Richard is well known to millions of television viewers as Mr. Wilhelm, George’s boss on SEINFELD in which he received a SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARD. Many people are not aware that Richard is also a very accomplished fine artist.
Making a highly inauspicious film debut in the minor role of a coach in the film Hercules in New York (1970), which was the showcase debut for the massively-muscled Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard didn’t settle in Hollywood until the mid 1970s after replacing actor Richard Long in the role of Watergate figure James McCord in All the President’s Men (1976). Although Richard made a handful of other movies throughout the rest of the decade (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977), F.I.S.T. (1978), The China Syndrome (1979), The Onion Field (1979)), he appeared with much more frequency on TV, playing stern, authoritarian types on episodes of “Kojak,” “The Rockford Files,” “The Streets of San Francisco,” (starring the similar-looking Karl Malden), “Rafferty,” “Eight Is Enough” and “Starsky & Hutch,” as well as in the TV movies Pueblo (1973), Captains and the Kings (1976), The Hunted Lady (1977), Dr. Scorpion (1978), Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid (1978), Terror Out of the Sky (1978) (TV)_, Marciano (1979) (TV)_ and, most notably, Ike: The War Years (1980) in which he portrayed General Omar Bradley.
Never finding the one support role that might have made him a character star, Richard has nevertheless been featured impressively on all three mediums for the past four decades. On stage he appeared in a pre-Broadway tryout of “On the Waterfront” and played to great applause in productions of “Other People’s Money” and “The Big Knife”. His finest hour on stage, however, would come with his portrayal of the epic film producer in the one-man show “Cecil B. DeMille Presents,” which he has toured throughout the country. On TV, Richard has guested on most of the popular TV programs of late, including “Desperate Housewives” and CSI: Miami” and is probably best remembered for his recurring roles as Admiral Noyce on SeaQuest 2032 (1993), as Jason Alexander‘s boss Wilhelm in the sitcom classic Seinfeld (1989) and as Admiral Owen Paris in Star Trek: Voyager (1995). A few of his lightweight cinematic crowd-pleasers include Private Benjamin (1980), Deal of the Century (1983), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) and Sgt. Bilko (1996).