Who is Martin Rabbett?
Martin Rabbett was apparently born in Hawaii, USA, on an unknown date. He is an actor, writer, producer, and manager, but best known for being the husband of actor (George) Richard Chamberlain for over 40 years. They hid their relationship for a long period, due to the fear of the negative reaction Chamberlain might attract, as one of the leading actors of his time.
The Riches of Martin Rabbett
Martin Rabbett has a net worth estimated to be over $1 million, earned through success in the entertainment industry.
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Actor Richard Chamberlain turns 83 today (born March 31, 1934). That's #RichardChamberlain on the left with our @MattJisa and Richard's friend and former partner #MartinRabbett here at #GreensAndVines 12/30/13. Richard and Martin have joined us several times over the years.
He served as Chamberlain’s manager for some time, and also did acting work during the 1970s. He probably benefits from the success his husband, as Richard has a net worth estimated to be over $20 million.
Life and Career
Richard and Martin started their relationship in 1977, at a time when Martin was relatively unknown, only doing a few projects compared to the success of his partner. Their partnership eventually led to starring roles in several movies – one of their most notable projects together was “Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold” which they portrayed brothers Allan and Robeson.
The film is based on the H. Rider Haggard novel entitled “Allan Quatermain”, and serves as the sequel to “King Solomon’s Mines”. The film also starred Sharon Stone as the character Jesse Huston. Other than their collaborative acting projects, Martin mainly served as Chamberlain’s manager, using his connections within the entertainment industry to help his partner land big roles.
Husband – Richard Chamberlain
Richard grew up in Beverly Hills, California where he attended Beverly Hills High School. After matriculating, he enrolled at Pomona College, completing his education there.
During this time, he developed a strong passion for acting, creating a theatre group called Company of Angels. In the 1950s, he started to gain television projects, appearing in an episode of “Riverboat” in which he played a US Army Lieutenant. In 1961, his fame started increasing as he was cast in the show “Dr. Kildare” as the titular character.
While working on the show, he established himself as a strong leading character and also showed musical prowess, releasing several hits which were featured on the show.
Five years later, he worked on the Broadway musical entitled “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” in which he worked alongside Mary Tyler Moore. However, the show closed after four previews. His next project was an adaptation of “Portrait of a Lady” in which became the start of more serious roles. In 1969, he was cast as the star of “The Madwoman of Chaillot” alongside Katharine Hepburn. During the same year, he also played the titular role of “Hamlet”.
Richard Chamberlain’s Success and Latter Career
During the 1970s, Chamberlain enjoyed continuous high profile projects, becoming the leading man in many films.
These include “The Lady’s Not for Burning”, “The Towering Inferno”, “The Count of Monte Cristo”, and “The Man in the Iron Mask”. He also worked on television, appearing in mini-series such as “Shogun”, “The Thorn Birds”, and “Centennial”. He became the first actor to portray Jason Bourne in 1988’s “The Bourne Identity” and was also the lead in “King Solomon’s Mines”.
In 1989, the French women’s magazine “Nous Deux” released an article revealing that he was gay.
However, he did not comment on the subject matter.
During the next few years, his work decreased as he primarily lived in Hawaii with Rabbett. He still took the occasional acting projects, working on television movies though he had a long break from bigger roles. He got back to form in the 2000s, appearing in “Scrooge: The Musical” as the title character. He also had guest roles in “Nip/Tuck” and “Desperate Housewives”. He played the character Archie Leach during the third season of “Leverage” and also had a two-episode role in “Chuck”.
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A few of his latest projects include “Nightmare Cinema”, and “Twin Peaks”.
Before Martin was romantically involved with Richard, his partner was involved with actor Wesley Eure during the early-1970s. He is 19 years younger, and due to the US not having laws to support gay marriage, the two later moved to Hawaii in 1986, where they had a civil union, remaining in the state for over two decades. He was also legally adopted so that he could have a say in the future estate of his husband.
In 2010, Richard expressed a desire to commit the rest of his life back to acting but Rabbett no longer had the same connections he used back when he was active in Hollywood. His partner took another manager who introduced him back into the fold. However, due to all the work, he decided to leave Rabbett in Hawaii and move back to California. Many media outlets saw this as a separation, though the actor commented that it was a temporary thing. Since his return, Chamberlain has been a strong supporter of LGBT rights.