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Last Updated: 04 November 2002

Richard returns to The District on Saturday, November 9th

Richard films his fourth Judging Amy episode; look for it in late November

VIPER -- and Richard's bad-guy Laine Cassidy -- returns to the Sci-Fi Channel

Richard serves as Master of Ceremonies at FSLMMC Benefit

First season of "24" now airing across Europe

"Wheelmen" screening held for distributors August 22nd

"The Sentinel" returns to French, German, and Italian television -- and possibly to SciFi in the coming months

Write to Richard through the RBFC

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Richard in first-season episodes of The District
[04 Nov 02] *** Richard films new episode of The District, "The Second Man" -- airs Saturday, November 9th at 9:00pm ET/PT on CBS ***  Richard returns to The District as Captain Vincent Hunter in "The Second Man." According to the TV Guide online listing for the episode:

"During a struggle, deputy chief Noland shoots a college student he believes is about to rob a convenience store with a gun, but the ensuing investigation doesn't turn up a weapon. Soon, Internal Affairs demands that Noland be suspended, but Mannion refuses to take his badge. Also, the student's wealthy parents threaten to bring charges against Noland."

No word so far as to whether Richard will be in any additional Fall 2002 season episodes of The District.

Scenes of Richard in Judging Amy
[04 Nov 02] *** Richard films an additional episode of Judging Amy ***  Filmed the week of October 28th, Richard's next episode of Judging Amy will probably air in late November or early December. Remember to check your local listings. Judging Amy airs on Tuesdays at 10:00pm ET/PT on CBS.

Richard officially returned to Judging Amy  as Michael Cassidy in the Fall 2002 season premiere, "Lost in the System," which aired on October 1st. The TV Guide description is excerpted below:

"The drama's fourth season picks up where it left off last spring, with Judge Amy Gray (Amy Brenneman) in the middle of a messy custody battle. Amy is hot under the collar about having to attend mediation sessions with her ex-husband, Michael (Richard Burgi), to whom she is unwilling to surrender their daughter, Lauren."

According to the August 27, 2002 issue of Soap Opera Weekly (pg.13), Richard's character, Michael, is to figure prominently in the Fall 2002 season. "Amy's ex, Michael, who is not pleased with Amy's new living arrangements, follows through on his threats to fight for custody of their daughter, Lauren. 'The custody battle between them is going to be an ongoing thing this season,' reveals [head writer Barbara] Hall."

(Thanks to Stefanie for the updated information on the season premiere, amd to Kat and MJ for news of the new episode).

To learn more about Judging Amy, visit the show's homepage at the CBS website:

Don't forget to use the CBS site's feedback option to tell them how much you enjoyed seeing Richard on Judging Amy, and how much you look forward to seeing more of him in the role of Michael Cassidy this season!

*** UK Viewers, Catch Richard's second Judging Amy episode on the Hallmark Channel *** -- "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition" will air Thursday, September 19th on Hallmark UK.  Richard appears in two of the current season's episodes of the hit CBS drama,  playing the part of Judge Amy Gray's (Amy Brenneman) ex-husband, Michael Cassidy.

Richard's episodes so far:

  • "The Justice League of America" (episode 3.18) aired 26 Mar 02
  • "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition" (episode 3.23) aired 14 May 02
  • "Lost in the System" (episode 4.01) aired 01 Oct 02
Richard's first appearance in the popular CBS series was in the episode "The Justice League of America," (26 Mar 02) which reintroduced viewers to Michael Cassidy. (The role has been played in previous seasons by John Slattery, who was apparently unavailable due to his current commitment to the series "Ed"). Filmed in early April, the May 14th episode brings Richard's recurring Judging Amy appearances to two, with additional appearances as Judge Amy (Amy Brenneman) Gray's ex-husband Michael Cassidy likely in the Fall 2002 season.

Judging Amy is currently airing on Tuesday nights at 10:00pm ET/PT.

According to the CBS website,  "'Judging Amy' is a drama starring Amy Brenneman ('NYPD Blue') as a single mother who has left New York behind and become a family court judge in Hartford, Connecticut. Recently divorced and raising her young daughter Lauren (Karle Warren), Judge Amy Gray has moved in with her very opinionated mother, Maxine (Tyne Daly); re-established a friendship with her free-spirited brother, Vincent (Dan Futterman); her older brother, Peter (Marcus Giamatti), and his wife, Gillian (Jessica Tuck), and is continuing to make her fresh start work. Assisting Amy in the courtroom are her court services officer, Bruce Van Exel (Richard T. Jones) and her overeager court clerk, Donna Kozlowski-Pant (Jillian Armenante). 'Judging Amy,' based on the real-life story of Brenneman's mother, is about three generations of women living together as they confront the personal and professional dilemmas in their changing challenging lives."

