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Richards has received over 50 major industry awards for his work as film director, photographer and tv commercial director — including the Golden Globe, Clio, Gold Medal, Cannes Lion for the best worldwide commercial, multiple New York Art Directors Awards and an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.

Richards rose to prominence during the 1960’s advertising revolution, becoming a world-renowned photographer with a people-centric style. His photographs are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute, and have been showcased in galleries and museums including New York’s Museum of Modern Art. He became a celebrated commercial director for top brands like Coca-Cola, Volkswagen, Polaroid, General Motors, and Pepsi. 

Richards’ film career began with directing and writing the coming-of-age western “The Culpepper Cattle Co.” (20th Century-Fox), a cult classic that earned him Screenwriter’s Annual Story Award given by the Writer’s Guild of America. He went on to direct the acclaimed “Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins” (Warner Bros.) and “Farewell, My Lovely” (Embassy Pictures). His filmography also includes “March or Die” (Columbia Pictures), “Death Valley” (Universal), “Man Woman and Child” (Paramount Pictures), and “Heat” (New Century Vista). 

Dick Richards discovered, developed and produced “Tootsie” which became Columbia Pictures’ highest-grossing film ever at the time, and the second highest-grossing film of 1982. The film earned 10 Academy Award nominations — including one for Richards and Sidney Pollack for Best Picture of the Year. Richards and Pollack won the Golden Globe for Best Picture. “Tootsie” is widely recognized as one of the best films ever made, and ranks on the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time.

A native New Yorker, Richards is known as a storyteller and an “actor’s director,” having worked with Robert Mitchum, Gene Hackman, Martin Sheen, Blythe Danner, Catherine Deneuve, Alan Arkin, Charlotte Rampling, Max von Sydow, Wilford Brimley, Sylvester Stallone, Harry Dean Stanton, and others. He continues to work on creative projects, focusing on writing. His first play, “Turnaround”, is being produced in the United Kingdom, and his novel, “Exposed” is due soon. He currently sits on the board of the non-profit Enrichment Theatre Works, which whose mission is to create and present professional theater to inspire learning.

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