Last Updated: 30 September 2008
Catch Richard on "Desperate Housewives"
on October 5th
Richard joins cast of new CBS series, "Harper's
Island" -- plays Mr. Thomas Wellington
Richard surfs in the Surfrider Foundation Celebrity
Expression Session - Saturday, Sept 6th
"Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage"
to premiere on DVD on November 11th
Richard plays Bishop Josiah
Leavitt in "In God's Country," airing on Lifetime on October 8th
"The Sentinel" returns to Canada's Space
Channel in October
Richard's Season 5 episode of FX's "Nip/Tuck"
airs in early 2009
Richard's "Friday The 13th" character
named -- Sheriff Bracke
Autographed photos of Richard available for
purchase from the RBFC
Got a Burgi fan on your gift list? Amazon.com
has you covered!
Write to Richard through the RBFC
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||[30 Sep 08] *** Richard's Karl
returns to "Desperate Housewives" *** -- Turns out even after the 5-year
jump, Karl is still around to perplex and bedevil his ex! Catch Richard
on Sunday, October 5th at 9:00pm ET when "Desperate Housewives"
airs on ABC.
Richard appears in the new season's second episode, "We're So Happy
You're So Happy" (episode 5.02), which filmed in late July or early
According to the ABC press release, "We're So Happy You're So Happy"
finds Karl crossing paths with some or all of "the men in Susan's life,"
which at this point include now-ex husband Mike (Jamie Denton),
new boyfriend Jackson (Gale Harold), and young son MJ.
While no further appearances have been announced thus far, and work
on "Harper's Island" could complicate scheduling until that show wraps
in January, chances are good that we will get to see more of the wiley,
rascally Mr. Mayer as the season progresses.
(Thanks to Jane D for the heads up)
||[30 Sep 08] *** Richard plays
father of the bride in new CBS series "Harper's Island" *** -- Richard
joined the cast of the new CBS midseason series "Harper's Island"
in early August, playing the part of Mr. Thomas Wellington. Wellington
is the patriarch of an Island blue-blood family and the father of bride-to-be
("Supernatural's" Katie Cassidy), whose "destination wedding" brings
the characters together on picturesque Harper's Island..
Also featured in the cast are Jim Beaver ("Supernatural"), Elaine
Cassidy, Christopher Gorham ("Ugly Betty"), Cameron Richardson ("Point
Pleasant"), and Harry Hamlin ("L.A. Law," "Veronica Mars").
"Harper's Island" is created by Ari Schlossberg and executive
produced by Jon Turteltaub, with Jeffrey Bell serving as
"Harper's Island" films at the North Shore Studios in Vancouver, BC,
Canada, with island location work being done on nearby Bowen Island. The
series went into production on August 8th with a 13-episode order and is
expected to remain in production through January.
CBS gave the following brief description of the show:
"The new drama, HARPER'S ISLAND, is a murder mystery that unfolds as
friends and family attend week-long festivities at a destination wedding
on a secluded and picturesque island off the coast of Seattle, infamous
for a homicidal maniac's rampage seven years ago."
The show's IMDB listing: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1232320/
(Thanks to Richard Burgi for the heads up and character info)
||[30 Sep 08] *** Richard hits the
waves at the Surfrider Foundation's Celebrity Expression Session ***
-- Richard joined a group of surfing celebs showing off their wave-catching
skills during the 45th Anniversary MSA (Malibu Surfing Association) Classic
on Saturday, September 6th at First Point, Surfrider Beach, Malibu.
A September 10th Surfrider Foundation press release had this to say
of the event:
"Celebrities from the world of stage and screen were hanging ten at
Malibu this past weekend as part of the Barefoot Wine Surfrider Foundation
Celebrity Expression Session.
An eclectic mix of celebrities, including Grammy nominated musician
Jason Mraz, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Desperate Housewives star
Richard Burgi, television actors Chad Lowe and David Chokachi, X-Games
host Sal Masekela and others, all took to the waves at Malibu's Surfrider
Beach to support the Surfrider Foundation.
