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Richard "Rick" Overton (born August 10, 1954) is an Americanmarker screenwriter, actor, and comedian. His writing credits include Dennis Miller Live, and his acting credits include Willow and The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne.


Overton was born in Forest Hills, Queensmarker, New Yorkmarker, the son of Nancy Overton (née Swain), a singer, and Hall Overton, a teacher and music arranger. He grew up in Englewood, New Jerseymarker, where he attended Dwight Morrow High Schoolmarker.


Overton made his first onscreen appearance in the 1982 film Young Doctors in Love, followed by a small role in Airplane II: The Sequel later that year. In 1987, he wrote an episode of The New Adventures of Beans Baxter while also appearing in various films and television shows including:Willow, Amazing Stories, and Million Dollar Mystery.

In 1992, he landed a role in the FOX Network sketch comedy show The Edge. The show ended in 1993. Later that year, Overton appeared in two episodes ofSeinfeld and landed a small role in Mrs. Doubtfire. The following year, he won an Emmy for writing an episode of Dennis Miller Live.

In 2005, Overton appeared on Alias and Joan Of Arcadia; in the latter he played God explaining to the title character the meaning of real wealth. He also portrayed both H.G. Wells and Orson Welles in a podcast episode of The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd that same year.

In 2009, Overton is set to appear in the film A Fork in the Road alongside Jaime King.



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Awards and nominations

Emmy Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program, Dennis Miller Live (1997)
  • Won: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Variety or Music Program, Dennis Miller Live (1996)

Writers Guild of America Award

  • Nominated: Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series, Dennis Miller Live (1997)


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