Ralph Richeson, Star of ‘Deadwood,’ Dies at 63
A sad day for fans of Ralph Richeson and Deadwood alike, as the actor behind one of the most memorable, if overlooked characters of the HBO series has passed away. The breakout David Milch star was well-remembered for his soft-spoken turn as Richardson, one of the HBO western’s resident fixtures.
No cause of death has yet been listed, though Richeson’s fellow Deadwood star Jim Beaver confirmed the loss on social media Tuesday:
Beaver also offered a more detailed account over Facebook:
One of our most beloved comrades from DEADWOOD is gone. Ralph Richeson, an actor plucked from the crowd of background players and given the chance to create the remarkably memorable character of Richardson, the hotel flunky with the sweet spirit, died this morning in hospice. I don’t think there was anyone remotely involved in the show who didn’t love Ralph. He was kind, infinitely sweet, and far, far smarter than his character. I will miss you forever, my friend. I raise antlers in honor of your passage.
In addition to his Deadwood role (one surely intended for any subsequent revival), Richeson also made appearances in Parks and Recreation and Will Smith’s Hancock. Richeson also maintained a notable career as a painter.
Best thoughts to the family, and fans of Ralph Richeson’s work. He will be missed.