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The Philanthropist 

"""The Philanthropist"" chronicles the heroic adventures of a billionaire playboy-turned-vigilante/philanthropist. James Purefoy (""Rome"") stars as Teddy Rist, a successful tycoon whose ... See full summary »






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Series cast summary:
James Purefoy ...  Teddy Rist 8 episodes, 2009
Neve Campbell ...  Olivia Maidstone 8 episodes, 2009
Michael Kenneth Williams ...  Dax Vahagn 8 episodes, 2009
Lindy Booth ...  A.J. / ... 8 episodes, 2009
Jesse L. Martin ...  Philip Maidstone 8 episodes, 2009
James Albrecht James Albrecht ...  Gerard Kim 6 episodes, 2009
Bonnie Henna ...  Chima Balo 4 episodes, 2009
Krista Allen ...  Julia Rist 3 episodes, 2009
Dominique McElligott 3 episodes, 2009
Treva Etienne ...  The Dealer 2 episodes, 2009


"""The Philanthropist"" chronicles the heroic adventures of a billionaire playboy-turned-vigilante/philanthropist. James Purefoy (""Rome"") stars as Teddy Rist, a successful tycoon whose life is forever changed after rescuing a young boy during a hurricane in the Nigerian town he was visiting. Rist is spontaneous and impulsive and quickly decides to channel his passion, power and money into helping those in need. A man who has everything but feels nothing, Rist keeps his adrenaline pumping by putting his business acumen and money-making skills to good use by bargaining with the self-righteous as he makes deals with drug barons and trading with the nefarious. Jesse L. Martin (NBC's ""Law & Order"") plays Philip Maidstone, Teddy's business partner and friend, and Neve Campbell (""Party of Five," "Burn Up"") plays Olivia, Philip's wife who also runs the charitable foundation set up by the two billionaires. Lindy Booth (""The 4400""), Michael Kenneth Williams (""The Wire""), Krista Allen ...

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Inspired by the hands-on philanthropy of Bobby Sager. See more »


Referenced in Séries express: Episode #2.45 (2009) See more »

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Simply Great
25 June 2009 | by ggaanutiSee all my reviews

A piece of Television that is worth watching. Cast is fresh & new. Purefoy is completely HOT, but makes his character believable, it wasn't until recently that I've seen some of his work (Vanity Fair); which was OH SO REMARKABLE. Campbell & Martin are great. Campbell with her elegant way (I hope to see her funny side (like in 3 to tango) in moderation) & Martin with his more 'series' role. Booth is new for me as an actress, but I look forward to seeing what she can bring. I didn't think I watch the show, but I'm glad that I did. I would give it a 10, but because of the "time slot" I'm stuck at 9 out of 10. A MUST WATCH.

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