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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 1932Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death 28 December 2005Silver Spring, Maryland, USA  (prostate cancer)
Birth NameRichard John De Angelis
Nickname Richy Roach

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Boston, Richard De Angelis served in the Navy during the Korean conflict and worked as an accountant for 14 years. At 38, he quit smoking, became a vegetarian and enrolled in acting school. He received a master's degree in 1983 from the University of Maryland's theater arts program.

He played Baltimore police Col. Raymond Foerster on the HBO crime drama "The Wire" until his December 2005 death.

De Angelis also appeared in plays, TV commercials, radio spots and print advertisements in an acting career that spanned four decades. He performed stand-up comedy for many years under the name Ricky Roach.

In addition to his recurring role on "The Wire," De Angelis appeared in "Homicide: The Movie" and the John Waters films "A Dirty Shame" and "Cecil B. Demented."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: danfling

Spouse (2)

Barbara Porebski (? - ?) (divorced)
Karen Wells (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (8)

Did not start acting until he was 38.
Participated in animal rights marches in Washington, D.C., in 1990 and 1996.
De Angelis died of congestive heart failure Dec. 28, 2005 at his home in Silver Spring, said his son, Richard M. De Angelis. He also had complications from prostate cancer.
Performed stand-up comedy for many years under the name Richy Roach.
Received a master's degree in 1983 from the University of Maryland's theater arts program.
Served in the Navy during the Korean War.
Worked as an accountant before enrolling in acting school at the age of 38.
Has four children, two sons, and two daughters

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