Dr. Kildare

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Dr. James Kildare is a fictional American medical doctor, originally created in the 1930s by the author Frederick Schiller Faust under the pen name Max Brand. Shortly after the character's first appearance in a magazine story, Paramount Pictures used the story and character as the basis for the 1937 film Internes Can't Take Money, starring Joel McCrea as Jimmie Kildare. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) subsequently acquired the rights and featured Kildare as the primary character in a series of American theatrical films in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Several of these films were co-written by Faust (as Max Brand), who also continued to write magazine stories and novels about the character until the early 1940s.[1][2] Kildare was portrayed by Lew Ayres in nine MGM films.(Ayres was drafted in 1942 and served as a non-combatant medic until 1946.) Later films set in the same hospital featured Dr. Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore). Ayres returned to voice the Kildare character in an early 1950s radio series.[3] The 1961–1966 Dr. Kildare television series made a star of Richard Chamberlain[4] and gave birth to a comic book[5] and comic strip[6] based on the show. A short-lived reboot of the TV series, Young Doctor Kildare, debuted in 1972 and ran for 24 episodes.[7][8]

Quick facts: Dr. James Kildare, First appearance, Created ...
Dr. James Kildare
Original cover of first Dr. Kildare novel
by Max Brand, Young Dr. Kildare (1938)
First appearance"Internes Can't Take Money",
short story by Max Brand published in Cosmopolitan magazine, Mar. 1936
Created byFrederick Schiller Faust
(as Max Brand)
Portrayed by(1) Joel McCrea
(Internes Can't Take Money,
1937 Paramount film)
(2) Lew Ayres
(1930s–1940s MGM film series
and 1950s radio series)
(3) Richard Chamberlain
(Dr. Kildare,
1961–1966 NBC TV series)
(4) Mark Jenkins
(Young Dr. Kildare,
1972–1973 syndicated TV series)
In-universe information
Nickname"Jimmy" Kildare
FamilyDr Stephen Kildare (father)
Martha Kildare (mother)