While Richard Tyson didn't get his first acting credit until his late 20s, he certainly hit the ground running. Graduating high school at age 13, the Alabama-born actor then proceeded to go to college and eventually get his Master's degree in Fine Arts from Cornell University before turning his sights to professional acting. After appearing on an episode of the Bruce Willis hit "Moonlighting" (ABC 1985-89) in 1986, Tyson made his first major appearances in the teen comedy "Three O'Clock High" (1987) and romantic drama "Two Moon Junction" (1988). Following those two movies, he starred in the short-lived TV crime series "Hardball" (NBC 1989-1990) opposite John Ashton. After "Hardball" ended, Tyson played drug kingpin Cullen Crisp, the villainous foil to Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action comedy "Kindergarten Cop" (1990). Tyson infamously appeared as Genghis Khan in the troubled and ultimately unfinished historical epic "Genghis Khan" (1992), which also starred Pat Morita and Charlton Heston. The next mark Tyson made was as a regular in movies made by the Farrelly Brothers in the late '90s. He first appeared in "Kingpin" (1996) before making a celebrated comedic appearance as Detective Krevoy in the surprise hit comedy "There's Something About Mary" (1998). In the early 2000s, Tyson appeared in the war drama "Black Hawk Down" (2001), and steadily remained active as a character actor in film and on television.
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Made his acting debut in "Three O'Clock High"
Played the villain in "Kindergarten Cop" opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger
Appeared in his first Farrelly Brothers movie, "Kingpin"