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J. August Richards sits down with me to talk about his role on the new hit NBC show, The Council of Dads. The show centers around Scott Perry and when discovers he has cancer he is worried about his children growing up without his help and advice. He and his wife Robin recruit six friends to act as a “council of dads” to be father figures to his children. Richards plays Dr. Oliver Post on the show.
We then talk about how he almost gave up acting before taking this role on Council of Dads, working with a great cast and the many lessons people can take from this show. Richards also shares his incredible story of how he got into acting. We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.
About J. August Richards
J. August Richards stars as Dr. Oliver Post on NBC’s new drama Council of Dads. Richards can also be seen in other series, including Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, Notorious and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Richards was introduced to fans in the cult hit Angel during the first season as the rogue, street-savvy vampire hunter Charles Gunn. In Season 5, his character was transformed into a take-no-prisoners lawyer at the evil law firm Wolfram & Hart. Then, in Conviction, Richards returned to the letter of the law in his series regular role as Billy Desmond, an ambitious and brilliant assistant district attorney who does not lose.
Richards has also co-starred in the TV movies Critical Assembly, The Temptations and Mutiny. He has guest-starred on several well-known series, including The Practice, Chicago Hope, The Cosby Show and Any Day Now. On the big screen, Richards has appeared in the feature films Why Do Fools Fall in Love and Good Burger. Recently, Richards won critical notice in Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero at the prestigious Old Globe Theatre.
Follow him on Twitter at @jaugustrichards and on Instagram at @jaugustrichards and make sure you check out Council of Dads on NBC.
About Council Of Dads
Family takes on a different meaning in this transformative and inspirational new drama when Scott Perry, a loving father of five, has his entire life’s plan thrown into upheaval by an unexpected health scare. He calls on a few of his most trusted friends to step in as back-up dads to help guide and support his growing family – just in case he ever can’t be there to do it himself. There’s Anthony, Scott’s oldest and most loyal friend; Larry, his tough-love AA sponsee; and Oliver, his dedicated doctor and wife’s dearest friend. Together, they discover that there’s more to being a father than anyone could do alone – and more to being a family than they ever thought possible.
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About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast
The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
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