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Julian Richings (born August 30, 1956) is an English-born Canadian actor, best known for his roles in various horror films, including Alderson in Cube and Three Finger in Wrong Turn, as well as his performance of Death in Supernatural.

He played the Vagrant in Saw IV.

Career

Julian Richings was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire. He trained in drama at the University of Exeter. After touring the United States with a British stage production, he moved to Toronto, Canada in 1984. Within five years, he had become a regular cast member on the second season of the War of the Worlds TV series. Other roles followed, and he gained critical acclaim as the bitter, aging, punk rock legend Bucky Haight in the 1996 film Hard Core Logo. He had a brief appearance in the 1997 film Cube. In 1999, he appeared in the science fiction film Thrill Seekers.

In 2000, he appeared as Bellanger in The Claim and earned a Genie Award nomination for 'Best Supporting Actor'. He was a member of the repertory cast of the A&E TV original series A Nero Wolfe Mystery. Besides that, he has played the role of Death in The CW's show Supernatural since Season 5 and appeared again in Seasons 6, 7, 9 and 10. He played a very similar version of Death in the short film Dave v. Death in 2011.

Richings is familiar to horror fans for his manic performance in heavy makeup as Three Finger in Wrong Turn and as nearly-blind security guard Otto in Stephen King's 2004 miniseries Kingdom Hospital. Dramatic roles include stagehand Mr. Turnbull in the 2004 film Being Julia. He appeared as Orr, a cruel loan shark, in the 2004 Canadian film The Last Casino. In 2006, he appeared in a brief speaking role as the Mutant Theatre Organiser in X-Men: The Last Stand and played a vampire killer in the direct-to-DVD horror film The Last Sect.

In 2007, Richings played a driver in the film Shoot 'Em Up, a dissipated and aging punk rocker in The Third Eye, transvestite psychologist Dr. Heker in The Tracey Fragments and a number of small roles in other films, including Skinwalkers and Saw IV. He appeared in the 2008 film The Timekeeper. Richings continued to be active in short films and television series, mostly in Canada. He was presented with two Dora Awards in the late 1980s and continued to perform professionally in the Toronto area with a number of theatre groups.

In 2008, he was nominated for another Dora Award for his performance in The Palace of the End. He confirmed, via an interview on the Canadian TV show InnerSPACE, that he had a part in the 2013 Superman film Man of Steel. During the interview, he was also asked about the campaign to see him become the next Doctor in Doctor Who, one of his favorite childhood TV shows, and admitted to being flattered by the idea. In 2014, he starred in the science-fiction film Ejecta. In 2015, he appeared in the horror film The Witch, directed by Robert Eggers, and the drama film Reign, directed by Corey Misquita.

Filmograpy

Film

Year Title Role
1987 Love at Stake Town Crier
1989 The Top of His Head Robert
1990 Clarence Reynolds
1991 Naked Lunch Exterminator #4
1992 Half Nelson Father
In Desperate Battle: Normandy 1944 John Crocker
Giant Steps Danceband Teacher
1994 Squanto: A Warrior's Tale Sir George's Servant
1995 The Shamrock Conspiracy Reader
Moonlight and Valentino Hair Stylist
The Song Spinner Callo
Strauss: The King of 3/4 Time Bono
1996 Hard Core Logo Bucky Haight
The Boys Club Officer Cole
Love Child Tom Sr.
1997 Once a Thief: Brother Against Brother Camier
Mimic Workman
Pale Saints Einstein
Cube Alderson
Ms. Scrooge Christmas Yet to Come
Artemisia A Painter
The Cellar Woolsey
1998 Once a Thief: Family Business Camier
Le violon rouge Nicolas Olsberg
Urban Legend Weird Janitor
Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms Bix
Motel Tenant
1999 Detroit Rock City Ticket Taker
The Time Shifters Murray Trevor
2000 Rats Orderly
The Hustle Detective Walsh
The Crossing McKenzie
Washed Up Reginald
Two Thousand and None Curator
The Claim Francis Bellanger
2001 Century Hotel Waiter
On Their Knees Pappy
Treed Murray Homeless Man
I Shout Love Cab Driver
Prince Charmin Wacktazar
The Pretender: Island of the Haunted Brother Clote, a monk
2002 Between Strangers Nigel
Salem Witch Trials Jonathan Walcott
2003 My Life Without Me Dr. Thompson
The Truth About the Head Lobster
Wrong Turn Three Finger
Mad Shadows Dr.
Open Range Wylie
Todd and the Book of Pure Evil Satan
Bar Life Ed
2004 Sisters in the Wilderness: The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill William Cattermole
The Last Casino Orr
Safe Jimmy
Being Julia Mr. Turnbull
The Limb Salesman Contact
Mr. Jones: Drive Mr. Jones
Some Things That Stay Minister
2005 Black Widow Dr. Deadman
2006 The Last Sect Karpov
22 Hands Albert
Drive Time Murders 'The Doc'
X-Men: The Last Stand Mutant Theatre Organizer
Skinwalkers Sad Looking Man
Screening News Anchor #2
A Lobster Tale Hank Perkins
2007 The Tracey Fragments Dr. Heker
The Third Eye Charlie Rabbit
Dead Silence Bos
Shoot 'Em Up Hertz's Driver
The Canadian Shield Trapper Ray
Nature of the Beast Dr. Chamberlain
Saw IV Vagrant
Roxy Hunter and the Mystery of the Moody Ghost Librarian Tibers
2008 Roxy Hunter and the Myth of the Mermaid Mr. Tibers
Elegy Actor in Play #1
Jack and Jill vs. the World Mr. Smith
Roxy Hunter and the Secret of the Shaman Mr. Tibers
The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow Kneeling Man
Toronto Stories Leather Jacket
Roxy Hunter and the Horrific Halloween Mr. Tibers
2009 You Might as Well Live Mr. Pooseby
The Timekeeper Grease
Curious Stories, Crooked Symbols Sinister Kneeling Man
Survival of the Dead James
7 Diamonds Mr. McGunn
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Ferryman
Trigger Bucky
Hard Core Logo 2 Bucky Haight
2011 Animal Control Larry
Collaborator Maurice LeFont
Dave vs Death Death
Patch Town Child Catcher
Three Inches Ethan
Up in Cottage Country The Officer
Furstenau Mysteries Jameson
2012 Rainbow Connection Landlord
The Conspiracy Green Man
The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh Rahn Brothers / Neither Man Nor Woman / Bill Phillips
The Tape Jake
The Architecture of the Moon Jonas
Artist: Unknown Fred Varley
2013 Victims Gatling
The Colony Leland
Man of Steel Lor-Em
Septic Man Phil Prosser
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet Ricky
We Are Not Here Monday
2014 Patch Town Yuri
Bastards Jack Cage
The Last Halloween Chatterbox
Ejecta William Cassidy
Hellmouth Freddy T Neville
2015 Business Ethics Martin Abacus
The VVitch: A New-England Folktale Governor
Reign Mr. Ian
A Christmas Horror Story Gerhardt
The Rainbow Kid Elvis Grimes
She Stoops to Conquer
Regression Tom
2016 Prisoner X Jefferson
One Drop Father Stewart
2017 The Space Between Stash
Salvation John

