Ready to play Desmond Bennet one more time in season 3 of Cameron Pictures’ original television series Mary Kills People, for this role veteran stage and screen actor Richard Short was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for best lead actor in a drama series.
Last spring, he starred as Richard Burton in the world premiere of Cleo, a play directed by Bob Balaban. Set during the filming of the 1963 movie Cleopatra, the story will detail the titanic love affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and the worldwide scandal that followed.
Critics are raving about his last film, co-starring as Smith in Paul Jarret’s Crazy Famous – 2017 – a fine indie comedy about a fame obsessed average Joe escapes a mental institution with a band of misfits for one last desperate attempt to be famous.
In 2016, Short co-starred in HBO’s Vinyl opposite Olivia Wilde. In 2015, he co-starred in Agent Carter, where he played Marvel’s first ever gay comic book character, Pinky Pinkerton. Short’s diverse range of television credits include appearances in Code Black, Time After Time, Training Day, American Horror Story, Blue Bloods, White Collar, Fringe, Bored to Death, Vera and Covert Affairs.
In film, Short has completed production on the horror feature film The Dare and can be seen in the short-film Abe, directed by Steve Brett, and currently playing in film festivals. He also recently co-starred in the indie films Cockroaches and Not Welcome.
He made his debut in the Sundance hit Delirious.
Additional credits include The Exhibitionists alongside Laverne Cox, A New York Love Story, The Guitar, Public Enemies (directed by Michael Mann), Choose, The Butterflies of Bill Baker and Café.
In theater, Short co-starred on Broadway in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem alongside Mark Rylance. Prior to that, he created the role of Eric Saunders in Roberto Aguirre Sacasa’s King of Shadows. Additional highlights include An Evening with Simon Gray at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Centre, a hugely acclaimed performance in Mary Rose for the Vineyard Theatre and as John Eastman in the National Theatre of London transfer of The Night Season, directed by Lonny Price. He made his theater debut in 1996 in the UK production of Grease.
An avid writer, Short has published books, articles and screenplays across the worlds of sports and travel.
2017/2019 Mary KIlls People – TV series – Des Bennett
2018 The Dare – post production – Adam Heinz
2018 Cockroaches – post production – Johnny Slim
2018 Not Welcome – completed – Terry
2018 Code Black – TV series – Drake Finn
2017 Crazy Famous – Smith
2017 Time After Time – TV series – Harper
2017 Abe – short – Damien
2017 Training Day – tv series – Wikstrom
2016 Vinyl (TV Series) – Billy McVicar
2015 A New York Love Story – The Painter
2015 Marvel’s Agent Carter (TV Series) – Pinky Pinkerton
2013 Covert Affairs (TV Series) – Reese
2013 Butterflies of Bill Baker – Mac
2013 666 Park Avenue (TV Series) – Patrick Corey / Harlan Moore
2012 The Exhibitionists – Walter Todd
2011 American Horror Story (TV Series) – Gary
2011/II Café – Writer
2011 Vera – Neville Furness
2011 White Collar – Fascino criminale (TV Series) – Andrew Collins
2010 Blue Bloods – Crime Scene New York (TV Series) – Lemon
2010 Gravity (TV Series) – Spin Guy
2009 Bored to Death (TV Series) – Vincent Ellis
2009 Nemico pubblico – Public Enemies – Agent Sam Cowley
2009 Fringe – Bob Dunn
2008 New Amsterdam (TV Series) – Robert Camp
2008 The Guitar – Loser Musician
2007 Law & Order: New York (TV Series) – Erik Winton
2007 Criminal Intent – Dylan Mercer
2006 Delirious – Jace Hipley