Richard attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Studying along side Richard at Carnegie was fellow character actor Rene Auberjonois.
When the WKRP crew would shoot outside the studio, it got so hot that Richard could be found lying underneath a bench inbetween scenes he was needed for.
Richard has served as President of Blood Star, Inc. in Woodinville, WA.
For the bulk of his Peace Corp duty in the late 1960s Richard served with the State Theatre of Paraiba, Brazil directing actors and stage movement.
Richard's parents were Henry Irvine and Thelma S. Sanders.
With a Fulbright Scholarship in tow, Richard was able to study Shakespearean theatre in England.
Richard majored in acting as a student at the Carnegie Institute of Technology.
Richard: (regarding the character Les Nessman) He was just a stickler for the rules. Everybody else was kind of laid back — certainly Tim [Reid] and Howard [Hesseman], you know, Venus Flytrap and Johnny Fever. He was like the straight arrow. He couldn't believe the station had become rock and roll from what it had been, and he always thought his job was the most important job at the station anyway, because he was in charge of news, sports, weather, traffic and farm reports
Richard: Les Nessman was a perfectionist who didn't know how to relate to people at all. He was a very serious guy, kind of a throwback