Richard Brake Wiki Bio
Richard Colin Brake was born in Ystrad Mynach, Wales, on 30 November 1964 – his zodiac sign is Sagittarius and he holds American nationality. He is a character actor who might be known best for his portrayal of Joe Chill in the 2005 action adventure movie “Batman Begins”, directed by Christopher Nolan and which starred Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Ken Watanabe. It follows Batman as he starts fighting crime, ridding Gotham of corruption, and the film won 14 awards while it was nominated for 76 others, including an Oscar.
Early life, family and education
Richard spent only the first three years of his life in Wales, as his family then moved to the US thus his American nationality. They initially lived in Atlanta, but then moved to North Carolina, Tennessee and eventually Ohio.
Richard was interested in sports while attending high school, and played both football and soccer while he was also a member of the school’s drama club, appearing in a couple of school plays, mostly portraying supporting characters. He matriculated in 1982, and then enrolled at Duke University (Durham, North Carolina) before switching to the Western Reserve Academy (Hudson, Ohio) from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986. Richard then went on to study acting at both London’s Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing, and New York City’s Michael Chekhov Studio.
Roles in movies
Richard has been credited with appearing in more than 80 movies and TV series and we are about to mention some of his most notable performances in this article.
He made his debut film appearance in the 1994 action science fiction horror “Death Machine”, written and directed by Stephen Norrington, and which starred Brad Dourif, Ely Poget and William Hootkins. It follows Jack who deploys his ‘ultimate killing machine’ to have his revenge on his boss who fired him. Richard gained recognition in 2003 after portraying Nym in the hit historical adventure drama “Cold Mountain”, written and directed by Anthony Minghella, and which starred Jude Law and Nicole Kidman. The film follows a wounded soldier returning home to his other half in Cold Mountain after the American Civil War, and won 20 awards including an Oscar ,while it was nominated for 101 other awards.
Richard subsequently portrayed supporting characters in several critically acclaimed movies, such as the 2005 historical drama “Munich” which was nominated for five Oscars, the 2007 adventure crime drama “Hannibal Rising”, and the 2011 romantic drama “Water for Elephants”, which starred Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. The year 2013 saw him portray Einherjar Lieutenant in the critically acclaimed superhero film “Thor: The Dark World”, which follows Thor (Chris Hemsworth) as he’s trying to stop the Dark Elves from destroying the entire universe. The movie also starred Natalie Portman and was nominated for 25 awards winning three.
In 2014, Richard portrayed The Interrogator in the action adventure comedy “Kingsman: The Secret Service”, which starred Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L. Jackson, and follows a young man who has been invited to join a spy organization and who now has to help stop a tech genius from killing numerous people.
The following year saw him appear in the action comedy “Spy”, which was a hit as it was nominated for 30 awards including two Golden Globes, and won six. In 2017, Richard appeared in the historical comedy “The Death of Stalin” and in 2018, he portrayed Rex in the western crime drama “The Sisters Brothers”.
Three of his most recent roles in movies have been in the 2020 action mystery drama “The Rhythm Section”, the 2020 historical action adventure “Arthur & Merlin: Knights of Camelot” and the 2020 action comedy “Tremors: Shrieker Island”.
Richard has recently finished shooting for the upcoming thriller movie “The Virtuoso”, and has been cast to appear in three other upcoming movies: “Extinction”, “The Moonshine Gang of Cheyenne” and “Offseason”.
Roles in TV series
Richard made his debut TV series appearance in a single 1993 episode of the comedy series “Jeeves and Wooster”, and went on to appear in single episodes of various series, such as the crime comedy “Keen Eddie”, the action comedy “M. I. High”, and the action crime drama “NCIS: Los Angeles”.
In 2011, he portrayed Marshall in three episodes of the crime thriller “Above Suspicion”, which starred Kelly Reilly, Ciaran Hinds and Shaun Dingwall, and follows the investigation into the murder of a young actress. The year 2013 saw Richard portray Terry in five episodes of the mystery crime drama “Mob City”, which was nominated for 11 awards including three Primetime Emmys, and then portrayed The Night King in two episodes of the critically acclaimed action adventure drama “Game of Thrones”, which is ranked amongst the 20 best TV series of all times, and won 376 awards including one Golden Globe, while it was nominated for 608 other awards.
In 2017, Richard portrayed Conrad Harlow in the mystery crime drama “Absentia”, which has been airing since 2017 and stars Stana Katic, Patrick Heusinger and Neil Jackson. It follows a former FBI agent who has wrongly been declared dead, and is now the main suspect for the murders of several people.
Three of Richard’s most recent roles in TV series have been in 2020 = two episodes of the science fiction drama “Brave New World”, two of the adventure fantasy “Cursed”, and the episode “Chapter 15: The Believer” of the critically acclaimed action science fiction adventure “The Mandalorian”.
Voice roles in video games
In 2005, Richard voiced T. K. in the racing video game “Juiced”, and in 2010 several characters in the helicopter game “Apache: Air Assault”.
The year 2018 heard him voice Hurst in the action horror game “Overkill’s The Walking Dead”, and most recently, Richard has been cast to voice Wounded Miner in the upcoming science fiction shooter video game “Squadron 42”.
He has been nominated for six awards winning two. In 2016, Richard won a Fright Meter Award for Best Supporting Actor for “31”, and was then nominated for a Sydney Indie Film Festival Award for Best Male Support for “The Chameleon”, a British Independent Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actor for “The Chameleon”, and a BloodGuts UK Horror Award for Best Actor for “31”.
In 2017, he won a CinEuphoria Award for Best Supporting Actor – International Competition for “31” and was also nominated for a Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor for “31”.
Love life and wife
Richard is very secretive when it comes to speaking about his love life, but it’s known that he was married to a non-celebrity woman named Rachel.
The two could’ve been seen spending time together on various occasions, but being as secretive as they are, neither of them has disclosed how and where they met, nor the date of their wedding. In 1999 Rachel gave birth to their son Ryan, while their second son Henry followed on 20 August 2002. Several years following Henry’s birth, Richard and Rachel divorced for unknown reasons.
Richard hasn’t mentioned any women he has perhaps dated since his divorce, and so as of February 2021, he is single, was once married and has two sons.
Hobbies and other interests
Richard enjoys appearing in zombie apocalypse movies and for his first role was in a zombie movie – the 2009 horror “Halloween II” – prepared by the famous late actor and film producer Sid Haig. Richard has since appeared in several other horror movies.
Another behind the scenes photo from GOT. I was wearing 3 inch long sharp fingernails, terrified I’d poke the little fella’s eye out. And even more terrified I’d sever my penis in the port-a-potty. pic.twitter.com/hJGMjVlRdU
— Richard Brake (@richardbrake) November 7, 2018
He is a huge fan of music and his favorite genre has always been rock ‘n’ roll while a couple of his favorite bands are Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Guns ‘n’ Roses. Richard also plays the guitar.
He is keen on travelling and his acting career has taken him to nearly every US state, while Richard has also been to various Asian and European countries for pleasure. His dream travel destination is Miami in Florida.
Richard has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Natalie Portman, and a couple of his favorite movies are “Shutter Island”, “Inception” and “Taxi Driver”.
Age, height and net worth
Richard’s age is 56. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, is 6ft 2ins (1.88m) tall and weighs around 180lbs (82kgs).
As of February 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $3 million.