J. August Richards was born as Jaime Augusto Richards III on 28th August 1973 in Washington, D.C. Belonging to Afro-Panamanian descent, the actor was raised by his parents in Bladensburg, Maryland. He went to the Visual and Performing Arts Program at Suitland High School, graduating in 1991. Later, he landed the scholarship to join the USC School of Dramatic Arts.
The actor says his mother wanted him to become a lawyer or a priest rather than an actor. J. August Richards is best known for Angel (2000-04) and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (2013-15, 2017).
Stars as Dr. Oliver Post on NBC’s 'Council of Dads' (2020)
Developed by Joan Rater and Tony Phelan, Council of Dads is an American drama that is based on The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me (2010) by American writer Bruce Feiler. The series is a part of the 2019-20 television season on NBC.
As per Deadline,
(Council of Dads) tells the story of Scott and his family, whose lives are thrown into upheaval when he gets a potentially terminal diagnosis. Facing his mortality, he and his wife assemble a unique group of carefully chosen friends to support his family and guide them through the ups and downs of life’s many challenges.
J. August Richards is playing the role of Dr. Oliver Post in the NBC drama Council of Dads.
J. August Richards portrays the character of Dr. Oliver Post on 'Council of Dads.'
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The rest of the cast includes Tom Everett Scott as Scott Perry, Sarah Wayne Callies as Robin Perry, Emjay Anthony as Theo Perry, Steven Silver as Evan Norris, Thalia Tran as Charlotte Perry, Blue Chapman as JJ Perry, Michael O’Neill as Larry Mills, Clive Standen as Anthony Lavelle, and Michele Weaver as Luly Perry.
Council of Dads premieres on NBC on 24th March 2020.
Featured on 'Agents of Shield' and 'Good Burger' – What’s His Net Worth?
J. August Richards's net worth is estimated to be $1.2 million.
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J. August Richards made his acting debut with the role of Roy for a single episode in a sitcom The Cosby Show (1988). After several single episode appearances, he featured for three episodes in an anthology series Undressed (2000), playing the role of Bryce.
From 2000 to 2004, Richards had a recurring role as Charles Gunn for 91 episodes in the spin-off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, titled Angel. In 2004, the actor had a recurring role as A.D.A. Billy Desmond in a legal drama Conviction. Four years later, he featured 25 episodes in a legal drama Raising the Bar (2008-09) as Marcus McGrath.
Watch: Ask Marvel: J. August Richards, Deathlok — Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Richards played Michael Peterson / Deathlok for 12 episodes on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D; a recurring role for 11 episodes on seasons 1 and 2, and a guest appearance on season 5. In 2014, he played Deputy Secretary of State Nathan Mitchell for three episodes in a post-apocalyptic drama The Lottery.
From 2014 to 2016, J. August starred as Ford for 11 episodes in a comedy-drama Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. He was a series regular for ten episodes as Bradley Gregorian in the crime and legal drama Notorious (2016).
Richards portrayed the character of Deputy Nathan Purcell in a leading role for 13 episodes in the high-concept angelic-themed fantasy comedy-drama Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (2017-18).
When it comes to the big screens, the actor’s notable credits include Good Burger (1997), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998), and Paved with Good Intentions (2006).
J. August Richards’s net worth is estimated at $1.2 million.
Is J. August Richards Married to a Wife or Dating Someone?
J. August Richards is not married nor dating anyone at present.
Source: J. August Richards Instagram
J. August Richards appears to be single. There’s no hint of his dating endeavors or married life anywhere on social media. In fact, the actor is pretty low-key about his love life; therefore, his relationship status is still up in the air.
Taking a peep into Richards’s Instagram, there’s no clue about his potential wife or girlfriend. The actor seems completely engrossed in his rising career at the moment. For now, he’s looking to grow his stardom with the role of Dr. Oliver Post in the NBC drama Council of Dads.
Update: J. August Richards is likelier to welcome a boyfriend or a husband after coming out as gay in April 2020.
The Actor Came Out as Gay in 2020
In April 2020, J. August Richards had a chat with the Council of Dads castmate Sarah Wayne Callies during a scheduled Instagram Live interview. The actor discussed the pressure and responsibility of his role in the NBC drama and later revealed remarkable personal information while comparing the glaring similarity of his real-life with his character Dr. Oliver Post.
The 46-year-old star said,
If I think about why I even got involved in this industry, it was really to combat oppression...I knew how I was affected by the people of color I saw on television, or that I didn't see on television...and so this being a married gay man with a family...on television, I don't take anything I do lightly, and you know, you have an opportunity to put an image into millions of homes...I wanted that image to be honest and I wanted it to be correct.
The actor elaborated,
Honestly, it required me to show up fully in a way that I don’t always when I’m working. I knew that I could not portray this gay man honestly without letting you all know that I was a gay man myself… I’ve never done that with the people that I’ve worked with.
J. August Richards believes he carried the responsibility to portray the gay character honestly because he knew how crucial it is to people out there like him, who seek a role model they can look up to.