Andy Richter

Comedian, TV sidekick, Actor
A likable, even-tempered yet brilliantly funny comic performer, Andy Richter started off below the radar as the inestimable sidekick on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," (NBC, 1993-2009). Not as outlandish as Jim Carrey ... Read more »
Born: 10/27/1966 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (91)

Conan 2010 - 2018 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob's Burgers 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Conan to Go 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Himself

Misery Loves Comedy 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Hollywood Game Night 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Maron 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

Penguins of Madagascar 2014 (Movie)

Mort (Voice)

Review with Forrest MacNeil 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Millers 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Happy Endings 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Husbands of Hollywood 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Blowhole Strikes Back 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Voice

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hot in Cleveland 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 (Movie)

Mort (Actor)

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Cameo

The Comedy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Performer)

Jon Benjamin Has a Van 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Celebrity Poker Showdown 2003 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dr. Blowhole's Revenge 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Voice

Ed 1998 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Glory Daze 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lateline 1998 - 2001, 2003 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Primetime Glick 1998 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Running Wilde 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Team Coco Presents: Conan's Writers Live 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

The Lost Treasure of the Golden Squirrel 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Voice

The Penguins of Madagascar 2005 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Suite Life on Deck 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien 1998 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Aliens in the Attic 2009 (Movie)

Uncle Nathan Pearson (Actor)

Bones 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chuck 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Late Night With Conan O'Brien 1993 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Voice

Talkshow With Spike Feresten 2006 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mighty B 2006 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

King of the Hill 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Mort (Actor)

Monk 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Semi-Pro 2008 (Movie)

Bobby Dee (Actor)

The New Adventures of Old Christine 2006, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

30 Rock 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Andy Barker, P.I. 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blades of Glory 2007 (Movie)

Mounty (Actor)

A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T: Improv 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Death & Texas 2006 (Movie)

Congressman Jack Levant (Actor)

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 (Movie)

Gregory (Actor)

Madagascar 2005 (Movie)

Mort (Voice)

Quintuplets 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Goes Inside Live With Regis and Kelly 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan O'Brien 10th Anniversary Special 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Father of the Pride 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

Happy Family 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

It's All Relative 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Minute 2004 (Movie)

Bennie Bang (Actor)

Seeing Other People 2004 (Movie)

Carl (Actor)

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Commies 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Andy Richter Controls the Universe 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Narrator

Elf 2003 (Movie)

Morris (Actor)

Martin & Orloff 2003 (Movie)

Maitre' D (Actor)

My Boss's Daughter 2003 (Movie)

Red Taylor (Actor)

On the Spot 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Lyon's Den 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

2001 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Trouble 2002 (Movie)

Ralph Pendick (Actor)

Frank McKlusky, C.I. 2002 (Movie)

Claims Investigator (Actor)

Malcolm in the Middle 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dr. Dolittle 2 2001 (Movie)

Eugene Wilson (Actor)

Pootie Tang 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Run, Ronnie, Run 2001 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Scary Movie 2 2001 (Movie)

Father Kerris (Actor)

Strangers With Candy 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Barenaked in America 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Dr. T And The Women 2000 (Movie)

Eli (Actor)

Just Shoot Me 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Late Night With Conan O'Brien 5 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Money 1996 (Movie)

Happy (Actor)

NBC's New Year's Eve With "Friday Night" 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Cabin Boy 1994 (Movie)

Kenny (Actor)

Merry Madagascar (TV Show)

Voice

Review (Tv Show)

Actor
Other (1)

Johnny B... On the Loose 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Research

