PROFILE
Name:
Richard Kind
Birth Date:
November 22, 1956
Birth Place:
Trenton, New Jersey, USA
Height:
6' 1" (1.85 m)
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
His role as Paul Lassiter on Spin City (2001)
BIOGRAPHY
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Spin City

Background:

"I don't want people to know my name. I just want people to love me." Richard Kind

Versatile character actor Richard Kind, a former member of Second City's L.A. Troupe, is popular among TV viewers for his roles of Dr. Mark Devanow, the husband of Leila Kenzle's Fran Devanow, on the NBC sitcom starring Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt, "Mad About You" (1992-1999), and as press secretary Paul Lassiter, the office cheapskate, suck-up, and noted coward, on the ABC "Spin City" (1996-2002).

"I always say TV is my ‘waiter’ job. It lets me do what I love because the nature of theater is that you’re only going to play to a finite number of people and the ticket prices will always be at a certain price. So there really is a finite amount of money that you can make. On TV, it’s an endless amount of money, but even if you’re making a gazillion dollars, the networks are making two gazillion dollars." Richard Kind

The 6' 1" thespian has appeared in numerous Broadway productions, most notably "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife," "The Producers," "Sly Fox" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." He also contributed his voice to many animated projects, including the cartoon series "Kim Possible" (as Frugal Lucre; 2003-2007) and "Go, Baby!" (2004), as well as in the films "Tom and Jerry: The Movie" (1992), "A Bug's Life" (1998), "Garfield" (2004), "Cars" (2006) and "The Wild" (2006).

Moviegoers can catch him in the upcoming films "Heidi 4 Paws" (voice), "Lightbulb," "The Understudy" and "Fancypants."


Avid Golfer

Childhood and Family:

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, on November 22, 1956, Richard J. Kind grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He is the oldest of two children born to Samuel Kind, a jeweler (passed away in 1998), and Alice, a homemaker. He is cousins with singer/actress Barbra Streisand.

Young Kind graduated from Pennsbury High School in Levittown, PA, with fellow thespian, Robert Curtis-Brown, in 1974. A frequent and enthusiastic performer in school plays, he studied pre-law at Northwestern University, in Illinois, where he was in the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon. At the urging of a family friend, he pursued acting for a year prior to law school.

On November 13, 1999, in New York City's Central Park, Kind married his present wife, Dana Stanley, the executive director of Project ALS, an organization that raises money to study cures for Lou Gehrig's disease. His best friend, actor George Clooney, was his best man at the wedding.

An avid golfer, Kind now lives in New York and Los Angeles.


Bounce

Career:

After studying pre-law at Northwestern University in Evanston, Richard Kind took a year off to try his hand at acting. He moved to New York and stayed there fro four years. He subsequently moved to back to Chicago and signed up with Practical Theatre Company. In 1983, he began performing with Second City in both Chicago and Los Angeles.

In the mid '80s, Kind made his TV-movie debut in the NBC crime/drama movie "Two Fathers' Justice" (1985; starring Robert Conrad, George Hamilton, and Whitney Kershaw), in which he played a district attorney. He then played a small role in Brian Gilbert's film adaptation of F. Anstey's classic fantasy novel, "Vice Versa" (1988; starring Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage), and made his TV series debut playing Jimmy Bello in the NBC series starring David Soul, "UNSUB" (1989).

The early '90s saw Kind become a main stage performer at Santa Monica's The Second City where he performed with such actors as Chris Barnes (“The Carol Burnett Show”) and Ryan Stiles (“The Drew Carey Show”). He was also part of the regular skit performers on the NBC comedy/variety series "Carol & Company" (1990) and the short-lived CBS sketch comedy show "The Carol Burnett Show" (1991). He also had a regular role on the NBC sitcom starring Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt, "Mad About You" (1992-1999).

During his "Mad About You" stint, Kind lent his voice to Tom the cat in the animated feature film "Tom and Jerry: The Movie" (1992) and appeared on the ABC sitcom "Blue Skies" (1994). He was also cast as scientist Gary Meyers in Roland Emmerich's science fiction feature "Stargate" (1994; starring Kurt Russell and James Spader).

