Richard Speight, Jr. (born September 4, 1970) is an American actor, director, screenwriter and producer who is known for a variety of roles including CBS TV series Jericho, CBS series, The Agency, and the HBO miniseries, Band of Brothers. Speight played a recurring role, that of the Archangel Gabriel, originally thought to be a "Trickster" or Loki, in the WB/CW series Supernatural.
Born September 4, 1970, Speight was raised in Nashville, Tennessee, the son of Barbara and Richard Speight. He has two older sisters, Barby and Lindy. Speight attended Montgomery Bell Academy and the University of Southern California's School of Theater, graduating cum laude. While at USC, he met and befriended writer and director Stephen Chbosky. Speight appeared in Chbosky’s senior showcase piece. Years later, the two teamed up on the CBS series Jericho which Chbosky co-created.
On June 28, 2003, Speight married Jaci Kathryn Hays, a dot-com executive in California.
In October 2013, Speight saved a man's life. At a Supernatural Convention in Toronto, his close friend Rob Benedict had a stroke. Speight immediately took him to the hospital, where it was revealed that, had they been a few hours late, he may not have survived.
Speight is a close friend of actor Rob Benedict. The two of them often appear at conventions in tandem. Together, they created the comedy web-series "Kings of Con" based on their experiences at conventions for Supernatural, a TV show in which they both were featured actors and beloved characters. Speight will be both acting and directing in "Kings of Con". After the completion of a very successful Indiegogo campaign, the series is currently being filmed, scheduled to launch late 2016 to early 2017 at Comic Con Headquarters.
Speight played Sgt. Warren "Skip" Muck in the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning World War II miniseries Band of Brothers, produced for HBO by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Speight appeared in several television series, such as The Agency; ER; Jericho; Party of Five and JAG. He had a recurring role on the drama Supernatural from 2007 to 2014, where he played 'The Trickster'/Loki (later revealed to be the Archangel Gabriel).
Speight's earlier work included a role in the film, Ernest Goes to Camp; and a regular role on the NBC Saturday morning sitcom, Running the Halls. He had a brief appearance in the film, Thank You for Smoking, directed and written by fellow USC alumnus Jason Reitman. Speight appeared in Speed 2: Cruise Control and The Last Big Attraction. He had a starring role in Jason Reitman's short film, In God We Trust. His newer productions include "La Musica Provata", "The Week", "Mucho Dinero", "Brick Madness", "The Evil Gene", "Bad, Bad Men", and "Death House (2016)".
Directing and Writing
Speight wrote and directed the satirical social comedy America 101. The festival darling and award winning 10-minute short stars Band of Brothers veteran, Rick Gomez; and co-stars Amy Gumenick (a veteran of "Supernatural") and North Beach alumns Jayden Lund and Jim Hanna. The short feature is described thusly: “One man’s life becomes as the lesson of the day as he takes a frenetic ride through his personal vision of the American experience.” It is now available on iTunes.
The success of "America 101" launched Speight into the world of commercial directing. He has helmed several spots for Pepsi among other national brands.
Previously, Speight co-directed and co-starred in the independent feature, North Beach. Speight is credited for writing additional dialogue during the filming of Open Water 2: Adrift, in which he co-starred.
Speight has participated in several podcasts including Thrilling Adventure Hour (Episodes 148, 159, 165, 171, 195, 196).
Speight plays the guitar and bass. He has been in several bands, including during college in the band Strange Neighbors with actor/harmonica player Tim Omundson, as well as in the band Fugitive Pope (1995) as the guitarist. Speight has one song released on the album "Christmas with Friends (2014)" by Jason Manns.
While he only appeared in five episodes of Supernatural, Speight's character is still a fan favorite, enabling him to stay in close contact with the current cast and crew through his steady attendance at fan conventions (including San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic-Con and in Europe). As of May 2016, he has participated in over 70 fan conventions.
His most notable contribution to the convention world is at the "Salute To Supernatural", held annually in many cities across North America. He has made appearances since 2008 and has become the Master of Ceremonies in 2013 - hosting for the entire three days of convention weekend, 13 weekends a year. Along with Matt Cohen, Speight is known as the Karaoke Kings, a fan favorite event where the actors show up in costumes to sing karaoke with fans (which Speight and Cohen started with fewer than 10 attendees and has now grown to a crowd of over 1,500). Speight also participates in Saturday Night Special concert with the band Louden Swain as a singer and bass player.
In a 2012 interview for "The Examiner", he said that Gabriel has been his favorite role, “bar none;” due to the duality and depth that the character offered.
As of May 2016, Speight's character has returned to Supernatural for one episode.
|1987||Ernest Goes to Camp||Brooks|
|1996||Independence Day||Ed||Minor Role|
|1997||Speed 2: Cruise Control||'C' Deck Officer|
|1999||The Last Big Attraction||Christopher Canby||Short Film|
|2000||In God We Trust||Robert||Short Film|
|2000||Big Monster on Campus||Comic Book Salesman||Short Film|
|2000||Dave's Blind Date||Dave||Short Film|
|2002||Mr. Lucke||DJ Tom Bush||Voice|
|2005||Love For Rent||George|
|2005||Thank You for Smoking||Trainee|
|2006||Open Water 2: Adrift||James||Co-writer|
|2011||3 Blind Saints||Sam|
|1989||ABC Afterschool Specials||Kenny||1 Episode|
|1989||Freddy's Nightmares||Oliver Michaels||2 Episodes|
|1990||China Beach||Grunt #2||1 Episode|
|1990||By Dawn's Early Light||SAC Guard||TV Movie|
|1990||Matlock||Delivery Boy||1 Episode|
|1993||Running the Halls||Mark G. "The Shark" Stark||13 episodes|
|1995||Amanda and the Alien||JoJo, Cafe Manager||Television film|
|1996||Party of Five||Miller West||1 Episode|
|1996||Hypernauts||Alien Vendor||1 Episode|
|1997||Built to Last||Stanley||1 Episode|
|1999||JAG||Lt. Michael Gerter||1 Episode|
|1997||L.A. Doctors||Carl||1 Episode|
|1999||JAG||Warren Toobin||1 Episode|
|2001||Band of Brothers||Sgt. Warren "Skip" Muck||7 Episodes|
|2001||The Agency||Lex||35 Episodes|
|2005||Alias||Derek Modell||1 Episode|
|2005||CSI: Miami||Kevin Banks||1 Episode|
|2005||Yes, Dear||Frank||2 Episodes|
|2005||Into the West||Rupert Lang||1 Episode|
|2006-2008||Jericho||Bill Koehler||21 Episodes|
|5 Episodes: Tall Tales, Mystery Spot,|
Changing Channels, Hammer of the Gods, Meta Fiction
|2009||Life||Dean Ellis||1 Episode|
|2010||Memphis Beat||Donald||1 Episode|
|2010||Look: The Series||Rapist||3 Episodes|
|2011-2012||Justified||Jed Berwind||4 Episodes|
|2012||Longmire||Vacationing Biker||1 Episode|
|2014||CSI||Store Owner||1 Episode|