Frank Richards (actor)
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Frank Richards Actor

Frank Richards (September 15, 1909- April 15, 1992) was an American character actor, typically portraying a hoodlum or thug with a menacing appearance.

Richards was born in New York City and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts.[1]

Richards began acting in stock theater in Cape Cod while he worked 16 hours a day as a driver of a fruit truck. He continued his stock acting for eight years.[2] He acted on Broadway in The Wanhope Building (1947), Embezzled Heaven (1944), The World We Make (1939), and Brown Danube (1939).[3]

After serving in the military during World War II, Richards studied dialects, diction, and speech in New York, in addition to working in radio and television.[2]

He appeared in 150 films and televisions shows from 1940 into the mid 1980s. He appeared in a 1952 episode of Superman "The Night of Terror" and a 1953 episode of The Lone Ranger. His first stage appearance was in 1938 and his last film was John Cassavetes' A Woman Under the Influence in 1974.[4]

On April 15, 1992, Richards died in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ a b Goldrup, Tom and Jim. The Encyclopedia of Feature Players of Hollywood, Volume 3. BearManor Media. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Ugly -- Yes -- But It Pays For Actor In Warbonnet". Rapid City Journal. South Dakota, Rapid City. July 21, 1951. p. 3. Retrieved 2019 – via
  3. ^ "Frank Richards". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 30 March 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Frank Richards". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012.

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