American actor of film and television Jake Richardson is probably best known to TV audiences for portraying Peter on the popular ABC series “Fudge” (1995), in which he received a Young Artist nomination. Since that promising debut, he has acted in several television films and guest starred in countless TV shows, including “The Nanny,” “7th Heaven,” “NYPD Blue,” “Boston Public,” “Touched by an Angel,” “ER,” “House M.D.,” “Boston Legal” and, more recently, “Criminal Minds.” On the movie front, Richardson, whose favorite actors include Angelina Jolie, Matthew Lillard, Giovani Ribisi, Robert DeNiro and Kate Hudson, has collected some degree of credits, most notably the Kevin Smith comedies Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) and Clerks II (2006) as well as the Jodie Foster-produced The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002). He will have a supporting role in the forthcoming independent drama Garden Party (2007).
Childhood and Family:
Jacob Matthew Richardson, better known as Jake Richardson, was born on February 20, 1985, in Van Nuys, California, to Tim and Chris. He has two older brothers, Dana and Justin. They currently live in Los Angeles with Jack keeping three dogs and a cat as the family’s pets.
The sporty actor enjoys snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding. He is an admirer of alternative, punk, swing, and oldies music and likes going to concerts.
A native of California, Jake Richardson knew that he wanted to become an actor when he was 3, and by age 10, he was on his way reaching stardom portraying the regular role of Peter on the well-liked ABC series “Fudge” (1995), opposite Rob Monroe and Grant Hoover. For his bright effort, he was handed a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance by a Young Actor - TV Comedy Series. Also in 1995, he reprised the role for the Weekend Special Fudge-A-Mania and was seen as Blane in the family telepic Problem Child 3: Junior in Love. A guest appearance in the popular series “The Nanny,” that same year, kept the young actor on the limelight.
In 1997, Richardson had a supporting role in the independent film Little Cobras: Operation Dalmatian, as Derek, and followed it up with the Disney direct-to-video-releases Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997) and Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish (1998), as well as a starring role in the Wonderful World Of Disney telefilm Toothless (1997), along side Kirstie Alley and Ross Malinger and for director Melanie Mayron. He also appeared in episodes of “C-16: FBI” (1997) and “7th Heaven” (1998).
Richardson was introduced to mainstream audience when he teamed up with writer-director Kevin Smith for the teen comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), where he had a featured role as teen #1. Next, he portrayed Alex Ashton in the made-for-TV film Homeward Bound (2002) with J.K Simmons, costarred as Wade Scalisi in the Jodie Foster-produced drama The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002) opposite Jena Malone, Emile Hirsch as well as Foster, appeared with Jeff Anderson in the comedy/romance Now You Know (2002), written and directed by Anderson, and supported David Keith and Mel Harris in the horror film Hangman’s Curse (2003). Meanwhile, he also found time making a string of guest appearances in the series like “NYPD Blue” (2002), “Boston Public” (2002), “Touched by an Angel” (2003) and “Monk” (2003).
The young actor continued to have a recurring role in the sci-fi series “Invasion,” playing Gage, and appeared in episodes of “ER” (2005), “Cold Case” (2006), “Medium” (2006) and “Bones” (2006). He maintained his wide careen presence with a bit part in Kevin Smith’s comedy, Clerks II (2006). More recently, in 2007, he had three guest spots: as Stevie Lipa in “House M.D.,” Graham in “Boston Legal” as well as Johnny in “Criminal Minds.”
The 22-year-old performer is scheduled to star with Vinessa Shaw, Willa Holland and Lisa Arturo in the independent film Garden Party (2007). The drama is written and directed by Jason Freeland.