Veteran stage and screen actor Richard Short most recently starred as ‘Richard Burton’ in the hugely acclaimed World Premiere of “CLEO”, a play directed by Bob Balaban and written by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright, set during the filming of the 1963 movie Cleopatra. He is also starring in the original television series Mary Kills People, now shooting a third season for 2019. For his role as the very complex surgeon Des Bennett, Short was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (for Best Lead Actor in a Drama series) in 2018.
In 2016, Short co-starred in HBO’s Vinyl opposite Olivia Wilde. In 2015, he co-starred in Agent Carter, where he played Marvel’s first ever gay comic book character, Pinky Pinkerton. Short’s diverse range of television credits include appearances in Code Black, Time After Time, Training Day, American Horror Story, Blue Bloods, White Collar, Fringe, Bored to Death, Vera and Covert Affairs among others.
In film, Short has recently completed production on the UK horror feature film ‘The Dare’ and can now be seen on Amazon in the indie film ‘Crazy Famous’, as well as in the short-film Abe, directed by Steve Brett. He also recently starred in the indie films ‘Cockroaches’ and ‘Not Welcome’ still awaiting release. He made his debut in the Sundance hit ‘Delirious’ for director Tom DiCillo. Additional credits include The Exhibitionists alongside Laverne Cox, A New York Love Story, The Guitar, Public Enemies (directed by Michael Mann), Choose, The Butterflies of Bill Baker and Café.
In theater, Short co-starred on Broadway in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem alongside Mark Rylance. Prior to that, he created the role of Eric Saunders in Roberto Aguirre Sacasa’s King of Shadows. Additional highlights include An Evening with Simon Gray at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Centre, a hugely acclaimed performance in Mary Rose for the Vineyard Theatre and as John Eastman in the National Theatre of London transfer of The Night Season, directed by Lonny Price. He made his theater debut in 1996 in the UK production of Grease.
An avid writer, Short has published books, articles and screenplays across the worlds of sports and travel. He currently residents in Los Angeles and Paris with his wife.