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Andy Richter

Andy RichterAKA Paul Andrew Richter

Born: 28-Oct-1966
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, MI

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian Science
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Formerly controlled the universe

When Conan O'Brien took over Late Night on NBC, Andy Richter was hired as one of the show's writers, then almost instantly promoted to sidekick. On Late Night, Richter was funny before O'Brien found his way, and some have suggested that O'Brien gradually grew into his role as host by absorbing some of Richter's easygoing style. Together, they helped popularize the all-purpose substitute obscenity "crunk". Richter left the program in 2000.

Before Late Night, Richter's fame was limited to an amusing portrayal of Mike Brady in The Real Live Brady Bunch on stage in New York and Los Angeles. He met his wife, comedienne Sarah Thyre, when she played his eldest stepdaughter Marcia in that play. He has years of improv under his belt, with Annoyance Theater and Comedy Underground.

After leaving Late Night, Richter starred in two quickly-cancelled sitcoms, the critically-acclaimed but audience-ignored Andy Richter Controls the Universe, in which deranged daydreams spiced up his boring office job, and the universally-despised Quintuplets, where he was saddled with five unlikable teenagers. In late 2009 he rejoined O'Brien as sidekick on The Tonight Show, an assignment that ended in a messy way as Jay Leno took back Tonight and O'Brien and Richter were set adrift. He is now O'Brien's sidekick on TBS's late-night Conan show.

Richter expressed his political opinions in a 1997 article in George Magazine: "Please, please, don't talk about politics. Because I'll just have to freshen my drink, take a leak, or, depending on the depth of convictions, go home and get a good night's sleep for that big day of unspecified network-television sidekick-type showbiz stuff that I've gotta do tomorrow. But I guarantee you, I will be gone."

Father: Larry Richter (university professor)
Mother: Glenda Swanson
Wife: Sarah Thyre (actress, m. 1994)
Son: William Oscar Richter
Daughter: Mercy Josephine Richter

    High School: Yorkville High School, Yorkville, IL (1984)
    University: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    University: Columbia College Chicago

    Endorsement of Starbucks 2010

    The Tonight Show Sidekick (2009-10)
    Late Night with Conan O'Brien Sidekick (1993-2000)
    Andy Richter Controls the Universe
    Celebrity Poker Showdown Contestant

    Penguins of Madagascar (8-Nov-2014) [VOICE]
    Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (18-May-2012) · Mort [VOICE]
    Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (13-Mar-2011) · Himself
    Aliens in the Attic (30-Jul-2009) · Uncle Nathan Pearson
    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (30-Oct-2008) [VOICE]
    Semi-Pro (19-Feb-2008)
    Blades of Glory (30-Mar-2007)
    If I Had Known I Was a Genius (23-Jan-2007)
    Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (4-Aug-2006)
    Madagascar (27-May-2005) [VOICE]
    The Aristocrats (Jan-2005) · Himself
    Lenny the Wonder Dog (2005) [VOICE]
    Seeing Other People (7-May-2004)
    New York Minute (1-May-2004) · Bennie Bang
    Elf (7-Nov-2003) · Morris
    Run Ronnie Run! (16-Sep-2003)
    My Boss's Daughter (22-Aug-2003) · Red Taylor
    Frank McKlusky, C.I. (27-Jun-2002)
    Big Trouble (2-Apr-2002)
    Martin & Orloff (11-Mar-2002)
    Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (10-Mar-2002) · Himself
    Scary Movie 2 (4-Jul-2001) · Fr. Harris
    Pootie Tang (29-Jun-2001)
    Dr. Dolittle 2 (19-Jun-2001) · Eugene Wilson
    The Thin Pink Line (7-Oct-2000)
    Dr. T & the Women (12-Sep-2000) · Eli
    Barenaked in America (11-Sep-1999) · Himself
    Cabin Boy (7-Jan-1994)
    The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (10-Apr-1993)

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