Richard Bright Biography (1937-)

Born June 11, 1937, in Brooklyn, NY; son of Ernest (a shipbuilder) and Matilda (Scott) Bright; married Rutanya Alda (an actress), June 11, 1977; children:Diane. Addresses: Office: c/o Ambrosio Mortimer, 165 West 46th St., Suite 1214, New York, NY 10036.

Bright once told CTFT "My favorite roles include Al Niri in Godfather I, Godfather II, and Godfather III; Hank in Panic inNeedle Park; Billy the Kid in The Beard; and Abe Reles in Kid Twist."

Birth Details
June 11, 1937
Brooklyn, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Coco, Odds against Tomorrow, United Artists, 1959
  • Billy the Kid, Lion's Love, Max L. Rabb, 1969
  • Hank, Panic in Needle Park, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1971
  • Locker thief, The Getaway, National General, 1972
  • Holly, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1972
  • Al Neri, The Godfather (also known as Mario Puzo's The Godfather), Paramount, 1972
  • Al Neri, The Godfather II (also known as Mario Puzo's The Godfather: Part II), Paramount, 1974
  • Burt, Rancho Deluxe, United Artists, 1975
  • Karl, Marathon Man, Paramount, 1977
  • Smilin' Jack, Citizens Band (also known as The Great American Citizens Band and Handle with Care), Paramount, 1977
  • Prince George, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Paramount, 1977
  • Nunn, On the Yard, Midwest, 1977
  • Sergeant Fenton, Hair, United Artists, 1979
  • Uncle Tony, The Idolmaker, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981
  • Burke, Vigilante (also known as Street Gang), Artists Releasing Corporation, 1982
  • Chicken Joe, Once upon a Time in America (also known as C'era una volta in America), Warner Bros., 1984
  • Detective Greenspan, Girls Nite Out (also known as The Scaremaker), Aries Film Releasing, 1984
  • Stuart, Two of a Kind, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985
  • Officer Brennan, Crimewave (also known as Broken Hearts and Noses and The XYZ Murders), Columbia, 1985
  • Bob, Cut and Run (also known as Amazonia, Amazon: SavageAdventure, Straight to Hell, and Inferno in Diretta), NewWorld, 1986
  • Recruiting sergeant, Brighton Beach Memoirs (also known as NeilSimon's Brighton Beach Memoirs), Universal, 1986
  • Fifty-Two Pickup, Cannon, 1986
  • Adam Richetti, Gangland (also known as Gangland, The Verne Miller Story and Verne Miller), Manson International, 1987
  • Sheriff, Time Out, Obel Film, 1987
  • Sergeant Gallagher, Red Heat, Carolco Pictures, 1988
  • McClosky, The Ambulance, Triumph Releasing, 1990
  • Al Neri, The Godfather: Part III (also known as Mario Puzo's The Godfather: Part III), Paramount, 1990
  • Al Neri, The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980 (also known as The Godfather Saga and The Godfather Trilogy), 1992
  • Belcher, Me and the Mob (also known as Key to the Mob and Who Do I Gotta Kill?), Arrow Releasing, 1992
  • Demetrius, Who's the Man? New Line Cinema, 1993
  • Gregor, The Hotel Manor Inn (also known as The Hotel Manor), Troma, 1994
  • Murray, The Ref (also known as Hostile Hostages), Buena Vista, 1994
  • Jack the Cop, Sweet Nothing, Warner Bros., 1995
  • Dick Conway, Beautiful Girls, Miramax, 1996
  • Rudy, Pictures of Baby Jane Doe (also known as Jane Doe), A-Pix Entertainment, 1996
  • Zack Brown, Jaded, Vision Films, 1996
  • 64th Precinct lieutenant, Night Falls on Manhattan, Paramount, 1997
  • Bank manager, Metro, Buena Vista, 1997
  • Louis, O.K. Garage, Talana Productions, 1998
  • Tommy, Anima, 1998
  • Lotto man, Getting to Know You, 1998
  • Roy, Joe the King, Trimark, 1999
  • Drunk at bar, The Photographer, 2000
  • Lazarus, Broke Even, 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Jimmy Rekko, A Death of Innocence, CBS, 1971
