Richard Kind

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Richard Kind
Born Richard John Kind
(1956-11-22) November 22, 1956 (age 58)
Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Dana Stanley (m. 1999)
Children 3

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).[1] More recently, he has received recognition for his role as the voice of Bing Bong in the Pixar film, Inside Out.[2]

Early life[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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[5] and lives in Santa Monica.


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 voice 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).

At the Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles on March 5, 2010.

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.[6] 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.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1985 Two Fathers' Justice District Attorney Turpin
1986 Nothing in Common Ad Exec in Bar Uncredited
1987 Bennett Brothers Richard Bennett
1988 Vice Versa Floyd
Meanwhile in Santa Monica
1991 Queens Logic Actor
Ghoulies Go to College Cat Ghoulie (voice)
All-American Murder Lou Alonzo
1992 Mr. Saturday Night Reporter
1993 Tom and Jerry: The Movie Tom (voice)
Quest of the Delta Knights Wamthool
1994 Jimmy Hollywood Angry Driver
Clifford Julien Daniels
Stargate Gary Meyers, Ph.D
1996 Johns Paul Truman
Shooting Lily Florist
1997 Hacks Benny
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)
2001 The Santa Claus Brothers Roy (voice)
2002 Quicksand Kensington
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Casting Executive Man
2003 The Station Agent Louis Tiboni
Shrink Rap Herb
Nobody Knows Anything! Real Estate Agent
2004 My Life, Inc. Dan Mannion
Garfield: The Movie Dad Rat (voice)
Elvis Has Left the Building Burning Elvis
Dog Gone Love Doug
2005 Genetically Challenged Shermie Frankl
Bewitched Abner Kravitz
The Producers Jury Foreman
2006 Spymate Dr. Farley
Cars Van (voice)
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
The Angriest Man in Suburbia Josh
2007 The Grand Andy Andrews
Sands of Oblivion Ira
The Visitor Jacob
National Lampoon's Bag Boy Dave Weiner
Big Stan Mal
The Neighbor Wilder
2008 Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief Groundhog (voice)
The Understudy Ian
Roadside Romeo Guru (voice) Uncredited
2009 Ingenious Newkin
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)
Hereafter Christos
The Search for Santa Paws Eddy the Elf Dog (voice)
2011 Fancypants Mr. Camp
Cars 2 Van (voice)
Bad Seed Tim
2012 BuzzKill Stan Fuller (voice)
The Producers Max Bialystock
Argo Max Klein
Divorce Invitation George Mason
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups Eddy the Elf Dog (voice)
2013 Dark Minions Feldenbaum
Dealin' with Idiots Harold
2014 Obvious Child Jacob
Chu and Blossom Fred
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Bix Field
Sharknado 2: The Second One Harland 'The Blaster' McGuinness
Yellowbird Michka (voice) English version
All Stars Richard
Ride Boss
2015 Inside Out Bing Bong (voice)
Love Is Dead Ken Bell
The Lennon Report Dr. Stephan G. Lynn
The Paper Store Prof. Marty Kane
Equity ASA Frank Rumored
Detours Sam Jacobson
2016 Albion: Rise of the Danann Brian
TBA The Hebrew Hammer vs. Hitler Hasid


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Hooperman Reindeer Episode: "Deck the Cell with Bars of Folly"
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"
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"
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"
E-Ring Asst. Public Affairs Sec. Danton Murphy 2 episodes
Reba David Episode: "Issues"
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
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?"
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"
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"
TripTank Dad, Stanley (voice) 2 episodes
Red Oaks Sam Episode: "Pilot"
The Middle Dr. Niller Episode: "Unbraceable You"
2014–2015 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Mort Weinerman (voice) 4 episodes
2014-Present Gotham Mayor Aubrey James 7 episodes
2015 What's Your Emergency Devon Micketty Episode: "Let's Make a Date"
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Mr. Lefkovitz Episode: "Kimmy Goes to School!"
Happyish Episode: "Starring Helen Keller, Moses and Lenny Bruce"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
1998 A Bug's Life Molt
2006 Cars Van
2011 The Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns – Again! Roger


  1. ^ Chai, Barbara (May 30, 2013). "Richard Kind on His Tony Nomination for "The Big Knife"". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ Truitt, Brian. "How Bing Bong kind of steals 'Inside Out'". USA Today. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Richard Kind Biography (1956-)". NetIndustries. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  4. ^ Beavers, Cary (June 21, 2013). "Tony Award-nominee Richard Kind returns to Pennsbury High School to accept honor, reminisce". Bucks Local News. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Richard Kind". Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ Terrero, Nina. "How Richard Kind turned Bing Bong into the summer's heartbreaking imaginary best friend". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Truitt, Brian. "How Bing Bong kind of steals 'Inside Out'". USA Today. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 

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