Richard Reicheg

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Richard Reicheg
Born (1937-05-26)May 26, 1937
Nationality USA
Education B.A., M.A.
Alma mater Brooklyn College
Occupation Actor and Songwriter
Spouse(s) Julie Payne

Richard Reicheg (born May 26, 1937) is an American actor and songwriter best known as a cast member of the NBC television comedy series "Betty White’s Off Their Rockers,"[1] as a popular singer-guitarist during the American folk music revival of the 1960s, and for the song “For The Sake Of The Children” that is featured in the Robert Altman film Nashville[2][3] for which he received a Grammy nomination in 1975.

His songs have been recorded and performed by many top artists,[4] including The Persuasions, Maria Muldaur, Gary Wright, and Jay and the Americans. His song "Everybody's a Masterpiece" was recorded by Three Dog Night. Reicheg's "Looking for an Echo" was recorded by Kenny Vance,[5] The Persuasions on their album Chirpin', and by others. The song was also the musical theme of the Martin Davidson film of the same name. Film historian Jan Stewart has called Reicheg's song "For the Sake of the Children" an "ode to marital fidelity [that is] a delicious postmodern balancing act of send up and the real McCoy." [2]

Early Years[edit]

Reicheg was born and raised in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn in the shadow of Ebbetts Field. After graduating from Erasmus Hall High School, he served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany from 1956 to 1958. Upon discharge, he attended Brooklyn College, received a B.A. and M.A. degree in speech and theater, and acted in college productions. There he learned to play guitar and joined the burgeoning folk music scene in Greenwich Village. In various folk groups and as solo performer, he toured extensively, playing coffee houses, cabarets and clubs in the U.S. and Canada, including The Bitter End, Gerde’s Folk City, The Blue Angel and The Troubadour. He was a featured performer at the 1964 New York World's Fair, and part of The American Hootenany Festival that toured colleges throughout the US. During those years he recorded for Laurie, 20th Century Fox (as Lenny and Dick) and Decca records (as Sunrise Highway).

Film, Television, and Theater[edit]

From the early 1960s until the present, Reicheg has appeared in hundreds of TV shows and films, including, later in his career, "Betty White's Off Their Rockers." He has been seen in numerous stage productions and live performances, including a role in the touring company performance of The Odd Couple starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.[6]

Film[edit]

Title Role Director Year
Charlie Wilson's War Navy Buddy Mike Nichols
Tripper News Anchor David Arquette
Monkey Trouble Mr. Big's Henchman Franco Amurri
Oh, God! Book II Karl Gil Cates
First Family Agent Fowler Buck Henry
Dirty Business Albert (Lead) John McCauley
Delta Fox Howard Ferd Sebastian
Leprechaun III Lucky Brian Trenchard-Smith
Americathon Hebrab Terrorist Neil Israel

Television[edit]

Title Credit Year(s)
Betty White's Off Their Rockers Series Regular
Alias Co-Star
Days of Our Lives Recurring
High Incident Guest Star
West Side Waltz (MOW) Co-Star
Dream On Guest Star
Empty Nest (3) Guest Star
Beverly Hills 90210 Guest Star
The Golden Girls Guest Star
Beverly Hills Buntz Guest Star
Dallas Guest Star
Sledge Hammer! Guest Star
What a Country! Guest Star
Remington Steele (2) Guest Star
The A-Team Guest Star
Hardcastle & McCormick Guest Star
Faerie Tale Theatre Guest Star
Quincy, M.E. Guest Star
The White Shadow Guest Star
Married to the Mob (pilot) Recurring
Brooklyn Bridge Recurring
Hill Street Blues Guest Star
Long Days of Summer (MOW) Guest Star
Superior Court Guest Star
General Hospital Recurring
The Desperate Miles (MOW) Lead
Two Guys from MUCK (pilot) Recurring
Monster Manor (pilot) Recurring
Police Story (2) Guest Star
Newhart Guest Star
C.H.I.P.S. Guest Star
Rhoda Guest Star
The Odd Couple Guest Star
Young and the Restless Recurring
Kojak (2) Guest Star

Theater[edit]

Title Role Theater Year
Twilight of the Golds Walter Booth Theater, Broadway (Standby)
California Suite Marvin/Mort Drury Lane, Chicago
A Bedfull of Foreigners Karak Drury Lane, Union Plaza, Las Vegas
Chapter Two Leo Cherry County Playhouse, Michigan
Murder at the Howard Johnson's Mitch Cherry County Playhouse
A Thousand Clowns Chuckles Arlington Park, Chicago
Barefoot in the Park Telephone Man Arlington Park (Joseph Jefferson Award)
The Odd Couple Speed/Roy Major Cities Tour
Room Service Binion Loretto Hilton, St. Louis
Little Murders Alfred Manitoba Theatre Center, Winnipeg
Gangster Planet Dad Met Theater, Los Angeles
At the Mat Albert Figtree Theater, Los Angeles
Prisoner of Venice Swede Zephyr Theatre, Los Angeles
Sophie and Willa Leonard Tiffany Theater, Los Angeles

Personal[edit]

Reicheg lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Julie Payne.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Richard Reicheg, Prankster". NBC. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  2. ^ a b Stuart, Jan (January 2003). The Nashville Chronicles: The Making of Robert Altman's Masterpiece. ISBN 9780879109813. 
  3. ^ Kolker, Robert (2011-06-08). A Cinema of Loneliness. ISBN 9780199910533. 
  4. ^ "Richard Reicheg - Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  5. ^ "Looking for an Echo - Kenny Vance & the Planotones". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  6. ^ Richard Reicheg