Richard Brooks

Actor
While he shares his name with the late Oscar-winning screenwriter-director and a respected cinematographer, actor Richard Brooks has carved his own niche in show business. The handsome, African-American performer ... Read more »
Born: 12/09/1953 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (44)

Being Mary Jane 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

In My Pocket 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Barry (Actor)

Person of Interest 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Charlie's Angels 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lie to Me 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drive 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1991 - 1995, 1999 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Close to Home 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1991 - 1995, 1997 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Judging Amy 1991 - 1993, 1999 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order 1990 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1991 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1991 - 1995, 1997 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

NCIS 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Skin 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Firefly 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dead Last 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

GvsE 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

In Too Deep 1999 (Movie)

Wesley (Actor)

Johnny B. Good 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Wedding 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Chameleon 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Code Name: Wolverine 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Crow: City of Angels 1996 (Movie)

Judah (Actor)

The Substitute 1996 (Movie)

Wellman (Actor)

ER 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Memphis 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

To Sleep With Anger 1990 (Movie)

Babe Brother (Actor)

84 Charlie MoPic 1989 (Movie)

OD (Actor)

Shocker 1989 (Movie)

Rhino (Actor)

Off Limits 1988 (Movie)

Preacher (Actor)

Saxo 1988 (Movie)

Joe Bennett (Actor)

Shakedown 1988 (Movie)

Michael Jones (Actor)

The Hidden 1987 (Movie)

Sanchez (Actor)

Good to Go 1986 (Movie)

Chemist (Actor)

Teen Wolf 1985 (Movie)

Lemonade (Actor)

With Intent to Kill 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

A Special Friendship (TV Show)

Actor

Badge of the Assassin (TV Show)

Actor

Brimstone (TV Show)

Actor

Memphis (Movie)

(Actor)

Resting Place (TV Show)

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Terror on Highway 91 (TV Show)

Actor

The Neon Empire (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Johnny B. Good 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (1)

Johnny B. Good 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

While he shares his name with the late Oscar-winning screenwriter-director and a respected cinematographer, actor Richard Brooks has carved his own niche in show business. The handsome, African-American performer perhaps remains best-known for his three-year (1990-93) stint as assistant district attorney Paul Robinette on NBC's "Law & Order" despite a career that has encompassed stage and screen.

EDUCATION

Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen , Michigan

Circle in the Square Professional Theatre School

New York , New York
enrolled in 1980

The Karamu House

Cleveland , Ohio

Milestones

2002

Returned to Chicago's Goodman Theatre to star in "Drowning Crow", playwright Regina Taylor's reimagining of Chekhov's "The Seagull" set in the Gullah culture of South Carolina

2001

Had title role of the Chicago stage production "King Hedley II"; peformed at the Goodman Theatre

1998

Had featured role in the ABC miniseries "The Wedding", directed by Charles Burnett

1996

Reprised role of Paul Robinette in one episode of "Law & Order"

1996

Portrayed a villainous drug lord in "The Crow: City of Angels"

1990

Offered a strong turn as the taciturn 'Babe Brother' in Charles Burnett's "To Sleep With Anger"

1989

Cast as a sergeant serving in Vietnam in "84 Charlie MoPic"

1989

Co-starred in the Showtime miniseries "The Neon Empire", a fictionalized account of the transformation of Las Vegas from desert town to cosmopolitan showplace

1987

Appeared in the superior horror film "The Hidden"

1985

Feature film debut in "Teen Wolf"

1984

First TV-movie, "With Intent to Kill" (CBS)

1980

Moved to NYC to study acting

Had to turn down a role in Spike Lee's "Crooklyn" because of commitment to "Law & Order"; according to Brooks, one week later he was released from the role

Debut as series regular, played assistant district attorney Paul Robinette in "Law & Order" (NBC)

Returned to series TV as co-star of "GvsE" (USA Network, 1999; Sci-Fi Channel 1999-2000)

Bonus Trivia

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"'Law [& Order]' was the real big transition I had to make. I had bought my first suit a few months [before 'Law & Order']. I was just a pretty boy living in Venice Beach at the time. So I had to really work back up the whole articulation and presentation of Robinette. I think that once I started playing Robinette, it was so convincing to people even in the industry that it became hard to get back into my shakedown kind of characters, who are, like, much more edgy and streetwise." --Richard Brooks, quoted in TIME OUT NEW YORK, July 15-22, 1999

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