Hello, my name is Rich Brunner and I’m a fixer.
The number of times directors have called me in to replace someone is amazing. I jumped into the role of Igor in Ruddigore, I cleaned up the dual parts of Mr. Cunningham and Judge Taylor in To Kill A Mockingbird, and just casting me as the understudy in a new play made the actor originally cast get busy and memorize his part. And I’ve fixed films, too! One director in Chicago told me, “Rich, if it weren’t for you, my movie would be shit!”
I love swooping in and helping out, but that doesn’t mean I’m pushy or overbearing. I just have a kind of “Secretary of State” quality, a “God’s Personal Valet” sort of essence, which makes me a quick study, hard working and reliable.
There are favorite roles I’ve won outright: I was an operatic Liberace; a maniacal King whose lesbian daughter wants his throne; and a crazy old knight who tilts at windmills. And let’s not forget that Scottish socio-path who murders half his kingdom.
I’m a Charming Duke and a Dirty Little Elf rolled up in a 6’ 4” Mad Scientist with Kind Eyes. Reliable. Thorough. Distinguished. A Senator. A Priest.
Just ask my wife, Lisa! We happily cast ourselves in the role of husband and wife back in Kansas (where all roads seem to lead back to) and between us have loved and nurtured five horses, four cats, three dogs and a houseful of quirky, artistic friends. I’m currently working on a new script that Lisa and I can, once again, cast ourselves in.
Until then, I love to cook, garden, watch old movies, and go to museums. A great sunset will make me cry and a good commercial will make me laugh. If you ever need a hug or a pat on the back, come on over. But for banana bread…I’ll need 24 hours.