Richard Colin Brake was born on November 30, 1964 in Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Wales to British parents, and grew up in the U.S. states of North Carolina, Connecticut, Georgia, Tennessee and Ohio. He attended Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio and trained in The Science of Acting under the technique's founder, and founding Principal of The Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing Sam Kogan.
Richard has appeared in numerous productions (including brief appearances in “Cold Mountain” (2003) and “Munich” (2005)), Brake achieved his first significant role in mainstream cinema being cast as Joe Chill in Christopher Nolan's 2005 film, “Batman Begins”. In this film (as in most versions of the Batman comic series), his character is the criminal who murdered Bruce Wayne's parents, effectively starting him on his path to becoming Batman.
Following this, Brake appeared as the warped Portman in “Doom” (2005), with Karl Urban and The Rock. He then played the villain Bobby De Witt in “The Black Dahlia” (2006), and appears in 2007's “Hannibal Rising” as Dortlich, one of the war criminals who murders young Hannibal Lecter's sister.
In September 2007, Brake appeared on stage at the Young Vic in “The Member of the Wedding” by Carson McCullers. The production was directed by Matthew Dunster.
Returning to film, his next starring role was that of Prior in “Outpost” (2008) from director Steve Barker. In 2009, Brake appeared as Gary Scott in Rob Zombie's Halloween II, a sequel to his remake of Halloween.
He has also appeared in several British television shows including ‘M.I. High’, ‘Keen Eddie’ and ‘Jeeves and Wooster’, as well as the American television show ‘Cold Case’.
Brake portrayed a captain in the einherjar in the 2013 film “Thor: The Dark World”.
He has two Euro-westerns to his credit the before mentioned “Cold Mountain” (2003) and “The Tonto Woman” (2007).
Today we celebrate Richard Blake’s 50th birthday.