Who is Richard Kind?
Richard is an award-winning American voice, theater, television and film actor, perhaps best known as Dr. Mar Devanow in the TV series “Mad About You” (1992-1999), and as Andy in the TV series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2002-2021), in addition to many other roles that he’s secured so far in his career.
What Happened to Richard Kind?
Richard is now in his mid- ‘60s and still active as an actor. His most recent projects include the portrayal of Formica Michael Mikowitz in the TV series “The Goldbergs”, then Morten in the film “Morten”, and he is working on the films “The Out-Laws” and “Left with Only Rain”, scheduled for release later in 2022.
He lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City.
Richard Kind Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Richard Bruce Kind was born on 22 November 1956, in Trenton, New Jersey, USA. He is the son of Samuel Kind, a former owner of the La Vake’s Jewelry in Princeton, and his wife Alice, a homemaker. Although born in New Jersey, Richard spent his childhood with his younger sister Joanne in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in the neighborhood of Pennsbury Heights.
He went to Pennsbury High School, where one of his classmates was Robert Curtis Brown, a future famed television and theater actor. After matriculating in 1974, Richard enrolled at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he studied pre-law and got his degree in 1978. Before university, Richard tried himself as an actor, and worked in the theater for ten years, including while stydying, before he got a chance to showcase his skills on television.
After university, Richard joined The Second City in Chicago.
Richard launched his career in the mid-‘80s when he portrayed District Attorney Turpin in the drama film “Two Father’s Justice” (1985), which starred George Hamilton, Robert Conrad, and Brooke Bundy.
Two years later, he co-starred in the television comedy movie “Bennet Brothers”, next to George Clooney and Alan North, while in 1988, he was Floyd in the award-winning fantasy-comedy film “Vice Versa”.
Before the ‘80s ended, Richard enriched his portfolio with the role of Jimmy Bello in the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated TV crime-drama series “Unsub” (1989), with David Soul, Jennifer Hetrick and Joe Maruzzo in the lead roles.
He began the ‘90s with a role in the comedy-drama film “Queens Logic” (1991), which starred Kevin Bacon, Linda Fiorentino and John Malkovich, then in 1992, he secured his first major role when selected for the part of Dr. Mark Devanow, the ex-husband of Leila Kenzie’s character in the TV sitcom “Mad About You”.
"My dream as a kid was to do an original Stephen Sondheim / Hal Prince musical. I mean, I sing, but I don’t sing well enough. That I did get to do one (BOUNCE) is not only remarkable, it’s almost stupid. I don’t know how it happened!" – @RealRichardKind #RIPStephenSondheim pic.twitter.com/ZNpeTcGdfe
— Will Harris in VA (@NonStopPop) November 26, 2021
Rise to Prominence
The series “Mad About You” (1992-1999, 2019) went on to attain world fame, and with that, Richard rose to stardom as an actor. He appeared in over 50 episodes of this Primetime Emmy Award-winning series, and got himself a SAG award nomination in 1995.
Concurrently, from 1993 to 1995, he appeared in six episodes of the popular TV comedy crime-drama series “The Commish”, and then in 1996, he won another major role, as Paul Lassiter in the TV sitcom “Spin City” (1996-2002), appearing in 145 episodes of the award-winning series, pushing him even higher up the popularity ladder. The series starred Michael J. Fox until 2000, when he had to leave the show due to his Parkinson disease-related issues; Charlie Sheen replaced him, but the series was canceled two years later.
He started the 2000s on the backfoot, with a string of minor roles – one such was in George Clooney’s directingl debut “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”, a biopic based on Chuck Barris’s book about being a C.I.A. hitman; it starred Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore and George Clooney.
In 2003, he was Louis Tiboni in the BAFTA-winning comedy-drama “The Station Agent”, with Peter Dinklage in the lead role, and in the following year Richard portrayed Burning Elvis in the comedy film “Elvis Has Left the Building”, while in 2006 he had a minor role in the comedy film “Raising Flagg”, starring Alan Arkin, Lauren Holly, and Glenne Headly.
