Richard Parnell Habersham

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Richard Parnell Habersham, born in Manhattan and raised in Harlem, is an African American actor in theatre and film and a real estate broker[1][2] in New York City.


Richard Habersham has appeared in theatre productions[3] such as Ron Mark's fantasy farce Panache! [4] and on Broadway in Joe Turner's Come and Gone,[5][6][7] the Tony Award nominated drama written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright August Wilson. Habersham played the role of Travis Younger[8] in the Union Square Theatre 25th Anniversary Off Broadway production of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun.

In film,[9][10] Habersham played Eddie in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing,[2][11] Theodore Cotter in The Long Walk Home,[12][13] the young Jake Branch in the black-and-white independent feature Lou, Pat & Joe D,[14] and Cathy's younger brother in The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez, a "freewheeling musical horror spoof" directed by Peter Sellars.[15]

Habersham earned his B.A. in history from the University of Virginia and his M.S. in real estate development from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture.[2] The history of the American Civil War is one of his particular interests.


  1. ^ Motoko Rich (November 20, 2003). "For Harlem Homebuyers, Prices Head North". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ahsaki Benion, Richard Habersham II". The New York Times. June 26, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ Richard Parnell Habersham at the Internet Broadway Database
  4. ^ Walter Goodman (January 19, 1987). "The Stage: Panache!". The New York Times. Richard Parnell Habersham as the prodigy astronomer delivering a rhapsodic tribute to Betelgeuse. 
  5. ^ "Joe Turner's Come and Gone". IBDb. Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 3/27/1988 - 6/26/1988.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ Frank Rich (March 28, 1988). "Review: Panoramic History Of Blacks in America In Wilson's 'Joe Turner'". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ "Joe Turner's Come and Gone, April 1988 Playbill". Alibris. Featuring: Kimberleigh Aarn, Angela Bassett, L. Scott Caldwell, Richard Parnell Habersham, Ed Hall, Delroy Lindo, Jamila Perry, Bo Rucker, etc. 
  8. ^ "A Raisin in the Sun". Lortel Archives. 
  9. ^ Richard Habersham at the Internet Movie Database
  10. ^ "Richard Habersham: Overview". MSN Movies. 
  11. ^ Scott, A. O. "Filmography: Richard Habersham". The New York Times. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  12. ^ Janet Maslin (December 21, 1990). "Film Review: A Personalized View of the Civil Rights Struggle". The New York Times. Ving Rhames does a lot with the small role of Odessa's husband, and Richard Habersham, Jason Weaver and Erika Alexander are gently affecting as her children. 
  13. ^ Kevin Laforest. "Review of A Long Walk Home". Most of the film’s key moments are spent with Odessa and her family, who are not activists per se but who show great courage in their everyday life, like when one of the young sons (played with slow-burn intensity by Richard Habersham) stands up to racist bullies harassing his sister. 
  14. ^ Clarke Fountain. "Movies: Lou, Pat & Joe D". Allmovie. 
  15. ^ Hal Erickson. "Overview: Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez (1991)". Allmovie on NYT. Retrieved May 22, 2010. Flamboyant Broadway renaissance man Peter Sellars was the director of The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez. This freewheeling musical horror spoof isn't meant to be taken seriously, so don't be fooled by those Karloffian trappings. Ron Vawter plays the title character for all it's worth. He has to, with such formidable competition as Joan Cusack, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Werner Klemperer