He later became the king of the miniseries, RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN became an instant star this day in 1961 when his series Dr. Kildare debuted on NBC. Its success caused a long-standing rivalry between Chamberlain and his TV rival, Vince Edwards of Ben Casey. Did you know that Toms River has a KILDARE DRIVE, or KILDARE DR.? Picture, my own comic book.