Richard Kind, successful on stage, screen and television , continues to redefine the term character actor. Television viewers perhaps best know him as “Paul Lassiter,” the irrepressible press secretary to the Mayor of New York on the ABC series 'Spin City.' But his work and talent go far behind that.
In Feature Films, Richard has recently completed a starring role in 'The Hereafter' directed by Clint Eastwood. His role as Uncle Arthur in 'A Serious Man' written and directed by the Cohen Brothers and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, was critically lauded worldwide. He has appeared in The Independent Spirit Award winners, 'The Visitor' and 'The Station Agent,' both directed by TomMcCarthy; as Dr. Robert Farley in the Miramax feature, 'Spymate;' the Sundance Film, 'Johns,' directed by Scott Silver; and 'The Grand' directed by Zak Penn. Richard was also seen in the independent film 'Hacks,' and as the voice of the character “Molt,” the dim-witted obnoxious grasshopper in Disney’s blockbuster animated film, 'A Bug's Life.' Additional film credits include roles in 'Stargate,' 'Mr. Saturday Night' with Billy Crystal, and many others. He also played the only voice ever attributed to "Tom" in the animated feature film, 'Tom and Jerry.' Richard can be heard in Pixar’s blockbuster animated feature 'Cars.'
In Television, besides his infamous role on 'Spin City,' Richard has also appeared as "Mark," Fran's ex-husband on NBC's 'Mad About You.' He is about to begin filming a new series for HBO 'Luck' opposite Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte. Recently, he has guest starred on 'Scrubs,' 'Still Standing', 'The Division,' 'Miss Match,' and a recurring role on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' with Larry David. Additional TV credits include stints as a series regular on 'Carol and Company' with Carol Burnett, two ABC series, 'Blue Skies' and 'A Whole New Ball Game,' as well as 'Unsub' and a recurring role on 'Stargate Atlantis.'
On Stage, Richard has starred in Mel Brooks’ smash hit Broadway musical 'The Producers,' as "Max Bialystock" at the St. James Theater in New York. He also appeared on Broadway in Charles Busch’s smash hit comedy, 'The Tale of the Allergist's Wife.' He starred in 'Candide at the New York City Opera' at Lincoln Center as well as 'The Lady In Question' at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York. He starred in the Stephen Sondheim musical 'Bounce,' directed by Hal Prince. which premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and was then moved to the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. At the Williamstown Theatre Festival, he starred opposite Eric Stoltz and Christopher Evan Welsh in 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.' Other theatre credits include 'Sly Fox' and 'Power Failure,' written by Larry Gelbart, directed by Arthur Penn, and staged on Broadway and at the Actor's Studio Free Theatre.
Richard started his career in Chicago with the Practical Theatre Company, founded by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brad Hill and Gary Kroeger. He was then hired by Second City, where he honed his comedic talents in such productions as 'How Green Were My Values; John, Paul, Sartre and Ringo;' and 'True Midwest.'