Richard Overton (born August 10, 1954) is an American screenwriter, actor and comedian. His writing credits include Dennis Miller Live, and his acting credits include Willow and The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne.
Life and career
Overton was born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, the son of Nancy Overton (née Swain), a singer, and Hall Overton, a teacher and music arranger. He grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, where he attended Dwight Morrow High School.
Overton made his first onscreen appearance in the 1982 film Young Doctors in Love, followed by a small role in Airplane II: The Sequel later that year. In 1987, he wrote an episode of The New Adventures of Beans Baxter while also appearing in various films and television shows including Willow, Amazing Stories and Million Dollar Mystery.
In 1992, he landed a role in the FOX Network sketch comedy show The Edge. The show ended in 1993. Later that year, Overton appeared in two episodes of Seinfeld and landed a small role in Mrs. Doubtfire. The following year, he won an Emmy for writing an episode of Dennis Miller Live.
In 2005, Overton appeared on Alias and Joan Of Arcadia; in the latter he played God explaining to the title character the meaning of real wealth. He also portrayed both H.G. Wells and Orson Welles in a podcast episode of The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd that same year.
In 2009, Overton appeared in the film A Fork in the Road alongside Jaime King.
Overton appears in a General Electric commercial as the father who wants his son to have his grandfather's hammer.
- Remington Steele (1 episode, 1983) - New Wave Cop
- Help Wanted: Kids (1986) - Photographer
- Double Switch (1987) - DeeJay
- Amazing Stories (1 episode, 1987) - John Aubrey
- Jonathan Winters: On the Ledge (1987, TV Movie) - Additional Improviser
- Encyclopedia Brown (1 episode, 1989) - Buddy Claggett
- Babes (10 episodes, 1990) - Ronnie Underwood
- Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures (1991) - Rufus
- The Edge (7 episodes, 1992-1993)
- Seinfeld (2 episodes, 1993) - The Drake
- Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 Women (1994, TV Movie) - Officer Brown
- Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (2 episodes, 1994-1995) - Victor
- Duckman (1 episode, 1995) - (voice)
- Encino Woman (1996, TV Movie) - Raji
- The Single Guy (2 episodes, 1996) - Carl Gannon / Gannon
- Married... with Children (2 episodes, 1996) - Dr. Fisher
- Ned and Stacey (1 episode, 1997) - Rod
- ER (1 episode, 1997) - Mr. McNamara
- The Weird Al Show (1 episode, 1997) - Mr. Molasses
- Mad About You (2 episodes, 1998) - Earl / Shepherd
- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (1 episode, 1998) - George
- It's Like, You Know... (2 episodes, 1999-2001) - Evan / Milosevic
- The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (5 episodes, 2000) - Count Gregory
- Charmed (3 episodes, 2000) - Triad Member #3
- JAG (1 episode, 2001) - William Markey
- Curb Your Enthusiasm (1 episode, 2001) - Angry Gentile
- Comic Remix (1 episode, 2002)
- My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star (11 episodes, 2002) - Dole Greyson
- NYPD Blue (1 episode, 2002) - Richard Webb
- According to Jim (1 episode, 2004) - Rick
- Six Feet Under (1 episode, 2004) - Thomas Sheedy
- Joan of Arcadia (1 episode, 2004) - Bad Stand-Up Comedian God
- Alias (1 episode, 2005) - Alexei Vasilevich
- Family Plan (2005, TV Movie) - Owens
- Lost (1 episode, 2005) - Matthew Reed
- Van Stone: Tour of Duty (2006, TV Movie) - Gary Seibert's Dad
- Rodney (1 episode, 2006) - Max
- Drive (1 episode, 2007) - Bank Manager
- Leverage (3 episodes, 2008-2009) - Taggert / FBI Agent Taggert
- The Office (2 episodes, 2009)
Awards and nominations
- Nominated: Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program, Dennis Miller Live (1997)
- Won: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Variety or Music Program, Dennis Miller Live (1996)
Writers Guild of America Award
- Nominated: Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series, Dennis Miller Live (1997)
- ^ a b c Rick Overton Biography (1954-)
- ^ Mikael J. "DCC4N's Rick Overton Interview", DC Comedy: 4 Now, May 12, 2009. Accessed June 18, 2009. "I Grew up in Forest Hills until 1966, at which point we moved to Englewood NJ because Dizzy Gillespie found us a house near him!"
- ^ Groves, Bob. `STAR TREK' FANS BEAMING, The Record (Bergen County), November 29, 1998. Accessed October 27, 2007.
- ^ Hu, Winnie. "Forced to Pick a Major in High School", The New York Times, August 16, 2007. Accessed August 17, 2007. "The comedians David Feldman and Rick Overton, alumni of the high school, are scheduled to conduct a comedy writing workshop in October."
- ^ Heldnefels, Rich (July 22, 2016). "Mailbag:'The Catch,' Martin Milner, more". Akron Beacon-Journal.