J. August Richards
Jaime Augusto Richards III
August 28, 1973
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Jaime Augusto Richards III (born August 28, 1973), commonly known as J. August Richards, is an American actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Charles Gunn on The WB television series Angel and Mike Peterson / Deathlok on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Richards is of Afro-Panamanian descent. He grew up in Bladensburg, Maryland. Richards attended the Visual and Performing Arts program at Suitland High School in Suitland, Maryland and graduated in 1991. He attended the USC School of Dramatic Arts on a scholarship.
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Richards's acting career began when he was spotted by a casting director. This resulted in him getting a guest star role on The Cosby Show as Vanessa's boyfriend Roy in the season 5 episode "Out of Brooklyn". Other guest appearances would come later on shows such as The Practice, Chicago Hope, Any Day Now, and Nash Bridges. Playing a rapping bike messenger who believes he is an alien abductee, it was the role of Taj Mahal in the Mark Taper Forum production of Tina Landau's play Space that first brought recognition.
Richards has appeared in feature films Why Do Fools Fall in Love and Good Burger. He starred in the television movies Critical Assembly and Mutiny, and appeared as singer Richard Street in the NBC miniseries The Temptations. Richards has also guest-starred on The West Wing and The 4400.
Richards gained a recurring role beginning in the first season of Angel as Charles Gunn, a street-wise vampire hunter. He was promoted to a regular at the start of the second season, and remained a member of the cast throughout the rest of the show's run.
Richards has so far been featured in four series as an attorney: Beginning in the first episode of season five of Angel, "Conviction," Gunn becomes a lawyer after having his brain upgraded with a comprehensive knowledge of the law (both human and dæmonic) by the international and interdimensional law firm Wolfram & Hart. In 2006, Richards joined the cast of NBC's Law & Order spin-off Conviction as Billy Desmond, an undefeated New York City Assistant District Attorney with political aspirations. He has also been featured in CBS's CSI: Miami as the Floridian attorney Bob Villa, and portrayed attorney Marcus McGrath in the TNT series Raising the Bar until its cancellation.
Richards portrayed a young Richard Webber in two Grey's Anatomy episodes: "The Time Warp" in season six, and "Only Mama Knows" in season eleven. He also appeared in an episode of The Mentalist. Richards had played the part of Damon in "Just Say Yes", a 1998 episode of the science fiction television series Sliders. Richards also guest-starred in an episode of Syfy's Warehouse 13.
On April 5, 2013, TVLine confirmed that Richards had been given an unspecified role in ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The character was later revealed to be a character named Mike Peterson, a human being with implants for injections of super-serum (similar to those of Captain America) known as Deathlok.
Also in 2013, Richards created his own sci-fi web series called The Hypnotist.
|1998||Why Do Fools Fall in Love||Sherman|
|2006||Paved with Good Intentions||Travis Balden|
|2016||If Congress Was Your Co-Worker||Steve||Short|
|1988||The Cosby Show||Roy||Episode: "Out of Brooklyn"|
|1993||Family Matters||Guy at Mall #2||Episode: "Scenes From a Mall"|
|1995||OP Center||FBI Van Tech||Miniseries|
|Space: Above and Beyond||Lt. Thomas||Episode: "The River of Stars"|
|1996||Diagnosis Murder||Troy Sommers||Episode: "The Pressure to Murder"|
|1997||JAG||Seaman Bernard||Episode: "Rendezvous"|
|Good News||John Braxton||Episode: "Try a Little Tenderness"|
|Players||Sam Bodie||Episode: "Contact Sport"|
|1998||Awesome Adventures||Himself/host||Documentary series|