'I had such a great time surfing with the guys,' said Chad Lowe. 'More
importantly, we were able to raise funds and awareness for the Surfrider
The celebrities were in the water for nearly an hour, during which time,
Barefoot Wines donated $50 for every wave caught and ridden by a celebrity.
By the end of the heat, $4,000 had been raised for our beaches and cosatal
'I don't think you could have asked for a better day,' said Surfrider
Foundation's Marketing and Communications Director Matt McClain. 'From
the sun, to the great surf, I think everyone in and out of the water had
The Surfrider Foundation would like to thank the following companies
in helping make this year's Celebrity Expression Session possible: Barefoot
Wine, Project Blue, SoBe Life Water and the Malibu Surfing Association."
Surfrider Foundation website: http://www.surfrider.org/
MSA website: http://www.msasurfing.org/
(Thanks to the Surfrider Foundation and the Malibu Surfing Association
for the event info)
||[30 Sep 08]*** Richard appears
in "Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage," now premiering on DVD on November
-- Richard Burgi spent nearly three weeks in British Columbia,
Canada, in May '07 filming "Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage," a movie
based on the early life of famous painter
Thomas Kinkade. The film
covers a pivotal period in the young Kinkade's life and explores the experiences
that led him to a career as an artist.
Richard plays Kinkade's father, Bill Kinkade, while Oscar winner
Gay Harden plays Kinkade's mother, Maryanne. Thomas Kinkade is played
by Jared Padalecki, brother Pat Kinkade is played by Aaron Ashmore,
and Kinkade's painter mentor, Glen Wessler, is played by multiple Oscar
nominee, Peter O'Toole.
The film, distributed by Lionsgate, is now scheduled to premiere
on DVD on November 11th 2008. The DVD is available for pre-order
at the Amazon.com site.
Additional information on the film can be found at the IMDb website:
(Thanks to Richard Burgi for the info)
||[30 Sep 08] ***
Richard's 2006 film for CTV and Lifetime TV, "In God's Country,"
airs on Lifetime TV in October *** -- "In God's Country" airs
October 8th at 9:00pm ET on Lifetime TV.
Richard plays Church Bishop Josiah Leavitt, the polygamist husband
of Rowan's character, Judith Joseph. Judith is one of the charismatic
Leavitt's eight wives, and mother to four of his children in addition to
her own older daughter from a previous marriage. Several traumatic events
spur Judith to do the unthinkable -- flee her small community with her
children. Leavitt, of course, gives pursuit, luring Judith's oldest daughter
back home with promises he doesn't intend to keep. Judith has no choice
but to return home and make a stand.
"In God's Country" was produced by Shaftesbury Films Inc in association
with Colossal Entertainment, Salient Point Productions, and CTV
as part of CTV's "Heroes, Champions, and Villains" series of original features.
To learn more about "In God's Country," visit the film's CTV listing:
The film's IMDb page can be found at:
(Thanks to tv-now for the schedule info)
||[30 Sep 08]*** "The Sentinel" returns
to the daytime schedule on Canada's SPACE: The Imagination Station
***-- SPACE will begin airing "The Sentinel" Tuesday-Friday
at 5:00am ET as of October 7th.
Richard Burgi plays series lead Jim Ellison, a former
Army Ranger now working as a detective for the Cascade PD in his Washington
State hometown. Ellison finds himself almost overwhelmed when his dormant,
and repressed, hyperactive senses are brought back online after a period
of solitude on a remote stakeout. Anthropology doctoral candidate Blair
Sandburg (Garett Maggart), whose chosen field of research is "Sentinels"
-- people with such enhanced senses -- has the answers Ellison needs to
control and work with his powerful and unpredictable abilities. Ellison's
long-suffering captain, Simon Banks (Bruce A. Young) helps Ellison
and Sandburg make the most of Ellison's sensory advantage by watching their
backs and keeping their extrasensory escapades under the radar as much
Space begins its "Sentinel" run with Season 1's "Switchman," the series
pilot episode. The broadcast roster then follows the show's original UPN
run and continues to air the episodes in original UPN airing order.
