Richard Short (actor)

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Richard Short
Richard Short.jpg
Richard Short, 2008
Born Richard Ian Porterfield Short
(1975-10-08) 8 October 1975 (age 39)
South Shields, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Teresa Palladino-Short (2004-present)

Richard Ian Porterfield Short (born 8 October 1975) is an English actor based in Los Angeles. Currently recurring on the USA network television show "Covert Affairs" as 'Reese'. Prior to that, is best known as recurring character ("Harlan Moore") on "666 Park Avenue" for the ABC network. Just completed filming the movie "Cockroaches" in Los Angeles having previously wrapped both "The Butterflies of Bill Baker" and "A New York Love Story", two independent films shot in New York City. Recently, he also appeared in the FX Network show "American Horror Story" directed by 'Miguel Arteta' as well as the feature film "The Exhibitionists" for director Michael Melamedoff, playing 'Walter Todd', released in 2013. Prior to that spent most of 2011 as a member of the Broadway company of Jez Butterworths's Jerusalem at the Music Box Theatre. Has now appeared in over thirty films and television shows across America and the UK.

He began acting with the Woking Youth Theatre in Woking, Surrey in 1992, and made his professional stage debut in the original UK cast of Grease in 1996. His first American film was Delirious, directed by Tom DiCillo, in 2007. That same year also saw Short make his American TV debut on Law & Order: Criminal Intent in the episode "Privilege." In 2009, he appeared in the big-budget crime drama Public Enemies,[1] directed by Michael Mann. Short also appeared opposite Kevin Pollak in the 2011 film Choose[2] and the HBO series Bored to Death[3] with Jason Schwartzman.

Early life[edit]

Short was born in South Shields, England,[4] to Margaret Mooney and engineer Richard Short. He has three sisters and one brother, along with three half-siblings. He grew up in South Shields and was educated at Highfield Infants School, then at the Cheviot Junior School; Broadmere Middle School, Woking; Holy Trinity School, Guildford, Surrey; Bishop David Brown School, Woking; and King Edward's School, Witley, Surrey. At Brooklands College, Weybridge, Surrey, he studied film and theatre, but left college to pursue acting full-time when he was 20 years old.


As a teenager Short joined the Woking Young Players and performed in several productions, including Ways and Means, Hair, The Boyfriend and many more. In 1996 Short began performing professionally on the stage as Johnny Casino in Grease. For two years he was in the UK tour of the original cast and appeared at the Opera House, Manchester, the Playhouse, Edinburgh, the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and the Empire Theatre, Liverpool. He then joined the production in the West End at the Cambridge Theatre, Covent Garden, London, until the show closed in 1999. Short was a part of the London Shakespeare Workshops[5] from 1999–2001 and appeared in Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard III and Twelfth Night with guests such as Sam West, Mark Rylance, Richard Dreyfuss and Fenella Fielding.

Short toured the UK in The Real Monty (as Nobby) from 2001–02, Macbeth (as Macduff) from 2003–04 and in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Demetrius) from 2003-04. Short moved to the United States soon after.

In 2006 he landed his first American stage role, understudying the part of Sloane in the play Entertaining Mr. Sloane opposite Alec Baldwin, directed by Scott Ellis at the Roundabout Theatre. In 2007 Short appeared in the Vineyard Theatre's successful off-Broadway production of J.M. Barrie's Mary Rose, opposite Keir Dullea and Paige Howard, as an Australian World War I veteran.[6]

He followed this with Wasps in Bed at Theatre Row and the successful Bay Street Theatre production of The Night Season opposite Katherine Helmond, Michael O'Keefe and David Patrick Kelly, directed by Lonny Price. In 2007 he was cast in his first American television show, Law & Order: Criminal Intent in the episode "Privilege."

