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Richard Ward (I) (1915–1979)

At the age of eleven, Richard Ward started in showbiz, accompanying his two sisters in a vaudeville song and dance act called 'Dot, Flo and Dick'. From a tap-dancing kid, Richard grew into a burly, raspy-voiced young adult, whose physique became a major asset in his first career as a prize-fighter. After some 30 wins, both as professional and ... See full bio »


(age 64) in Coxsackie, New York, USA

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The Jerk
The Jerk Father
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 1979 The Jerk
 1979 All in the Family (TV Series)
Ed Lewis
- The Family Next Door (1979) ... Ed Lewis
 1975-1979 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
J.T. Washington / Captain Dobey
- Huggy Can't Go Home (1979) ... J.T. Washington
- Pilot (1975) ... Captain Dobey
 1978 Police Story (TV Series)
Dianne's Father
- No Margin for Error (1978) ... Dianne's Father
 1977 Contract on Cherry Street (TV Movie)
Jack Kittens
 1977 Freeman (TV Movie)
 1977 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (TV Series)
- Episode #2.140 (1977) ... Dewey (credit only)
- Episode #2.139 (1977) ... Dewey (uncredited)
- Episode #2.137 (1977) ... Dewey (uncredited)
- Episode #2.136 (1977) ... Dewey (uncredited)
- Episode #2.135 (1977) ... Dewey (credit only)
 1976 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Ben Jones
- The Retirement Party (1976) ... Ben Jones
 1976 The Death Collector
 1975 Beacon Hill (TV Series)
William Piper
- The Pretenders (1975) ... William Piper
- The Test (1975) ... William Piper
- The Suitors (1975) ... William Piper
- The Million Dollar Gate (1975) ... William Piper
- The Speakeasy (1975) ... William Piper
 1975 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Al Banks
- The Stung (1975) ... Al Banks
 1975 Baretta (TV Series)
 1975 Petrocelli (TV Series)
Charlie Bobo
- A Fallen Idol (1975) ... Charlie Bobo
 1974 For Pete's Sake
 1974 The Sty of the Blind Pig (TV Movie)
Blind Jordan
 1973 Roll Out (TV Series)
Sgt. BJ Bryant
- Pilot (1973) ... Sgt. BJ Bryant
 1973 Cops and Robbers
Paul Jones
 1973 The Brian Keith Show (TV Series)
Nathaniel A. Johnson
- The Man Who Came to Luau (1973) ... Nathaniel A. Johnson
 1972 Across 110th Street
Doc Johnson
 1971 Brother John
 1970 The Immortal (TV Series)
Joe Carver
- The Return (1970) ... Joe Carver
 1969 The Learning Tree
Booker Savage
 1968 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
Mr. Gabriel
- Which Side Are You On? (1968) ... Mr. Gabriel
 1966 Barefoot in Athens (TV Movie)
 1964 Nothing But a Man
Mill Hand
 1964 Black Like Me
Burt Wilson
 1963 The Cool World
Street Speaker
 1960-1963 Naked City (TV Series)
Nova Scotia / Packer / Lee
- One, Two, Three, Rita Rakahowski (1963) ... Nova Scotia
- The Fingers of Henri Tourelle (1961) ... Packer
- A Death of Princes (1960) ... Lee (uncredited)
 1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- Black Monday (1961)
 1959 Decoy (TV Series)
- Queen of Diamonds (1959) ... Alex
 1958 Camera Three (TV Series)
- The Mythical Bird (1958) ... Musician
 1957 Carib Gold
 1957 The Green Pastures (TV Movie)
 1957 The Big Story (TV Series)
- Banner of Innocence (1957) ... Jones
 1956 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
- Caesar and Cleopatra (1956) ... Nubian
 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Snapfinger Creek (1956) ... William
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He acted in James Baldwin's play, "The Amen Corner," at the Saville Theatre in London, England with Claudia McNeil, Antonio Fargas, Julius W. Harris, Minnie Gentry, Leu Camacho, Helen Martin, and Georgia Burke in the cast. Lloyd G. Richards was director.

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