Richard-Gant
Richard Gant | Biography

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  • Full Name Richard Edward Gant
  • Nickname Richard Gant
  • Occupation Actor
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace San Francisco, California, USA
  • Birth Date Mar 10, 1944
  • Age 78 Years, 2 Months
  • Net Worth Not Disclosed
  • Relationship Status Married
  • University California State University & Samuel Merritt University
  • Wife Arline Burks
Actor of 'Doom Patrol' & 'Ricky V'

Richard Gant | Biography

Co-Founder of PanAfricanist

Gant portrayed the role of George Washington Duke, a former boxing promoter and boxing manager. The latter frequently tries to convince Rocky to re-enter the ring. George later becomes Tommy’s manager during his Heavyweight Championship title. His character is based on famous real-life boxing promoter Don King. Gant deviously and masterfully played the role, and it became one of the most memorable roles in his acting career.


Richard Gant is an American actor known for his roles in films like Rocky V (1990), Bean (1997), and Norbit (2007).

Who is Richard Gant?

Richard Gant, in full Richard Edward Gant, is a professional actor and co-founder of PanAfricanist. He made his acting debut at age 36, appearing as Hospital Cop in the 1980 crime drama film Night of the Juggler.

Since then, Gant has appeared in more than 30 films, most notably in Rocky V (1990), Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), Bean (1997), The Big Lebowski (1998), and Norbit (2007). He also has appeared in more than 80 television series, including Miami ViceReasonable DoubtsFriendsBabylon 5CharmedDeadwoodGeneral HospitalMen of a Certain Age, and The Mindy Project

Most recently, he appeared in television series like Mr. IglesiasThe NeighborhoodDoom PatrolThe Wonder Years, and Magnum P.I. 

Rocky V star Richard Gant and his Mr. Iglesias co-stars
'Rocky V' star Richard Gant (Right-Below) with his Mr. Iglesias co-stars in December 2020. (Photo: Instagram)

He is a Liberal Arts and Afro-American Studies graduate

Gant was born in San Francisco, California, on 10 March 1944. As per his LinkedIn bio, he is a graduate of California State University - East Bay with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual and Performing Arts. 

Gant also graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Afro-American Studies from Samuel Merritt University in 1967. He later received a graduate degree in Multimedia Theater from Goddard College in 1971. Additionally, he has earned a certificate from the Film School of Half Moon Bay.

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Played character based on Don King in ‘Rocky V’

Rocky V is the 1990 sports drama film, written by Sylvester Stallone and directed by John G. Avildsen. It follows the story of Rocky Balboa, who reluctantly retires from fighting after having permanent damage inflicted on him in the ring by the Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Rocky then takes charge of Mickey’s gym and trains a young fighter Tommy Gunn who’s hungry for success.

Gant portrayed the role of George Washington Duke, a former boxing promoter and boxing manager. The latter frequently tries to convince Rocky to re-enter the ring. George later becomes Tommy’s manager during his Heavyweight Championship title. 

His character is based on famous real-life boxing promoter Don King. Gant deviously and masterfully played the role, and it became one of the most memorable roles in his acting career.

Cultural Advocate through The PanAfricanist

In 2006, Gant co-founded a digital solutions company called PanAfricanist. He co-founded the company with Terrence Coles, who has more than two decades of experience in advertising and digital media production. 

Describing The PanAfricans in his LinkedIn bio, Gant wrote, “The PanAfricanist fosters cultural connections. We are a digital solutions company focused on designing and developing cultural connectivity infrastructures.”

According to the company’s official website, Gant’s emotional and cultural-crossed background in the entertainment industry and Coles’ comprehensive content delivery experience provided the essential and powerful tool for delivering The Pan Africanist model of cultural connectivity. The co-founders connect international, cutting-edge professionals to the African Diaspora.

He is married to a costume designer

The Rocky V actor is married to his wife, Arline Burks, a costume designer known for her works in films such as Daughter of the Dust (1991) and Deep Cover (1992).

She is also known for directing the reality-TV show The Upbeat Dance Show (2014). Additionally, she appeared in the 1984 action comedy film The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak.

The couple has two children together. 

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