Full name, Ronald F. Richardson; born January 27, 1952, in Philadelphia, PA;died of AIDS, April 5, 1995, in Bronxville, NY. Actor and singer. Ron Richardson won the Antoinette Perry Award for best supporting actor in 1985 for hisrole as Jim in the Broadway musical Big River: The Adventures of HuckleberryFinn. Richardson studied voice in Philadelphia, where he played roles in classic musicals such as Showboat, Camelot, and Man of La Mancha. In 1977 he played Sportin' Life in the Houston Grand Opera production of Porgy and Bess. Richardson's first role on Broadway was as the Chief of Police in Timbuktu!, butit was his portrayal of the escaped slave Jim in Big River that won him themost renown. After Big River closed, Richardson toured London, St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Japan in concerts and in singing roles.