Reichen Lehmkuhl

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Reichen Lehmkuhl
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Lehmkuhl at the 2006 San Francisco Gay Pride
Born Richard Allen Lehmkuhl
(1973-12-26) December 26, 1973 (age 40)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Alma mater United States Air Force Academy
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 1996–present
Television The Amazing Race 4, Dante's Cove, The A-List: New York
Partner(s) Chip Arndt (1999–2003)
Lance Bass (2006–2007)
Rodiney Santiago (2009-2010)

Reichen Lehmkuhl, (born Richard Allen Lehmkuhl; December 26, 1973) is an American former reality show winner, model, and occasional actor. A former United States Air Force officer, he is best known for winning season four of the reality game show The Amazing Race with his then-partner Chip Arndt, and for his much publicized 2006 relationship with pop singer Lance Bass.

Early life[edit]

After Lehmkuhl's parents, a policeman and a nurse, divorced when he was five, his family moved to Norton, Massachusetts, and his mother remarried. Sometime after 2002, he changed his first name legally from Richard to Reichen.[1]

Lehmkuhl graduated from the United States Air Force Academy.[2] He has since advocated for gay rights in the military as a spokesperson for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.[1]

The Amazing Race[edit]

Main article: The Amazing Race 4

Lehmkuhl was working simultaneously as a physics teacher at Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences, flight instructor and model in Los Angeles when he was approached by a casting director for The Amazing Race.[3] Lehmkuhl and Chip Arndt were a happy couple during the competition but have since split. Lehmkuhl moved to Dallas, Texas briefly after his win on The Amazing Race but before all episodes had been broadcast. Reichen's spending habits at that time caused speculation that he had won The Amazing Race — and that he and Arndt had broken up. During the show, the couple was typically described as "Married" in the subtitles that are used to illustrate the relationship between team members (other teams being, for example, "Best Friends" or "Father-Daughter").

After The Amazing Race[edit]

Lehmkuhl had a cameo in an episode of Frasier in September 2003 as "Impossibly Handsome Man."

Lehmkuhl hosted The Reichen Show on Q Television Network until Q Television ceased operations in May 2006. His autobiography Here's What We'll Say, about his time in the Air Force under the military's commonly called "Don't ask, don't tell" policy, was released by Carroll and Graf on October 28, 2006. The New York Post reported in November 2010 that the book had been adapted into a screenplay.[4] He published a beefcake calendar for several years and has appeared on sitcoms, soap operas, and other reality television shows.

On May 1, 2007, the LGBT-interest television network here! announced that Lehmkuhl had joined the cast for the third season of its original gothic soap opera, Dante's Cove. He plays the role of Trevor, originally described as "a business school graduate who comes to Dante's Cove looking to find himself."[5]

Lehmkuhl also has a jewelry line called Flying Naked composed of flight-themed jewelry made of titanium steel. Items from the collection are being sold from loveandpride.com. A percentage of each sale goes to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

(L-R) Don Norte, friend, Lehmkuhl, Kevin Norte at GLAAD's annual Summer West Hollywood

Lehmkuhl starred in My Big Gay Italian Wedding, an off-Broadway production from its opening May 5, 2010 in New York City to July 24, 2010. A percentage of ticket sales promoted legalization of same-sex marriages in the US through Broadway Impact.[6]

LGBT-interest network Logo announced on June 3, 2010 that Lehmkuhl and boyfriend, model Rodiney Santiago had joined the cast of Logo's reality series, The A-List: New York. The low-rated series, frequently described as a "Real Housewives"-style show, was cancelled after two seasons.[7] Since the airing, Lehmkuhl and Santiago are no longer a couple.

Personal life[edit]

On July 2006, former 'N Sync band member Lance Bass told People Magazine that he is gay and in a "very stable relationship" with Lehmkuhl. The couple broke up in January 2007. Bass said they remained "good friends".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "LIFT THE BAN". Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. Retrieved 2009-01-12. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Reichen Lehmkuhl: ‘The A-List’ Atlanta Interview". ATLANTAboy.com. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ Reichen Lehmkuhl bio[dead link] via Amazing Race site on CBS
  4. ^ "Reichen Lehmkuhl's book adapted into a screenplay". New York Post. November 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ Reichen Lehmkuhl Joins the Cast of here! Networks' "Dante's Cove"
  6. ^ My Big Gay Italian Wedding, Starring Reichen Lehmkuhl, to Benefit Broadway Impact
  7. ^ LOGO's A-List Canceled? | Out Magazine
  8. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. and Rodriguez, Brenda. (January 29, 2007). "Lance Bass & Reichen Lehmkuhl Split For Good". People magazine. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 

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