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J. August Richards
Born Jaime Augusto Richards III
August 28, 1973 (1973-08-28) (age 36)
Washington, D.C. USA

Jaime Augusto Richards III[1][2] (born August 28, 1973 in Washington, D.C.)[1] is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of vampire hunter Charles Gunn on the WB cult television series Angel.


Early life and education

Richards' parents emigrated to the United States from Panama.[2][3] He grew up in Bladensburg, Maryland.[3] Richards attended the Visual and Performing Arts program at Suitland High School in Suitland, Maryland and graduated in 1991. He attended the University of Southern California on a theater scholarship.[3]


Richards' acting career began when he was spotted by a casting director. This resulted in him getting a guest star role on The Cosby Show. Other guest appearances would come later on shows such as The Practice, Chicago Hope, Any Day Now, and Nash Bridges. Playing a rapping bike messenger who believes he is an alien abductee, it was the role of Taj Mahal in the Mark Taper Forum production of Tina Landau's play Space that first brought recognition.

Richards has appeared in feature films Why Do Fools Fall in Love and Good Burger. He starred in the television movies Critical Assembly, The Temptations, and Mutiny. Richards has also guest-starred on The West Wing and The 4400.

Richards gained a starring role in the first season of Angel as Charles Gunn, a street-wise vampire hunter. His character quickly became one of the most popular in the Buffyverse as he overcame his own reservations of fighting alongside the vampire Angel, the one thing he detested. Upon seeing the heart of the operation, Gunn became a key player in the fight against evil.

Richards has so far been featured in four series as an attorney. In the final season of Angel, his character Charles Gunn becomes an attorney at Wolfram & Hart. Richards joined the cast of NBC's Law & Order spin-off Conviction as Billy Desmond, the undefeated New York City Assistant District Attorney. He has been featured in CBS' CSI: Miami as the Floridian attorney Bob Villa, and currently portrays attorney Marcus McGrath in the TNT series Raising the Bar.


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