Born and raised in Long Island, NY, Richard first became a performer when he was cast as Jiminy Cricket in his Elementary School production of Pinocchio. It was his first character driven role!!! So what did he do? He began playing with crickets and grasshoppers!! That was how this 5 year old boy prepared for the role. It also began his life long pursuit of a career in a craft that was always a part of him.
Upon guiding Pinocchio through his tribulations of becoming a real boy, his craft only strengthened with his follow up role at the age of 6 as Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady. Yes, the raaaain in Spaaain falls maaaainly in the plaaaain!!
As the years passed the dream of becoming an actor only developed more and more into a reality. Even at the times where he ventured into studying other areas of life. Philosophy, Business, Landscape Architecture...he always looked at becoming a professional actor as what he was to do.
He found his love for performing again as a Pack member of "The Leader of the Pack" in the High School Musical Review. To be a Pack Member meant you needed to be TOUGH, SEXY and most of all, a guy in high school willing to do a musical.
Singing and Dancing came somewhat naturally to him, but his dream of acting in more profound tales of life and love began to deepen. Through his 4 years at The University of Massachusetts at Amherst Richard found his major in Art History, it wasn't until in his senior year of college where he finally registered for an Acting 101 class. Under the guidance of Tanya Kane Perry he not only fell in deep love for the craft of Acting, but began to see that he must follow it so truly that there must be no other focus. It was then that he left all his other plans for after college and begin auditioning.
It was not long before he found his theatre home in a town not too far from where he grew up. A full time actor in Plays, Musicals and Children's Theatre, Richard quickly filled his schedule with rehearsals and shows. For two years he would wake up to playing roles like Raggedy Andy for hundreds of children then rehearsing and performing in schools in the dramatic roles of an educational drama about the Holocaust, then preparing for evening performances where he would tap and sing as Gypsy's Tulsa or perform as the rejected nephew Fred to Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. It was a full time profession and for two years it was his joy.
As time passed he began to feel as if NYC was where he must be and he needed to see what he could do in the professional world of Stage T.V. and Film. Moving into the city was not too far from home, but became a life long change.
Finding his first job in the city as a bartender!!! Yes the professions do go hand in hand, he found that the ease of finding work was a bit different. It didn't hold him back from acting in any production he could be a part of. Reading what ever script he could get his hands on. Attending what ever shows or staged readings he could attend and learning as much as he could. His actor training developed in schools such as Circle in the Square, New Actors Workshop and The T. Schreiber Studio. He immersed himself in studying the craft. For years he was consistently auditioning, performing, working and studying. Which to this day, over 10 year later, is still his frame of mind.
He began to book professional legit gigs first on HBO's The Sopranos as a Guest Starring role opposite Robert Iler (A.J. Soprano) which proved to be a fantastic experience. Continuing his pursuit of more stage work, he performed in his first Off Broadway Production of James Armstrong's "Foggy Bottom" with The Abingdon Theatre Company. Upon a successful run, he only continued his dream of acting in Stage, Film and Television. Finding that HBO and him worked well together, he was cast in another Guest Starring role opposite Jason Schwartzman in HBO's Bored to Death.
He has filled his time in NYC preforming for student and independent films OFF and OFF OFF Stage productions Scene Study classes and Auditions. A member of SAG-AFTRA and ACTORS EQUITY, Richard only intends to go even further into developing a career as an actor that wants to make you laugh, cry, think and most of all, Enjoy.