Richard Collin Brake was born in Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Wales on November 30, 1964. Brake grew up in the United States in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Ohio. In 1967, he and his family immigrated to the United States, where they first settled in Atlanta. He attended Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio and trained in The Art of Acting under the technique's founder, and founding Principal of The Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing, Sam Kogan. He also studied acting in New York City at the Michael Chekhov Studio under Beatrice Straight.
Having appeared in numerous productions (including brief appearances in “Cold Mountain” and “Munich”), 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”, with Karl Urban and “The Rock”. Brake also made a cameo appearance in the video for Muse's "Knights of Cydonia", playing a villainous sheriff in a strange futuristic western. He then played the villain Bobby De Witt in “The Black Dahlia”, 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” from director Steve Barker. Brake starred in Craig Singer's “Perkins' 14”, which was featured in the After Dark Horrorfest film festival. In 2009, Brake appeared as Gary Scott in Rob Zombie's “Halloween II”, a sequel to his remake of “Halloween” – a role he garnered based on a personal recommendation to Rob Zombie from Sid Haig.
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 2013 film “Thor: The Dark World”. In March 2015 Rob Zombie casted Brake as killer Doom-Head in the horror film “31”, which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016.
BRAKE, Richard (Richard Collin Brake) [11/30/1964, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Wales, U.K. -
] – stage, TV actor, married to Rachel Brake (19??-19??), father of two children.
Cold Mountain - 2003 (Nym)
The Tonto Woman – 2007 (Isham)