Richard Lawson Biography

Richard Lawson is an African American actor best known for his roles in the movies and television during the 70s and 80s. He is also famous for marrying Beyoncé’s mom, as he married her 2015 when she became Tina Knowles Lawson. Richard Lawson may be an old school actor but he has always been sharp in his roles and portrayed them with precision and ease. He is also a Vietnam War veteran, as he served the army and once he got back to the states started off his acting career.

His fist role came with an uncredited appearance in the classic “Dirty Harry” movie from 1971. But later on his more prominent roles came lining up. He started in “Scream Blacula Scream” (1973), “The Main Event” (1979) and “Streets of Fire” (1984) as some of his most prominent movie roles.


“Scream Blacula Scream” movie

Lawson also managed to score big on television as he stared in a slew of shows which appeared on TV. The first one he was cast in was “Hotel Story” (1977), which was an Australian drama which was unfortunately cancelled before in even aired. During the 80s he stared in “Chicago Fire” while he also played the character of Nick Kimbal in the famous soap opera “Dynasty” from 1986 to 1987. He also appeared on “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd,” “All my Children,” and made various guest star appearances along the years in various shows from different genres.

Richard Lawson is still a working actor, and although his roles have become less and less prominent during the years he still manages to outshine the bigger names in the roles he appears in. You can mainly see him in smaller and guest star roles but he still keeps to himself and performs well.

Net Worth and Salary

Richard Lawson may not have the same star appearance as he used to while in his prime, but he still manages to perform well as he is often cast in various roles within TV shows. His current salary is not mentioned and we are not aware how much the makes. But Richard Lawson’s net worth is currently estimated at around million dollars, as the sources say.

Partner and Family


Richard Lawson and his doughter Bianca Lawson

Richard Lawson has actually been married two times. His first marriage came in 1978 when he married a fellow actress Denis Gordy on New Year’s Eve of the given year. They finally tied the knot then after numerous years of dating. But their marriage did not pan out as they planned it to be nor as they hoped it would be. They got separated after 11 years of being together but there were no exact statements made about the reason for this happening as Richard Lawson was not a person to be tied with something like an affair. From that marriage Richard has a daughter, named Bianca Lawson who is also an actress as her mother and father are.

Richard Lawson remarried quite recently as she has been seeing the best friend of her later sister and also Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles. They got married in 2015 and Tina become to be known as Tina Lawson Knowles. They do not have any children together but Tina has her daughters, Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, from her previous marriage. They are currently enjoying a happy life together and are getting along famously.


Richard Lawson and his wife Tina Knowles


Richard Lawson was born in Loma Linda, California. He was actually known as Ricky Lee Lawson at first but changed his name afterwards when he became an actor. It is one of the reason his previous life is so secretive and there are no information about his parents on other family members nor anything from his life prior from the war in Vietnam and his acting career. Richard was born on March 7th, 1947 and is currently 70 years old. His life could have been cut short as Richard managed to survive a plane crash in March 1992. The plane which took off from La Guardia, Queens NY crashed and he was lucky enough to survive and live to tell the tale of how the USAir Flight 405 went down.


Richard Lawson

Height and Weight

Even being in his late age, Richard Lawson has always managed to maintain his sturdy figure and excellent physique. In his early days he was considered to be quite handsome, which he has now transcended in his later years. He keeps to himself and watches his appearance really well. He is 6 ft 1 in tall and his weight is actually not stated.

Is Richard Lawson Gay?

Richard Lawson is certainly not gay. With the implications being that he was gay, there were not any palpable information which would support this claim. You cannot say something like that about a man who recently got married so his sexuality should not be taken as an issue. Richard Lawson will only remain to be gay on film, as his titled role was to play a black gay man who was abused because of that.

Nationality and Ethnicity

Richard Lawson was born in California, USA and has spent the majority of his early days living there. This makes him an American citizen who belongs to the African American ethnic group.

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Born:, March 7. 1947.
Net Worth:,around $1 million
Hair Color:,Black
Eye Color:,Black
Height:,6 ft 1 in
Married to:,Tina Knowles (m. 2015) / Denise Gordy (m. 1978-1989)
Affair with:,N/A
Children:,1 (daughter Bianca Lawson)
Birth Sign:,Pisces

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