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Richmond Shepard (born 24 April 1929 in New York City) is an American writer, director, producer and mime with a 50-year history in entertainment. He is currently one of the oldest living working mimes in show business. He built, owned and operated his own theaters in Los Angeles on Theatre Row where he produced over 30 shows. He moved to New York and worked as a theatre and film critic for WNEW, conceived and directed the off-Broadway show Noo Yawk Tawk  at The Village Gate for three years. He has traveled across the world performing with mime troupes and performs improvisational comedy in various clubs around NYC as of March 2011. Richmond Shepard's most recent role came in 2015 where he plays the "Sandman" in Fuzz on the Lens Productions fantasy comedy "Abnormal Attraction" starring Malcolm McDowell, Leslie Easterbrook, and Gilbert Gottfried which is set to be released in 2016.
Shepard was married to a woman named Hadria Shepard. They have four daughters: Armina, Rosetta (now Brianna), Luana and rock singer Vonda Shepard. He gained custody of the children when the couple separated in 1974. He also has 4 grandchildren: Gavin, Hannah, Dexter and Jack.
The Richmond Shepard Theater
Shepard previously owned The Writer Act Repertoire, an Off-Broadway theatre located at the original venue of The Vineyard Theater, 309 East 26th Street, New York City, in the Kips Bay neighborhood of Manhattan. Notable performances include the world premiere of Last Chance Romance by American playwright Sam Bobrick (June 2011) and a developmental staging of the comedy, Shalom Dammit! An Evening with Rabbi Sol Solomon (March 2012). The theater has been renamed the Write Act Repertory Theatre, owned by Write Act Repertory.
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- Richmond Shepard on IMDb
- Richmond Shepard’s off Broadway credits
- Richmond Shepard’s official website
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