Richard was a guest of honor at the Santa Anita Racetrack .
An enthusiastic surfer and nature lover, Richard spends as much time outdoors as possible, either at the beach or hiking through the hills with his family, and he is an advocate of environmental protection and preservation.
Richard Burgi came from a family involved in community theater in suburban Montclair, NJ
Richard used to do most of the stunts himself (in the The Sentinel) but after a few stitches and bruises on his head, he decided that he should not take too many risks and he became more selective regarding the stunts he would perform.
Richard appeared on Access Hollywood's Celebrity Home Tours (1999), showing off his Laguna Hills bungalow.
He made a cameo guest appearance as a television action star in Joel Silver's pilot for Fox, called Action.
Richard dated Anne Heche, who co-starred together on NBC soap Another World, and lived together in the late 1980s and early 90s.
Richard's first lead was on the short-lived One West Waikiki (CBS, 1994), a police drama about a medical examiner (Cheryl Ladd) and a detective (Burgi) who work together to solve homicide cases in Honolulu.
He made his TV-movie debut in Chameleons (NBC, 1989).
Richard is interested in a variety of charitable organizations, especially those which work to both protect and build an awareness of our environment -- the planet we live on, and the creatures sharing it with us; he has supported the work of the Yellowstone Ecological Survey and the San Clemente-based Surfrider Foundation, and has been happy to take part in the events benefiting the Moonridge Animal Park.
He joined his Desperate Housewives castmates at the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 28th as part of the cast nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
He was the original choice for the title role of CBS's The Flash.
His height is 6' 2¾" (1.90 m).
Has 2 sons, Jack and Samuel.
He became an actor at age 28.
Named Man of the Week for the week of 11/21/05 in People magazine.
Richard Burgi: (On how he manage to keep his work and family life balanced) I switch wives weekly. I have a rotation of about 20-30 that I have made pledges too! Ha, Ha! I call it my wedding carousel! On a serious note, behind every good man is a great woman.
Richard Burgi: (On what he does when people recognise him on the streets) Pretend that I am someone else! Seriously, I am very grateful that my work is appreciated for the most part. I don't think that anyone has ever said anything bad to me. Besides, I enjoy it. I enjoy meeting people.
Richard Burgi: (On his athletic ability to do his own stunts) I have a fortunate amount of genetic programming in my system. But I'm a pretty lazy guy. I've always been active, but all this gets to be annoying sometimes, you know? You gotta run and jump and do this and jump off that, hang off this. And it's crazy. This week I cut myself, wound up with stitches in my hand. I hit my head, I've cracked teeth. I mean, it's nothing major, but I'm very vain. This sort of thing can get to you after a while.
Richard Burgi: (On working with the Desperate Housewives) It's a lot of fun, it's lightning in a bottle. You're working with these divergent entities in terms of their emotional makeup. Each one on them is delightful in their own way and it's just a joy to go to work. I really love this job. I loved working on The Sentinel as well, but the days were long and arduous due to the stunts and the action component of the show. Desperate Housewives, I get to lay around languorously with these lovely women and goof around, and I get to really exercise another part of myself.
Richard Burgi: (On the abrupt cancellation of The Sentinel back in 1998) I don't think it was abrupt. I think they were doing these packages of 65 episodes for shows and it met a certain criteria, and once that was fulfilled, I think it was just a business decision. Good or bad, it was just a decision.
Richard Burgi: (on where he calls home) Between my chest cavity and my pubic bone. Seriously, home is wherever my family is. If they aren't there, then it's the only place I find home.
Richard Burgi: (on what career he'd chosen if he hadn't chosen acting) Professional boxer, because I like silk robes and silk trunks! Also, I like the idea of a cup man in my corner!
Richard Burgi: (on whether his life differs now from the way he dreamed it would be when he was a kid) You know, one of the only clear ideas I ever had in my youth was that this is what I'd be doing. And I look at acting as a proletariat type of thing. You know, I don't have any grand plans or anything. I mean, it's a job. It's a great factory type of grunt job.