Actor Peter Mark Richman played Reverend Snow, father to Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Sommers) on the 1970s sitcom “Three’s Company.” And now Sommers is paying tribute to Richman after his death this week at age 93.
Suzanne Sommers Recalls Peter Mark Richman
“Comedy is musical,” Somers said in a statement. “Peter Mark Richman and I understood the music from the very first time we appeared together on Three’s Company.”
“He knew his ‘stuff,’” she added. “We lost a good one. Rest In Peace Peter Mark Richman.”
Richman died at his home in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles of natural causes, the Associated Press reported.
The character actor was renowned for his television performances. He acted in more than 500 episodes of shows over the course of his career, according to the AP. Those included “Bonanza,” “Three’s Company,” “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
He had a starring role as Nick Cain on the short-lived 1960s show “Cain’s Hundred.” And he wrote plays, a novel, short stories, and an autobiography when he wasn’t busy acting.
Richman also appeared in movies, such as “Black Orchid,” “The Strange One” and “Naked Gun 2.” But for all his work onscreen, it was on the stage that he launched his career. He was a member of the Actors Studio and performed on Broadway in “A Hatful of Rain” and “Masquerade,” among other plays.
Richman got the Silver Medallion Award for humanitarian achievement from the Motion Picture & Television Fund in 1990. The award was created in 1942 to honor outstanding humanitarian work in the entertainment industry.
Sommers Left ‘Three’s Company’ Under a Cloud
As for Sommers, she recently dished to Entertainment Tonight about the circumstances surrounding her departure from “Three’s Company.” Apparently, executives fired her rather than give her the raise she was demanding.
“So, we went in to renegotiate for year six because we had to, my contract was up,” Sommers recounted. “And they fired me. They fired me for asking to be paid commensurate with the men… They need you as the example so no other woman in television will get uppity and think that they could ask for parity with men.”
Her “Three’s Company” co-star John Ritter was also not happy with the development, she said.
“I think after I was fired, I think he irrationally got mad at me because he lost his sparring partner,” she said. “I would be mad too and there was no going back. It wasn’t up to me, it was up to the egos of the producers.”
Sommers told ET she left the show and never talked to anybody on it ever again.
But perhaps Richman was an exception to that rule. Sommers certainly seems to remember him fondly.