Biography: Martin Richards was born Morton Richard Klein on March 11, 1932 in the Bronx, New York to Sid and Shirly Klein. He performed in the 1950s as a lounge singer. He then appeared in small roles on television shows before working as a casting director for film studios. Along with his wife, Mary Lea Johnson Richards, helped with the founding of The Producers Circle Company, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and Meals on Wheels.
Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "The Shining," "Chicago," "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "The Boys from Brazil," "Fort Apache the Bronx," "Some of My Best Friends Are," and "Mexican Hayride." Television credits include: "Inside the Actors Studio," "The Will Rogers Follies," and "Party Planner with David Tutera."
Other Awards: Oscar for Best Picture for "Chicago" in 2003.
One of his classmates at William H. Taft High School was Stanley Kubrick.
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in his honor on November 27, 2012.