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      Richard Lawson

      Richard Lawson

      Highest Rated: 100% Lemonade (2016)

      Lowest Rated: 29% Scream Blacula Scream (1973)

      Birthday: Mar 7, 1947

      Birthplace: Loma Linda, California, USA

      Richard Lawson is a prolific African American actor whose career has transcended stereotypical casting. Born in Loma Linda, California, Lawson served in the Army for a tour of Vietnam, returning to attend Chabot Junior College. It was the attention he received for his dramatic style on the debate team that led Lawson to pursue acting. His first on-screen appearance was an uncredited role in the 1971 police feature "Dirty Harry." In 1973, he played the man who resurrects the black vampire in "Scream Blacula Scream," and in 1974, he starred as a street fighter in the blaxploitation feature "Bogard." By the mid-70s, Lawson was appearing regularly in guest spots on television, and he continued to rack up credits over the next three decades. His recurring parts include a role as geologist Nick Kimball on the nighttime soap "Dynasty" (1986) as well as a recurring love interest for the lead in 1988's "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd," a rare interracial TV romance. In 1992, he began a regular stint on the daytime soap opera "All My Children," playing architect Lucas Barnes. He also played heroic doctor Ben Taylor in the popular 1983 sci-fi mini-series "V." Among his motion picture roles are a paranormal investigator in the 1982 Steven Spielberg-produced hit, "Poltergeist," and the role of the fickle Frank in Tyler Perry's 2010 adaptation of the play "For Colored Girls." Lawson has worked extensively as an acting coach and as a director at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.

      Highest rated movies

      Lemonade
      Poltergeist
      Streets of Fire
      The Zombies of Sugar Hill
      How Stella Got Her Groove Back
      The Main Event
      Stick
      For Colored Girls

      Photos

      Richard Lawson BLACK FIST, (aka BOGARD aka BLACK STREETFIGHTER), Richard Lawson, 1975 POLTERGEIST, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, JoBeth Williams, Richard Lawson, Beatrice Straight, 1982, (c)MGM POLTERGEIST, Martin Casella, Beatrice Straight, Richard Lawson, 1982. ©MGM BLACK FIST, (aka BOGARD aka BLACK STREETFIGHTER), Richard Lawson, 1975 SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM, Richard Lawson, 1973 SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM, Lynne Moody, Richard Lawson, 1973 SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM, Richard Lawson, Janee Michelle, Barbara Rhodes, 1973 SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM, Richard Lawson, 1973 SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM, Richard Lawson, 1973 AUDREY ROSE, Robert Walden (hand on arm), Anthony Hopkins, Richard Lawson (arm around neck), John Beck 9standing front right), 1977

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet CHAAW: Chapter 3 Unknown (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet CHAAW: Chapter 2 Unknown (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet CHAAW: Chapter 1 Unknown (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet CHAAW: Chapter 3 Chief of Police (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet 69% A Holiday Chance Garvin (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Not Alone Dr. James Clay (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet 74% From Zero to I Love You Ron Logsdon (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet 45% Always a Bridesmaid Carlton Blakeston Sr. (Character) - 2019
      100% 88% Lemonade Unknown (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Royal Family Christmas Leighton Royal (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Royal Family Holiday Leighton Royal (Character) - 2015
      32% 73% For Colored Girls Frank (Character) $37.7M 2010
      No Score Yet 64% The Last Stand Winston (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 62% Christmas at Water's Edge Mr. Turner (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 92% Blue Hill Avenue Uncle Rob (Character) - 2001
      50% 66% How Stella Got Her Groove Back Jack (Character) $37.7M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Double Your Pleasure Dash (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Forgotten Sergeant Frank "Doc" McDermott (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Johnnie Gibson Story Adam Prentice (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI Adam Prentice (Character) - 1986
      38% 37% Stick Cornell (Character) - 1985
      69% 70% Streets of Fire Officer Ed Price (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 67% T.J. Hooker Unknown (Character) - 1982
      88% 79% Poltergeist Ryan (Character) $121.8M 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story Gene Davis (Character) - 1980
      40% 42% The Main Event Hector Mantilla (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 78% The Jericho Mile R.C. Stiles (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charleston James Harris (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 19% Black Fist Leroy Fisk (Character) - 1975
      63% 47% The Zombies of Sugar Hill Valentine (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 68% Willie Dynamite Unknown (Character) - 1973
      29% 37% Scream Blacula Scream Willis Daniels (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fox Style Little Henry (Character) - 1971

      TV

      Credit
      76% 60% mixed-ish Lynwood (Guest Star) 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Love Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In Contempt Earl Sullivan (Character) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Saints & Sinners Pastor Evan Johnson (Character) 2016-2017
      54% 88% Angry Boys Shwayne Sr. (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 93% Numb3ers Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet All of Us Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      83% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Agent Wycoff (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Half & Half Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The District Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul Food Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sister, Sister Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Parent 'Hood Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Moesha Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      57% No Score Yet Good News Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      82% 95% Picket Fences Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Saved by the Bell: The New Class Judge Thurston Jones (Guest Star) 1993
      No Score Yet 78% MacGyver Unknown (Guest Star) 1989 1991
      No Score Yet 64% The Cosby Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 1st & Ten Coleman King (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wiseguy Thurman McGill (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet 95% Magnum, P.I. Gerald Calvin (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Story Det. O.Z. Tate (Character) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet T.J. Hooker Officer David McNeil (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The White Shadow Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Times Raymond (Guest Star) 1978
      No Score Yet 88% All in the Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Skeet (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Eddie Hill (Guest Star) 1975