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Overview (3)

Born in Loma Linda, California, USA
Birth NameRickey Lee Lawson
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Richard Lawson was born on March 7, 1947 in Loma Linda, California, USA as Rickey Lee Lawson. He is an actor, known for For Colored Girls (2010), Poltergeist (1982) and How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998). He has been married to Tina Knowles since April 12, 2015. He was previously married to Denise Gordy.

Spouse (2)

Tina Knowles (12 April 2015 - present)
Denise Gordy (31 December 1978 - 1989) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (10)

He has been a master scene study teacher and director at The Beverly Hills Playhouse with Milton Katselas for over 30 years. In addition, he owns and operates the Richard Lawson Studios (RLS). RLS offers several classes and professional development workshops, including: scene study, on-camera class, audition techniques, filmmaking, and business administration.
Survived the crash of USAir flight 405 on March 22, 1992. The plane, which took off from New York's LaGuardia Airport crashed into the waters of the Long Island Sound shortly after take-off.
Father, with Denise Gordy, of actress Bianca Lawson.
After serving a year's duty in Vietnam, he went to Chabot Junior College in Hayward, California and joined the debate team with the intention of pursuing law. His voice was so strong, resonant and authoritative that he decided to become an actor instead.
Lawson has won two L.A. Drama Critics Awards: one for the play "Streamers" (1977), and another for "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (1987). In addition, he won a NAACP Image Award for his role on the TV soap opera All My Children (1970) in 1992.
He played the father of his real life daughter Bianca Lawson in Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1993).
He graduated from Hayward High School in 1965 and went to Riverside City College for a year and a half before he dropped out and was drafted into the Army three months later.
Served in the Vietnam War as a combat medic and was awarded the Purple Heart.
Stepfather of Beyoncé and Solange.
Played a romantic interest of Jackee' Harry in two series: 227 (Season 4 Episode 7 - "A Yen For Lester" and in Sister, Sister Season 6).

Personal Quotes (1)

I'm an actor. It's no struggle for me any more than it would be for a marathon champion to train by running 5 to 10 miles a day. I've accepted the process of what it takes to be an artist. Sure, I've been out of work, I've been without money, but it's not a struggle. It's what I do.

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