Richard Tyson

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Richard Tyson
Born Richard Martin Tyson
(1961-02-13) February 13, 1961 (age 55)
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.


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 (a film about a government-created virus that turns the dead into zombies being transported on a plane) 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.

Tyson was born in Mobile, Alabama.[1] He graduated from Davidson High School in 1974 when he was 13 years old. He holds a master's degree in Fine Arts from Cornell University. He enjoys playing golf and appears regularly on the Mr. Cigar radio show in Los Angeles. He won the Peacemaker Award in Russia in 2006. Tyson is a Freemason and a member of the Abba Shriners in Mobile.[2] He currently lives near Hollywood with his wife and children. His brother John is the former District Attorney of Mobile County and was the Democratic Party nominee for Attorney General of Alabama in 2006.



  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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