The following year, Richard portrayed Jacob in the Academy Award-nominated drama film “The Visitor”, written and directed by Tom McCarthy, and starring Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, and Danai Gurira. The same year, he had a supporting role in Rob Schneider’s action-comedy film “Big Stan”, while in 2009 he was Newkin in the award-winning romantic comedy-drama film “Ingenious”, which starred Dallas Roberts, Jeremy Renner and Ayelet Zurer.
The same year, Richard secured one of his most prominent roles to date, as Uncle Arthur, in the Oscar-nominated comedy-drama “A Serious Man”, written and directed by Ethan and Joel Coen.
He started the next decade with the role of Christos in the Clint Eastwood-directed fantasy romantic-drama film “Hereafter”, starring Matt Damon, Cecile de France and Bryce Dallas Howard. Two years later, he appeared in the Academy Award-winning Ben Affleck film “Argo”, and in 2013, featured in the comedy film “Dealin’ with Idiots”.
From 2014 to 2017, he portrayed Sam Meyers in the TV comedy series “Red Oaks”, subsequently starring in the biopic about John Lennon’s assassination, entitled “The Lennon Report” (2016), co-starring Evan Jonigkeit, and David Zayas, while in 2017, he was Marty in the film “Bernard and Huey”.
Moreover, the same year he starred in Scott Perlman’s award-winning romantic comedy-drama film “Andover”, alongside Jonathan Silberman and Jennifer Finnigan.
In 2018, he featured in the drama film “The Independents” and then in 2019 starred with Larisa Oleynik and Susan Blackwell in the sci-fi drama film “Auggie”. Moreover, he portrayed the notorious Rudy Giuliani in the biographical drama “Bombshell” about a group of women who have experienced sexual harassment over the years working at Fox News. The film starred Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie and won an Oscar for Best Make-up and Hairstyling, in addition to numerous other prestigious awards.
In 2021, Richard starred in Evan Oppenheimer’s drama film “The Magnificent Meyersons”, about a struggling New York City family, and also starred as Cupid in the romantic fantasy-comedy film “Cupid for Christmas”, alongside Melanie Stone, Ryan Carnes, and Natasha Behnam.
Voice Acting Career
Richard is a well-respected voice actor too; his first credit was the voice of Tom in the animated film “Tom and Jerry: The Movie” in 1992.
He voiced Molt in the animated film “A Bug’s Life” and in the subsequent video game in 1998, while in 1999 he voiced Bobby in the animated series “Disney’s Doug”.
In 2005 he started voicing several characters in the animated series “American Dad!”, including Al Tuttle and Car Salesman, and through 2022 has featured in 42 episodes of the critically acclaimed animated series. His next famous voice role was as Van in the animated film “Cars” (2006), while from 2009 to 2011, he voiced Roger in the popular animated series “The Penguins of Madagascar”.
In 2015, he voiced Bing Bong in the Academy Award-winning animated comedy-adventure film “Inside Out”, co-starring Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, and Lewis Black. From 2017 to 2019, he voiced Monty in the animated series “Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure”, while most recently, he has been voicing Cheezel in the animated shorts “Mickey Mouse Funhouse” (2021-2022).
Richard has also contributed to a series of theater plays. His debut came in 1984 in the play “Orwell That Ends Well”, performed at Village Gate.
Sixteen years later, he was Ira in the play “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” at The Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Broadway. He’s made more than a dozen appearances, and some of the plays include “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (2006), performed at Imperial Theatre, then “Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell” (2007), and “The Big Knife” (2013), for which he won Drama Desk Award in the category for Best Featured Actor in a Play, “Kiss Me, Kate” in 2016 and 2019.
As of mid- 2022, Richard Kind’s net worth has been estimated at close to $5 million, earned through his successful career as an actor, during which he’s appeared in more than 260 film and TV titles, as well as on the stage.
Personal Life, Married, Wife, Children
When it comes to his personal life, Richard was married to Dana Stanely from 1999 to 2014 and they have two children together, Alice and Samuel. He is very close friends with George Clooney who was best man at his and Dana’s wedding.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
The prominent actor has short brown hair and brown eyes. He stands at a height of 6ft 1in (1.85m), while his weight is unknown, though he’s struggled with a few extra pounds his entire career.