Three's Company

Richard Kline

Larry Dallas

Best known as Jack Tripper's shady buddy Larry Dallas on Three's Company (1977-1984), Kline is the antithesis of his ignoble character.

The Vietnam veteran was born in Manhattan and received an M.F.A. from the acclaimed Theater Program at Northwestern University. After graduation, Kline was heavily involved in theater and made his professional debut in 1971 as part of the Lincoln Center Repertory Company. Regional theater productions included Chemin de Fer (in Chicago with Dennis Franz), Death of a Salesman, and Love's Labour's Lost. A trained singer, Kline debuted on Broadway in City of Angels (1990).

His first TV role was in 1976 on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Kline worked regularly on the small screen throughout his early career, appearing on Maude (1978), Eight Is Enough (1977), and multiple episodes of The Love Boat and Fantasy Island. However, his seven seasons as two-timing used car salesman Larry Dallas are what made him a household name. Once the show wrapped, Kline landed in another sitcom, It's a Living (1985-1989), and made guest appearances on popular shows like St. Elsewhere (1987), L.A. Law (1994), Married with Children (1996), and he even had a run on daytime soap, The Bold and the Beautiful (1995-1996). More recently, Kline has starred in episodes of That '70s Show (1999), ER (2004), and NYPD Blue (2004).

Kline's film debut was in Serpico (1976), and he's appeared in Problem Child (1990) with Three's Company co-star Ritter, and in Barry Levinson's Liberty Heights (1999). The versatile Kline has also directed theater, most recently Computer Geek (2006) at the Chicago Improv, and his TV directing credits include episodes of Evening Shade (1991) and Harry and the Hendersons (1991). Married, and father to daughter Colby, Kline continues to appear on the stage and screen.

Character Bio

Jack's best buddy, Larry "Love 'em and Leave 'em" Dallas is making the most of the swinging Seventies. This shameless ladies' man can be a bit uncouth when it comes to women, and it may only be sheer coincidence that he's also a used car salesman by trade. When he learns about Jack's living situation, Larry thinks his buddy has hit paydirt, and he's not above trying to make the moves on each one of the roommates. To call him sleazy might be a bit strong, but Larry isn't above lying, cheating, or using Jack's name to score points with a babe (or to get out of a bad spot with one either). He loves getting into mischief with Jack, and although he may not be the marrying type, Larry is indeed a loyal friend to Jack, and in the end that's what really matters.