Richard Egan drew critical acclaim and heavy fan mail as the Jim Redigo on "Empire," broadcast on NBC-TV. A native of San Francisco and an alumnus of Stanford University, he won his acting debut in the motion picture, "The Return of the Frontiersman," shortly after his Army discharge in 1946.
By 1957, he had won Exhibitor Magazine's Laurel Award. His many movie credits include "Highway 301," "The Damned Don't Cry," "Bright Victory," "Slaughter on 10th Avenue," "Voice in the mrror," "A Summer rises" and "Pollyanne." "Empire" was Egan's first continuing role in a TV series. He passed away in 1987 of prostate cancer.