actor Richard Stapley dies at 86

In this 1970 photo released by publicist Alan Eichler showing actor-writer Richard Stapley, who appeared alongside Elizabeth Taylor in "Little Women" and with Gene Kelly in "The Three Musketeers," has died. He was 86. His publicist Alan Eichler says Stapley died of kidney failure March 5 at a Palm Springs hospital. (AP Photo/Richard Stapley Collection, Alan Eichler)

March 7, 2010 6:35:36 PM PST
Richard Stapley, the actor who appeared alongside Elizabeth Taylor in "Little Women" and with Gene Kelly in "The Three Musketeers," has died. He was 86.

His publicist Alan Eichler says Stapley died of kidney failure Friday at a Palm Springs hospital.

Born in England, Stapley moved to Hollywood and appeared in a string of films in the 1940s and 1950s, including "King of the Khyber Rifles" with Tyrone Power and "The Strange Door" with Boris Karloff.

He took the name Richard Wyler when he moved back to Britain and starred in "Man From Interpol" and other television series.

Stapley was also a writer. His novel "Naked Legacy" was published in 2004.


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