Richard Devon was born December 11, 1931 in Glendale, California
February26, 2010 in Mill Valley, California, USA (vascular disease)
Richard Devon — Find A Grave
Badman Richard Devon's evil, thin-lipped smile became a TV western staple at Four Star during the late `50s and through the `60s golden years of the TV western. Four Star employed him on all its series: "Big Valley," "Law of the Plainsman," "Zane Grey Theatre," "Johnny Ringo," "Rifleman," "Trackdown," "Stagecoach West," "Wanted -- Dead or Alive" and others. If Richard wasn't to be found rustling cattle at Four Star, he was robbing stages on the Universal back lot. During the late `60s and `70s, he played cops and robbers on the many police and mystery shows. Richard was a regular on "Richard Diamond, Private Eye."
Born in Glendale, Calif., he grew up in Hollywood. Richard wanted to be an actor from the day he played a small part in a first-grade grammar-school production. Among the various jobs he took on as a youngster was part-time work at Dubrock's Stable, a riding academy in Griffith Park. He learned to ride so well that they made him a weekend instructor at age 14.
As a high-school graduate, Richard worked as a mail boy at Monogram, a nurseryman, a mechanic's helper and, at the Hollywood Palladium, a bouncer. During this time he answered a newspaper ad that offered training to the novice; Stage 8 Drama School allowed Richard to work his way through, since he didn't have tuition money. He made his first live TV appearance for experimental W6XAO, atop Mt. Lee in the Hollywood Hills. Additional work came from Armed Forces Radio, the Video Players and KTLA-TV.
After studying with Richard Boone's acting class for about six months, Richard began to find roles on live TV shows, such as "Space Patrol" (on which he portrayed Molack), "Marshal of Gunsight Pass," "The Tim McCoy Show" and "Matinee Theatre." This training brought him into better-quality TV shows and films by 1955.
He did more radio, too, including a short stint as Batman. Amid all this, Richard continued to work on stage, appearing in "The Country Girl" and "Caesar and Cleopatra" in regional theater. In 1959 he took the semi-regular role of Jody Barker on "Yancy Derringer."
"Jody was always frightened," Richard said, "looking for a buck, and wanted everybody to be happy . (He was) a lot of fun to play." Of his lengthy career Richard says, "Acting is a continuing education. And I've had the great privilege and pleasure to work with, and learn from, some of the best actors and directors, including Michael Curtiz, Barbara Stanwyck, Bea Richards, Duke Wayne, Paul Henreid, Lana Turner, Walter Brennan, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Steve McQueen. Of course, working with the Three Stooges on `Three Stooges Go Round the World In A Daze' was an incredible experience. They were irrepressible!"
For more than three decades, Richard worked steadily. Then, in 1985, he and his wife moved from Hollywood to northern California, where he continued commercial voice work, a vocal dramatization of the Bible in which he portrayed Judas, and work on George Lucas' animated "The Ewoks." He portrayed a Cardinal in his most recent feature film, "The Seventh Sign."
Richard's wife, Pat, retired from United Airlines, and they continue
to pursue their love of travel.
*Information taken from The
Williamsburg Film Festival Newsletter.