Richard Osborn is a singer and actor, with an extensive background in musicals and classical and contemporary theatre. Born in San Francisco and raised in Los Angeles, Richard has studied acting at The National Theatre Studio in London, and musical theatre with cabaret great Karen Morrow in Hollywood. As a singing actor, he has performed lead roles in numerous musical productions throughout Southern California, including the company of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at The Hudson, Ben in Stephen Sondheim's Follies, Fred Graham/Petruchio in Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate, Sky Masterson in Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls, Fredrik in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and Woody Mahoney in the hit revival of E.Y. “Yip” Harburg and Burton Lane’s Finian’s Rainbow opposite Maripat Davis.
On stage, he’s been seen as the film noir private eye Stone in City of Angels and scored a personal success in his favorite musical role, the poet Hajj in Kismet. Other performances in musicals include leads in The Mikado, Applause, Crazy for You, The Pirates of Penzance, and in Hollywood he played in three world premieres: J.D/”William Holden” in the hit satire The Towering Inferno: The Musical! at Theatre of NOTE, Hamlet/Horatio in Kevin Carr’s Too Many Hamlets at Theatre/Theater, and Brad in Anthony Embeck’s Ray-Ka-Pay at CAST-in-the Circle.
Richard’s many classical theatre roles include leads in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Richard II, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer
Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night and The Merry Wives of Windsor; Dorn in Chekhov’s The Sea Gull as a member of the Circus Theatricals Ensemble at The Odyssey and real life Elizabethan spy Robert Poley in Malibu Stage Company’s world premiere of Charles Marowitz’s Murdering Marlowe; And, in two American classics: Lt. Greenwald in Herman Wouk’s The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, directed by Allan Hunt; Maxim De Winter in Rebecca.
As a voice actor, he’s performed in the Spiders videogame The Technomancer, Axe commercial spots for CollegeHumor.com, as well as feature animation work for Sony Pictures.