Richard Brake

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Richard Brake
Born Richard Colin Brake
(1964-11-30) 30 November 1964 (age 51)
Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Wales, United Kingdom
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality Welsh American
Education Western Reserve Academy
Alma mater Duke University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present

Richard Colin Brake (born 30 November 1964)[1] is a Welsh-American actor, known for portraying Joe Chill in Batman Begins and the Night King in Game of Thrones in the fourth and fifth season.

Early life[edit]

Brake was born in Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, to Welsh parents, and grew up in the US states of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Ohio. In 1967, he and his family immigrated to the United States, where they first settled in Atlanta. He attended Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio, and trained in The Science of Acting[2] under the technique's founder, and founding Principal of The Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing,[3][4] Sam Kogan. He also studied acting in New York City at the Michael Chekhov Studio under Beatrice Straight.

Acting career[edit]

Having appeared in numerous productions (including brief appearances in Cold Mountain and Munich), Brake achieved his first significant role in mainstream cinema being cast as Joe Chill in Christopher Nolan's 2005 film, Batman Begins. In this film (as in most versions of the Batman comic series), his character is the criminal who murdered Bruce Wayne's parents, effectively starting him on his path to becoming Batman.

Following this, Brake appeared as the warped Portman in Doom, with Karl Urban and The Rock. Brake also made a cameo appearance in the video for Muse's "Knights of Cydonia", playing a villainous sheriff in a strange futuristic western. He then played the villain Bobby DeWitt in The Black Dahlia, and appears in 2007's Hannibal Rising as Enrikas Dortlich, one of the war criminals who murders young Hannibal Lecter's sister.[5]

In September 2007, Brake appeared on stage at the Young Vic in The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers. The production was directed by Matthew Dunster.

Returning to film, his next starring role was that of Prior in Outpost from director Steve Barker.[6] Brake starred in Craig Singer's Perkins' 14, which was featured in the After Dark Horrorfest film festival.[7] In 2009, Brake appeared as Gary Scott in Rob Zombie's Halloween II,[8] a sequel to his remake of Halloween – a role he garnered based on a personal recommendation to Rob Zombie from Sid Haig.[9]

He has also appeared in several British television shows including M.I. High, Keen Eddie and Jeeves and Wooster, as well as the American television show Cold Case.

Brake portrayed a captain in the einherjar in the 2013 film Thor: The Dark World.[10] In March 2015 Rob Zombie casted Brake as killer Doom-Head in the horror film 31, which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016.[11]

Beginning in 2014, Brake portrayed the Night King in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, appearing in the show's fourth and fifth seasons, notably in the episode "Hardhome", which won numerous awards. Due to shooting schedules, Brake was not able to film for the show's sixth season, and was replaced by Vladimir Furdik in the role.

Personal life[edit]

Brake and his ex-wife Rachel have two sons; Ryan (born 1999) and Henry (born 2002).



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Death Machine Scott Ridley
1996 Subterfuge Pierce Tencil
1996 Virtual Terror Steve Baker
1997 Deus Volt Bishop Von Match
2003 Cold Mountain Nym
2005 Batman Begins Joe Chill
2005 Doom Corporal Dean Portman
2005 Munich Belligerent American
2006 The Black Dahlia Bobby DeWitt
2007 Hannibal Rising Enrikas Dortlich
2008 Outpost Prior
2009 Cuckoo Lone Wolf
2009 Halloween II Gary Scott
2009 Perkins' 14 Ronald Perkins
2010 Legacy Scott O'Keefe
2011 Detention Mr. Nolan
2011 Good Day for It Norman Tyrus
2011 The Incident Harry Green Also known as Asylum Blackout
2011 Water for Elephants Grady
2013 The Counselor Second Man
2013 The Numbers Station Max
2013 Thor: The Dark World Einherjar Captain
2014 Set Fire to the Stars Mr. Unlucky
2015 Kingsman: The Secret Service The Interrogator
2015 Spy Solsa Dudaev
2015 The Cannibal in the Jungle Dr. Timothy Darrow
2015 The Chameleon Detective Brady
2016 31 Doom-Head
2016 Bitter Harvest Medved
2016 Payne & Redemption Lenny filming
2016 Extinction Wrath pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Jeeves and Wooster Reporter Episode: "Lady Florence Craye Arrives in New York (or, the Once and Future Ex)"
2004 Keen Eddie "Dutch" Mike Vanderlay Episode: "Sticky Fingers"
2009 Cold Case Rich Kiesel Episode: "Mind Games"
2009 M.I. High Georgi Episode: "Family Tree"
2009 NCIS: Los Angeles John Bordinay Episode: "Ambush"
2010 The Deep McIndoe 3 episodes
2011 Above Suspicion Joseph Marshall / Alexander Fitzpatrick 3 episodes
2013 Mob City Terry Mandel 5 episodes
2014 The Assets Agent Waters Episode: "Trip to Vienna"
2014 Crossing Lines Alexander Fuster / Winston Smith Episode "The Kill Zone"
2014 Transporter: The Series Dezdu Magyar Episode "2B or Not 2B"
2014–15 Game of Thrones The Night King 2 episodes
2015 Grimm Nigel Edmund Episode: "Bad Luck"
2015 The Bastard Executioner Baron Edwin Pryce 3 episodes
2016 Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands Arak Episode 8
2016 Hawaii Five-0 Henry Garavito Episode: "Ka Pono Ku'oko'a" (The Cost of Freedom)
2016 Peaky Blinders Anton Kaledin Episode 1
2016 Barbarians Rising Geiseric Episode: "Ruin"
2016 Ray Donovan Vlad Episode: "Get Even Before Leavin"

Video Game[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Juiced T. K.
2016 Squadron 42 TBA post-production

Music Video[edit]

Year Title Artist Notes
2006 Knights of Cydonia Muse Played the role of Sheriff Baron Klaus Rottingham


  1. ^ Richard Brake at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Kogan, Sam (2010). Helen Kogan, ed. The Science of Acting. Routledge. p. Dust Jacket. ISBN 978-0-415-48812-9. 
  3. ^ "The Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing.". 
  4. ^ "The Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing – an introduction.". 
  5. ^ Richard Brake – Hannibal Rising
  6. ^ Hanley, Ken W. (24 September 2012). "Casting Round-up: "31"". Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  7. ^ ""31" Gives a Glimpse of Doom-Head!". Fangoria. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Here's Doom Head – Rob Zombie's 31". BD. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Rob Zombie Casts His "Doom-Head" In '31′". BD. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Patten, Dominic (24 September 2012). "'Thor: The Dark World’ Adds Pair To Cast". Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Richard Brake Brings Doom Head to Rob Zombie's 31". DC. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 

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