Actor Richard Brooks

Richard L. Brooks (born December 9, 1962) is an American actor, singer, and director. He played the eccentric bounty hunter Jubal Early in the space-western Firefly and assistant district attorney Paul Robinette in the NBC drama series Law & Order from 1990 to 1993, later appearing as a defense attorney on that same show. In 2013, he began starring as Patrick Patterson in the BET drama series, Being Mary Jane.

Early life

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brooks studied acting, dance, and voice work at Interlochen Academy of Arts in Michigan. Later, he moved to New York City and was a student of the Circle in the Square Professional Theater School.


While in New York, Brooks performed in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference production of August Wilson’s Fences, which gained him a positive reputation. A subsequent move to Los Angeles found the actor landing television roles in Hill Street Blues and “The Russians Are Coming”, along with made-for-TV features such as Badge of the Assassin (1985) and Resting Place (1986). With Teen Wolf (1985), The Hidden (1987), Off Limits (1988), Shakedown (1988), and Shocker (1989), Brooks began his work in the world of feature films. Brooks appeared as OD in the award-winning film 84C MoPic (1989), directed by Patrick Sheane Duncan.

Throughout the 1990s, most of his popularity came from his widespread exposure in his role as Paul Robinette on Law & Order. However, the actor would constantly find himself alternating between the feature films, television, and the stage. After appearing in The Substitute and playing the villain in The Crow: City of Angels (both 1996), Brooks opted to try his hand at directing, and the result was Johnny B Good (1998). It is about a young, urban black man who makes a positive change after suffering amnesia. Brooks returned to television for the short-lived series G vs E in 1999. In 2001 he made a guest appearance in NYPD Blue. Brooks is also well known by some science fiction fans for his appearance on Joss Whedon’s Firefly, as a bounty hunter named Jubal Early in the existentialist series finale “Objects in Space”. He also appeared as Hasdrabul Skaras in “Slayer”, the fifth episode of the series Brimstone. He also appeared as Detective Ehrle in the short-lived Fox series Drive, alongside Nathan Fillion, with whom Brooks had worked on Firefly.

In addition to his film work, Brooks also founded his own production company, Flat Top Entertainment LLC. At the dawn of the millennium, Brooks released his first solo R&B album, Smooth Love, on Flat Top Records.

In March 2011, Brooks played the role of Harmond Wilkes in Radio Golf, written by August Wilson, at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York. He played Frederick Douglass in the 2013 PBS series The Abolitionists.

Brooks stars as Patrick in the BET original series Being Mary Jane. It premiered July 2, 2013.

Brooks stars as Lead Marshal Pollack in Person of Interest, season 3, “The Devil’s Share”.

Brooks played Warden Wolfe in season 4 of The Flash, and Dwight Wise in Seasons 5 and 6 of the show Bosch.

Brooks plays Augustus Barringer on the UMC network comedy The Rich and the Ruthless (2017–present).



Year Title Role Notes
1985 Teen Wolf Lemonade
1986 Good to Go Chemist
1987 The Hidden Sanchez
1988 Saxo Joe
1988 Off Limits Preacher
1988 Shakedown Michael Jones
1989 84C MoPic OD
1989 Shocker Rhino
1990 To Sleep with Anger Babe Brother
1995 Chameleon Tom Wilson Direct-to-video
1996 Black Rose of Harlem Yancey
1996 The Substitute Wellman
1996 The Crow: City of Angels Judah Earl
1998 Johnny B Good
1998 The Adventures of Ragtime Agent Dooley
1998 Acid Rain Uncredited
1999 In Too Deep Wesley
2004 If Love Hadn’t Left Me Lonely Ricardo French Direct-to-video
2009 Dough Boys Detective Nichols
2010 Who Da Man? Dante Short film
2011 In My Pocket Dr. Barry
2013 Officer Down McAlister’s Lawyer
2013 Mr. Sophistication Floyd Cash
2015 The Sin Seer Jake Ballard
2020 Noah’s Arc: The ‘Rona Chronicles Wade’s Dad Short film
2020 Troubled Waters Floyd Cash
2020 Steele Justice Alex


