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Kind at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Richard John Kind
November 22, 1956
Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Dana Stanley (m. 1999)|
Richard John Kind (born November 22, 1956) is an American actor known for his roles in the sitcoms Mad About You (as Dr. Mark Devanow) and Spin City (as Paul Thomas Lassiter). More recently, he has received recognition for his role as the voice of Bing Bong in the Pixar film, Inside Out.
Kind was born to a Jewish family, in Trenton, New Jersey, the son of Alice, a homemaker, and Samuel Kind, a jeweler who formerly owned La Vake's Jewelry in Princeton, NJ. Together with his younger sister, Joanne, he grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Richard attended Pennsbury High School with fellow actor Robert Curtis Brown, and he graduated in 1974. In 1978 he graduated from Northwestern University where he was in the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He is also an alumnus of The Second City in Chicago and lives in Santa Monica.
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Kind portrayed Dr. Mark Devanow on Mad About You throughout the show's run, although after he took the role of Paul Thomas Lassiter on Spin City, he appeared on Mad About You with less frequency. Kind and Michael Boatman were the only two actors to appear in every episode of Spin City. While these are his two highest profile TV appearances, his first big break on television was as a member of the ensemble cast of Carol Burnett's brief return to sketch comedy, Carol & Company, which ran for two seasons beginning in 1990 on NBC.
Kind created the role of Addison Mizner in Stephen Sondheim’s Bounce, and has appeared on Broadway in The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (2000), The Producers (2002), and Sly Fox (2004). He also appeared as the “Jury Foreman” in the film The Producers (2005) and played the lead role of Max Bialystock in a Hollywood Bowl production from July 27–29, 2012.
His voice credits include Larry the Anaconda in The Wild, “Clark” in the “Clark & Lewis Expedition” radio commercials for Horizon Air (with Patrick Warburton as “Lewis”), Molt in Disney/Pixar’s A Bug's Life, Van in Disney/Pixar’s Cars and Cars 2, the narrator for Disney’s Go Baby, and Tom in Tom and Jerry: The Movie. He has a recurring role on the Disney Channel series Kim Possible, where he plays Frugal Lucre. He guest stars in The Penguins of Madagascar as Roger the Alligator in the episodes "Haunted Habitat", "Roger Dodger", "Gator Watch", "April Fools", "The All Nighter Before Christmas", and "Operation: Neighbor Swap". He also plays the role of Gumbo in an episode of Chowder on Cartoon Network. In 2000 he did the voice of Mr. Dobbins in Tom Sawyer. In 2001-02, he voiced the character of Pongo in five episodes of the animated series Oswald.
He also had a minor role as Gary Meyers, an archaeologist who translated the symbols on the Stargate prior to James Spader’s character's involvement in the 1994 movie, Stargate. He appeared in four episodes of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm between 2002 and 2009 as Larry's cousin Andy. In 2006, he guest starred on Stargate Atlantis as Lucius Lavin, in the episodes "Irresistible" and "Irresponsible," making him the only actor to appear in both the original Stargate film, and in Stargate Atlantis (as different characters).
Kind had a recurring role in Scrubs as Mr. Harvey Corman, an annoying hypochondriac, who claimed that having the same name as Harvey Korman did not "get as much action as you may think". He also played a role on USA's crime comedy Psych as Hugo, an astronomer who killed a partner for credit for the discovery of a planet ("From the Earth to the Starbucks"), and later on Law & Order: Criminal Intent as a wealthy philanthropist who kills his sister-in-law and niece to protect the money he uses to fund his philanthropic work ("Privilege").
Actor/director George Clooney is a close friend, and was best man at Kind's wedding to Dana Stanley in 1999. Kind later went on to play the part of a casting director in Clooney's directorial debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Kind also played himself in the short-lived HBO series Unscripted, which Clooney executive produced and directed with Grant Heslov, as well as Argo, which was produced by both Clooney and Heslov.
Kind has performed in radio/audio plays for the LA Theatre Works and the Hollywood Theater of the Ear, and served as a guest panelist on the 2000 revival of the television game show To Tell the Truth.
