Richings speaking at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest in December 2015
30 August 1956 |
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
After touring the United States with a British stage production, Richings moved to Toronto, 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. 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).
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. Dramatic roles include stagehand Mr. Turnbull in the 2004 film Being Julia. 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, 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. 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, that he had a part in the 2013 new Superman film Man of Steel. 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. In 2014, he starred in the Matt Wiele and Chad Archibald, directed Science-Fiction film Ejecta. In 2015, he appeared in the Robert Eggers-directed horror film The Witch and Corey Misquita's drama film Reign.
Richings resides in the Toronto area with his wife and two children.
|1987||Love at Stake||Town Crier|
|1989||The Top of His Head||Robert|
|1994||Squanto: A Warrior's Tale||Sir George's Servant|
|1995||Moonlight and Valentino||Hair Stylist|
|1996||Hard Core Logo||Haight|
|1997||The Boys Club||Officer Cole|
|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|
|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|
|2003||Eloise at the Plaza||Patrice|
|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||X-Men: The Last Stand||Mutant Organiser|
|2007||Shoot 'Em Up||Hertz's Driver|
|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||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||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|
|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||Septic Man||Phil Prosser|
|2015||The Rainbow Kid|
|1989–1990||War of the Worlds||Ardix
Man with Hat
|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||Basil Morgan||Episodes: "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.
|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|
- Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at Ancestry.com
- "Julian Richings". The New York Times.
- EJECTA’s” Julian Richings Talks “WRONG TURN,” Romero, Del Toro and More
- Video on YouTube
- Video on YouTube
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- “EJECTA” Star and Canadian Horror Veteran Julian Richings