Who is Tequan Richmond?
When the musical comedy drama “Everybody Hates Chris” started airing in 2005, one of the main characters immediately caught the eye of the public. The young, very laid-back boy who could usually get his way by just talking to his parents, Drew Rock, was the audience’s favorite. People wanted to know more about the actor who portrayed this character, and if you are one of them, let us tell you all about Tequan Richmond. He is an actor with over 30 credits to his name, and besides the mentioned role, he’s perhaps known best for his portrayal of T.J. Ashford in the series “General Hospital”, while to the movie fans, he is well-known for his role as Lee in the 2013 biographical crime drama “Blue Caprice”, also starring Tim Blake Nelson and Isaiah Washington.
For his performance in this movie, Tequan was nominated for two Black Reel Awards, for Outstanding Supporting Actor, Motion Picture, and Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male.
Early life and education
Tequan Richmond was born under the zodiac sign of Scorpio on 30 October 1992, in Burlington, North Carolina USA, thus he holds American nationality, and comes from a family of African-American descent. He was raised in his hometown by his parents, father Anthony Richmond whose occupation is unknown, while his mother is famous actress Temple Poteat – Tequan is their only child. Sometime in 2001, the family moved to Los Angeles, California, and soon Tequan launched his acting career.
Although he dreamed of a career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and had no intention of becomin an actor, it seems that destiny had another plan for him. He made his acting debut aged 10, and has since then been in the entertainment industry. Besides his acting career, Tequan launched his music career – he goes by the name T-Rich, and his songs can be found on SoundCloud and YouTube. Tequan was also seen in numerous commercials, including appearances in magazine ads such as National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, and Reader’s Digest, among many others. Talking about his educational background, Tequan was homeschooled from sixth grade, and as he said, he is sorry for that, because he had no social life; he ate his lunch alone, he never went to prom, and then upon matriculating in 2010, he didn’t enroll in college but pursued his acting career.
Roles in series
Tequan made his acting debut in 2002, portraying a Boy in an episode of the series “ER”, followed in 2003 by his roles as Tramelle Willis-Tombs in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, and as Tyson in “MADtv”, while in the following year, he guest-starred in “Cold Case”, before he was cast to play one of his most notable roles, as Drew Rock in “Everybody Hates Chris”. Also starring Terry Crews and Tichina Arnold, the series was broadcast from 2005 until 2009, had 51 award nominations, including three for Primetime Emmys, and won seven. Concurrently with his role as Drew Rock, Tequan was seen in the series’ “The Shield” and “Strong Medicine” in 2005, “All of Us” (2006), and “Numb3rs” (2008), while in the following years, he mostly guest-starred in various series, including “Weeds”, “Private Practice”, and “Mr. Box Office”.
In 2012 he was cast to play T. J. Ashford in “General Hospital”, another significant role which brought him three Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series, in 2015, ’16, and ’17. Tequan was also nominated for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series in 2014. Concurrently with his role in “General Hospital”, Tequan was seen as Christian Fulner in the series “All Night” in 2018, and in the following year, he portrayed Connor in “The Unsettling”, and then was seen as Bryson Broyer in “Boomerang” from 2019 until 2020, which was his most recent television role.
Roles in movies
Tequan made his first movie appearance portraying Andre Lee in “The Law and Mr. Lee” in 2003, and then played Ray Charles Junior (9-10 years) in the two-time Oscar-awarded biographical musical drama “Ray”, also starring Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington and Regina King. The movie had 54 award nominations and 53 wins, including two Oscars for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Jamie Foxx). In 2006, Tequan was seen starring in “The Celestine Prophecy”, and his next role came in 2013, when he was cast to play Lee in “Blue Caprice”, followed in 2016 by his role as TC in the TV movie “Ringside”. In the same year, he was seen in “Untitled Lena Waithe Project”, while in the following years he starred in “Nowhere, Michigan” (2017), “Savage Youth” and “Thriller” (2018).
His most recent movie role was in “Blood on Her Badge” in 2020, however, his fans are hoping that they will enjoy his performances in the future, although he is currently more devoted to his music career, and he also made his directoring debut working for Jules Works’ music video for the song “In It”.
Love life and relationships
Tequan hasn’t been the subject of any rumors or controversies concerning his love life and sexual orientation; it’s widely known that before he met his future fiancée, he dated actresses Montana Tucker and Paige Hurd. His fiancée is Tetona Jackson, also an actress; the two met on the set for the series “All Night” in 2018, and then in the following year, they co-starred in the series “Boomerang”.
It isn’t clear when the two started dating or when they became engaged, as they prefer to keep their private lives away from the media’s attention, but they confirmed their engagement. On 2 March 2021, Tequan posted on his Instagram a photo featuring the two of them hugging, and it was clear that Tetona was pregnant, and it seems that they already knew the baby’s gender, since in the description he wrote: ‘Harlie Giselle Richmond’ with a baby’s head emoji. Their daughter was born on 10 March 2021.
As of June 2022, it isn’t clear whether Tequan and Tetona are still together, but on her Instagram, there are no joint photos of the two of them, and she often posts photos featuring herself and their daughter, while on his Instagram there is only one photo of him holding their baby, posted in 2021.
Age, height, and net worth
Tequan’s age is 29, he has black hair and brown eyes; he weighs around 155lbs (70kgs) and is 5ft 8ins (1.72m) tall. This talented actor and musician has earned a decent amount of money through his over 15 years-long career in the entertainment industry, thus according to sources, as of June 2022, his net worth has been estimated at over $500,000.