Kind guest starred on the Disney Channel series Even Stevens, where he played the surly Uncle Chuck. He appeared in the film National Lampoon's Bag Boy in 2007. He also appeared in an episode of CBS' Two and a Half Men with Spin City former co-star Charlie Sheen on November 12, 2007, and played Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts in Fairfield, Iowa.
Kind also starred in the independent black comedy feature, The Understudy in 2008. He also played a small role on TNT's hit show Leverage playing the part of a corrupt mayor in the second season two-part finale. In 2007, Kind played a short role in the indie film The Visitor as Richard Jenkins's neighbor, Jacob. In 2008, Kind performed the role of Voltaire in the New York City Opera production of Leonard Bernstein's Candide. Kind played the major supporting role of Arthur Gopnik in the Coen brothers' dark comedy film, A Serious Man. He voiced Bookworm in Toy Story 3. He played the role of burnt spy Jesse's ex-boss, in three episodes of season 4 of Burn Notice as Marv, and had a small role in Clint Eastwood's Hereafter, as Christos Andryo, in 2010.
In 2011, Kind guest starred in an episode of the ABC sitcom Mr. Sunshine as Rod the Bod, and played a supporting dramatic role as Mr. Camp in the feature film Fancypants. He is the voice of "Clark" in the "Clark & Lewis Expedition" radio commercials for Horizon Air with Patrick Warburton as "Lewis". He starred in the HBO series Luck until its cancellation, and he is also the spokesman for On-Cor frozen foods. He also guest starred in Phineas and Ferb in the episode "Perry the Actorpus" as the Totally Tools executive. In 2012, he was featured in Divorce Invitation, and he played a small role in the film Argo as screenwriter Max Klein. In February 2013, he made a guest appearance on Kroll Show. In 2015, he played the GED instructor on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He is currently playing the mayor Aubrey James in Gotham.
In 2015 Kind provided the voice for Bing Bong in Pixar's Inside Out, an increasingly obsolete imaginary friend in the mind of a young girl. Kind's performance in Inside Out has been widely praised for its combination of charm and bittersweet sadness, with the film's director Pete Docter describing the role as capturing the fading of childhood.
|1986||Nothing in Common||Ad Exec in Bar||Uncredited|
|Meanwhile in Santa Monica|
|Ghoulies Go to College||Cat Ghoulie (voice)|
|All-American Murder||Lou Alonzo|
|1992||Mr. Saturday Night||Reporter|
|1993||Tom and Jerry: The Movie||Tom Cat (voice)|
|Quest of the Delta Knights||Wamthool|
|1994||Jimmy Hollywood||Angry Driver|
|Stargate||Gary Meyers, Ph.D|
|Cold Around the Heart||Attorney Nabbish|
|1998||A Bug's Life||Molt (voice)|
|1999||Our Friend, Martin||Mr. Willis (voice)|
|2000||Tom Sawyer||Mr. Dobbins (voice)|
|Confessions of a Dangerous Mind||Casting Executive Man|
|2003||The Station Agent||Louis Tiboni|
|Nobody Knows Anything!||Real Estate Agent|
|2004||Garfield: The Movie||Dad Rat (voice)|
|Elvis Has Left the Building||Burning Elvis|
|Dog Gone Love||Doug|
|The Producers||Jury Foreman|
|The Wild||Larry the Anaconda (voice)|
|I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With||Herb Hope|
|For Your Consideration||Marketing Person|
|Everyone's Hero||Hobo Andy, Maitre D' (voice)|
|Raising Flagg||Bill Reed|