|Chicago Hope||Eric Lane||Episode: "Bridge over Troubled Waters"|
|Sliders||Damon||Episode: "Just Say Yes"|
|The Temptations||Richard Street||2 episodes|
|1999||Mutiny||Reece Johnson||TV movie|
|The Practice||Michael Anderson||Episode: "Do Unto Others"|
|The West Wing||Bill||Episode: "Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc"|
|Nash Bridges||Ernie Vesper||Episode: "Rip Off"|
|2000||Moesha||Sean||Episode: "Family Affair"|
|Undressed||Bryce||Recurring cast (season 2)|
|Any Day Now||Billy||Episode: "It's a Good Thing I'm Not Black"|
|Running Mates||Randall's Aide||TV movie|
|2000–04||Angel||Charles Gunn||Recurring cast (season 1), main cast (season 2-5)|
|2002||Critical Assembly||Allan Marshall||TV movie|
|2004||CSI: Miami||S.A. Bob Villa||Episode: "Hell Night"|
|2006||Conviction||A.D.A. Billy Desmond||Main cast|
|The 4400||John Shaffner||Episode: "The Starzl Mutation"|
|2008–09||Raising the Bar||Marcus McGrath||Main cast|
|2010||Grey's Anatomy||Young Richard Webber||Episode: "The Time Warp"|
|The Defenders||ADA Bracken||Episode: "Nevada v. Carter" & "Nevada v. Killa Diz"|
|2011||The Mentalist||Dr. Vernon Watson||Episode: "Bloodstream"|
|Warehouse 13||Zach Adanto||Episode: "Past Imperfect"|
|2013||Emily Owens, M.D.||George Morgan||Episode: "Emily... and the Leap"|
|Arrow||Mr. Blank||Episode: "Home Invasion"|
|2013–18||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Mike Peterson / Deathlok||Recurring cast (season 1-2), guest (season 5)|
|2014||The Lottery||Deputy Secretary of State Nathan Mitchell||Recurring cast|
|Grey's Anatomy||Young Richard Webber||Episode: "Only Mama Knows"|
|2014–16||Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce||Ford||Recurring cast (season 1-2)|
|2016||Notorious||Bradley Gregorian||Main cast|
|2017–18||Kevin (Probably) Saves the World||Deputy Nathan Purcell||Main cast|
|2018||Giants||Andrew||Episode: "What Kind of Man Are You?"|
|2020||Council of Dads||Dr. Oliver Post||Main cast|
|2022||Vampire Academy||Victor Dashkov||Recurring cast|
|2022||The Rookie||Lind||Episode: "The Reckoning"|
- "J. August Richards Biography (1973-)". filmreference.com. Retrieved August 18, 2009.
- Bonin, Liane (2000-09-26). "Angel's new actor discusses life on the set". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 18, 2009.
- "Raising the Bar: J. August Richards". TNT. Archived from the original on February 19, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2009.
- Dobbs, Sarah (March 5, 2014). "The cast of Angel: 10 Years Later". Den of Geek. Retrieved May 13, 2022.
- Smith, Stacy Jenel (October 4, 2016). "A More Confident, Relaxed J. August Richards in 'Notorious'". Creators. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
- Bucksbaum, Sydney (September 25, 2014). "Major Grey's Anatomy Role Recast! Find Out Who's In and Who's Out This Season". E Online. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
- Ngwije, Americ (August 18, 2011). "WAREHOUSE 13 "Past Imperfect" Season 3 Episode 7 Photos With J. August Richards". TV Equals. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
- Ausiello, Michael (April 5, 2013). "New S.H.I.E.L.D. mystery: Joss Whedon casts Angel alum in pilot — but as who?!". TVLine. Archived from the original on April 8, 2013. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
- Ratcliffe, Amy (April 4, 2014). "Interview: J. August Richards Talks Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Becoming Deathlok". Nerdist. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
- Obenson, Tambay A. (4 June 2013). "J. August Richards Launches New Sci-Fi Web Series 'The Hypnotist' Starring LisaGay Hamilton". Indiewire. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
- Henderson, Taylor (April 20, 2020). "Angel Star J. August Richards Just Came Out As Gay". Pride. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
- "'Agents of SHIELD' Star J. August Richards Marries Joshua Gbor: 'The Most Magical Night of Our Lives'".