Last Updated: 23 March 2002
BARELY GETTING BY - August 1987
Daytime TV Magazine - August 1987
by Janet Di Lauro
Sometimes Richard Burgi's wardobe doesn't leave much to the imagination!
Sometimes having an incredible physique can be more of a curse than a blessing.
Take the case of Another World's strikingly handsome Richard
Before joining the Bay City set Richard, predictably enough,
was a model, who earned his keep showing off his assets in swim suit commercials.
But deep down inside he desperately longed to put his sexy pin-up image
to rest. Then, word came that he'd landed the part of Chad Rollo on AW.
Richard thought his days as a half undressed hunk were over.
"I was thrilled," he recalls. "I remember thinking to myself,
'Finally, I can get back to serious acting. No more beefcake!' Then, I
got to the studio to tape my first show and found out my wardrobe consisted
of a skimpy bath towel," he laughs.
Well, Richard's daytime debut did have one advantage. It made
AW's female fans sit up and take notice of him pronto. They couldn't
help but fall for the smooth-talking pimp named Chad Rollo.
"Chad is nothing like me," insists Richard. "He's a ruthless
bastard. I'm a romantic. I don't have the business sense Chad does either.
I know there's a soft side to Chad, but right now it's buried underneath
his dark side."
Growing up in Montclair, New Jersey, Richard always knew he wanted
to become an actor, but he had a great love for sports, too. In high school
he was All-State in swimming and lacrosse.
After graduation, Richard traveled all over Europe and became
a Jack-of-all-trades. "I worked as a musician in Germany, restored paintings
in Italy, and lived in a New Age community in Scotland," he says. "I literally
did it all."
Six months later Richard returned to the States, moved to New
York, and began earning a living as a squash pro at health clubs around
the city. His squash success eventually took him back to Germany, where
he organized a number of squash clubs. In time, Richard realized
squash wasn't the career of his dreams.
Richard Burgi's AW debut as Chad Rollo really showed off his incredible
TOP: Chad torments his "best baby," M.J.
ABOVE: He gets a back rub from one of his call girls
"I got tired of chasing balls around," he jokes. "So, I moved back to
the U.S. and decided to commit myself to acting. I started taking acting
lessons at night. During the day I worked on a construction site in Harlem."
Richard's hard work and dedication have paid-off nicely. Before
joining Another World he made appearances on Ryan's Hope
and Guiding Light. So, he was well prepared to tackle his first
contract daytime role.
These days Richard is quite content with just being an actor,
but that jack-of-all-trades inside him is still alive and kicking. When
he's not working at AW's Brooklyn studios, he can usually be found
pursuing his favorite "hobbies" - motorcycling, painting, hot-air ballooning
and scuba-diving. Well, nobody can ever accuse Richard Burgi of
(Thanks to Ruth Crenshaw for the article and images)
PRIVATE PIX! - circa 1987
Daytime TV Magazine
||A CASUAL ENCOUNTER WITH RICHARD BURGI
Richard Burgi, who plays Chad Rollo on Another World,
recently invited Daytime TV to visit his Manhattan apartment for
the day. We accepted his invitation and received a personal tour of his
The perfect host, Richard graciously consented to allow us to
photograph him as he escaped the pressures of the studio and relaxed in
comfortable surroundings. It was a laid back day for Richard and
deservedly so. He's been working hard on AW's AIDS storyline and was recently
rewarded with a one-year contract. Bay City and AW scored big when
they hired Richard.
AT HOME WITH RICHARD BURGI - July 1988
Daytime Soaps Magazine
||AT HOME WITH RICHARD BURGI
Richard Burgi, who plays bad-guy turned good-guy "Chad Rollo"
on Another World, recently moved into a new apartment and was happy
to invite us for a look inside. So, with camera in hand, we went to his
apartment and Richard showed us around. He also introduced us to
co-star Anne Heche ("Victoria") who stopped by for a visit.
LEFT: Taking a shot at juggling, we'll never know if that egg
was caught or if it landed on the floor.
LEFT: Anne Heche ("Victoria") stopped by for a visit and had
a little something to munch on, courtesy of Richard.
LEFT: Richard practices his drumming on a drum kit. He likes
playing the drums, so whenever he has the time, he practices as much as
LEFT: Is Richard giving some serious thought to playing the
LEFT: Richard relaxes as he prepares to read over his script
for the next day.
(Thanks to Debbie for the scanned article and images)
CAN'T KEEP HIM DOWN - circa 1988
Daytime TV Magazine
Working on his third soap in the past year, Richard Burgi
says, "It's great to be back on daytime." He's just joined As The World
Turns as Glenn Harrington, an undercover cop working as a journalist.
Early in 1988, Richard left Another World and the role
of Chad Rollo only to turn up on One Life to Live after, as Randy
Stone. His stint on One Life was short because he looked too much
like co-star Doug Wert (Wade).
"I'm happy to be on World Turns now. It's going to be fun - my
first good guy role!"