Photo courtesy of Olthof Funeral Home - Elmira

Richard "Dicky B" Bakalyan

Jan 29, 1931 - Feb 27, 2015 (Age 84)

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Sending my condolences to Dick's family, especially to Carol and Mark Ames....I admired his extensive acting work and I treasure his autographed picture of him..he enjoyed life here and now can enjoy life on the other side....

To Dick's family and friends I extend my sympathy. Thanks to Mark Ames I was introduced to Dick. While living at Woodbrook in Elmira I visited Dick a number of times. I so enjoyed our conversations including the information he shared about his years in Hollywood. I enjoyed seeing his artwork and he so loved the swans a friend had done for him. I looked forward to seeing him on return North. He loved Woodbrook and the hills of New York and Pa. Rest in peace Dick. Very Sincerely, Harlan...


Richard's Obituary

Richard BakalyanWas born January 29, 1931 in Watertown, MA the son of the late Nishan William and Elsie Florence (Fancy) Bakalyan passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center at the age of 84. His brother, Gerald Kieth Bakalyan also preceded him in death. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, William Souren and Adelia (Eaton) Bakalyan; sister-in-law, Marianne Bakalyan; nephews, Richard William (Linda Lyons) Bakalyan, David William (Lynn Ann Czopek) Bakalyan; nieces, Beverly L. (Bakalyan) Sleeper, Carol Lee (Jonathan Mark) Ames; along with many great nieces, great nephews, great great nieces and great great nephews. Richard was a Veteran of the US Air Force proudly serving his country during the Korean War. His last misssion was working in Propaganda. For 54 years, "Dicky B", the nickname given to him by Nancy Sinatra, was a well known Character Actor in Hollywood, CA. His works included Chinatown, Von Ryan's Express, St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Up Periscope, Fox and the Hound and Wonderful World of Disney and many, many others. He was a humble, loving man who enjoyed making people happy with his craft. He was a talented Artist and Writer also. "Dicky B" was a lifetime member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. His services will be held at the convenience of his family at a later date and time. He will be laid to rest in Hollywood California. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira/Southport, NY. Richard's guestbook maybe signed in obituaries at

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