|Born||Richard Colin Brake
30 November 1964
Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Wales, United Kingdom
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Education||Western Reserve Academy|
|Alma mater||Duke University|
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 under the technique's founder, and founding Principal of The Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing, Sam Kogan. He also studied acting in New York City at the Michael Chekhov Studio under Beatrice Straight.
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.
Returning to film, his next starring role was that of Prior in Outpost from director Steve Barker. Brake starred in Craig Singer's Perkins' 14, which was featured in the After Dark Horrorfest film festival. In 2009, Brake appeared as Gary Scott in Rob Zombie's Halloween II, a sequel to his remake of Halloween – a role he garnered based on a personal recommendation to Rob Zombie from Sid Haig.
Brake portrayed a captain in the einherjar in the 2013 film Thor: The Dark World. 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.
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.
Brake and his ex-wife Rachel have two sons; Ryan (born 1999) and Henry (born 2002).
|1994||Death Machine||Scott Ridley|
|1996||Virtual Terror||Steve Baker|
|1997||Deus Volt||Bishop Von Match|
|2005||Batman Begins||Joe Chill|
|2005||Doom||Corporal Dean Portman|
|2006||The Black Dahlia||Bobby DeWitt|
|2007||Hannibal Rising||Enrikas Dortlich|
|2009||Halloween II||Gary Scott|
|2009||Perkins' 14||Ronald Perkins|
|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||The Cannibal in the Jungle||Dr. Timothy Darrow|
|2015||The Chameleon||Detective Brady|
|2016||Payne & Redemption||Lenny||filming|
|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"|
|2006||Knights of Cydonia||Muse||Played the role of Sheriff Baron Klaus Rottingham|
- Richard Brake at the Internet Movie Database
- Kogan, Sam (2010). Helen Kogan, ed. The Science of Acting. Routledge. p. Dust Jacket. ISBN 978-0-415-48812-9.
- "The Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing.".
- "The Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing – an introduction.".
- Richard Brake – Hannibal Rising
- Hanley, Ken W. (24 September 2012). "Casting Round-up: "31"". Fangoria.com. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- ""31" Gives a Glimpse of Doom-Head!". Fangoria. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
- "Here's Doom Head – Rob Zombie's 31". BD. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
- "Rob Zombie Casts His "Doom-Head" In '31′". BD. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
- Patten, Dominic (24 September 2012). "'Thor: The Dark World’ Adds Pair To Cast". Deadline.com. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Richard Brake Brings Doom Head to Rob Zombie's 31". DC. Retrieved 16 March 2015.