(Thanks to Kat for the info, and to Erin and Becky for the screen-grabs)

Scenes from RB's VIPER episodes
[04 Nov 02] *** Richard's last VIPER episode airs in December on Sci-Fi *** -- Richard appeared in four first-season episodes of  VIPER, playing the suave, sophisticated, unscrupulous, and amoral Laine Cassidy, head of Metro City's organized crime family, The Outfit. VIPER's hero, Joe Astor (James McCaffrey), once worked with Cassidy before an accident -- and experimental brain surgery -- made a new man out of him. (VIPER was also produced by Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo of Pet Fly Productions, creators of The Sentinel).

Richard appears in the following four episodes, of which the first three have already aired:

  • Once a Thief -- Saturday, October 12th at 5:00am ET/PT
  • Ghosts -- Saturday, October 19th at 5:00am ET/PT
  • Firehawk -- Saturday, November 2nd at 5:00am ET/PT
  • (The) Scoop -- Saturday, December 7th at 5:00am ET/PT
Check your local listings to confirm time and channel.

(Thanks to Steffi and Geli for the VIPER images)

Richard emceeing the FSL benefit
[04 Nov 02]*** First Annual Marine Mammal Masquerade Benefit Gala held as planned *** -- The FSLMMC charity event, The First Annual Marine Mammal Masquerade Benefit Gala, lived up to its promise of " evening of revelry and celebration."

Held from 6:00 - 10:30 pm on Saturday, October 26th, at the Richard MacDonald Gallery  in downtown Laguna Beach, the Benefit was emcee'd by the evening's Special Guest, Richard Burgi. Attendees were feted with music, wine and spirits, hors d'oeuvres, a dinner buffet, and a veritable treasure trove of a silent auction. In addition to the band, the guests were entertained by Tarot card readers, fortune tellers, and body painters specializing in the Eastern art of Mendhi, an intricate and delicate form of temporary henna tattooing. The experience was further enhanced by the setting, as the MacDonald Gallery houses an extraordinary collection of artwork.

In keeping with the "casual, funky, and fun" masquerade theme of the evening, Richard cut a dashing figure in a tuxedo and blue Hawaiian shirt combo, complete with bow-tie, blue canvas shoes, 1950's-era glasses, and a Don King-style wig.

As Master of Ceremonies, Richard announced the winners of the evening's silent auction, to which he and wife Lori donated a first-season 24 crew sweat-shirt and a script for his most recent episode of The District, "The Second Man." When not on stage as Emcee, Richard spent much of the evening mingling with the attendees and visiting with friends, stopping to chat with people and take pictures with them.

There is a good possibility that the FSLMMC will have a photographer on hand to take photos of Richard at the event, and possibly at the MMC with some of the furrier residents, for sale to Richard's fans and FSLMMC supporters. Such photos would be sold to benefit the FSLMMC. For further information, visit the FSLMMC website at, or contact the FSLMMC at:

FSL Marine Mammal Center
20612 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-3050

(Thanks to Kat, MJ, and Cindy for the information and images)

Richard Burgi's eleven episodes of 24

[04 Nov 02] *** "24" airing across Europe *** -- The first season of "24" premiered on France's Canal +  at 9pm on Saturday, September 14th. The show is also to air in Germany on RTL. UK viewers were given a bit of a head start on the rest of Europe, with "24" launching on BBC2 in early March 2002 (airing at 10pm Saturdays or Sundays).

Series lead Kiefer Sutherland plays the part of CIA Counter Terrorism Unit agent Jack Bauer, who has 24 hours to stop an assassination attempt on Presidential nominee David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert), while Richard's Alan York (later revealed to be Kevin Carroll) -- aided by Bauer's wife Teri (Leslie Hope) -- searches for their two missing daughters, Janet (Jacqui Maxwell) and Kim (Elisha Cuthbert).  (The girls, best friends, have been abducted). The series builds to its climactic finale in episode 24 -- "zero hour," so to speak.

RB's Kevin's last chat with Drazen[04 Nov 02]*** Catch Richard on DVD! The first season of "24"  is now available on DVD -- purchase online at or at your local DVD retailer *** -- According to a promotional announcement, "FOX has just announced  a 9/17 street date for 24:1, a box set of the entire first season. Presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and 5.1 surround, extras include commentary on select episodes, 2 featurettes, episode details, hidden surprises, and more to be announced. Retail is $59.95."

(Thanks to Deborah and Danny  for the DVD info, and to Sheila, Andi, Sylvette, Christine, and Ingrid for the European schedule info)

For synopses of Richard's eleven episodes, visit our "24" guide page.