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Hill Street Blues Tyrone Crane Episode: “The Russians Are Coming”
1984 With Intent to Kill Eddie Cox Television movie
1985 Badge of the Assassin Anthony “Tony” Bottom Television movie
1986 Resting Place Booker T. Douglas Television movie
1987 A Special Friendship Matt Bowser Television movie
1988 Spenser: For Hire Robert Episode: “The Siege”
1989 Terror on Highway 91 Television movie
1989 Tour of Duty Private First Class Marsten Episode: “True Grit”
1989 Almost Grown Curtis Episode: “Jersey Blues”
1989 The Neon Empire Tampa Television movie
1990–2006 Law & Order Defense Attorney Paul Robinette 69 episodes
Main cast (Seasons 1–3)
Guest cast (Seasons 6, 16–17)
1992 Memphis Eben Kinship Television movie
1994 ER Mr. Freeman Episode: “Chicago Heat”
1994 Chicago Hope Henry Lavelle Episode: “Shutt Down”
1994 Diagnosis: Murder Mercury “The Heat” Jones Episode: “Standing Eight Count”
1995 Renegade Barry Episode: “Repo Raines”
1996 Code Name: Wolverine Special Agent John Baines Television movie
1997 Renegade Agent Marcus Donner Episode: “Top Ten with a Bullet”
1997 Nash Bridges Max Moore Episode: “Found Money”
1998 The Wedding Lincoln Odis Television movie
1998 NYPD Blue Everette McRae Episode: “Hammer Time”
1998 Brimstone Hasdrabul Skaras Episode: “Slayer”
1999 WWE Raw Henry McNeil Episode: “Rebellion Results”
1999–2000 G vs E Henry McNeil Main cast
22 episodes
1999 Judging Amy Mr. Plymouth Episode: “Presumed Innocent”
2001 NYPD Blue Captain Eric Knowlton Episode: “Franco, My Dear, I Don’t Give a Damn”
2001 Dead Last Tyrell Nitro “TNT” Thompson Episode: “The Problem with Corruption”
2002 Firefly Jubal Early Episode: “Objects in Space”
2003 Skin Episode: “Pilot”
2003 NCIS Lieutenant Colonel Walsh Episode: “Marine Down”
2006 Close to Home Phil Raab Episode: “Community”
2006 Spy Games: The Black Wolf Hunt Television movie
2007 Drive Detective Ehrle 3 episodes
2009 Lie to Me Mark Boulware Episode: “Life is Priceless”
2011 Childrens Hospital Robert Episode: “Father’s Day”
2011 Charlie’s Angels Richard Umbaque Episode: “Royal Angels”
2013 American Experience Frederick Douglass 3 episodes
Television documentary series
2013–2019 Being Mary Jane Patrick Patterson 34 episodes
2013 Person of Interest Lead Marshal Pollack Episode: “The Devil’s Share”
2014 The Arsenio Hall Show Himself 1 episode
2015 Elementary Detective Demps Episode: “For All You Know”
2016 The Good Wife Ace Barnstone Episode: “Targets”
2016 You Can’t Hurry Love Pastor Avery Television movie
2017 Chicago Justice Defense Attorney Paul Robinette Episode: “Uncertainty Principle”
2017–2018 The Flash Warden Gregory Wolfe 4 episodes
2017–present The Rich and the Ruthless Augustus Barringer Main cast
Nominated – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series (2018)
2018–2019 Jacqueline and Jilly Magnus Mitchell 6 episodes
2019 The Blacklist Mitchell Young Episode: “Olivia Olson (No. 115)”
2019–2020 Bosch Dwight Wise 9 episodes
2019–2021 Good Trouble Joseph 9 episodes
2019 All Rise Assistant Chief Jack Healy Episodes: “Pilot” and “A View from the Bus”
2020 The Haves and the Have Nots Al 5 episodes
2021 Chicago P.D. Lieutenant Mike Carey Episode: “Tender Age”
2021 Shameless Hall of Shame Big Liam Episode: “Frank: Ghosts of Gallagher Past”

External Links

Actor Richard Brooks – Wikipedia

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