It could be said that Richard's introduction to the acting profession was stimulated during his time at the Peacock Military Academy. Although he would make a point of hiding out whenever Miss Dorothy Peacock, the school Registrar and sometime play-director, needed boys for school plays. Richard admitted he had no interest or confidence. But a friend's encouragement and his own fascination with idols Brando and Dean directed him toward acting and into the only thing he learned to love as much as playing ball. Richard remained a supporter of the Academy for the rest of his life. Below is a publication which features contributions from him relating to his time there as well as pictures including one of him meeting President Elect Eisenhower at San Antonio Airport in 1953.





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The Martin Beck Theatre 1963

Richard Bradford (or Dick Bradford as he was then billed) played a Catholic Sergeant and the 'third soldier' in this production. Anne Bancroft played the lead. Gene Wilder also featured in the cast.

Martin Beck Theatre , (3/28/1963 - 5/11/1963)


First Preview:Mar 25, 1963  Total Previews:4
Opening Date:Mar 28, 1963  
Closing Date:May 11, 1963   Total Performances:  52


Category: Play, Original, Broadway







Anta Theatre 1964.

Richard played Beefy Bradford, Vaudeville Acrobat, John Forbes' Henchman and also featured in crowd scenes.
Ralph Waite of 'The Waltons' fame was a cast member.

ANTA Playhouse , (12/22/1963 - 2/01/1964)
First Preview:
Opening Date:Dec 22, 1963  
Closing Date:Feb 01, 1964  Total Performances:48

Category: Play, Original, Broadway
Setting: Spring 1933. The United States of America.


The Anta Theatre 1963/4.

Richard played the Rev Phillips, The State and also understudied the character Parnell.
Rip Torn was in the cast. The play was directed by Burgess Meredith.

ANTA Playhouse , (4/23/1964 - 8/29/1964)
First Preview:Apr 14, 1964  Total Previews:8
Opening Date:Apr 23, 1964  
Closing Date:Aug 29, 1964 Total Performances:148

Category: Play, Original, Broadway
Setting: A small Southern town. The present and the past.




Richard returned to the stage for a one night only performance in 'Beck', On May 21st 2003, at the Occidental Studios, Hollywood. He took the role of The Governor of California. It was produced by the Drama Garage Group and directed by Judy Geeson* ( *Played Sue in the Man in a Suitcase episode 'Sweet Sue')