Deon Richmond is best known for his recurring roles as Rudy Huxtable's best friend Kenny “Bud” on the NBC’s family sitcom, The Cosby Show. Richmond no longer looks like the adorable young man we saw on TV. He is 40 years old today.
He was born on June 2, 1978, in New York and started a showbiz career at a young age after graduating from Texas Christian University. Among his earliest roles was an appearance in the music video for the 1985 Kool & the Gang song, Cherish.
Appearance as Kenny in The Cosby Show
It was in 1986 when he made a guest appearance as Kenny in an episode of The Cosby Show. He went to appear on the show in 32 episodes until the show ended in 1992.
Afterward, Richmond played a young Eddie Murphy in the beginning scenes of the film, Eddie Murphy Raw and appeared as Chet in Enemy Territory.
He played the role of Darren Dixon, the brother of Merlin Santana’s character, Marcus in the sitcom, Getting By (1993-94). They appeared together in The Cosby Show.
In 1997, he began his role as Tamera Campbell's boyfriend, Jordan Bennett on the fifth season of Sister, Sister, and was a regular cast member during its sixth and final season. In later years, he appeared in films such as Trippin', Scream 3, Not Another Teen Movie, National Lampoon's Van Wilder, and Hatchet.
Jobs in radio stations
In the 1990s, Richmond held a job of disc jockey and talk show host in radio stations like KLIF and KNUS-FM in Dallas, Texas, and WKBW AM in Buffalo.
While hosting the talk show, Deon Richmond’s Hotline, he constantly received death threats for addressing controversial topics.
Throughout the years, he has survived a series of cancers. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2001 and took a month break to undergo surgery and chemotherapy. Reportedly, cancer returned a year later, and he had to undergo another surgery in 2002.
He recovered from the grueling treatment within a month. Later, in March 2003, he was diagnosed with breast cancer. He underwent surgery and suffered major complications.
Due to a series of serious ailments, Richmond was unable to join any regular acting gig. He has become a spokesperson for early detection of cancer in recent years.
Personal Life and Upcoming project
He is the father of twin daughters, Lilac and Leone Richmond, born in 2009. In 2018, he had a starring role in the drama film, What Matters and is set to appear in Mistaken.
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