|2007||The Grand||Andy Andrews|
|National Lampoon's Bag Boy||Dave Weiner|
|2008||Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief||Groundhog (voice)|
|Roadside Romeo||Guru (voice)||Uncredited|
|A Serious Man||Uncle Arthur|
|Heidi 4 Paws||Grandfather (voice)|
|Help Me, Help You||Fish|
|Santa Buddies||Eddy the Elf Dog (voice)|
|2010||Toy Story 3||Bookworm (voice)|
|The Search for Santa Paws||Eddy the Elf Dog (voice)|
|Cars 2||Van (voice)|
|2012||BuzzKill||Stan Fuller (voice)|
|The Producers||Max Bialystock|
|Divorce Invitation||George Mason|
|Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups||Eddy the Elf Dog (voice)|
|2013||Dealin' with Idiots||Harold|
|Chu and Blossom||Fred|
|The Angriest Man in Brooklyn||Bix Field|
|Yellowbird||Michka (voice)||English version|
|2015||Inside Out||Bing Bong (voice)|
|The Lennon Report||Dr. Stephan G. Lynn|
|2016||Albion: Rise of the Danann||Brian|
|2016||The Paper Store||Professor Marty Kane|
|TBA||The Hebrew Hammer vs. Hitler||Hasid|
|2017||Cars 3||Van (voice)|
|1985||Two Fathers' Justice||District Attorney Turpin||TV movie|
|1987||Hooperman||Reindeer||Episode: "Deck the Cell with Bars of Folly"|
|Bennett Brothers||Richard Bennett||TV movie|
|1988||My Sister Sam||Lang||Episode: "The Art of Love"|
|Mr. Belvedere||Joe||Episode: "Marsha's Secret"|
|1989||Empty Nest||Elton Sexton||Episode: "A Life in the Day"|
|Unsub||Jimmy Bello||8 episodes|
|21 Jump Street||Caller (voice)||Episode: "Next Victim"|
|Anything but Love||Bradley||Episode: "Just the Facts, Ma'am"|
|1990–1991||Carol & Company||Skit characters||31 episodes|
|1991||Princesses||Episode: "Someday My Prince Will Gum"|
|The Carol Burnett Show||Skit characters|
|1992||Stand By Your Man||Larson||Episode: "Spare Me"|
|Great Scott!||Alberts||Episode: "Choir Mire"|
|1992–1999||Mad About You||Dr. Mark Devanow||37 episodes|
|1993||The Building||The Neurotic Director||Episode: "Father Knows Best"|
|1993–1995||The Commish||Alex Beebee||6 episodes|
|1994||The Nanny||Jeffrey Needleman||Episode: "The Playwright"|
|Blue Skies||Kenny||8 episodes|
|1995||A Whole New Ballgame||Dwight Kling||7 episodes|
|Nowhere Man||Max Webb||Episode: "The Spider Webb"|
|1996||Space: Above and Beyond||Colonel Matthew Burke||Episode: "Level of Necessity"|
|Madness of Method||Owen Goodwin||TV short|
|1996–2002||Spin City||Paul Lassiter||145 episodes|
|1998||Something So Right||Paul||Episode: "Something About the 'Men' in Menstruation"|
|The Lionhearts||Additional voices||Episode: "Singin' in the Mane"|
|1999||Strangers with Candy||Harry Link, DDS||Episode: "Who Wants Cake?"|
|The Wild Thornberrys||Lyrebird (voice)||Episode: "Koality and Kuantity"|
|2001||Even Stevens||Uncle Chuck Stevens||Episode: "Uncle Chuck"|
|The Santa Claus Brothers||Roy (voice)||TV movie|
|2001–2002||Oswald||Pongo (voice)||5 episodes|
|2002–2003||Still Standing||Dr. Nathan Gerber||2 episodes|
|2002–2009||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Cousin Andy||4 episodes|
|2003||Just Shoot Me!||Jimmie Korsh||Episode: "The Last Temptation of Elliot"|
|Miss Match||Phil Weston||Episode: "Kate in Ex-tasy"|
|2003–2004||Scrubs||Harvey Corman||4 episodes|
|2003–2007||Kim Possible||Frugal Lucre (voice)||5 episodes|
|2004||Girlfriends||Peter Miller||Episode: "Prophet & Loss"|
|Oliver Beene||Barnaby Rollins||Episode: "X-ray Specs"|
|The Division||Hicks||Episode: "Lost and Found"|
