Andy Richter
Birth Date:
October 28, 1966
Birth Place:
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Conan O’Brien Sidekick


Emmy Award-nominated comedian and actor Andy Richter struck gold in the 1990s when he became Conan O’Brien's sidekick on the NBC late night talk show “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” from 1993 to 2000. Afterward, he had his own TV shows, “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” (FOX; 2002-2003) and “Andy Barker: P.I.” (NBC, 2007). He also starred on FOX’s sitcom "Quintuplets" (2004-2005) and his voice can be heard as Benjamin Higgenbottom on the Nickelodeon show "The Mighty B," which premiered on April 26, 2008.

On the big screen, moviegoers could catch the comic performer in such films as "Dr. Dolittle 2" (2001), "Pootie Tang" (2001), "Scary Movie 2" (2001), "Elf" (2003), "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (2006), "Blades of Glory" (2007), "Semi-Pro" (2008), and "Madagascar” (2005; 2008).

Richter has been married to actress and writer Sarah Thyre since 1994. They have two kids.

Paul Andrew

Childhood and Family:

Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on October 28, 1966, Paul Andrew Richter was raised in Yorkville, Illinois. He is the second of four children to Gloria Swenson, a kitchen cabinet designer, and Laurence R. Richter, an expert in Russian linguistics who taught at Indiana University for over 32 years. His parents divorced when he was 4.

Andy attended Yorkville High School in Yorkville, Illinois, where he played high school football and was crowned King of the Prom. In the late 80s, he entered the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He then transferred to Columbia College in Chicago to study film and writing programs.

On March 18, 1994, he married actress and writer Sarah Thyre, a veteran of “Strangers with Candy,” on which Andy twice made a cameo appearance. They have two children, son Willy Richter (born in November 2000) and daughter Mercy Richter (born in 2006).

Andy Richter Controls the Universe


Leaving Columbia College in 1988, Andy worked as a production assistant on commercial shoots in Chicago and began taking classes at Chicago's Improv Olympic in 1989. He worked with several Chicago improvisation groups and played Mike Brady on-stage in "The Real Live Brady Bunch" (1992) in Chicago and Los Angeles.

While attending the after show parties of “Saturday Night Live,” Richter was introduced to SNL head writer Rob Smigel, who would later recruit him for a new show he was producing, "Late Night With Conan O'Brien."

Initially hired as a writer, Richter was cast as Conan's sidekick just weeks before the show aired. For the first seven years of the show, he served as O'Brien's comedy sidekick. He stayed on the Emmy Award-winning show from 1993 to 2000 and earned five Emmy nominations. He also won two Writers Guild of America Awards in 1997 and 2000.

During his hefty stint on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," Richter, who made his TV debut as a victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy on the syndicated show "Hard Copy," appeared in his first TV movie, the dark satire "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom" (1993), a true story based piece starring Holly Hunter, Beau Bridges and Swoosie Kurtz. He also landed his first film role in Adam Resnick's fantasy film produced by Tim Burton, "Cabin Boy" (1994), starring comedian Chris Elliott.

He followed it up with roles in the films "Good Money" (1996) and "The Thin Pink Line" (1998), a mockumentary about making documentaries by writers/directors Joe Dietl and Michael Irpino that featured cameos from Jason Priestley, Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Mike Myers, and David Schwimmer. He also appeared in a TV commercial voice-over for Reach toothbrush (1997), as well as guest starred in an episode of Comedy Central's "Upright Citizens Brigade" and NBC's classic late night live sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live."

In 2000, Richter left "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" to pursue his acting career. He subsequently played a supporting role in Robert Altman's romantic comedy film "Dr. T and the Women" (2000; starring Richard Gere), Steve Carr's comedy starring Eddie Murphy, "Dr. Dolittle 2" (2001), Louis C.K.'s cult comedy film "Pootie Tang" (2001), and Keenen Ivory Wayans' "Scary Movie 2" (2001). He also appeared in three episodes of Comedy Central's "Strangers with Candy" and in an episode of the NBC sitcom "Just Shoot Me!"

"I do miss Conan. I miss working on the show, the atmosphere there, the camaraderie with the writers and everyone else on the staff. My life now is so much more serious, at least in terms of my various workplaces. Everyone is such a grownup and that is a tiresome waste of time. But, I really don't have any regrets. I'm on a freakin' journey, dude!" Andy Richter

From 2002 to 2004, Richter produced and starred in the Fox sitcom, "Andy Richter Controls the Universe," in which he played a shy, aspiring writer in Chicago who wanted to write short stories.

During this time, he continued acting in films and could be seen in the movie spin-off from the popular HBO sketch comedy show "Mr. Show," "Run Ronnie Run" (2002; starring David Cross), Upright Citizens Brigade's award-winning comedy "Martin & Orloff" (2002; starring Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts), Barry Sonnenfeld's comedic film based on the novel by Dave Barry, "Big Trouble" (2002; starring Tim Allen and Rene Russo), David Zucker's romantic comedy "My Boss's Daughter" (2003; starring Ashton Kutcher, Terence Stamp, and Tara Reid), and Jon Favreau's Christmas-themed comedy starring Will Ferrell, "Elf" (2003). He was also cast with Charles Durning in Kevin DiNovis' comedy "Death and Texas" (2004), alongside the Olsen twins and Eugene Levy in Dennie Gordon's teen comedy "New York Minute" (2004), and opposite Jay Mohr and Julianne Nicholson in Wallace Wolodarsky's comedy "Seeing Other People" (2004).

On the small screen, Richter received a Gemini nomination for Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series for his work in “The True Meaning of Christmas Specials” (2002). He voiced Harry in the comedic TV movie "Harry's Girl" (2003; starring Christine Taylor) and co-starred in the television movie based on Marion Winik's book, "The Lunchbox Chronicles" (2003).

After "Andy Richter Controls the Universe" was canceled due to poor ratings, Richter co-starred with Rebecca Creskoff on the FOX sitcom "Quintuplets" (2004-2005) and voiced Lloyd in three episodes of Comedy Central's show "Crank Yankers." He was also spotted as a guest in an episode of the popular NBC sitcom "Will & Grace" and voiced Mort in the computer animated feature "Madagascar" (2005).

Richter was cast in Adam McKay's NASCAR comedy movie "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (2006; starring Will Ferrell), Dominique Wirtschafter's "If I Had Known I Was a Genius" (2007), and had a cameo in Josh Gordon and Will Speck's ice-skating comedy starring Will Ferrell and Jon Heder, "Blades of Glory" (2007).

TV viewers could catch him in several episodes of CBS’ sitcom "The New Adventures of Old Christine," as well as producing and starring in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Andy Barker, P.I.” He also guest-starred on FOX’s character-driven sitcom "Arrested Development," FOX’s satirical animated series "American Dad," Adult Swim’s animated series "Metalocalypse," USA Network’s Emmy Award-winning comedy starring Tony Shalhoub, "Monk," and NBC’s sitcom "30 Rock."

Richter was recently reunited with Will Ferrell for the comedy movie "Semi-Pro" (2008). He also lent his voice to the character of Benjamin Higgenbottom on the Nickelodeon show "The Mighty B," which premiered on April 26, 2008.


  • Writers Guild of America (WGA): Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series, "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," 2000

  • Writers Guild of America (WGA): Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series, "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," 1997

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