Richard Lawson

Richard Lawson is a prolific African American actor whose career has transcended stereotypical casting. Born in Loma Linda, California, Lawson served in the Army for a tour of Vietnam, returning to attend Chabot Junior ... Read more »
Born: 03/07/1947

Filmography

Actor (55)

Being Mary Jane 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Husbands of Hollywood 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Angry Boys 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

For Colored Girls 2010 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

All of Us 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

I'm Through with White Girls 2006 (Movie)

James Evans (Actor)

Guess Who 2005 (Movie)

Marcus (Actor)

Dead Like Me 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The District 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Division 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Law 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

JAG 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Judging Amy 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Soul Food 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strong Medicine 2001 (Tv Show)

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Touched By an Angel 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Justice 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Doctors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Picket Fences 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sister, Sister 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Good News 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Moesha 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wag the Dog 1997 (Movie)

Young Man/CIA (Actor)

The 1992 NAACP Act-So Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Host

The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd 1986 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Forgotten 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Silent Whisper 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Johnnie Mae Gibson 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Under the Influence 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Faculty 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Stick 1985 (Movie)

Cornell (Actor)

Streets of Fire 1984 (Movie)

Ed Price (Actor)

Leadfoot 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

V 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Chicago Story 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Poltergeist 1982 (Movie)

Ryan (Actor)

Charleston 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Buffalo Soldiers 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Main Event 1979 (Movie)

Hector Mantilla (Actor)

Coming Home 1978 (Movie)

Pat (Actor)

Audrey Rose 1977 (Movie)

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Crossfire 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Black Street Fighter 1975 (Movie)

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Bogard 1974 (Movie)

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Sugar Hill 1974 (Movie)

Valentine (Actor)

Scream Blacula Scream 1972 (Movie)

Willis (Actor)

Dirty Harry 1971 (Movie)

Homosexual (Actor)

Double Your Pleasure (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie's Back! (TV Show)

Actor

Pandora's Clock (TV Show)

Actor

The Jericho Mile (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Richard Lawson is a prolific African American actor whose career has transcended stereotypical casting. Born in Loma Linda, California, Lawson served in the Army for a tour of Vietnam, returning to attend Chabot Junior College. It was the attention he received for his dramatic style on the debate team that led Lawson to pursue acting. His first on-screen appearance was an uncredited role in the 1971 police feature "Dirty Harry." In 1973, he played the man who resurrects the black vampire in "Scream Blacula Scream," and in 1974, he starred as a street fighter in the blaxploitation feature "Bogard." By the mid-70s, Lawson was appearing regularly in guest spots on television, and he continued to rack up credits over the next three decades. His recurring parts include a role as geologist Nick Kimball on the nighttime soap "Dynasty" (1986) as well as a recurring love interest for the lead in 1988's "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd," a rare interracial TV romance. In 1992, he began a regular stint on the daytime soap opera "All My Children," playing architect Lucas Barnes. He also played heroic doctor Ben Taylor in the popular 1983 sci-fi mini-series "V." Among his motion picture roles are a paranormal investigator in the 1982 Steven Spielberg-produced hit, "Poltergeist," and the role of the fickle Frank in Tyler Perry's 2010 adaptation of the play "For Colored Girls." Lawson has worked extensively as an acting coach and as a director at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.

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