For further details, go to the website of Space: The Imagination Station:
(Thanks to MJ for the heads up, and to Steffi for the screengrabs)
||[30 Sep 08]*** Richard's episode of
the FX Network's NIP/TUCK to air in early 2009 ***
-- Richard joined
the cast of "NIP/TUCK" in mid-June for episode 5.21, titled "Allegra
Calderella." Part of an 8-episode block delayed by the WGA strike,
"Allegra Calderella" and its back 8 bretheren will most likely begin airing
in January 2009.
Richard plays Dr. Logan Ayers, a plastic surgeon and apparent
acquaintance of Drs. Troy and McNamara (series leads Julian McMahon
and Dylan Walsh).
The casting breakdown for Ayers has this to say of the character: "35-45,
extremely attractive and refined, James Bond, after a martini. He is a
plastic surgeon with impeccable style and taste whose obessive-compulsive
behavior is just one symptom of his extreme sexual compulsion." The
breakdown goes on to specify that the actor cast in the role must be comfortable
with sexual situations and rear nudity.
Information on "NIP/TUCK" can be found at the FX website's official
show page: http://www.fxnetworks.com/
Additional show information can also be found at the IMDb website:
(Thanks to Richard and Steven for the confirmation)
||[30 Sep 08] *** Richard
films role in "Friday the 13th" in Austin, TX*** -- Richard joined
Padalecki ("Supernatural," "Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage"),
Mears ("The Hills have Eyes II"), and Nana Visitor ("Star Trek:
Deep Space Nine"), among others, in the Platinum Dunes produced
reimagining of the 1980's horror hit, "Friday the 13th."
Richard plays Sheriff Bracke in the movie, which is set between
the events of the first and second "Friday the 13th" films; Pamela (Nana
Visitor) Voorhees, Jason's mad, mad mother and the actual killer of
the first film, is dead and already enshrined in Jason's (Derek Mears)
hovel hideaway, while Jason is all grown up and ready to take up his mother's
Jared Padalecki plays a journalist drawn to Camp Crystal Lake
to chronicle the ghastly events and history of the place; Richard's sheriff
is presumably the long arm of the Law in the Crystal Lake area and may
also be a witness to the gory aftermath of Mother Voorhees' rampage.
As one would expect in a "Friday the 13th" story, the cast is fleshed
out with a selection of young people destined to run afoul of Jason Voorhees
as they snoop about the ramshackle remains of Camp Crystal Lake and engage
in impromptu bawdy romps amidst the ruins.
The film is currently expected to hit theaters on Friday, February 13th,
Official website: http://fridaythe13thmovie.warnerbros.com/
The Platinum Dunes producers' blog can be found at the Bloody Disgusting
website, which is an invaluable news resource for the horror aficionado.
"Friday the 13th" page: http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/film/701
Platinum Dunes page hosted by Bloody Disgusting: http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/platinumdunes/
The film's IMDb page can be found at:
(Thanks to Richard for the heads up)
||[30 Sep 08] *** Autographed official
RBFC photo of Richard Burgi available for purchase *** -- Anyone
wishing to buy the official autographed RBFC 8x10 photo of Richard
produced for the Return to Cascade convention (see left) should contact
Kat Cole, RBFC President, at WBKat852@aol.com.
The photo can be paid for by check, or by credit card through PayPal, with
the price as follows:
$20 ($23 PayPal) -- includes S&H
If paying by check, please make the check payable (in US funds) to Kathleen
Cole, not to the RBFC, and mail the check to the address
10153 1/2 Riverside Drive #494
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
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The process is fairly simple -- new PayPal customers must first register
with PayPal, which takes about five minutes. (Instructions are provided
on the PayPal website).
[30 Sep 08]*** Check out the Burgi Bonanza
at amazon.com *** -- All the items listed below are available at either
amazon.com or its subsidiary, amazon.ca, and all feature Richard Burgi
in some capacity. **NOTE** Always verify the current prices at Amazon.com,
as they do fluctuate with market forces.