Short broke into film with the acclaimed independent director Tom DiCillo in Delirious opposite Steve Buscemi and Alison Lohman.[7][8] The film debuted at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Short was back at Sundance the following year in The Guitar, directed by Amy Redford. He returned to the television screen in both New Amsterdam in the episode "A Soldier's Heart" and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the episode "Avatar." He adopted an American accent in 2008 in both The King of Shadows by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa at the Working Theatre and Choose, a thriller due to be released in 2009. For the 1930s crime drama Public Enemies, released 1 July 2009, Short had to adopt an American accent to play FBI agent Samuel P. Cowley, the man who brought down Baby Face Nelson, played by Stephen Graham. Short worked with Christian Bale, who stars as agent Melvin Purvis.

In the spring of 2009 he wrapped Cafe, a feature film directed by Marc Erlbaum and shot in Philadelphia. Short plays a writer opposite star Jennifer Love Hewitt. Cafe was released in the USA and Europe in 2011.

Short is represented in the US by SMS Talent (LA), Leading Artists (NYC) and Jennifer Wiley-Stockton (manager).


Short became the football writer during the 2010 FIFA World Cup exclusively for Articles can be found at:


Short has worked on several commercials in the UK and Ireland, as well as recorded voiceovers and jingles. Among his commercial credits:

  • 2000 "Home" (Director: Syd McCartney)
  • 2002 "Pay Attention or Pay The Price" campaign


Short is married to Teresa Palladino-Short. They reside in Los Angeles.

Short has run in several marathons and half-marathons to raise money for charity, such as:


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Delirious Jace Hipley Sundance 2007; American Film Debut
Deception Desk Clerk
2008 The Guitar Loser Musician Sundance 2008
2009 Public Enemies Samuel P. Cowley
Choose Benson
2010 Cafe Writer Producers Sean Covel, Chris Wyatt and J. Andrew Greenblatt
2011 The Exhibitionists Walter Todd Directed by Michael Melamedoff
2012 The Butterflies of Bill Baker Mac Directed by Sania Jhankar
2013 A New York Love Story The Painter Directed by Apolla Echino
2014 Cockroaches Johnny Slim Directed by Christoffer Aldell


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dylan Mercer Episode "Privilege"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Erik Winton Episode "Avatar"
2008 New Amsterdam Robert Camp Episode "A Soldier's Heart"
2009 Bored to Death Vincent HBO series written by Jonathan Ames; executive producer Troy Miller
Fringe Bob Dunn Episode "Midnight"
2010 Blue Bloods Lemon Episode "After Hours"
Gravity Spin Guy Episode "Damn Skippy"
2011 White Collar Andrew Collins Episode "What Happens in Burma"
Vera Neville Furness Episode "The Crow Trap" based on the book by Ann Cleeves. Produced by ITV Studios.
2011 American Horror Story Gary Episode "Rubber Man"
2012/2013 666 Park Avenue Harlan Moore Recurring Episodes
Covert Affairs Reese Recurring Episodes


Year Title Role Director Playwright Theatre
1996 Grease Johnny Casino David Gilmore Jim Jacobs/Warren Casey UK Tour
1999 Grease Johnny Casino David Gilmore Jim Jacobs/Warren Casey Cambridge Theatre, Covent Garden
2000 Millennium Dome Show Actor Millennium Dome, Greenwich
2001 The Real Monty Nobby David Graham UK Tour
2003 Macbeth Macduff Julian Chenery William Shakespeare UK Tour
A Midsummer Night's Dream Demetrius Julian Chenery William Shakespeare UK Tour
2006 Entertaining Mr. Sloane Sloane (understudy) Scott Ellis Joe Orton Roundabout Theatre Company, NYC
WASPS in Bed Cal Lisa Marie Meller Nicola Behrman Theatre Row, NYC
An Evening with Simon Gray Japes Simon Gray Simon Gray Lincoln Center
2007 The Night Season[9] John Eastman Lonny Price Rebecca Lenkiewicz Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor, NY
Mary Rose Harry Tina Landau J.M. Barrie Vineyard Theatre, NYC
2008 Mister Roberts Wiley/Gerhart Scott Ellis Thomas Heggen/Joshua Logan (Roundabout Theatre Company staged reading) American Airlines Theatre
King of Shadows[10][11] Eric Saunders Connie Grappo Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Theater for the New City, NYC
2011 Jerusalem Danny Whitworth Ian Rickson Jez Butterworth Music Box Theatre, NYC


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