Richard Lawson - Updated Jun 2024

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Richard Lawson

Richard Lawson is an actor who has been in films and on television in the United States. Richard Lawson is undoubtedly best known for his roles in horror films, such as Ryan in Poltergeist (1982) and Doctor Ben Taylor in the NBC miniseries V (1983).

Early life

Rickey Lee Lawson better known as Richard Lawson was born on 7th March 1947, in Loma Linda, California, the United States of America. As of now, he is 76 years old and he holds citizenship in America. Moreover, his zodiac sign is Pisces and he belongs to an Afro-American ethnical background. Furthermore, he has not disclosed his parents, siblings, and childhood life.

Richard Lawson

Caption: Richard posing for a photo (Source: IMDb)

Talking about his academic qualifications, he studied at Hayward High School and graduated in 1965. Later, he joined Riverside City College and after a year he dropped out. He enrolled at Chabot Junior College in Hayward, California to study law. But, Richard dropped out to pursue his career as an actor.

Professional career

Military Army

Richard Lawson joined the United States Army and served for two months as a medic in Vietnam. He served as a combat medic and was awarded the Purple Heart during the Vietnam War.

Richard Lawson

Caption: Richard in the TV series Not Alone (Source: Instagram)

Acting career

He began his acting career in 1971 when he made his debut role as a gay man targeted for murder in ‘Dirty Harry’. Moreover, he was featured in the 1973 blaxploitation horror movie ‘Scream lBlacula Scream’ where he played the role of Willis Daniels. In the same year, he made his role in an episode of television series known as ‘Shaft and Kojak’. He was also featured in the 1980s series Chicago Story where he was cast in the role of Det. O.Z. Tate.

He was cast in the 2019 romantic comedy movie, ‘Always a Bridesmaid’ where he played the role of Carlton Blakeston Sr along with Javicia Leslie, Jordon Calloway, and others.  He has worked as a director in several movies like ‘No Place to Be Somebody, Othello, Death of a Salesman, Excuse Me, The Fisher King, and more.

Awards and Net Worth 2024

Richard Lawson received the LA Drama Critics Awards for his role in Streamers in 1977. In 1987, he received an award for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom for the same award. In 1992, he received an award an NAACP Image Award for his role in the TV soap opera, All My Children.

Richard Lawson has earned a decent sum of money in his career. Moreover, there is no exact information regarding his net worth. According to some online sources, Richard’s net worth is around $1 million.

Relationship Status

Richard Lawson

Caption: Richard with his wife Tina Knowles (Source: Instagram)

He is a married man after marrying Tina Knowles who is a fashion designer. Moreover, they have known each other for over 30 years and married on 12 April 2015. The couple is the second partner of each other. Whereas, he is the stepfather of Beyonce Giselle Knowles and Solange Piaget Knowles. Previously, Richard married actress Denise Gordy on New Year’s Eve in 1978. The couple has a daughter whose name is Bianca Lawson.

Weight loss in COVID-19 and plane crash survivor

Richard Lawson made headlines in the media when he shared his incredible weight loss journey on Instagram while ie quarantine for e COVID-19. Moreover, he is a plane crash survivor. He was on a USAir flight, the plane that took off from New York’s LaGuardia Airpot and shed into the water of the Long Island Sound shortly after take-off on 12 March 1992.

Richard Lawson – Body measurement

He is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs around 90 kg and has brown hair and black eyes in color. Besides that, there is no more information regarding Lawson’s other body measurements.

Richard Lawson – Social Media

Richard Lawson is active on Instagram. On her Instagram, there are more than 95k followers.