Your amazon.com account information will work equally well with the
Amazon in the USA: http://www.amazon.com/
Amazon in Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/
Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage (2008) DVD -- $13.99 (30% discount)
Release date: November 11, 2008 (Direct to DVD). Now available for
Richard plays Bill Kinkade, Thomas (Jared Padalecki) and Pat (Aaron
Ashmore) Kinkade's wayward, womanizing, ex-military father.
Las Vegas: Season Four -- $41.99 (30% discount)
Release date: September 11, 2007. Now available for purchase.
Richard appears in three consecutive episodes at the end of the season,
playing charismatic yet creepy hedge-fund billionaire Vince Peterson.
Richard's episodes are:
- "Bare Chested In The Park"
- "Junk In the Trunk"
Hostel: Part II (Unrated Widescreen Edition) (2007) DVD -- $19.99
Release date: October 23, 2007. Now available for purchase.
Richard plays Todd, a jaded, thrill-seeking bachelor who thinks killing
someone for sport may just be the ultimate rite of passage.
Firefly: The Official Companion: Volume Two -- $16.47 (34% discount)
Published: May 8, 2007. Titan Books. Now available.
Richard appears in coverage of "The Message," where he plays unscrupulous
Alliance officer Lt. Womack. (Had the show remained in production, Womack
would have become a recurring character).
24: Behind The Scenes -- $18.87 (37% discount)
Published: October 24, 2006. Insight Editions; Pap/DVD edition.
Richard features in coverage of the show's groundbreaking first season,
in a double-page-spread which looks at the startling demise of Kevin Carroll
and his van-load of henchmen.
24: The Official Companion Seasons 1 & 2 -- $11.53 (32% discount)
Published: September 1, 2006. Titan Books. Now available.
Richard appears in coverage of the show's groundbreaking first season.
His character -- mercenary Kevin Carroll, who for a time masquerades as
concerned father Alan York -- appears in eleven of the season's episodes.
Desperate Housewives 2007 Wall Calendar -- $11.89 (15% discount)
Published: July 1, 2006. Andrews McMeel Publishing. Now available.
Richard appears on Nicollette Sheridan's April page in a publicity photo
shot during the restaurant scene in season two's "Thank You So Much."
1) Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone (2006) DVD -- $14.95 (25%
Release date: November 28, 2006. Now available for purchase.
Richard appears as Yellowstone National Park firefighter Richard Danville.
Danville must learn to overcome his distrust of forest-fire expert Clay
Harding (Scott Foley) and work with him to save their Yellowstone community
and families from the ravening inferno consuming the Park.
1) Desperate Housewives - The Complete Second Season (2004) DVD
Set -- $42.65 (29% discount)
Release date: August 29, 2006. Now available for purchase.
Richard appears in 16 of the season's 24 episodes, still carrying a
torch for his ex-wife Susan (Teri Hatcher) while shacking up with neightborhood
sex-pot Edie (Nicollette Sheridan).
1) Fun With Dick and Jane (Widescreen?) (2005) DVD -- $14.46 (50%
Release date: April 11, 2006. Now available.
2) Fun With Dick & Jane [SOUNDTRACK] -- $17.98 (no discount)
Release date: January 24, 2006. Now available.
Richard plays Joe Cleeman, Dick Harper's next-door neighbor and nemesis
in the "keeping up with the Joneses" arena. One of the film's first scenes
finds Joe and Dick engaged in a game of "my car's better than your car."
1) The Sentinel - The Complete First Season (3pc) (Full) (1996)
DVD Set -- $33.96 (15% discount)
Release date: April 18, 2006. Now available for purchase.
2) The Sentinel: Original Soundtrack (1996 Television Series) [SOUNDTRACK]
-- used & new from $14.50
Release date: February 24, 1998
Richard plays Jim Ellison, a former Army Ranger now working in his Washington
State hometown as a detective in the Major Crime unit. Ellison is genetically
blessed -- or cursed -- with enhanced senses; sight, hearing, smell, taste,
and touch are all far more acute than the norm. With the aid of graduate
student Blair Sandburg, Jim learns those like him are called Sentinels,
and in ages past, they served as watchmen and protectors of their communities.
