Richard Poe has been a professional actor since 1970, when he left the army and soon drafted into the chorus of William Ball’s production of Oedipus Rex at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Later that year he was cast as Rosencrantz in a production of Hamlet starring the 73-year-old Dame Judith Anderson, touring all the major theaters in America, including Carnegie Hall. It was a heady start for a recently discharged 1st lieutenant. He then played a variety of roles in many regional theaters and has since appeared in 13 Broadway shows.
Richard has had featured roles in several films, including Born on the Fourth of July, Presumed Innocent, Transamerica, Speechless, Burn After Reading, and Delivery Man.
For his performance as Roy in Teresa Is a Mother he was named Best Actor in the 2012 New York City Independent Film Festival. On TV he’s had recurring roles on several series, including Chopper Dave on Frasier, Joe Ippolito on A Whole New Ballgame, Roy Buchanan on The Five Mrs. Buchanans, and Gul Evek, the Cardassian officer, in several episodes of each of the modern Star Trek series.
Richard is a prolific narrator of audiobooks, with over one hundred titles to his credit. His recording of Danielle Steel’s Special Delivery was the second-highest-selling audiobook in its year, as was Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons. He was nominated for an Audie Award for his recordings of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian and David Wroblewski’s The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. He won the award in 2004 for his narration of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden.
Richard is married to Claudia Howard, former director of the Recorded Books recording studio in New York City; both are happy Brooklynites.
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