Richard Tyson

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Richard Tyson
Born Richard Martin Tyson
(1961-02-13) February 13, 1961 (age 56)
Mobile, Alabama, United States
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Tracy Kristofferson (?-present) 1 child

Richard Martin Tyson (born February 13, 1961) is an American actor.

Tyson was born in Mobile, Alabama.[1] Tyson is a member of the Shriners.[2] His brother John is the former District Attorney of Mobile County and was the Democratic Party nominee for Attorney General of Alabama in 2006. Tyson's childhood nickname was "Ol' Cactus Bones."

Acting career[edit]

His most prominent role was as the villain Cullen Crisp, Sr. in Kindergarten Cop co-starring alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger. He also starred as high school bully Buddy Revell in the 1987 comedy Three O'Clock High. Tyson can also be seen in the Farrelly Brothers movies, Kingpin, Me, Myself & Irene and There's Something About Mary. The latter features Tyson as Detective Krevoy who questions (then attacks) Ben Stiller in a classic scene from the film.

Tyson was the co-star of the television series Hardball alongside actor John Ashton in the 1980s.

Tyson's recent films include The Fear Chamber, Richard III, Flight of the Living Dead in which he plays a Sky Marshal, No Bad Days starring Michael Madsen and the western Shoot First and Pray You Live also starring Jim Gaffigan and James Russo. He is also the lead in the horror film Big Bad Wolf, in which he plays a stepfather accused by his stepson of being a cruel and vicious werewolf.

One recent work is the film Jake's Corner in which he plays ex-football star Johnny Dunn who owns a small town called Jake's Corner. The film has been cited as Tyson's best work to date and also stars singer B. J. Thomas and actor Danny Trejo.

Richard Tyson's acting credits also include guest appearances on the TV shows CSI: NY, Boomtown, Martial Law as well as the films The Visitation, Moscow Heat, Liar's Poker and Black Hawk Down.

One of Tyson's favorite roles is Genghis Khan from the 1992 film also starring Charlton Heston and Pat Morita. Due to insufficient funds the film was never completed.



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Three O'Clock High
1988 Two Moon Junction
1990 Kindergarten Cop
1992 Lakota Moon
1992 The Babe
1992 Genghis Khan
1993 Dark Tide
1993 Red Shoe Diaries 3: Another Woman's Lipstick
1995 Pharaoh's Army
1996 Time Under Fire
1996 Kingpin
1996 The Glass Cage
1998 Implicated
1998 There's Something About Mary
1998 The Pandora Project
1999 Desert Thunder
1999 Liar's Poker
2000 Operation Sandman
2000 Battlefield Earth
2000 Me, Myself & Irene
2001 Dying on the Edge
2001 Firetrap
2001 Monsoon
2001 Black Hawk Down
2002 Psychic Murders
2002 Cottonmouth
2004 Crusader
2004 Last Flight Out
2004 The Trail to Hope Rose
2004 Moscow Heat
2005 Yesterday's Dreams
2005 Lonesome Matador
2005 Billy Graham Presents - Last Flight Out
2006 Naked Run
2006 The Visitation
2006 When I Find the Ocean
2006 Big Bad Wolf
2007 Flight of the Living Dead: Outbreak on a Plane
2007 The Dukes
2007 Stripper Academy
2007 Becoming
2008 Richard III
2008 Jake's Corner
2008 3 Days Gone
2008 No Bad Days
2008 Shoot First and Pray You Live (Because Luck Has Nothing to Do with It)
2009 The Moonlighters
2009 The Fear Chamber
2009 Bigfoot 2009 The Black Waters of Echo's Pond
2009 Magic Man
2009 Dark Room Theater
2009 Inner City Snow
2010 Once Fallen
2010 Creative Differences
2010 Double Tap
2010 Sin-Jin Smyth
2011 YOU!
2011 The Story of Bonnie and Clyde
2012 Hayride[3]
2015 Bound to vengeance
2015 Hayride 2[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Disneyland
1989 Hardball
1992 Red Shoe Diaries
1997 The Sentinel
1998 Buddy Faro
2000 Martial Law
2003 Boomtown
2006 CSI: NY
2009 The Closer


  1. ^ "Mobile native actor Richard Tyson says he'd like to make more movies in Alabama". Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Be a Shriner Now" [Famous Shriners]. Tampa, Florida, USA: Shriners International. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  3. ^ "Hayride 2 - Exclusive First Clip - Dread Central". Dread Central. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Exclusive clip: Hospital horror in "HAYRIDE 2"". FANGORIA®. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 

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