Richard Backus began his career as an actor, working mostly in and around New York City where he appeared on Broadway in Ah, Wilderness!, Camelot, You Never Can Tell, Butterflies Are Free, and Promenade All!, for which he won the Clarence Derwent Award and Theater World Award. He also appeared in numerous off-Broadway productions and at such regional theaters as The Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Conn., and New Jersey’s McCarter Theater and Paper Mill Playhouse, along with Washington’s Kennedy Center, among others.
New Hampshire audiences may have seen him at the American Stage Festival in Milford, N.H., where he appeared in The Importance of Being Earnest, Rhymes With Evil, and Postmortem.
His television and film credits include Law & Order, Remington Steele, Spenser For Hire, Deathdream, Secret of My Success, Bare Essence, Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac, Beyond The Horizon, Ryan’s Hope, Another World, and As The World Turns. In the late 80s Mr. Backus turned to writing for daytime serials, working on As The World Turns, Days of Our Lives, Another World, All My Children, and One Life To Live.