|My Life, Inc.||Dan Mannion||TV movie|
|That '70s Show||Kimberly's Dad||Episode: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"|
|Less than Perfect||Lance Corcoran||Episode: "Shoo-In"|
|Father of the Pride||Zebra (voice)||2 episodes|
|2004–2008||Go Baby!||Narrator (voice)|
|2005||Head Cases||Lou Albertini||Episode: "S(elf) Help"|
|Genetically Challenged||Shermie Frankl||TV movie|
|E-Ring||Asst. Public Affairs Sec. Danton Murphy||2 episodes|
|2005–2013||Sesame Street||Fairy Balloon Person, Mr. Disgracey||2 episodes|
|American Dad!||Al Tuttle (voice)||4 episodes|
|2006||Three Moons Over Milford||Pete Watson||Episode: "Dog Day Aftermoon"|
|Stargate Atlantis||Lucius Lavin||2 episodes|
|The Angriest Man in Suburbia||Josh||TV movie|
|2007||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Ernest Foley||Episode: "Privilege"|
|Psych||Hugo||Episode: "From the Earth to Starbucks"|
|All of Us||Dennis||2 episodes|
|Two and a Half Men||Artie||Episode: "Is There a Mrs. Waffles?"|
|Sands of Oblivion||Ira||TV movie|
|2009||Chowder||Gumbo (voice)||Episode: "The Deadly Maze"|
|Dora the Explorer||Greedy King (voice)||Episode: "Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom: Trilogy 2"|
|Sherri||Whiny Neighbor||Episode: "Indecision '09"|
|2009–2011||The Penguins of Madagascar||Roger (voice)||6 episodes|
|2010||Leverage||Mayor Bradford Culpepper III||2 episodes|
|Trauma||Ira||Episode: "Frequent Fliers"|
|'Til Death||Charlie||Episode: "Brother's Keeper"|
|Burn Notice||Marv||3 episodes|
|2011||Harry's Law||Marty Slumach||Episode: "Send in the Clowns"|
|Mr. Sunshine||Rod McDaniel||2 episodes|
|Femme Fatales||Jonathan Shields||Episode: "Behind Locked Doors, Part One"|
|Phineas and Ferb||Executive (voice)||Episode: "Perry the Actorpus"|
|2011–2012||Luck||Joey Rathburn||10 episodes|
|2012||Sketchy||Lord Arby||Episode: "Downtown Arby's"|
|NYC 22||Geoff Arnhauldt||Episode: "Thugs and Lovers"|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Jonas Dworkin||Episode: "Acceptable Loss"|
|2013||Kroll Show||Mark||Episode: "Can I Finish?"|
|Golden Boy||Paul Daly||3 episodes|
|Childrens Hospital||Marvin||Episode: "Country Weekend"|
|Drop Dead Diva||Marty Frumm||Episode: "One Shot"|
|Dark Minions||Feldenbaum||TV movie|
|The Good Wife||Judge Alan Davies||Episode: "The Next Day"|
|2014||The Michael J. Fox Show||Mr. Norwood||Episode: "Secret"|
|Ten X Ten||Man 50s||Miniseries|
|Bad Teacher||Brie's Husband||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Glee||Mr. Rifkin||Episode: "The Back-Up Plan"|
|Sharknado 2: The Second One||Harland 'The Blaster' McGuinness||TV movie|
|TripTank||Dad, Stanley (voice)||2 episodes|
|The Middle||Dr. Niller||Episode: "Unbraceable You"|
|2014–2015||Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja||Mort Weinerman (voice)||4 episodes|
|Gotham||Mayor Aubrey James||8 episodes|
|2014–present||Red Oaks||Sam||9 episodes|
|2015||What's Your Emergency||Devon Micketty||Episode: "Let's Make a Date"|
|Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Mr. Lefkovitz||Episode: "Kimmy Goes to School!"|
|Love Is Dead||Ken Bell||TV movie|
|Happyish||Moses||Episode: "Starring Helen Keller, Moses and Lenny Bruce"|
|1998||A Bug's Life||Molt|
|2011||The Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns – Again!||Roger|
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