Richard Backus (born March 28, 1945) is an American actor and television writer. He has been nominated for four Daytime Emmy Awards for writing and one for acting.
Richard Backus was born in Goffstown, New Hampshire on March 28, 1945. He attended Harvard University. He has been married to Sharon Romeyko since January 27, 1985.
Richard Backus made his Broadway theatre debut at the Booth Theatre in the original production of Butterflies Are Free. The production began in October 1969 with Backus cast as the understudy for Keir Dullea in the role of Don Baker. He was first appeared in the role, which we would later take over, in 1971. Since then, he has appeared in several other Broadway productions, including Ah, Wilderness!, Camelot, and most recently You Never Can Tell. Other venues at which Backus has appeared include the American Shakespeare Theatre, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Backus has also acted in film and television. In the seventies, Backus portrayed scheming but well-meaning Jason Saxton on Lovers and Friends. From 1980 through 1981, he portrayed Barry Ryan on the soap opera Ryan's Hope, a performance for which he was nominated for the