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Also Known As: Paul Andrew Richter Died:
Born: October 28, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA Profession: comedian, TV sidekick, actor

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A likable, even-tempered yet brilliantly funny comic performer, Andy Richter started off below the radar as the inestimable sidekick on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," (NBC, 1993-2009). Not as outlandish as Jim Carrey or Eddie Murphy; not as schlubby as Kevin James or Jim Belushi, Richter simply had a normal everyday persona. With his sly comic timing and subtle line delivery, it took time for viewers to catch on to his particular brand of humor. But they did, and after Richter left "Late Night," he had a loyal fan base follow him to his own shows, "Andy Richter Controls the Universe" (Fox, 2002-03) and "Andy Barker: P.I." (NBC, 2007). His quirky sense of humor never translated to mainstream success, however, and both shows - while critically adored - were canceled due to low ratings. Still, Richter continued to turn in memorable cameo moments on shows like "Arrested Development," (Fox, 2003-06) as quintuplet versions of himself, and in big screen hits like "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (2006) as the flamboyant gay lover of Sasha Baron Cohen. Though he considered himself a comic actor, he returned to the fold for "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" (NBC, 2009-2010) where he served...

A likable, even-tempered yet brilliantly funny comic performer, Andy Richter started off below the radar as the inestimable sidekick on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," (NBC, 1993-2009). Not as outlandish as Jim Carrey or Eddie Murphy; not as schlubby as Kevin James or Jim Belushi, Richter simply had a normal everyday persona. With his sly comic timing and subtle line delivery, it took time for viewers to catch on to his particular brand of humor. But they did, and after Richter left "Late Night," he had a loyal fan base follow him to his own shows, "Andy Richter Controls the Universe" (Fox, 2002-03) and "Andy Barker: P.I." (NBC, 2007). His quirky sense of humor never translated to mainstream success, however, and both shows - while critically adored - were canceled due to low ratings. Still, Richter continued to turn in memorable cameo moments on shows like "Arrested Development," (Fox, 2003-06) as quintuplet versions of himself, and in big screen hits like "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (2006) as the flamboyant gay lover of Sasha Baron Cohen. Though he considered himself a comic actor, he returned to the fold for "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" (NBC, 2009-2010) where he served as announcer and sidekick to his old friend, only to find himself out of work only months later following a highly public spat between O'Brien, NBC and former host Jay Leno which saw O'Brien leave his longtime network home and take his cast and crew with him. Richter remained loyal to his collaborator and friend with whom he shared a sharp and effortless comedic rapport. Devoted fans counted down the days till the duo could return to late night on a different network with the new show, "Conan" (TBS, 2010- ), all the while proving their previous employers had made a horrible decision in letting this comedic powerhouse go.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Semi-Pro (2008)
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 Blades of Glory (2007)
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 New York Minute (2004) Bennie Bang
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 Seeing Other People (2004) Carl
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 Death & Texas (2004) Congressman Jack Levant
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Worked as a production assistant on commercial shoots in Chicago, IL
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Began taking classes at Chicago's Improv Olympic
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Performed with The Comedy Underground and the Annoyance Theater
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Played Mike in the Los Angeles and Chicago productions of Jill Soloway's "The Real Live Brady Bunch"
1993:
Served as sidekick on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" (NBC); also worked with the writing staff; left show in 2000
1994:
Film acting debut, "Cabin Boy"
2000:
Played supporting role in Robert Altman's "Dr. T and the Women"
2002:
Cast in the lead role on the Fox sitcom "Andy Richter Controls the Universe"
2004:
Played one of the leads on the Fox sitcom "Quintuplets"
2004:
Appeared in the teen comedy "New York Minute," starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
2005:
Voiced Mort the Goodman's Mouse Lemur in the animated feature "Madagascar"
2006:
Appeared as himself on several episodes of "Arrested Development" (Fox)
2006:
Guest starred on "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (NBC) as Stan the Sad Dad
2007:
Starred on the NBC comedy "Andy Barker P.I." as an accountant turned private eye
2007:
Made cameo in the skating comedy "Blades of Glory"
2008:
Once again voiced Mort the Goodman's Mouse Lemur in "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa"
2009:
Re-teamed with Conan O'Brien (who replaced Jay Leno as host) as "The Tonight Show" (NBC) announcer
2010:
Remained as O'Brien's sidekick on his re-branded talk show "Conan" (TBS)
2012:
Reprised voice role of Mort in "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"
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Education

Yorkville High School: Yorkville , Illinois -
University of Illinois: Champaign-Urbana , Illinois - 1984 - 1986
Columbia College: Chicago , Illinois - 1988

Notes

"My job title could be Smelly Little Schoolgirl--as long as I'm making money, I don't care." --Andy Richter to ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, August 14, 1998

From ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (August 14, 1998):

And when you're sitting there stoically on the couch, what are you thinking?

Andy Richter: Actually, I'm searching for physical defects in the guests. I'm looking for spider veins on supermodels, pit rings on starlets, and plastic-surgery scars on aging male stars who were never known to be good-looking anyway. But I do usually try to listen. I mean, Jesus Christ, all you've got to do is pay attention for an hour a day--if you can't do that, you shouldn't be in this business.

"Latenight humor isn't all that difficult. I come from a long line of smart asses." --Richter quoted in DAILY VARIETY, September 16, 1998

"I get to be the guy on the couch. I also get to be a sketch-comedy performer. I also get to be the smart-ass Ed Bradley type and tape remote bits, shoving a mike into people's faces at the Miss America pageant or the NBA Finals." --Andy Richter quoted in NEW YORK POST, April 20, 1995

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wife:
Sarah Thyre. Actor, writer, comic. Met in 1991 when they both appeared in "The Real Live Brady Bunch"; married c. 1993.

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father:
Larry Richter. College professor. Taught Russian at Indiana University.
mother:
Gloria Swenson. Saleswoman, designer.
son:
Willy Richter. Born c. November 2000.

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