March 28, 1945|
Goffstown, New Hampshire, U.S.
Richard Backus made his Broadway theatre debut at the Booth Theatre in the original production of Butterflies Are Free. The production began in October 1969 with Backus cast as the understudy for Keir Dullea in the role of Don Baker. He was first appeared in the role, which we would later take over, in 1971.
Since then, he has appeared in several other Broadway productions, including Ah, Wilderness!, Camelot, and most recently You Never Can Tell. Other venues at which Backus has appeared include the American Shakespeare Theatre, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Backus has also acted in film and television. In the seventies, Backus was in Deathdream and portrayed scheming but well-meaning Jason Saxton on Lovers and Friends. From 1980 through 1981, he portrayed Barry Ryan on the soap opera Ryan's Hope, a performance for which he was nominated for the 1981 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role in a Daytime Drama Series.
Richard Backus has been a screenwriter since as early as 1989. He has worked on three television shows: As the World Turns, One Life to Live, and Days of Our Lives. As the World Turns and One Life to Live have each earned Backus two nominations for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team. The writing team behind One Life to Live was also nominated for the 2004 Writers Guild of America Award for Daytime Serials.
- New York Times
- "Richard Backus - Awards". imdb.com. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
- Ian Herbert, ed. (1981). "BACKUS, Richard". Who's Who in the Theatre. 1. Gale Research Company. p. 33. ISSN 0083-9833.
- Richard Backus on IMDb
- Richard Backus at the Internet Broadway Database
- "2004 WGA Award Nominees; 2004 Producers Guild Award Winners". The Futon Critic. 2004-01-20. Retrieved 2009-11-03.
| Head Writer of As the World Turns (with Juliet Law Packer)
March 1993-January 1994