More importantly, he learns how to use his senses to his advantage as a
Action: The Complete Series (2pc) (Full) (1999) DVD Set -- $15.99
Release date: February 21, 2006. Now available.
Richard plays Cole Riccardi in two episodes of the controversial and
short-lived Fox series. "Pilot" introduces us to Peter Dragon and his production
company, and to Cole Riccardi, Dragon's action movie leading man of choice.
"Blowhard" finds Dragon backing himself into a corner when he scrambles
to convince closeted Cole that coming out as a gay man isn't a prudent
"In Her Shoes" (Widescreen Edition) (2005) DVD -- $19.36 (35%
Release date: January 31, 2006. Now available.
Richard plays Jim Danvers, a senior partner at the law firm where Rose
Feller (Toni Collette) works. Jim, something of a cad, strives to mend
his ways while involved with Rose, and all is well until Rose's floozyish
sister Maggie (Cameron Diaz) takes up temporary residence on her sister's
couch. Rose catches Jim and Maggie en flagrante in her bed, which launches
the film's major character odysseys for the Feller sisters.
Seinfeld Season Five (1990) DVD Set -- $36.99 (25% discount)
Release date: November 22, 2005. Now available for purchase.
Richard appears on Disc 4 in "The Hamptons," playing Dr. Ben, the handsome
pediatrician Elaine takes a shining to. Elaine is quite pleased to be described
as "breathtaking" by Ben, until she realizes he uses the same word to describe
their hosts' spectacularly ugly baby. Meanwhile, George suffers cold water
induced "shrinkage" and is seen naked by Jerry's girlfriend.
The Flash - The Complete Series (1990) DVD Set -- $44.66 (25% discount)
Release date: January 10, 2006. Now available for purchase.
Richard appears in "Deadly Nightshade," playing handsome, wealthy, and
mentally unbalanced Curtis Bohannan. Tormented by the deeds of his deceased
father, Bohannan takes up the persona of a hero of yesteryear, a vigilante
known as the Deadly Nightshade. Unfortunately, Bohannan is considerably
more reckless and violent than the original, and soon crosses swords with
The Scarlet Speedster himself.
Point Pleasant - The Complete Series (2005) DVD Set -- $19.97 (50%
Release date: October 25, 2005. Now available for purchase.
Richard appears in all 13 episodes of the short-lived FOX dramatic supernatural
series, playing Dr. Ben Kramer, patriarch of the Kramer family. Ben and
his family -- wife Meg (Susan Walters) and daughter Judy (Aubrey Dollar)
-- take the mysterious Christina (Elisabeth Harnois)into their home as
she strives to find out who she is and where she comes from.
1) Desperate Housewives - The Complete First Season (2004) DVD Set
-- $59.99 (no discount)
Release date: September 20, 2005. Now available for purchase.
2) Desperate Housewives: Behind Closed Doors (Paperback; first season
companion book) -- $11.67 (34% discount)
Release date: September 28, 2005. Now available for purchase.
Richard appears in 3 episodes of the first season of ABC's blockbuster
satirical drama series. The third episode introduces him as Karl Mayer,
flaky midlife-crisis-ing ex-husband of Susan (Teri Hatcher) Mayer. Karl
remains a part of Susan's life as the father of their teenage daughter,
and pops up to bedevil Susan at the most inopportune times.
Both the series and Teri Hatcher earned Golden Globes for this season.
24 Season One (2001) DVD Set -- $34.66 (42% discount)
Richard appears in 11 episodes of the first season of FOX's ground-
and record-breaking drama series. The first episode introduces him as Alan
York, concerned father of a missing daughter. As the series unfolds, we
discover Alan is not who he appears -- he is, in fact, Kevin Carroll, a
cold-blooded assassin and mercenary.
The series and series lead Kiefer Sutherland would go on to earn Golden
Globes for this season.
