Julian Richings

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Julian Richings
Julian Richings by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Richings speaking at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest in December 2015
Born (1956-08-30) 30 August 1956 (age 61)
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Citizenship Canadian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Children 2

Julian M. Richings (born 31 August 1956)[1] is an English-born Canadian actor.[2] He has appeared in over 50 films and 20 television series.

Early life[edit]

Richings was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire. He trained in drama at the University of Exeter.


After touring the United States with a British stage production, Richings moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1984. Within five years, he had become a regular on the second season of the War of the Worlds TV series. Other roles followed, and he gained critical acclaim as the bitter, aging, punk rock legend Bucky Haight in the 1996 film Hard Core Logo. He had a brief appearance in the 1997 film Cube.[2] In 1999, he appeared in the science fiction film Thrill Seekers.

In 2000, he appeared as Bellanger in The Claim, and earned a Genie Award nomination for best supporting actor. He was a member of the repertory cast of the A&E TV original series A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001–02). He has played the role of Death in The CW's show Supernatural since Season 5, and appeared again in Seasons 6, 7, 9 and 10. He played a very similar version of Death in the short film Dave v. Death (2011).[3]

Richings is familiar to horror fans for his manic performance in heavy makeup as Three Finger in Wrong Turn (2003), and nearly-blind security guard Otto in Stephen King's 2004 miniseries Kingdom Hospital.[4] Dramatic roles include stagehand Mr. Turnbull in the 2004 film Being Julia.[2] He appeared as Orr, a cruel loan shark in the 2004 Canadian film The Last Casino. In 2006, he appeared in a brief speaking role as the Mutant Theatre Organiser in X-Men: The Last Stand, and played a vampire killer alongside in the direct-to-DVD horror film The Last Sect.

2007 saw Richings play a driver in the film Shoot 'Em Up,[2] a dissipated and aging punk rocker in The Third Eye, transvestite psychologist Dr. Heker in The Tracey Fragments, and a number of small roles in other films, including Skinwalkers and Saw IV.[2] He appeared in the 2008 film The Timekeeper. Richings continues to be active in short films and television series, mostly in Canada. He was presented with two Dora Awards in the late 1980s, and continues to perform professionally in the Toronto area with a number of theatre groups.

In 2008, Richings was nominated for another Dora Award for his performance in The Palace of the End. He confirmed, via an interview on the Canadian TV show InnerSPACE,[5] that he had a part in the 2013 new Superman film Man of Steel.[2] During the interview he was also asked about the campaign to see him become the next Doctor in Doctor Who, one of his favorite childhood TV shows, and admitted to being flattered by the idea.[6] In 2014, he starred in the Matt Wiele and Chad Archibald, directed Science-Fiction film Ejecta.[7] In 2015, he appeared in the Robert Eggers-directed horror film The Witch and Corey Misquita's drama film Reign.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Richings resides in the Toronto area with his wife and two children.



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Love at Stake Town Crier
1989 The Top of His Head Robert
1991 Naked Lunch Exterminator
1994 Squanto: A Warrior's Tale Sir George's Servant
1995 Moonlight and Valentino Hair Stylist
1996 Hard Core Logo Haight
1997 Mimic Workman
1997 The Boys Club Officer Cole
1997 Cube Alderson Minor role
1997 Ms. Scrooge Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
1998 Urban Legend Weird Janitor
1998 Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms Bix
1998 Red Violin Nicolas Olsberg
1999 Detroit Rock City Ticket Taker
1999 Thrill Seekers Murray Trevor
2000 The Crossing McKenzie
2000 The Claim Bellanger
2001 Century Hotel Waiter
2001 I Shout Love Cab driver
2001 Treed Murray Homeless Man
2001 Prince Charming Wacktazar Television film
2001 The Pretender: Island of the Haunted Brother Clote
2002 Between Strangers Nigel
2003 Eloise at the Plaza Patrice
2003 Open Range Wylie
2003 My Life Without Me Dr. Thompson
2003 Wrong Turn Three Finger
2004 Being Julia Mr. Turnbull
2004 The Last Casino The Usurer
2005 Black Widow Dr. Deadman
2006 Skinwalkers Sad-Looking Man
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Mutant Organiser
2007 Shoot 'Em Up Hertz's Driver
2007 Saw IV Vagrant
2007 The Third Eye Charlie Rabbit
2007 Roxy Hunter and the Mystery of the Moody Ghost Mr. Tibers
2007 The Tracey Fragments Dr. Heker
2008 Heartland Mr. Hanley
2008 Roxy Hunter and the Myth of the Mermaid Mr. Tibers
2008 Jack and Jill vs. the World Mr. Smith
2008 Roxy Hunter and the Secret of the Shaman Mr. Tibers
2008 Toronto Stories Leather Jacket
2008 Roxy Hunter and the Horrific Halloween Mr. Tibers
2008 Elegy Actor in Play
2009 The Timekeeper Grease
2009 You Might as Well Live Dr. Pooseby
2009 Survival of the Dead James O'Flynn
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Charon
2010 Hard Core Logo 2 Bucky Haight
2010 Trigger Bucky
2010 Collaborator Maurice LeFont
2011 Three Inches Ethan
2013 Man of Steel Lor-Em
2013 The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh Rahn Brothers
2013 The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet Ricky
2013 The Colony Leyland
2013 Septic Man Phil Prosser
2014 Ejecta William Cassidy
2014 Hellmouth Smiley
2015 A Christmas Horror Story Gerhardt
2015 The Rainbow Kid
2015 The Witch Governor
2015 Regression Tom
2017 The Space Between Stash


Year Title Role Notes
1989–1990 War of the Worlds Ardix
Alien Scientist
Man with Hat
15 episodes
1993 Street Legal Harold Cooper-Haye 1 episode
1993 Street Legal Rolan Atkinson 1 episode
1993–1994 Ready or Not Mr. Boyle 3 episodes
1997–1998 Once a Thief Camier 11 episodes
1997–1999 La Femme Nikita Errol Sparks 2 episodes
1998 Highlander: The Raven Basil Morgan 2 episodes
1999 I Was a Sixth Grade Alien Meenom 3 episodes
1999–2000 Amazon Elder Malakai 9 episodes
2002 A Nero Wolfe Mystery Poet
Jerome Aland
Peter Jay
Alger Kates
"Death of a Doxy"
"Die Like a Dog"
"Murder is Corny"
"The Silent Speaker"
2004 Kingdom Hospital Otto 13 episodes
2004 Puppets Who Kill French Painter 1 episode
2006 Puppets Who Kill Mr. Portnoy 1 episode
2008 XIII Mr. Cody 2 episodes
2009–2010 Heartland Levon Hanley 2 episodes
2010 Lost Girl Arval 1 episode
2010–2012 Todd and the Book of Pure Evil Hooded Leader
Atticus Murphy Sr.
2 episodes
2010–2015 Supernatural Death 5 episodes
2012 Republic of Doyle Lionel Harris 1 episode (3x11)
2012 Transporter: The Series
2014–present Orphan Black Benjamin Kertland 7 episodes
2014 Hell on Wheels SLC Records Clerk 1 episode
2015 Hannibal Caged Man 1 episode
2015 The Expanse Vargas 1 episode
2017 Patriot Peter Icabod 10 episodes


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