Cast Richard Tanner
Green Grocer

RICHARD TANNER has Guest-Starred in dozens of primetime episodics, from THE GOLDEN GIRLS (in which he first came to the public's attention as "Young Stan") to his recurring role on CBS' THE AGENCY. Other notable appearances include THE WEST WING , JAG, MONK and STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE. In addition to DEADBEAT, he has a roster of feature films due for release, including FRED & VINNIE, directed by Steve Skrovan (EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, AN UNREASONABLE MAN), and STONERVILLE, opposite the great Leslie Nielsen. He has just wrapped the "mockumentary," THE LAST LAUGH, co-starring wtih Chris Rock's brother, Tony Rock.

A native New Yorker and Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Cornell, Richard toured the NYC cabaret circuit with his songwriting partner, Stephen Flaherty (RAGTIME, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND). Subsequently, he worked extensively with improv and sketch groups on both coasts, and for many years performed his own standup comedy at such clubs as The Ice House, The Comedy Store, and at benefits for such organizations as True Majority and The World Can't Wait. On stage, he appeared in the West Coast premiere of Joined at the Head at the Pasadena Playhouse, was an original cast member and co-creator of the long running Off-Broadway hit, Grandma Sylvia's Funeral, and portrayed multiple roles including Eddie Cantor and Dean Martin in the Los Angeles workshop of the original musical, Sammy!, directed by Debbie Allen.

Richard is a member of L.A.'s oldest storytelling collective, The Story Salon, and regularly performs his original stories at such events as "Pinata" at the Bang Comedy Theatre, "Wordplay" at the Fake Theatre, and "Tasty Words" at Every Picture Tells a Story. He's the founder of The Drama Club, a play-reading salon, and author of the play, Mysteries of the Rainforest, which was workshopped with late Estelle Getty, and later, under the sponsorship of Michael Patrick King (SEX IN THE CITY).

In his spare time, he's written for such publications as Esquire, The Village Voice, and The N.Y Daily News , and has completed the requisite number of unproduced screenplays, as per California Civil Code, section 38-41.