Richard Kind is an American actor who has managed to leave a lasting impression on viewers despite almost exclusively appearing in supporting roles in films and TV series. In his TV career, spanning more than 30 years, he has delivered a number of standout performances, including ‘Mad About You’, ‘Red Oaks’, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, ‘Scrubs’ and ‘Spin City’. He has also been part of several highly-rated movies like ‘Argo’ (2012), ‘The Producers’ (2005) and ‘A Serious Man’ (2008). He started his acting innings on stage, and from there, he branched out to commercial cinema and television. However, theater has remained his first love, and some of his most notable Broadway credits include ‘Sly Fox’ (2004), ‘The Producers’ (2005) and ‘The Big Knife’ (2013). Kind is also a very popular voice actor, who has not only lent his voice to various animated movie and TV characters, but also to numerous radio advertisements. In an industry where most people come to earn name and fame, artists like Kind are rare who are content with the audience recognizing him only by their faces. In an interview, he said: “I don't want people to know my name. I just want people to love me".
Childhood & Early Life
Richard Kind was born on November 22, 1956 in Trenton, New Jersey, into a Jewish family. His father Samuel Kind was a jeweler, while his mother Alice was a homemaker. Richard has a younger sister named Joanna.
When he was in the fourth grade, his family moved to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he went to Pennsbury High School. Later, he enrolled in the ‘Northwestern University’ in Evanston, Illinois.
During his college days, he became a member of the ‘Phi Alpha Delta Pre-law Fraternity,’ an organization for undergraduate students interested in law.
Instead of applying for a law degree, Kind decided to take a year off and focus on acting. He joined ‘The Second City’, which is famous for its training programs in comedy writing and improvisational theater.
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Richard Kind worked as a stage actor for a decade before he landed his first screen role. He started his acting career as a member of ‘The Second City’ comedy troupe and the ‘Practical Theatre Company’. Sporadically, he was also seen in TV commercials and promotions.
He made his on-screen debut in the TV movie ‘Two Fathers’ Justice’ in 1985. However, his first major break came in 1990 when he joined the cast of Carol Burnett's sketch comedy series ‘Carol & Company’, in which he portrayed various characters. He appeared in 31 episodes of the show between March 1990 and July 1991.
In 1992, he was roped in to play the role of ‘Dr. Mark Devanow’ on the NBC sitcom ‘Mad About You’. The popular show, which starred Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt in leading roles, aired from 1992 to 1999, and proved to be one of the biggest milestones in Kind’s career.
In 1996, while ‘Mad About You’ was still airing, Kind bagged a main role on the American TV sitcom ‘Spin City’. He played the character of press secretary Paul Lassiter from 1996 to 2002, receiving major accolades for his performance on the show.
He has appeared in guest and recurring roles in numerous popular television series. Some of his most memorable performances include ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, ‘Scrubs’, ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’, ‘Two and a Half Men’, ‘Luck’, ‘Sesame Street’, ‘The Good Wife’, ‘Drop Dead Diva’, ‘Glee’, Young Sheldon, etc.
Despite a successful screen career, his passion for theater never waned; and he was seen delivering several outstanding performances on stage. His Broadway credits include ‘The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife’ (2000), ‘Sly Fox’ (2004), ‘The Producers’ (2002) and ‘The Big Knife’ (2013).
Apart from his TV and stage performances, Kind is also known for being part of several blockbuster movies. Starting his film career with an uncredited role in the 1986 film ‘Nothing in Common’, he went on to star in highly-acclaimed films like ‘Argo’ (2012), ‘Bewitched’ (2005), ‘The Producers’ (2005) and ‘A Serious Man’ (2008).
The character actor is equally popular for his voice acting. He has given voice to innumerable characters in animated films like ‘Tom and Jerry: The Movie’ (1993), ‘A Bug's Life’ (1998), ‘Garfield: The Movie’ (2004) and ‘Toy Story 3’ (2010), among others. He also voiced for the character of Big Bong in the Academy Award-winning movie ‘Inside Out’ in 2015.
Currently, he is filming for several films and TV series and many of his projects are in post-production stages. Some of the productions that he is presently involved in include ‘10-13’ (Movie), ‘The Horror of Dolores Roach’ (TV Series), ‘The Bellmen’ (Movie), ‘The Magnificent Meyersons’ (Movie) and ‘Wonder Park’ (Movie).
Richard Kind is most recognized for playing the part of Dr. Mark Devanow on the sitcom ‘Mad About You’.
He was nominated for a ‘Tony Award’ for his role in the Broadway production of ‘The Big Knife’ (2013).
Kind played an important role in the 2012 movie ‘Argo’, which won the ‘Academy Award’ for best picture. He was also part of the Oscar-nominated film ‘A Serious Man’ (2009).
Family & Personal Life
Richard Kind got married to Dana Stanley in 1999. The couple has three children, including two daughters and a son. Their eldest daughter’s name is Skyler, while the younger twins are called Samantha and Max.
His close friend George Clooney was the best man at his wedding. When the famous Hollywood star made his directorial debut movie ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind’ (2002), he asked Kind to do the casting for it.
In the year 2016, there were speculations of an impending divorce between Richard Kind and Dana Stanley. The cause of the conflict was rumored to be Dana’s unfaithful behavior. However, the couple chose to remain silent on the issue and nothing came out of it.