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Stevenson (left) with Shaun Cassidy as The Hardy Boys
Richard Stevenson Parker Jr.

(1952-06-04) June 4, 1952 (age 70)
Alma mater Princeton University
Years active1972–present
  • (m. 1983;div. 1997)
  • Lisa Schoen
    (m. 2018)

Richard Stevenson Parker Jr. (born June 4, 1952), known professionally as Parker Stevenson, is an American actor best known for playing Frank Hardy in the 1970s series The Hardy Boys and Craig Pomeroy on the 1990s series Baywatch .


Early life

Stevenson was born on the Main Line of Philadelphia, as Richard Stevenson Parker Jr., one of two sons of Richard Stevenson Parker Sr., an investment advisor, and Sarah Meade, an actress who worked on Broadway and in numerous television commercials. His mother took him to a filming session when he was five years old, which resulted in him making two small television appearances. The elder Parker, who had moved his family to Rye, New York, disapproved of the whole business, and although Richard Jr. himself appeared in a few plays at Brooks Preparatory School, he then had no intention of becoming an actor and wanted to be an architect. [1]


Stevenson's first notable screen appearance was a starring role in the 1972 movie A Separate Peace , credited as Parker Stevenson. After graduating from Brooks School and Princeton University, where he studied architecture, he moved to Hollywood and landed a role opposite Sam Elliott in the 1976 film Lifeguard. [2]

Stevenson became well known from starring with teen heartthrob Shaun Cassidy in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries series, produced by Glen A. Larson's production company through MCA-Universal Television (now NBCUniversal) under license from the Stratemeyer Publication Syndicate, from 1977 to 1979 on ABC. [2] In 1983, he co-starred in the movie Stroker Ace as Burt Reynolds's brash race-car driving nemesis, Aubrey James. The film was a critical and financial failure.

In 1986, Stevenson starred as Billy Hazard in the television miniseries North and South: Book II. He co-starred with then-wife Kirstie Alley, who portrayed his sister Virgilia Hazard. [3] He starred on the short-lived 1988 series Probe in the lead role of Austin James. He was part of the original cast of Baywatch in the 1989 season, returning for the syndicated 1997 and 1998 seasons. He had a recurring role as a computer tycoon on Melrose Place during the second season. [4] He starred in Legion. In 2014, he had a guest role on the Western/mystery series Longmire . [2]

Stevenson has been a photographer since he was young; his work can be found at his photography website. [5] [2]

From 2017 to 2020 he starred on Greenhouse Academy as Louis Osmond, Academy Director. [6]

Personal life

Stevenson was married to his first wife, actress Kirstie Alley, on December 22, 1983, and they divorced in 1997. [7] They adopted two children: a son in 1992 and a daughter in 1995. [8] [9]

Stevenson married celebrity chef Lisa Schoen on September 29, 2018, at the Demetria Vineyards in Los Olivos, California. [10]


1972 A Separate Peace Gene Forrester
1974 Our Time Michael BrooksAlternative title: Death of Her Innocence
1976 Lifeguard Chris Randall
1983 Stroker Ace Aubrey James
1985 Stitches Bobby Stevens
1995 Not of This Earth Officer Jack Sherbourne
2003 Terror Peak
2008 Loaded Ben Ryan
2014McTaggart's FortuneRichard Heywood
2015Perfect DisguiseGeneral William Tecumseh Sherman
His Secret FamilyDetective Daniel Sharpson
2016The War RidersGeneral Sherman
Hidden TruthSheriff Underwood
2018MistrustBrandon McKellan
2019American ConfederateGeneral Sherman
1974 Gunsmoke StevenEpisode: "To Ride a Yeller Horse"
1976 The Streets of San Francisco Andy HorvathEpisode: "The Drop"
1977–79 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Frank HardyMain role (46 episodes)
1981 This House Possessed Gary StraihornTelevision film
1983 The Love Boat Bill WatkinsEpisode: "The Dean and the Flunkee" (Parts 1 & 2)
Shooting Stars Bill O'KeefeTelevision film pilot
The Love Boat Matt StevensEpisode: "Don't Take My Wife, Please"
1984 Hotel MichaelEpisode: "Confrontations"
1984–85 Falcon Crest Joel McCarthyRecurring role (11 episodes)
1985RockhopperNick LarabeeTelevision film
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Lance RichardsEpisode: "Method Actor"
Murder, She Wrote Michael DigbyEpisode: "Sticks and Stones"
1986 North and South: Book II Billy HazardMiniseries
That Secret SundayInvestigative Reporter Scott DennisTelevision film
1987 Matlock Dr. Philip EagenEpisode: "The Author"
The Hitchhiker BrettEpisode: "Best Shot"
Shades of Love: The Rose Cafe JoshTelevision film
1988Mission: ImpossibleChamp FosterEpisode: "The Haunting"
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Clark TaylorEpisode: "Prosecutor"
Probe Austin JamesMain role (8 episodes)
1989 The Cover Girl and the Cop Cable HaywardTelevision film, uncredited
Baywatch: Panic at Malibu Pier Craig PomeroyTelevision film pilot
Caddie Woodlawn Uncle Edmund GreyTelevision film
Baywatch Craig PomeroyMain cast (season 1), recurring (seasons 8–9)
1990 All the Rivers Run II Cyrus P. JamesTelevision film
1991 Flesh 'n' Blood Jeffrey HazelwoodEpisode: "Tall, Dark and Wanted in Four States"
1992 Blossom Jim / Scott AlexanderEpisode: "Hot for Teacher"
Are You Lonesome Tonight?Mat HendersonTelevision film
Shadow of a StrangerTed ClintonTelevision film
1993 Melrose Place Steve McMillanRecurring role (6 episodes)
Official Denial Paul CorlissTelevision film
1994 Burke's Law Ted CranshawEpisode: "Who Killed Good Time Charlie?"
1998 Legion Captain AldrichTelevision film
1999Avalon: Beyond the AbyssCommander John AldenTelevision film; also executive producer
2000 Batman Beyond Paxton PowersVoice, episode: "King's Ransom"
2001TrappedOliver SloanTelevision film
2002 Judging Amy Mr. Andrew PickeralEpisode: "Who Shot Dick?"
The District Mr. SkolsEpisode: "Convictions"
2003Terror PeakKevin FraserTelevision film
2010 Legend of the Seeker The MargraveEpisode: "Princess"
2014 Longmire Welles VanBlarcomEpisode: "Reports of My Death"
2015Win, Lose or LoveMike CantonTelevision film
A Christmas ReunionDon DupreeTelevision film
2016The Perfect DaughterBruce CahillTelevision film
Bull Gavin EvertonEpisode: "Just Tell the Truth"
2017My Christmas PrinceJim LoganTelevision film
2017–2020 Greenhouse Academy Louis OsmondMain cast (40 episodes)

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