J. August Richards

Actor Biography

Richards has created a diverse and wide-ranging body of work over the last 20 years, starting with the vampire hunter Charles Gunn in the cult hit series Angel.

Notorious brings him back to ABC where he was reunited with Angel turned Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer, Joss Whedon. Richards continued to display his range as the down-on-his-luck, single father Mike Peterson who would eventually turn into the iconic Marvel superhero Deathlok. An avid childhood collector of comic books, Richards describes his role as "a full circle moment. A dream come true."

While playing Deathlok, Richards began a recurring role on Bravo TV's first original scripted series Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce as Ford – the fashion-forward, married, gay father of two. Additionally, he has a recurring role on Grey's Anatomy as the young Dr. Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) and has played the Deputy Secretary of State on the short-lived Lifetime series The Lottery.  

Previously having series regular roles as prosecuting attorneys on the NBC series Conviction (executive produced by Dick Wolf) and the TNT series Raising the Bar (created by Steven Bochco), Richards is excited to be "crossing the aisle" and playing a powerhouse defense attorney this time around.

His family emigrated from Panama to the United States where Richards was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Bladensburg, Maryland. He discovered his love for acting at an early age and enrolled in a performing arts high school, appearing in several plays each year. Determined to move to Los Angeles to become an actor, he applied to only one college: the University of Southern California. He was not only accepted but won numerous scholarships and grants to complete his BFA in theater.

After graduation, Richards began working steadily in film, television and theatre. He first won recognition and rave reviews for his role in the production of Space at the Mark Taper Forum, playing a rapping bike messenger who believes he is an alien abductee. Richards also received accolades for his performance in the Old Globe Theater's production of Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero.

On the big screen, Richards appeared in the feature films Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Good Burger and Paved with Good Intentions. He also starred in the TV movies The Temptations, Critical Assembly and Mutiny.   

Richards wrote and directed the buzzworthy short film Privacy Policy, which he describes as Enemy of the State meets The Sixth Sense. He is also writing and directing the upcoming web series The Hypnotist, which he describes as "psychological fiction."

In his free time, Richards enjoys traveling and documenting his trips on social media where fans have dubbed him "The Gentleman Tweeter."