Richard's episodes

  • "Midnight - 1:00 AM" (episode 1.01)  aired 6 Nov 01
  • "1:00 AM - 2:00 AM" (episode 1.02) -- aired 13 Nov 01
  • "2:00 AM - 3:00 AM" (episode 1.03) -- aired 20 Nov 01
  • "3:00 AM - 4:00 AM" (episode 1.04) -- aired 27 Nov 01
  • "4:00 AM - 5:00 AM" (episode 1.05) -- aired 11 Dec 01
  • "5:00 AM - 6:00 AM" (episode 1.06) -- aired 18 Dec 01
  • "6:00 AM - 7:00 AM" (episode 1.07) -- aired 8 Jan 02
  • "10:00 AM - 11:00 AM" (episode 1.11) -- aired 12 Feb 02
  • "11:00 AM - 12 Noon" (episode 1.12) -- aired 19 Feb 02
  • "12 Noon - 1:00 PM" (episode 1.13) -- aired 26 Feb 02
  • "1:00 PM - 2:00 PM" (episode 1.14) -- aired 5 Mar 02  (Richard's last episode)
To visit the FOX website and learn more about the current season, go to; for more detailed information on "Twenty Four," visit FOX's page at

(Thanks to Becky for the "24" images)

Wheelmen poster; get a bigger version at the Wheelmen site[18 Sep 02] *** "Wheelmen" official website recently updated *** -- The official website for Richard's new movie, "Wheelmen," can be found at The site is informative, interesting, and loaded with information on the film, the characters, the actors, and the production staff.

Must see items include the gallery of photos (by photographer Jennifer B. Copp) and Quicktime movie clips -- Richard appears several times in both galleries. The Publicity and News pages have been updated and enhanced with both current and previous press releases, an image of the promotional "Wheelmen" poster, a photo and caption from Premiere magazine, and at least one newspaper article on the production. Photos from the August 22nd Arclight Theaters screening are the site's most recent addition.

The "Wheelmen" site includes a detailed press release (see excerpts from the press release, as well as other articles, on our "Wheelmen" page), which provides a comprehensive guide to the film, characters, actors, and production staff, and a new press release announcing a cinema  screening of "Wheelmen" for potential distributors (below).

Richard at Wheelmen screening**UPDATE: "Wheelmen" premiere date pushed back into early Fall ** -- According to Director Dirk Hagen,  "Wheelmen" is ready for release as soon as distribution details are finalised. At present, we are expecting "Wheelmen" to premiere on the big screen.

As announced in the most recent "Wheelmen" press release, a cinema screening for potential distributors was held on Thursday, August 22nd at the Arclight Theaters Complex on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. Those invited to attend the screening picked up their tickets at a check-in table set up in front of the movie's trademark Lincoln stretch limousine and, after a chance to "meet and greet" the actors and director, enjoyed refreshments before the movie (and a reception afterwards). After a few introductory words by director Dirk Hagen, "Wheelmen" made its big-screen debut.

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Indie Film Wraps 19 Day Shoot in Los Angeles and Seeking Distribution

RB and castmates in Wheelmen; bigger versions at Wheelmen pageLOS ANGELES, California, August 13, 2002. Wheelmen, a raucous limousine company comedy starring Richard Burgi, Michael Fairman, James Avery and Jason Kravits completed production in Los Angeles during a 19 day shoot and will be screened for distributors on August 22, 2002 at the Arclight Theaters Complex (6360 Sunset Blvd.). The film, directed by Dirk Hagen and produced by John Orland, is a Stretchpix, LLC production, Co-Produced by Lexi Alexander and Robert J. Ulrich, line producer on the production was Gary A. Lowe, production design by Robert E. Hummel, casting by Robert J. Ulrich, costume design by Emmy Taylor and Director of Photography, Don E. FauntLeRoy, A.S.C. and Editor Sherril Schlesinger.

NICK TORINO (Richard Burgi, Fox's "24" and CBS' "The District"), a former ambulance driver, is the acting patron of floundering Los Angeles limousine service, Venture Limousine. In his care are five other 'wheelmen': PAUL (Michael Fairman, "Dharma and Greg" and "The Practice"), a distinguished gentleman and twenty year vet of the limo world, VLADIMIR (Elya Baskin, Air Force One and Moscow On The Hudson), a Russian ex-bodyguard who's traded in his two pack a day cigarette habit for the strange icy goodness of Slurpees. KRISTEN (Lisa Arturo, American Pie II), a 'just one of the guys' sexy woman. RALPH (Adam Biesk, Flight of the Intruder and Meet The Applegates), a potted plant with a Class C license and ANDY COOPER (Greg Lee, "Xena Warrior Princess" and "Dark Angel"), a likeable, happy-go-lucky twenty something who lives every night like a Saturday night, waiting for "The Great Benefactor." Andy is convinced that BERNARD "BARNY" ALBERT TOMLINSON (Rainn Wilson, Almost Famous and Galaxy Quest) is "The Great Benefactor," until it is revealed that he is a paranoid Ex-Secret Service agent attempting to prevent a bizarre kidnapping attempt of the Vice President (James Avery, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"). Venture Limousine wheelmen have been assigned to the Vice President's motorcade unaware that they will become part of the plot to kidnap him.

