Born in Simcoe, Ontario, Richard grew up spending summers working on his uncle’s dairy farm as well as various local farms. He was very active in sports and set records in track and field at Simcoe Composite High School, as well as MVP Awards in basketball.
Richard went to Carleton University and studied Law and Philosophy and played basketball for the University. After two years of undergraduate studies, he then went on to study law at Osgoode Hall Law School as well as play basketball for the law school at the National Law School Games.
Upon graduating, Richard went into private practice specializing in Criminal Defense in the city of Toronto. In later years he added Intellectual Property Litigation to his repertoire. Richard appeared in courts across Canada and internationally.
During this time he also became a member of ACTRA as an on screen performer. Now retired as a litigator, Richard has focused his time elsewhere; getting involved with AMI (Accessible Media Inc.) doing Voiceprint broadcasts and working as a Professional Voice Artist, as well as having been involved in Law Day at various high schools and working with younger children helping to develop their reading and creative writing skills.