Richard Brake

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Richard Brake
Born (1964-11-30) 30 November 1964 (age 50)
Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Wales, UK
Occupation Actor

Richard Brake (born 30 November 1964)[1] is a British-American actor.

Early life[edit]

Brake was born in Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Wales, UK to British parents, and grew up in the U.S. states of North Carolina, Connecticut, Georgia, Tennessee and Ohio. He attended Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio and trained in The Science of Acting [2] under the technique's founder, and founding Principal of The Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing,[3][4] Sam Kogan.

Acting career[edit]

Having appeared in numerous productions (including brief appearances in Cold Mountain and Munich), Brake achieved his first significant role in mainstream cinema being cast as Joe Chill in Christopher Nolan's 2005 film, Batman Begins. In this film (as in most versions of the Batman comic series), his character is the criminal who murdered Bruce Wayne's parents, effectively starting him on his path to becoming Batman.

Following this, Brake appeared as the warped Portman in Doom, with Karl Urban and The Rock. Brake also made a cameo appearance in the video for Muse's "Knights of Cydonia", playing a villainous sheriff in a strange futuristic western. He then played the villain Bobby De Witt in The Black Dahlia, and appears in 2007's Hannibal Rising as Dortlich, one of the war criminals who murders young Hannibal Lecter's sister.

In September 2007, Brake appeared on stage at the Young Vic in The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers. The production was directed by Matthew Dunster.

Returning to film, his next starring role was that of Prior in Outpost from director Steve Barker.[5] He can currently be seen in Craig Singer's Perkins 14, which was featured in the After Dark Horrorfest film festival. In 2009, Brake appeared as Gary Scott in Rob Zombie's Halloween II, a sequel to his remake of Halloween - a role he garnered based on a personal recommendation to Rob Zombie from Sid Haig.[6]

He has also appeared in several British television shows including M.I. High, Keen Eddie and Jeeves and Wooster, as well as the American television show Cold Case.

Currently, he is filming Legacy in Scotland for Black Camel Pictures, the producers of Outpost.

Brake portrayed a captain in the einherjar in the 2013 film Thor: The Dark World.[7] In March 2015 Rob Zombie casted Brake as killer Doom-Head.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Death Machine Scott Ridley
1997 Virtual Terror Steve Baker
1996 Subterfuge Pierce Tencil
1997 Deus Volt Bishop Von Match
2003 Cold Mountain Nym
2005 Soul Searcher Van Beuren
2005 Batman Begins Joe Chill
2005 Doom Portman
2005 Munich Belligerent American
2006 The Black Dahlia Bobby DeWitt
2007 Retribution II Masters
2007 Hannibal Rising Enrikas Dortlich
2008 Outpost Prior
2008 The Tonto Woman Isham Short
2008 Perkins' 14 Roland Perkins
2009 Halloween II Gary Scott
2009 Cuckoo Lone Wolf
2010 Legacy: Black Ops Scott O'Keefe
2011 Detention Mr. Nolan
2011 Good Day for It Norman Tyrus
2011 Water for Elephants Grady
2011 The Incident Harry
2013 The Counselor Second Man
2013 Thor: The Dark World Einherjar Captain
2015 Kingsman: The Secret Service The Interrogator
2015 The Devil's Harvest Medved Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Jeeves and Wooster Reporter Episode: Lady Florence Craye Arrives in New York (or, the Once and Future Ex)
2004 Keen Eddie Dutch Mike Episode: Sticky Fingers
2009 M.I.High Georgi Episode: Family Tree
2009 NCIS: Los Angeles John Bordinay Episode: Ambush
2010 The Deep McIndoe 3 episodes
2011 Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent Marshall/Alexander Fitzpatrick 3 episodes
2013 Mob City Terry Mandel 5 episodes

Video Game[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Juiced TK Voice

Music Video[edit]

Released Band Song Name Role
2006 Muse Knights of Cydonia Sheriff Baron Klaus Rottingham


  1. ^ Richard Brake at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Kogan, Sam (2010). Helen Kogan, ed. The Science of Acting. Routledge. p. Dust Jacket. ISBN 978-0-415-48812-9. 
  3. ^ "The Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing.". 
  4. ^ "The Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing - an introduction.". 
  5. ^ Hanley, Ken W. (September 24, 2012). "Casting Round-up: “31”". Retrieved September 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rob Zombie Casts His “Doom-Head” In ’31′". BD. 
  7. ^ Patten, Dominic (September 24, 2012). "‘Thor: The Dark World’ Adds Pair To Cast". Retrieved September 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Richard Brake Brings Doom Head to Rob Zombie’s 31". DC. 

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