Richard plays the villain in Mission: Impossible II, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Moulin Rouge! and Van Helsing. In all four movies Richard changes his accent.
Richard starred as the father in the Australian TV movie, The Road from Coorain, which is based on businesswoman Jill Ker Conway's life.
Richard has won a total of 6 awards, including Australian Film Institute Award Best Actor for Doing Time for Patsy Cline, 1997, Silver Logie Award Most Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for Blue Murder, 1996 and Sydney Theatre Critics' Circle Award Best Performance by a Lead Actor for Hamlet, 1994.
Richard had to sing Madonna's "Like a Virgin" in Moulin Rouge!.
Richard's family are mainly of English descent. He is one of 6 children.
Richard studied economics at the Australian National University in Canberra, before deciding to become an actor.
Although Richard currently lives in New South Wales, he also owns a flat in Notting Hill, London.
Richard directed his first film, Romulus, My Father in 2005. It was released sometime in 2006.
Richard met his wife, Silvia Colloca, on the set of Van Helsing. He played Dracula and she played one of his vampire wives. They got married in Tuscany (Italy) a year later.
Richard had to redub his dialogue for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen because the mouth piece he had to wear as the Fantom distorted his voice.
Richard played both Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty in two different movies.
Richard is 5' 11" (1.80 m) tall.
Richard has appeared in a total of 22 movies, including Doing Time for Patsy Cline (1997), Mission: Impossible 2 (2000), Moulin Rouge! (2001), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), Van Helsing (2004), and Fragile (2005).
Richard: I don't really have preferred roles, except those with some complexity. If you're playing a villain, you like to have a rationale. Why is this person behaving in that way? It can't just be 'I'm going to kill them all, I want to take over the world!' Because then your character becomes a functionary, the hero's opposition and nothing else. You can't derive any pleasure from that.
Richard: (On working with Hugh Jackman in "Van Helsing") A really funny bloke. I can't imagine Hugh will ever not be a thoroughly solid and grounded person. He's incredibly focused and supports you, but he challenges you in a way too, because there's no backing away from him. In the scenes between us, we're toying with each other. There's a quietly creepy sense of menace underneath, and he never backs away from that.
Richard: (On doing the Dracula accent in "Van Helsing") God, that was a balancing act. We settled on an accent that was largely Hungarian with some Romanian elements to it. The trick was avoiding the Sesame Street Count.
Richard: (on working on the movie "Van Helsing") Apart from the fact I met my wife on it, this film was a really fulfilling and creative experience. Much more than I expected it to be. I mean, Draaacuuuula!
Richard: (On working with wife Silvia Colloca in "Van Helsing") Yeah, I had to make sure she liked me besides the hair, earring and being dressed head to toe in black. We got beyond that stage, but she was still holding a candle for me when I went to pick her up... after hours.
Richard: (On his performance of "Hamlet") I was performing Hamlet in the nude. I couldn't find my costume. I had forgotten all of my soliloquies and was making up Shakespeare on the spot. Then I woke up, thankful that it was just a nightmare and realised that I actually couldn't remember the soliloquies.