Richard Mulligan affectionately called his Soap costar Cathryn Damon "Toots," just as his character Burt Campbell occasionally referred to his onscreen wife on the show. However, Damon was known in both her private life and throughout her career as "Skipper," a nickname she received from her grandfather as a child.
Richard has one son, James, with his first wife Patricia Jones.
Richard was married and divorced four different times to four different women.
He won two Emmys for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, one for "Soap" and the other for "Empty Nest".
He was cremated with no memorial service held at his request.
He studied playwrighting at Columbia University.
He starred in Blake Edward's S.O.B. with Julie Andrews in 1981.
He is the brother of director Robert Mulligan.
Actor/Director Ted Wass: (on Soap costar Richard Mulligan) "Richard's reactions would be much bigger, more outrageous than anything most of us had seen during rehearsal . . . I'd rather believe it was just that inspiration that took him. I feel kindly towards him. I loved Richard very much."
Richard:: (on his Soap fame) "The one thing about being recognized is...it deprives me of one of my basic tools as an actor, which is to go and watch people, and collect a walk and see an interaction. Now, when I look up, they're looking at me."
Richard:: (pondering the possible end of Soap) "I will be sad to lose Skipper [Cathryn Damon] as an acting partner, and Teddy and Billy. But...it's not just acting. It's also people."