Richard Lawson has had a long and distinguished career wearing a variety of hats in show business. He is an actor, director, teacher, choreographer and writer.Lawson landed his first professional job in the national production of "No Place to Be Somebody". He continued to work in the theater establishing himself as one of the most respected actors around by winning the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for best performance in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and "Streamers".
A select number of Lawson's films include “ For Colored Girls”, “Guess Who”, "Blue Hill Avenue”, Poltergeist", "Streets of Fire", "How Stella Got Her Groove Back", "Stick", "The Main Event", "Coming Home", "Wag the Dog", "Audrey Rose" and "Fraternity". He has guest starred in over 100 episodic television shows. A few shows from his vast television experience includes being a series regular on "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd", "Dynasty", and "Chicago Story". Most recently he starred in the HBO/BBC/Australian TV global sensation, “Angry Boys”.
He has had critically acclaimed performances in movies of the week like "Jericho Mile", "The Golden Moment" and "Johnnie Gibson, FBI". The critics lauded him in the highly acclaimed miniseries "Pandora's Clock" and "Jackie's Back".