Television

Year Title Role
1987 Adderly
1989-1990 War of the Worlds Ardix / Alien Scientist / Man with Hat
1990 Counterstrike Rettie
1991 Katts and Dog
Maniac Mansion Tax Man
Heritage Minutes King Henry VII / A.A. Milne
1993-1994 Ready or Not Mr. Boyle
1993 Street Legal Harold Cooper-Haye / Rolan Atkinson
1994 The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon Alien
RoboCop Dr. Proctor
1995 Forever Knight Dr. Paul Dana
Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years Logan's Henchman
1996 Due South Miles Emery
1997-1998 Once a Thief Camier
1997-1999 La Femme Nikita Errol Sparks
1997 PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Earl Cornell
1998 Highlander: The Raven Basil Morgan
1999-2000 Amazon Elder Malakai
1999 I Was a Sixth Grade Alien Meenom
2000 The Zack Files The Mad Hatter
2001 MythQuest Loki
2002 Tracker Max
A Nero Wolfe Mystery Alger Kates / Poet / Peter Jay
2003 Slings and Arrows Reg Mortimer
The Wonderful World of Disney Patrice
2004-2006 Puppets Who Kill Mr. Portnoy / French Painter
2004 Kingdom Hospital Otto
2005 1-800-Missing Snakeman
2006 At the Hotel Baby Man
The Shakespeare Comedy Show Ranting Bard
2007 Grossology Darko Crevasse
2008 The Trojan Horse Barrie
XIII: The Conspiracy Mr. Cody
2009-2012 Heartland Levon Hanley
2009 Sea Wolf Mugridge
The Border Professor Adrian Maguire
2010-2012 Todd and the Book of Pure Evil Hooded Leader / Atticus Murphy Sr.
2010-2015 Supernatural Death
2010 Wingin' It William Shakespeare
Lost Girl Arval
2011 Bag of Bones Elmer Durgin
2012 Murdoch Mysteries Phillip Uxbridge
Republic of Doyle Lionel Harris
Transporter: The Series The Voice / Edouard Orlande / Pilot
2013 Hemlock Grove Swiss Doctor
Rookie Blue Cedric
2014-2016 Orphan Black Benjamin Kertland
2014 The Listener Miles Mellini
Hell on Wheels SLC Records Clerk
2015-2017 Patriot Peter Icabod
2015 Whatever, Linda Aloysius Finkle
Hannibal Caged Man
The Expanse Vargas
2016 Killjoys Ancient Scarback
Seraphim
2017 Fare Trade Shifty

Video Games

Year Title Role
2015 Assassin's Creed: Syndicate Charles Darwin

Gallery

Trivia

  • Riching's character in Saw IV, a drunk vagrant, was originally planned to be the victim tested in the glass coffin. While the scene was shot, it was never released as the MPAA deemed it to violent.

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