Chamberlain Takes Role, Saves 'Golden Pond'

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Richard Chamberlain (search) is going out on the road in September with the play "On Golden Pond."

Chamberlain will play college professor Norman Thayer Jr. in Ernest Thompson's family drama, which recently had an abbreviated run on Broadway.

The production folded last month after its star, James Earl Jones (search), had to leave the show because of a severe bout of pneumonia.

The 71-year-old Chamberlain is best known for his roles in classic television miniseries such as "The Thorn Birds" (search) and "Shogun" (search), as well as for starring in the TV series "Dr. Kildare" (search).

Additional casting and tour dates for "On Golden Pond" (search) will be announced later, producer Jeffrey Finn said Thursday.