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Addison Richards

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Addison Richards
Nick Carter, Master Detective 1939.JPG
Richards in the trailer for Nick Carter, Master Detective, 1939
Addison Whitaker Richards, Jr.

(1902-10-20)October 20, 1902
DiedMarch 22, 1964(1964-03-22) (aged 61)
Resting placeOak Park Cemetery in Claremont, California
Occupation(s)Film and television actor
Years active1933–1964
Vivian Eccles
(m. 1930; died 1946)
Patricia Sarazln
(m. 1952)

Addison Whittaker Richards, Jr. (October 20, 1902 – March 22, 1964) was an American actor of film and television. Richards appeared in more than three hundred films between 1933 and his death.


A native of Zanesville, Ohio, Richards was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Addison Richards. His grandfather was a mayor of Zanesville. Following his father's death in 1942, the family moved to California.[1]

Richards was cast in many television series, including the syndicated 1950s crime drama, Sheriff of Cochise, starring John Bromfield. From 1955 to 1961, he appeared in six episodes in different roles on the NBC anthology series, The Loretta Young Show.

In 1956 Richards appeared as Doc Jennings in an uncredited role in the western movie The Fastest Gun Alive starring Glenn Ford. However, he often had more substantial supporting roles in films, especially Westerns, including playing George Armstrong Custer in Badlands of Dakota (1941) and the marshal in The Broken Star (1956).

From 1957-1958, he appeared in the recurring role of J.B. Barker in nine episodes of Jackie Cooper's NBC sitcom, The People's Choice.[2] In 1958, he was cast as Warden Johnson in the episode "Dead Reckoning" on the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Colt .45.

In 1957, in the first of three appearances on Dale Robertson's NBC western series, Tales of Wells Fargo, Richards played Governor Lew Wallace in the episode entitled, "Billy the Kid". Richards played the role of Evanson in the 1957 episode "Venus of Park Avenue" on the CBS crime drama, Richard Diamond, Private Detective.

In 1958 and 1959, Richards was cast as Doc Jay Calhoun in seven episodes, one uncredited, of the CBS western series, Trackdown.[3]

In 1959, Richards portrayed Mayor Thurston in the episode "Traildust" of CBS's western series, The Texan, starring Rory Calhoun. He was cast that same year as Martin Kingsley in two episodes of the NBC western series, Cimarron City. He appeared as Doc Gamble in three episodes of the radio series made briefly into a 1959 NBC sitcom, Fibber McGee and Molly. From 1960 to 1961, he appeared as Doc Landy in eight episodes of the NBC western series, the Deputy, with Henry Fonda and Allen Case.[2]

Richards portrayed Mark Stacy in the 1960 episode "Dennis and the Bees" of the CBS sitcom, Dennis the Menace, starring Jay North. He guest starred as Judge Danby in the 1961 episode "The Best Policy" of another NBC western series, The Tall Man.[2] Also, in 1961, in the TV series Rawhide, he played Frank Miller in the episode "Incident of the Running Iron".

Richards was cast in two episodes of the ABC sitcom, The Real McCoys: as R.T. Overland in "Weekend in Los Angeles" (1960) and as Colonel Martin in "You Can't Beat the Army" (1961). In 1961, he appeared in different roles in two episodes of the CBS crime drama, Checkmate. He was cast as an immigration officer in the 1962 episode "Mi's Citizenship" of the NBC family drama, National Velvet.[2]

For the summer of 1962, Richards joined the summer stock cast at Denver's Elitch Theatre and appeared in shows including Auntie Mame and The Best Man.[4]

Richards appeared on the CBS sitcoms, Pete and Gladys and in 1963 as Dean Hollister in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, starring Dwayne Hickman. He was cast as Frank Newton on an episode of Petticoat Junction in October 1963. He was cast twice in 1964 on CBS's The Beverly Hillbillies, with Buddy Ebsen. His last television role was as Colonel Saunders in the 1964 episode "The Permanent Recruit" of ABC's No Time for Sergeants, loosely based on the Andy Griffith film of the same name.

Personal life

Richards met Vivian Eccles in late 1929, marrying a year later and later had one child, daughter Ann.[5]

Richards died of a heart attack. His interment is at Oak Park Cemetery in Claremont, California. (A news story in the March 26, 1964, issue of the Santa Cruz Sentinel says that services were held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.)[6]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ "Author of "Since You Went Away" and Two Members of Cast Formerly of This Locality". Sunday Times Signal. Ohio, Zanesville. October 1, 1944. p. 1. Retrieved June 24, 2016 – via open access
  2. ^ a b c d "Addison Richards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
  3. ^ Billy Hathorn, "Roy Bean, Temple Houston, Bill Longley, Ranald Mackenzie, Buffalo Bill, Jr., and the Texas Rangers: Depictions of West Texans in Series Television, 1955 to 1967", West Texas Historical Review, Vol. 89 (2013), p. 104
  4. ^ R, Greg. "1913". Historic Elitch Theatre. Retrieved January 8, 2023.
  5. ^ "Former Ogden Actor Has Top Role". The Deseret News. Utah, Salt Lake City. April 6, 1943. p. 11. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  6. ^ "Rites Held For Character Actor Addison Richards". Santa Cruz Sentinel. California, Santa Cruz. March 26, 1964. p. 8. Retrieved June 24, 2016 – via open access

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