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J. August Richards

With a diverse and wide-ranging body of work, actor-writer-director J. August Richards is among one of the hardest working men in show business. Currently Richards stars opposite Jason Ritter in ABC’s KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD as town Deputy Nathan. This marks Richard’s return to ABC where he starred in last season's NOTORIOUS, opposite Daniel Sunjata and Piper Perabo. 

2017 saw Richards on his latest venture in writing and directing on the Issa Rae YouTube series GIANTS, which he directed, cowrote and starred in. 

Over the last 20 years some of Richard’s iconic roles include vampire hunter Charles Gunn in the cult hit series ANGEL. Richards was reunited with ANGEL turned MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Executive Producer, Joss Whedon. Richards continued to display his range as the down-on-his-luck, single father Mike Peterson who would eventually turn into the iconic Marvel Superhero Deathlok. An avid childhood collector of comic books, Richards describes his role as "a full circle moment. A dream come true" 2018 could possibly mark the return of the iconic character. 

While playing Deathlok, Richards began a recurring role on Bravo TV's first original scripted series GIRLFRIENDS' GUIDE TO DIVORCE as "Ford" -- the fashion-forward, married, gay father of two. 

His family immigrated from Panama to The United States where Richards was born in Washington DC and raised in Bladensburg, Maryland. He discovered his love for acting at an early age and enrolled in a performing arts high school appearing in several plays each year. Determined to move to Los Angeles to become an actor, he applied to only one college: the University of Southern California. He was not only accepted but won numerous scholarships and grants to complete his BFA in theater.

After graduation, Richards began working steadily in film, television and theatre. He first won recognition and rave reviews for his role in the production of SPACE at the Mark Taper Forum playing a rapping bike messenger who believes he is an alien abductee. Richards also received accolades for his performance in the Old Globe Theater’s production of Kenneth Lonergan’s LOBBY HERO.

On the big screen, Richards appeared in the feature films WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE, GOOD BURGER, and PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS. He also starred in the TV movies THE TEMPTATIONS, CRITICAL ASSEMBLY and MUTINY.

Richards' talents are not limited to the front of the camera but behind as well. He wrote and directed the buzzworthy short film Privacy Policy, as well as the web series The Hypnotist. Most recently, Richards directed several episodes of the YouTubeRed hit series Giants, from producers Jussie Smollett and Issa Rae.  

In his free time, Richards enjoys traveling and documenting his trips on social media where fans have dubbed him "The Gentleman Tweeter."