Richard Mulligan (November 13, 1932 – September 26, 2000) was an American television, film and character actor known for his role as Burt Campbell, the loving, preventive husband of Cathryn Damon's character, in the sitcom Soap (1977–81) and later for his starring role as Dr. Harry Weston in Empty Nest (1988–95). He was the younger brother of film director Robert Mulligan.
On September 26, 2000, Mulligan died of colorectal cancer at his home in Los Angeles, California. At his own request, his remains were cremated and there was no funeral service. Mulligan was survived by his son James Mulligan from his first marriage, and two brothers, Robert and James.