  • BeeJay, The Connection, 1973
  • Gil Strauss, The Gun, ABC, 1974
  • Richards, Cops and Robin, NBC, 1978
  • Corky, Sizzle, ABC, 1981
  • Philip Stack, Police Brass (also known as Brass), CBS, 1985
  • The detective, There Must Be a Pony, ABC, 1986
  • Judge Von Karman, Penalty Phase, 1986
  • The Bomber, Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story, 1992
  • Miniseries
  • Sergeant Doehm, From Here to Eternity, NBC, 1979
  • Joe "Old Man" Paruta, Witness to the Mob, NBC, 1998
  • Episodic
  • Beacon Hill, CBS, 1975
  • Stubby, "I Want My Hill Street Blues," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1986
  • "No Place Like Home," The Equalizer, CBS, 1987
  • Uncle Mikey, Houston Knights, CBS, 1987
  • Albert Boxer, "Cradle to Grave," Law & Order, NBC, 1992
  • "Black Tie," Law & Order, NBC, 1993
  • Alchy Joe, "Modern Designs for Better Living," Third Watch, NBC, 1999
  • Also appeared in Armstrong Circle Theatre, NBC; Cagney and Lacey, CBS; CBS Television Workshop, CBS; From These Roots, NBC; Kayo; Kraft Television Theatre, ABC; Lamp unto My Feet, CBS; Look Up and Live, CBS; Skag, NBC; Studio One, CBS; Texas, NBC; and The Verdict Is Yours, CBS.
  • Specials
  • Pittsley, "Calm at Sunset" (also known as "Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn"), Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1996
  • Appeared in "Baby Face," ABC Afterschool Specials.
  • Series
  • Bernie Bailey, Somerset (also known as Another World: Somerset and Somerset: Bay City), 1976
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Broadway debut) The slave, The Balcony, Circle in the Square, NewYork City, 1959
  • Billy the Kid, The Beard, Evergreen Theatre, New York City, 1968
  • (London debut) Billy the Kid, The Beard, Royal Court Theatre, 1968-69
  • Mute shepherd, The Salvation of St. Joan, Anderson Theatre, New York City, 1971
  • The resurrection man, Gogol, New York Shakespeare Festival, PublicTheatre, New York City, 1976
  • Sergeant Brisbey, The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • First murderer, Richard III, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1979-80
  • Abe Reles, Kid Twist, Soho Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Mr. Nett, Short Eyes, Second Stage Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • Also appeared as Roy Zinc, Black Hole in Space, Gate Theatre, NewYork City; Mumon and the master, Koolaid, Forum Theatre, New York City; Victor, Vinyl Visits an FM Station, Playwrights Unit, New York City;Bickham, Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? New Dramatists Workshop,New York City; title role, Forgotten American, Rocky, Waterworks atLincoln, Mr. Williams, Flite Cage, Pedro, Mission Beach, and the Vesuvian, Are You Lookin'? all Theatre Genesis, New York City; Billy the Kid, The Beard, and Jeriah Jip, A Man's Man, both Encore Theatre, San Francisco, CA; the orator, The Chairs,Committee Theatre, San Francisco, CA; Bertram, The Last Analysis, Peter Quince, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Lightborn, Edward II, all Marine's Memorial Theatre, San Francisco, CA; Pablo and Stanley,A Streetcar Named Desire, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Major Tours
  • Billy the Kid, The Beard, Warner Playhouse, Los Angeles, CA, Theatres des Nations, Paris, France, and other European, U.S., and British cities,1964-70
  • Video Games
  • Dr. Karl Stasiak, Ripper, 1996

Recent Updates

February 18, 2006: Bright died on February 18, 2006, when he was struck by a bus in New York City. He was 68. Source:,, February 24, 2006.

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