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Richard Elfman

Richard grew up in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles (Boyz n the Hood (1991)), was a semi-professional boxer, food and wine critic and successful stage director. He is also a noted Afro-Latin percussionist and the founder of the original Mystic Knights of the Oingo-Boingo. Richard's first novel, "The Schlemazl of Sebriem" will be published ... See full bio »

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 2009 30 Days to Vegas (Documentary) (as Mahatma Kane Sumatra)
 2008 28 Days to Vegas (Documentary)
 2003 Date or Disaster (Short)
 1998 Modern Vampires (TV Movie)
 1996 Bone Chillers (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Mummy Dearest (1996)
- Teacher Creature (1996)
 1994 Streets of Rage (as Aristide Sumatra)
 1989 Oingo Boingo: Skeletons in the Closet (Video short) (video "Private Life")
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(Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du Soldat", directed/produced) See more »

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Alternate Names:

Rick Elfman | Richard Helfman | Aristide Sumatra | Mahatma Kane Sumatra


6' (1.83 m)

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To be born a male redhead is to be born into a clown suit. See more »


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