As if putting up with his colleagues wasn't enough, Nick comes to work one day and discovers a little boy from his past named ARTHUR (Alexander Gould, Finding Nemo) waiting patiently for him in his office. After noticing several bruises on Arthur's neck, Nick drops the boy off at Social Services where he meets GWEN (Erin Daniels, One Hour Photo), a loving social worker assigned to Arthur's case. Things get complicated as Nick falls for Gwen, and little Arthur feels the rush of jealousy as he too has a crush on her.

# # #

The screening of WHEELMEN for distributors will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2002 at the Arclight Theaters Complex, located at 6360 Sunset Blvd., behind the Cinerama Dome. Screening at 7:30 PM immediately followed by a reception. For more information, call 626.398.1949.

RB and castmates
Wheelmen cast

Richard Burgi 

top row
  • Lisa Arturo
  • Desmond Askew
  • James Avery
  • Elya Baskin
  • Adam Biesk
  • Erin Daniels
  • Dwight Ewell
bottom row
  • Michael Fairman
  • Alexander Gould
  • Eileen Grubba
  • Jason Kravits
  • William Gregory Lee
  • Rainn Wilson

RB as Jim Ellison[18 Sep 02] *** Latest "Sentinel" news from Sci-Fi Channel *** -- According to a post last month on the Sci-Fi Channel online Bulletin Board, Sci-Fi exec Chris Regina is reported to have stated in a phone call that the Sci-Fi Channel would be airing "The Sentinel" again. "Possibly this Fall, but probably January."

[19 Sep 02] ** Add Italy to the list! ** -- Italy's RAI Channel 2 is reported to be currently airing "The Sentinel" Sunday evenings at 19:00 (7pm), in an apparent ongoing ten months on, two months off rotation. (Thankyou, Mary)

[27 Aug 02] ** "The Sentinel" now airing on Germany's Kabel1** "The Sentinel" is airing on Tuesdays at 22:15 (10:15pm). As Kabel1 is not "pay tv," viewers throughout Europe and Northern Africa with access to the Astra satellite system can catch all 65 episodes of "The Sentinel." Note: "The Sentinel" is dubbed into German for the Kabel1 broadcast.

There is also the possibility that Germany's PRO7 network will add "The Sentinel" to its schedule once more.

[15 Jun 02] **UPDATE** Kabel1 added "The Sentinel" to its Premiere SciFi Channel (commercial-free pay TV) starting on May 1st. Check your local listings for time and dates!

[11 Jan 02] ** "The Sentinel" returns to French television  -- Monday to Friday (or Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) at 18:55 (6:55pm) on France's M6.** French viewers will be able to catch Richard as Detective Jim Ellison now that "The Sentinel" has returned to French television.

Check your local listings for schedule information and episode names, or visit the M6 website's schedule search page at

(Thanks to Christine and Steffi for the European "Sentinel" information)

[04 Nov 02]*** Write to Richard care of the RBFC! *** -- Richard has asked us to encourage anyone interested in sending cards or letters to him to use the RBFC mailing address, which is listed below.  This allows Richard to better handle his incoming mail, which he certainly enjoys receiving, provided it comes through appropriate channels.

Mr. Richard Burgi
10153 1/2 Riverside Drive, #494
Toluca Lake, CA 91602

We cannot emphasize strongly enough that mail should not be sent to Richard's home address!  Receiving fan mail through his home address is a disquieting experience and cause for concern, especially from the standpoint of privacy and safety.  If you have come across what you believe may be his home address, please, do NOT use it!  We -- and Richard -- would greatly appreciate it if you would let us know where you came across the address by using this e-mail link to the RBFC.

While postcards, letters, and cards will be promptly forwarded to Richard, we cannot forward packages; he has asked that no gifts be sent to him.  Though Richard appreciates the goodwill and generosity those gifts represent, he finds them a little overwhelming.  Richard would be honored if, instead, wellwishers made a donation in his name to a local children's shelter or literacy program, or to the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center.
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