His favorite quote is: “You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a firefly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and an agent's heart.” — Fred Allen
Award-winning writer, director and producer Dick Richards rose to prominence during the 1960s’ creative revolution in advertising, becoming a world-renowned photographer. His focus on real people and American themes recalled his hero, Norman Rockwell.
His photographs were on display at the Museum of Modern Art and are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute.
Mr. Richards also became an accomplished TV commercial director with clients such as Coca-Cola, Volkswagen, Polaroid, General Motors, Hertz and Pepsi, to name a few. His celebrated work has won every major industry award including many Clio’s, Gold Medal Awards, the Cannes Lion for the best worldwide commercial and dozens of New York Art Directors Awards.
Richards’ film career proceeded with writing and directing the coming-of-age western, The Culpepper Cattle Company (20th Century-Fox), a cult classic that earned him the Screenwriter’s Annual Story Award given by the Writer’s Guild of America. He went on to direct the acclaimed Rafferty and theGold Dust Twins (Warner Bros.) and Farewell, My Lovely (Embassy Pictures), which garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. His filmography also includes March or Die (Colombia Pictures), Death Valley (Universal), Man, Woman and Child (Paramount Pictures), and Heat (New Century Vista).
Richards discovered and developed Tootsie (Columbia Pictures), later teaming with Sidney Pollack to co-produce Tootsie. The film earned him an Academy Award Nomination and won the Golden Globe for Best Picture. It is ranked as #69 on AFI’s List of 100 Greatest American Films of All Time.
A native New Yorker, Richards is known as a storyteller and as an “actor’s director,” having worked with Robert Mitchum, Gene Hackman, Martin Sheen, Blythe Danner, Catherine Deneuve, Alan Arkin, Max von Sydow and Harry Dean Stanton, among many others. Richards’ career continues to branch out in new directions. His first play Turnaround is currently being produced in the United Kingdom and has been optioned for Broadway. Richards' first novel, Exposed, is due out at the first quarter of 2019.
Director, Writer, Producer