Jaime is of Afro-Panamanian descent.
Jaime changed his name at the age of sixteen from Jaime Augusto Richards III to J. August Richards because no one could pronounce his name correctly.
Jaime has an older sister, Gercha White.
Ultimately Jaime would like to get into directing, as it would incorporate all of his interests such as photography, acting, music, and character study.
Jaime supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Jaime went to college with actors George Hertzberg and Danny Strong who played the characters Adam and Jonathan Levinson respectively on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (of which Jaime's series Angel was a spin-off).
Since working on the play Space, Jaime has developed a keen interest in astronomy.
Jaime was born in Washington, DC but was raised in Bladensburg, MD.
Because of his academic excellence in High School, and his dedication to the theater program there, Jaime won several scholarships and grants to study theater in college.
Though proud, Jaime's parents were not overly pleased with his choice of profession. When they learned that he was going to play a vampire hunter on television his mother asked "Couldn't you at least get a role as a nice lawyer or something?"
In late 2005 J.August Richards finished the movie Paved with Good Intentions in which he plays Travis Balden.
Jaime dated and lived with model Tangi Miller from 2001-2003.
After a poll of their readers, Jaime was named one of the "Top Ten Sexiest Men in the Buffy/Angel Universe" in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer magazine.
Jaime is 6' 3" (1.93 m) tall.
J. August Richards: (on his role as Charles Gunn on Angel) Gunn is an activist, a renegade vampire hunter who leads his motley crew of fellow hunters on a personal crusade of execution for reasons that the audience is not yet aware of. He is a tormented soul and a lone ranger, much like Angel, but he has adopted a family of lost and disenfranchised who he will protect at any cost. It's almost like he's two people in one, a violent and aggressive warrior, but also someone who desires family and people close to him.
J. August Richards: (about his character on Angel) Gunn, like me, has a James Bond obsession. He would love to be James Bond, and it's a great role that I would love to be, someday.
J. August Richards: (on his role as Charles Gunn on Angel) What's ironic is that I don't think race ultimately had anything to do with me getting the part. When I auditioned, I heard that they were looking at white guys, Latino guys, Asian guys, so they didn't know where they were going with it.
J. August Richards: (on his role as Charles Gunn on Angel) I don't think my parents were too happy when I announced that I wanted to be an actor. And then when I told them I was starring in a show about vampires, they were like, "Couldn't you at least get a role as a nice lawyer or something." My Mom always wanted me to be a lawyer or a priest. I think they were a little bit surprised by my career choice.
J. August Richards: (on his role as Charles Gunn on Angel) Everybody on the set is fantastic and there are so many interesting people. I absolutely love working with David Boreanaz, and Charisma Carpenter I completely adore -- she teaches me to dance. She's definitely one of my favorite people on the set. And Alexis Denisof is such a dynamic actor. He's phenomenal. There is so much I can see happening to this character [Gunn], it makes me excited to think about all the ways he can branch out. Charles is a fantastic character. I really love his spirit. He's so pure and clean and unaffected. I love the extent to which he goes to protect the people he loves. I find that fascinating and admirable.