Biography

A likable, even-tempered yet brilliantly funny comic performer, Andy Richter started off below the radar as the inestimable sidekick on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," (NBC, 1993-2009). Not as outlandish as Jim Carrey or Eddie Murphy; not as schlubby as Kevin James or Jim Belushi, Richter simply had a normal everyday persona. With his sly comic timing and subtle line delivery, it took time for viewers to catch on to his particular brand of humor. But they did, and after Richter left "Late Night," he had a loyal fan base follow him to his own shows, "Andy Richter Controls the Universe" (Fox, 2002-03) and "Andy Barker: P.I." (NBC, 2007). His quirky sense of humor never translated to mainstream success, however, and both shows - while critically adored - were canceled due to low ratings. Still, Richter continued to turn in memorable cameo moments on shows like "Arrested Development," (Fox, 2003-06) as quintuplet versions of himself, and in big screen hits like "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (2006) as the flamboyant gay lover of Sasha Baron Cohen. Though he considered himself a comic actor, he returned to the fold for "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" (NBC, 2009-2010) where he served as announcer and sidekick to his old friend, only to find himself out of work only months later following a highly public spat between O'Brien, NBC and former host Jay Leno which saw O'Brien leave his longtime network home and take his cast and crew with him. Richter remained loyal to his collaborator and friend with whom he shared a sharp and effortless comedic rapport. Devoted fans counted down the days till the duo could return to late night on a different network with the new show, "Conan" (TBS, 2010- ), all the while proving their previous employers had made a horrible decision in letting this comedic powerhouse go.

Relationships

Larry Richter

Father
Taught Russian at Indiana University

Mercy Richter

Daughter
Born c. 2006 mother, Sarah Thyre

Willy Richter

Son
Born c. 2000 mother, Sarah Thyre

Gloria Swenson

Mother

Sarah Thyre

Wife
Met while appearing in the play "The Real Live Brady Bunch" (1991) a veteran of "Strangers with Candy" (Comedy Central) married in 1994

EDUCATION

Columbia College

Chicago , Illinois 1988

University of Illinois

Champaign-Urbana , Illinois 1984 - 1986

Yorkville High School

Yorkville , Illinois
Was elected Prom King

Milestones

2012

Reprised voice role of Mort in "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"

2010

Remained as O'Brien's sidekick on his re-branded talk show "Conan" (TBS)

2009

Re-teamed with Conan O'Brien (who replaced Jay Leno as host) as "The Tonight Show" (NBC) announcer

2008

Once again voiced Mort the Goodman's Mouse Lemur in "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa"

2007

Made cameo in the skating comedy "Blades of Glory"

2007

Starred on the NBC comedy "Andy Barker P.I." as an accountant turned private eye

2006

Appeared as himself on several episodes of "Arrested Development" (Fox)

2006

Guest starred on "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (NBC) as Stan the Sad Dad

2005

Voiced Mort the Goodman's Mouse Lemur in the animated feature "Madagascar"

2004

Played one of the leads on the Fox sitcom "Quintuplets"

2004

Appeared in the teen comedy "New York Minute," starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

2002

Cast in the lead role on the Fox sitcom "Andy Richter Controls the Universe"

2000

Played supporting role in Robert Altman's "Dr. T and the Women"

1994

Film acting debut, "Cabin Boy"

1993

Served as sidekick on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" (NBC); also worked with the writing staff; left show in 2000

Performed with The Comedy Underground and the Annoyance Theater

Began taking classes at Chicago's Improv Olympic

Played Mike in the Los Angeles and Chicago productions of Jill Soloway's "The Real Live Brady Bunch"

Worked as a production assistant on commercial shoots in Chicago, IL

Bonus Trivia

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"I get to be the guy on the couch. I also get to be a sketch-comedy performer. I also get to be the smart-ass Ed Bradley type and tape remote bits, shoving a mike into people's faces at the Miss America pageant or the NBA Finals." – Richter quoted to the New York Post, April 20, 1995

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"My job title could be Smelly Little Schoolgirl – as long as I'm making money, I don't care." – Richter to Entertainment Weekly, Aug. 14, 1998

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"Late night humor isn't all that difficult. I come from a long line of smart asses." – Richter quoted in the Daily Variety, Sept. 16, 1998

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