Alan Riche began his Hollywood career as an agent, but he is primarily known for his work as a producer. Riche produced his first films in the 1970s: the horror flick "Messiah of Evil", and "Youngblood", an urban action drama starring Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, better known as "Welcome Back, Kotter"'s smooth-talking Freddie "Boom-Boom" Washington. However, he found his greatest success after joining forces with fellow producer Tony Ludwig. The two first collaborated together on the 1995 music-store comedy "Empire Records", which soon became a cult favorite. Riche continued to produce films throughout the 1990s, including the family comedy "Mousehunt", the TV adaptation "The Mod Squad", and the killer-shark movie "Deep Blue Sea". The producer was just as busy throughout the 2000s, with projects such as the Karaoke-focused "Duets", the Nicolas Cage vehicle "The Family Man", and another big-screen version of a TV show, "Starsky & Hutch", starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.