Richard Masur was born on November 20, 1948, in New York City. The actor, director and writer made his Broadway debut in 1973 when he appeared in "The Changing Room," and he has remained active in the theatre throughout his career. Richard is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and has served twice as president of the Screen Actors Guild. His film career includes the 1982 film "The Thing," the 1983 Tom Cruise film "Risky Business," the 1990 film "It" and the 1991 film "My Girl." Richard has appeared in several television series, including "Picket Fences," "Significant Others," "The Practice" and "All My Children." Richard has directed episodes of television series, including "The Wonder Years" and "Picket Fences." In 1986, he wrote and directed the short film "Love Struck." In 1985, Richard was nominated for an Emmy for his role in "The Burning Bed." His work as a director on the "ABC Afterschool Specials" earned him a nomination from the Directors Guild of America.