Chris Richards was born and raised in Ohio and currently resides in New York City with his wife and sons. He is primarily of German, Italian, and Welsh descent.
Richards’ performances span film, television, commercials, and theatre. Some notable screen credits to-date include appearances on the series Bull (CBS) and an anticipated scene in the Russo Brothers’ upcoming movie Cherry alongside Tom Holland (2021 release on Apple TV+). Onstage highlights include the esteemed Off-Broadway Pearl Theatre Company and the Tony-Award-Winning Cleveland Play House, as well as many reputable regional theatres across the country.
Richards delivers considerable range and versatility in his acting. His predominant type as an actor dwells within the ‘Every Man’ wheelhouse lately, balancing a vibe that is made up of both Midwestern charm and a no-nonsense Big Apple mindset.
As such, he tends to fill roles that are: [i] the sarcastic/dry-but-good-humored guy (think Paul Rudd), [ii] the sweet/kind guy-next-door (think Joseph Gordon-Levitt), [iii] the goofy/zany sidekick guy (think Chris Pratt before he was a superhero), and/or [iv] the sinister-but-broken-but-strangely-vulnerable guy (think a young Kevin Spacey).
A colleague once described Richards as “Seth MacFarlane looks with John Krasinski charm,” and a few critics have even gone so far as to publish reviews comparing him and his work to Tom Hanks.
Richards studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Performance from Kent State University.