Richard Young (actor)

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Richard Young
Born (1955-12-24) December 24, 1955 (age 61)
Kissimmee, Florida
Residence Florida
Occupation Actor, Author
Years active 1972–1996
Spouse(s) Sidney Young (1978-present; 9 children)

Richard Young is an American actor and author who has starred in film and in television. His first feature film part was in 1972. Among his best known films are the 1984 movie The Ice Pirates and the 1985 horror film Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (as Matt). He also played a part in the opening sequence of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) as "Fedora", the leader of the tomb-robbers who chases the young Indiana Jones, then gives the young Jones his own fedora which later becomes Jones' hat.

Early life and career[edit]

Young was born on Christmas Eve in 1955 in Kissimmee, Florida, the youngest of 7 children. He has 3 brothers and 3 sisters. His brothers are Theodore (born 1932), Thomas (born 1936), and Travis (born 1939). His sisters are Jennifer (born 1942), Pamela (born 1946), and Flora (born 1951). His father, Trevor Young (February 18, 1901 - January 6, 1958), was a businessman who worked as a car salesman. His mother, Margaret Young (née Martin ; January 2, 1913 - December 27, 2000), was a teacher for the Florida Board of Education. He was born with Throat Cancer and had 36 operations on his throat before he was 3. His father was murdered when Richard was 2 years old. After his father was murdered, his mother married Lance Benson (June 24, 1911 - November 29, 2001). Benson had 3 children from his widowed wife: a son named Matt Benson (born 1940), daughter Mary Benson (born 1942), and son Phillip Benson (born 1950). Richard grew up living with his mother, stepfather, and siblings. He attended Osceola High School in Kissimmee, but dropped out in his senior year to pursue his acting career. In 1996, he decided to take a break from acting and moved to Florida to take care of his dying mother. He married a woman named Sidney in 1978 and has 9 children. His children are Robert (born August 8,1980), Stacy (born September 21, 1984), Randy (born January 4, 1986), Ryan (born July 4,1989), Tessa (born December 18, 1993), Rey (born November 24, 1996), Ralph (born October 20, 1999), Robyn (born June 26, 2001), and Rex (born January 31, 2004). Most recently, he has been the creator, writer, and executive producer of a YouTube show called "Off2Khali". As of 2014, Young had retired from acting and is currently living in Florida.

In 1982, Young had a recurring role in the soap opera Texas as Mr. Hannibal. He also has starred in TV-movies.[which?] He made guest appearances on TV shows, including Kung Fu, Flamingo Road, Knight Rider, and Murder, She Wrote. He also wrote books such as Workout Economics GCSE in 1987, Transport Economics Digital Textbook, The Economist's Desktop for Windows and Economics A Leven, both released in 1996.


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