A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Richard Herd was raised in the ‘south-end’ of Boston and as a child suffered from Osteomyelitis from second to sixth grade. Thanks to the miracle of penicillin he recovered and within a few years was totally healed. He started his acting career on stage while still in high school, and was one of a few chosen for a two-year apprenticeship-acting program with the Boston Summer Stock Theater.
After numerous theater, television and movie work in New York he got his break in the Academy Award nominated All the President’s Men in which he portrayed James McCord. His next roles included the Oscar nominated thriller, The China Syndrome, Golden Globe nominated The Onion Field with James Woods, and the Stallone film F.I.S.T. More recent films include Clint Eastwood’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Sgt. Bilko with Steve Martin, Carl Reiner’s Summer Rental, as well as several features in the film festival circuit including The Dog Days of Summer, with Will Patton, and Checkers. Most recently, Richard has appeared in Clint Eastwood’s The Mule and Jordan Peele’s Get Out and will soon be seen in the upcoming film The Silent Natural.
Richard is a recipient of a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role as Mr. Wilhelm in the award winning sitcom Seinfeld. He is known to millions of television viewers for his portrayal of John the Supreme Commander on the mini-series “V,” and his recurring role as Admiral William Noyce on Seaquest. In recent years, Herd had guest star roles in the PBS Masterpiece Theater’s “Song of the Lark” with Academy Award Winner Maximilian Schell; NBC’s “Shattered Mind” with Heather Locklear, and “Ike – The War Years” with Robert Duval among others. Additional television credits include Admiral Owen Paris on Star Trek Voyager, and three seasons as Captain Dennis Sheridan in T.J. Hooker among numerous guest star roles. Herd was most recently seen guest starring on Showtime’s Shameless and CBS’ Hawaii Five-O.
Well-established in theater, Herd’s credits include David Mamet’s “Duck Variations” in Denver and Tulsa in 2006 with Walter Koenig, the New York Productions of “Electra”, “Harlequinade”, and “20 Poems…e.e. Cummings”. He is the winner of an Obie and a Vernon Rice Award for “The Coach with the Six Insides”, and was in the National Tours of “Write Me a Murder”, “Hamlet”, and “Twelfth Night”. His one-man show, “Cecil B. Demille Presents” premiered to great acclaim, and the West Coast Premiere of “Other People’s Money” at famed Old Globe in San Diego, CA and he won a Drama Logue Award for his performances in “My Last Confession” and “Death of a Salesman”. He has also produced two off-Broadway plays and also co-wrote “Prisoner of the Crown” which had its world premiere at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland and subsequently at The Irish Repertory Theatre. “Prisoner of the Crown” has since been published by The Dramatists Play Service.
Currently, Herd is making a name for himself with his poetry and art. He is the recipient of the Wilkins Award for poetry from the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference, and is published in ONTHEBUS and Mo+th. His first chapbook is entitled FEASTING WITH PANTHERS. His paintings and sculptures are in private and corporate collections throughout North American and Worldwide. Locally he has shown at the NoHo Art Gallery in North Hollywood, The Studio Gallery in Oxnard, StuART Galley, Enfusion Gallery in Downtown L.A., and at the Finegood Art Gallery in West Hills. His art may be purchased on this site as well as at the Bilotta Gallery.
Richard lives in Southern California with his wife Pat (who is also an actress and has made numerous appearances on television and in feature films). The family includes their cat Archie and dog Cocoa.