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

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 73% A Holiday Chance Garvin (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Not Alone Dr. James Clay (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet 69% From Zero to I Love You Ron Logsdon (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet 45% Always a Bridesmaid Carlton Blakeston Sr. (Character) - 2019
100% 80% 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
68% 70% Streets of Fire Officer Ed Price (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 64% T.J. Hooker Unknown (Character) - 1982
87% 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 77% 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% 48% The Zombies of Sugar Hill Valentine (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 67% Willie Dynamite Unknown (Character) - 1973
29% 36% 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 100% Black Love Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Contempt Earl Sullivan (Character) 2018
54% 94% 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% 83% 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 35% 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 100% Moesha Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
57% No Score Yet Good News Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
82% No Score Yet Picket Fences Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 75% MacGyver Unknown (Guest Star) 1989 1991
No Score Yet 54% 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 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 100% Good Times Raymond (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet 89% 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