24: The House Subcommittee's Findings at CTU by Marc Cerasini and
Alice Alfonsi -- $11.02 (35% discount)
This book is set within the world of 24, providing background information
on the characters involved in the unfolding story. Richard's character,
the murderous mercenary Kevin Carroll, is shown to be an ex-Fed with an
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation- The Complete Third Season
(2001) DVD Set -- $67.99 (19% discount)
Richard appears in the episode "High and Low" as paragliding instructor
Rick Weston. (Trivia note: "Starship Troopers 2" costar Colleen Porch also
appears in "High and Low").
Cellular (2004) DVD, Widescreen, Region 1 encoding -- $12.99
Richard plays Craig Martin, husband of Kim Basinger's Jessica Martin.
Craig, a realtor, finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time
and observes -- and videotapes -- crooked cops executing hoodlums. Craig
secures the camera in his safety deposit box, and calls to warn Jessica.
Unfortunately, the crooked cops get to the Martin home before Jessica gets
1) Cellular (novelization by Pat Cadigan) -- $7.99 (no discount)
2) Cellular (Score) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $16.98 (no discount)
The novelization will be an interesting read, especially if it delves
a little deeper into the character of Craig Martin (Richard's role in "Cellular")
"Cellular" is also available on DVD.
Decoys (2003) DVD [US market version] -- $12.99 (13% discount)
Richard plays Detective Francis Kirk in this tongue-in-cheek take on
the "aliens need humans to reproduce" sci-fi theme. Director Matt Hastings
has described "Decoys" as a meeting of "American Pie" and "Species."
There are two versions of the DVD currently available. The US-market
version available through amazon.com does not include the deleted
scenes and bloopers included in the Canadian-market version (see next entry).
Canadian-market version from amazon.ca
Decoys (2003) DVD -- CDN $13.46 (10% discount)
New release: 07 June 2005
The Canadian-market DVD includes an assortment of deleted scenes, the
bloopers, a "making of" special, and a photo gallery. The deleted scenes
help explain some aspects of the film which are confusing or vague in the
theatrical release, and Richard's scenes and bloopers are hilarious.
1) Firefly - The Complete Series (2002) DVD -- $24.96 (50% discount)
2) Firefly (Original Television Soundtrack) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $12.98
Richard appears in the episode "The Message" as Lt. Womack, an unscrupulous
Alliance Enforcement officer. Womack is after an old war buddy of Malcolm
and Zoe's and is quite determined to get what he's after.
Had the series continued, Womack would probably have become a recurring
1) Starship Troopers 2 - Hero of the Federation (2004) DVD -- $12.99
New release: 07 July 2005
2) Starship Troopers 2 (Score) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $17.98 (no discount)
Richard plays Captain V.J. Dax in "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the
Federation." The DVD includes the widescreen movie, a "making of" featurette
which includes interviews with the cast and behind the scenes footage,
a photo gallery, and look at the animation process.
The soundtrack CD presents the entire "Troopers 2" suite, which includes
the haunting Dax's Theme.
[30 Sep 08] *** Write to Richard care of
the RBFC! *** -- Richard has asked us to encourage anyone interested in
sending cards or letters to him to use the RBFC mailing address, which
is listed below. This allows Richard to better handle
his incoming mail, which he certainly enjoys receiving, provided it comes
through appropriate channels.
Mr. Richard Burgi
10153 1/2 Riverside Drive, #494
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
We cannot emphasize strongly enough that mail should not be
sent to Richard's home address! Receiving fan mail through his
home address is a disquieting experience and cause for concern, especially
from the standpoint of privacy and safety. If you have come across
what you believe may be his home address, please, do NOT use it! We
-- and Richard -- would greatly appreciate it if you would let us
know where you came across the address by using this e-mail
link to the RBFC.
While postcards, letters, and cards will be promptly forwarded
to Richard, we cannot forward packages; he has asked that no gifts
be sent to him. Though Richard appreciates the goodwill and generosity
those gifts represent, he finds them a little overwhelming. Richard
would be honored if, instead, wellwishers made a donation in his name to
a local children's shelter or literacy program, or to the Pacific
Marine Mammal Center .