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Richard Sanders

Highest Rated: 83% Valley Girl (1983)

Lowest Rated: 17% The Nude Bomb (1980)

Birthday: Aug 23, 1940

Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Buttoned-down prigs and ineffectual milquetoasts have not always been actor Richard Sanders's bread and butter. He first studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University in the late 1950s and subsequently went to England to learn Shakespearean theater on a Fulbright Scholarship. But his nerdy looks and diminutive stature pigeonholed him into roles of docility and weakness. He's had brief success in feature films with small roles in such hits as the war epic "Midway," the teen comedy "Valley Girl," and "Men of Honor" in 2000, but it has been television where he has made his mark. He made numerous appearances on various hit shows of the 1970s, including "Lou Grant," "Kojak," "The Rockford Files," and "Fantasy Island." His break came as bungling dweeb radio newsman Les Nessman on the highly popular "WKRP in Cincinnati" (he also penned five episodes) where his nebbishy oddness played well opposite hipster DJs Tim Reid and Howard Hesseman and the cartoon sensuality of Loni Anderson. Sanders landed a few more recurring roles in the 1980s on "Berrenger's" and "Spencer" and reprised the Nessman role from 1991 to 1993 on "The New WKRP in Cincinnati." He has also lent his voice to the animated series "Batman Beyond" and the video game "Day of the Tentacle."

Highest rated movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hip Hop Locos Unknown (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 30% Lovers Lane Dr. Jack Grefe (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 61% Black Circle Boys Mr. Dunkel (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon: In Trouble Again Dr. Budwig (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beans of Egypt, Maine Lee Pomerleau (Character) $6.5K 1994
No Score Yet 42% Neon City Dickie Devine (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Absent-Minded Professor: Trading Places Dr. Dark (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Avenging Ace Chester Lackberry (Character) - 1988
83% 72% Valley Girl Drivers' Ed Teacher (Character) - 1983
17% 38% The Nude Bomb German Delegate (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Yeagers Lester (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ruby and Oswald Agent Kelley (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 15% Good Against Evil The Doctor (Character) - 1977

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Unhappily Ever After Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet New WKRP in Cincinnati Les Nessman (Character) 1992-1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Designing Women Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coach Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charles in Charge Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet 227 Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Growing Pains Unknown (Guest Star) 1989 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Married ... With Children Mr. Conner (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Easy Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet 87% ALF Hogarth (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Riptide Unknown (Character) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who's the Boss? Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
94% No Score Yet Newhart Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goodnight, Beantown Chester (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet WKRP in Cincinnati Les Nessman (Character) 1978-1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Weekend Specials Unknown (Character) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
90% No Score Yet Lights Out Unknown (Character) 1951

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