Richard Chaves

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Richard Chaves
Richard John Chaves

(1951-10-09) October 9, 1951 (age 68)

Richard John Chaves (born October 9, 1951) is an American actor.



Chaves helped write the critically acclaimed stage drama Tracers. In the early 1980s, he began work as an actor taking on various soap opera roles until he gained a role in 1987 as Poncho in the science fiction film Predator. Soon afterward, his career received another boost with the role of Lt. Colonel Ironhorse in the television series War of the Worlds Chaves once calculated that the volume of fan mail he received outnumbered the rest of the cast members by a four or five to one ratio.[1]

However, his career hit a bump when War of the Worlds was given new creative management for its second season. The new executives did not think that the Ironhorse character worked with the format they wanted for the show, so his character and that of Norton Drake were killed off.

Personal life[edit]

Chaves was born in Jacksonville, Florida, the son of a United States Marine Corps officer/drug enforcement agent father.[2] He graduated from Mission Viejo High School in Mission Viejo, California in 1969, and joined the army in May 1970. During his three years in the army, he deployed to Vietnam during the Vietnam War,[3] where he served as a member of the 196th Infantry Brigade.

In the late 1990s, Chaves became the target of a stalker. To protect himself, his family and friends, he followed the advice of police by refraining from attending conventions and closing his official website.

Chaves has made few public appearances over the years since being stalked. He appeared at the Las Vegas Comic-Con in October 2003; in late 2006 he was photographed with Frances Fisher at the Flags of our Fathers premiere; he was a guest at the Chicagoland Entertainment Collectors Expo in October 2007;[citation needed] he appeared at the Gallifrey One convention in February 2007, and is scheduled to attend again in February 2008.[4] His most recent acting appearance is in the soon-to-be-released film Lost Warrior: Left Behind and "Dark House".

In June 2009, he was present in Star Guest of "Collectormania" at the Stadium Way West, Milton Keynes, UK.



  • 19?? Pendleton Blankst
  • 19?? Vietnam Trilogy
  • 19?? Labyrinth
  • 19?? Macbeth
  • 19?? Romeo & Juliet
  • 1980/85 Tracers (co-author) ... Dinky Dau
  • 1995 Santos & Santos ... Miguel Santos
  • 1997 Police Officer's Wives (P.O.W.) ... Franko
  • 2001 Pvt. Wars ... Silvio



  • 1981 Eight Is Enough "Father Knows Best?" ... U.S. Marine Captain "Bobo"
  • 1982 Dallas "The Search" ... Bernie
  • 1983 St. Elsewhere "Brothers" ... Tim Potts
  • 1983 Hill Street Blues "The Russians Are Coming" ... doctor
  • 1987 Miami Vice "Theresa" ... District Attorney Martinez
  • 1988 Ohara "They Shoot Witnesses Don't They?" ... Earl Baker
  • 1988 War of the Worlds (season 1: all 23 episodes; season 2: "The Second Wave") ... Lt. Col. Paul Ironhorse
  • 1990 L.A. Law "Bang... Zoom... Zap" ... Carlos Mendez
  • 1990 MacGyver "Tough Boys" ... Det. Anthony "Manny" Lopez
  • 1990 MacGyver "The Treasure of Manco" ... Enrique Vasquez
  • 1990 Trials of Rosie O'Neill "Mr. Right" ... Det. John Santos
  • 1991 Sons and Daughters "Throw Momma From the Terrain" ... Michael Valdez
  • 1992 FBI: The Untold Stories "The Blue Fiber" ... Det. Joe Swiski
  • 1994 Babylon 5 "The War Prayer" ... Alvares
  • 1995 Star Trek: Voyager "Tattoo" ... tribal chief
  • 1996 Walker, Texas Ranger "Deadline" ... Special Agent Samuel Mills
  • 2001 Days of Our Lives "Episode #1.9109" ... Capt. Eduardo


  • 1987 Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam ... himself/additional dialogue
  • 2010 Elf Sparkle and the Special Red Dress ... Buzzoose
  • 2009 Elf Sparkle Meets Christmas the Horse ... Buzzoose


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