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Graying Chamberlain says he enjoys quiet life

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He was the young, dashing Dr. Kildare in the 1960s. Then he was the agonized Father Ralph de Bricassart on "The Thorn Birds" in the '80s. Now Richard Chamberlain mostly stays home in Hawaii and paints.

"I stayed young a remarkably long time and then fell apart," Chamberlain, now 63, said with a laugh.He returns to Broadway and television every few years. He was Henry Higgins in a revival of "My Fair Lady" a few years back, and came back for a sequel to "The Thorn Birds" in 1996.

But those are exceptions. "The business has just gotten too tough for me," he told The New York Times on Sunday.

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