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Film Career

Dick Richards is an American filmmaker. His work as a Director, Writer, and Producer can be seen in films across a wide range of genres, for studios such as Columbia Pictures, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal, and Twentieth Century Fox. Known for being an "actor's director" Richards' style focuses on people and storytelling. He has worked with prominent actors, including Robert Mitchum, Martin Sheen, Gene Hackman, Charlotte Rampling, Alan Arkin, Sylvester Stallone, Catherine Deneuve, Wilford Brimley, Harry Dean Stanton, and Blythe Danner. Richards has collaborated with Jerry Bruckheimer and Sydney Pollack, among others.

Richards has received major industry awards for his work as a director and photographer - including the Golden Globe, Clio, Gold Medal, Cannes Lion for the best worldwide commercial, and multiple New York Art Directors Awards.

Richards is most famous for producing Tootsie, a pioneering project he discovered in New York and shepherded through the Hollywood system for four years. It went on to become one of the biggest comedy films of all-time, earning producers Richards and Sydney Pollack a Golden Globe and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Tootsie earned 10 Academy Award nominations, and is widely recognized as one of the best films ever made. It is ranked 69th on the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time.

Dick 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 Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, Polaroid, General Motors, American Airlines, and Ford, among many others.

Dick Richards Filmmaker

Dick Richards

Richards is a native New Yorker, and continues to work on creative projects, focusing on writing. His first play, Hooray for Hollywood!, is in development; and his novel, Exposed, is due in 2025. He currently sits on the board of the non-profit Enrichment Theatre Works, whose mission is to create and present professional theater to inspire learning. View bio on Wikipedia >>

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