Deon Richmond is best known for his recurring roles as Rudy Huxtable’s best friend Kenny “Bud” on 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.

Deon later went on to lead his life away from the media. And as such, the actor remains rather elusive to the world. However, with some digging around, here’s what we could dig up on Richmond.

When was Deon Richmond Born? Birthday, Family and More

On June 2, 1978, Deon Richmond was born in New York, USA. Moreover, the actor, Richmond, holds an American nationality. Similarly, Deon comes from an Afro-American ancestry.

Deon Richmond doing Cheers
Deon Richmond was holding his drink. Source: Instagram

Despite leading a life in showbiz, Richmond keeps his personal life away from the public. And as such, his parents and siblings remain hidden from the world’s view. Moreover, it remains uncertain if Deon was an only child of his mom and dad.

Richmond 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. Likewise, his career started taking off after The Cosby Show.

Appearance as Kenny in The Cosby Show

In 1986, he made a guest appearance as Kenny in an episode of The Cosby Show. He appeared on the show in 32 episodes until the show ended in 1992.

Smiling Deon Richmond
Smiling Deon Richmond.

Afterward, Richmond played a young Eddie Murphy in the film’s beginning scenes, 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. He appeared in films such as Trippin’, Scream 3, Not Another Teen Movie, National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, and Hatchet in later years.

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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.

Health Struggles of Deon Richmond

Throughout the years, Deon Richmond has survived a series of cancers. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2001 and took a month’s break to undergo surgery and chemotherapy. Reportedly, the cancer returned a year later, and he had to undergo another surgery in 2002.

Deon Richmond sitting on the stairs
Deon Richmond was sitting on the stairs. Source: Instagram

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.

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Due to a series of serious ailments, Richmond could not join any regular acting gig. He has become a spokesperson for the early detection of cancer in recent years.

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Personal Life and Upcoming project of Deon Richmond

He is the father of twin daughters, Lilac and Leone Richmond, born in 2009. In 2018, he had a starring role in What Matters’s drama film and is set to appear in Mistaken.

Cute twin daughters of Deon Richmond
Cute twin daughters of Deon Richmond.

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