Richard Henzel

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Richard Henzel (born June 15, 1949) is a Chicago-based stage, film, TV, and voice-over actor.

He is best known as one of the two DJ voices on the clock radio in the movie "Groundhog Day". Notable stage roles include Grandpa in the world premiere of "The Magic Victrola," at The Chicago Lyric Opera and the world premiere of "The Christians" by Lucas Hnath and directed by Les Waters. he played Norman in "On Golden Pond" at Jeff Daniels' Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan; George Bernard Shaw in "Dear Liar," Verner/Hugo in "Noel Coward In Two Keys," and "Mark Twain In Person," all for Shaw Chicago Theatre; Henri in "Heroes" at The Stormfield Theatre in Lansing, MI, directed by Kristine Thatcher and also starring Gary Houston and Richard Marlatt; Mark Van Doren in "Night And Her Stars" for The Gift Theatre, directed by Michael Patrick Thornton; and Boss Finley in "Sweet Bird of Youth" at The Artistic Home Theatre directed by Dale Calandra.

Also among his credits is his one-man stage show "Mark Twain In Person" in which he has appeared over a thousand times since 1967, in forty states, Canada, Great Britain, on the Mississippi River aboard the Steamboat Delta Queen, and aboard the Royal Viking Sea on a cruise that ran from New York City to Montreal and back in 1985.


  • 1978 Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Principal Role[1]
  • 1988 Chicago Emmy Award Nomination for Best New Work, "Mark Twain's Carnival of Crime," as Mark Twain
  • 1989 CINE Award for "How I Got into the Literary Profession," as Mark Twain





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