From 1996 to 2002, Kind starred as press secretary Paul Lassiter on the ABC "Spin City," alongside Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen, and Barry Bostwick, and appeared as Marjorie's doctor husband Ira in a Broadway production of Charles Busch's "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife" (November 2, 2000 - September 15, 2002). He then took over the role of the selfish and greedy Max Bialystock on the hit Broadway production of the comedy-musical "The Producers" (April 19, 2001 - April 22, 2007), alongside "Spin City" (1996) co-star Alan Ruck. He also appeared as a casting executive in George Clooney's directorial debut "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002; starring Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Rutger Hauer), which was based on the unauthorized autobiography by Chuck Barris, and had a recurring role on the HBO sitcom starring Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Following the demise of "Spin City," Kind guest-starred as the hypochondriac Mr. Corman in several episodes (2003-2004) of NBC's Emmy and Peabody Award-winning comedy-drama "Scrubs" and created the role of Addison Mizner in Stephen Sondheim's musical "Bounce," which was staged at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

"Can I sing? I'm not a singer, but I can sing. Can I dance? No! But you know, I move. I'm not a very good singer, but I'm adequate. I don't think that much of my voice, but I can hold a tune. It's very difficult for me to harmonize. My musicianship is not great, but there's a little bit of musicality to me. Here's the thing: I know how to sell a song, that's what I can do. Oh, and I'm loud! In 'Bounce,' it was so easy because I played the weaker brother and Howard McGillin, if his voice had a look it would look like Arnold Schwarzenegger! Howard McGillin has a voice from the gods so I didn't have to sing so well. In fact, it was good that I didn't sing so beautifully because Howard's character Wilson was supposed to be the stud, the ladies man and the one who succeeded. He was the one who got by on looks and charm, so his voice was perfect. Mine was just an adequate voice that did the job." Richard Kind

Richard also starred in a commercial for On-Cor (2004) and headlined a Broadway production of Larry Gelbart's comedic play based on Ben Jonson's "Volpone (The Fox)," "Sly Fox" (April 1, 2004 - August 29, 2004), replacing Richard Dreyfuss as Slywell J. Fox. That same year, he also voiced the narrator in the short children's program "Go Baby," which airs on the Disney Channel.

In 2005, Kind appeared as the Jury Foreman in the film version of "The Producers" and played himself on the short-lived HBO series "Unscripted," which is executive-produced by Clooney. In the following year, he appeared in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (August 2006) on Broadway and co-starred with Patrick Warburton in radio commercials for Horizon Air in the Seattle Metropolitan Area. He also appeared as Jeff Garlin's agent in Garlin's feature directing debut, the independent "I Want Someone to Eat Cheese with" (2006) and lent his voice to Larry the anaconda in the computer-animated family film "The Wild" (2006). He recently supported Richard Jenkins in Thomas McCarthy's drama film "The Visitor" (filmed in 2007; released on April 11, 2008) and portrayed Dr. Pangloss (Voltaire) in Leonard Bernstein's "Candide" in the New York City Opera's spring 2008 season.

Kind has completed his new films, "Heidi 4 Paws," Holly Goldberg Sloan's live-action re-telling of Johanna Spyri's 1880 children's classic, "Lightbulb," a romantic drama/comedy directed by Jeff Balsmeyer, and "The Understudy," a drama/comedy written and directed by David Conolly and Hannah Davis. He is now filming writer/director Joshua Russell's upcoming comedy movie "Fancypants." As for his next stage work, it has been announced that Kind will replace Lou Diamond Phillips in the upcoming production of the musical comedy "Damn Yankees" at the Casa Manana Theatre.

"You know what I'd really like to do? I would love to create an original role on Broadway. I thought it was going to come true with ‘Bounce.’ I thought that was going to be the Broadway creation. I've always wanted to be on that company page in the Samuel French edition of the play. That's going to come true with ‘Bounce,’ so part of the dream did come true. I would love to create something, whether it's a dramatic piece or comedy or musical on Broadway. I think that would be a very exciting thing." Richard Kind


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