Addison Whittaker Richards, Jr. was an American actor of film and television. A native of Zanesville, Ohio, Richards appeared in more than three hundred films between 1933 and his death.
Richards was cast in many television series, including the syndicated 1950s crime drama, Sheriff of Cochise, starring John Bromfield. From 1955 to 1961, he appeared in six episodes in different roles on the NBC anthology series, The Loretta Young Show.
From 1957-1958, he appeared in the recurring role of J.B. Barker in nine episodes of Jackie Cooper's NBC sitcom, The People's Choice. In 1958, he was cast as Warden Johnson in the episode "Dead Reckoning" on the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Colt .45.
In 1957, in the first of three appearances on Dale Robertson's NBC western series, Tales of Wells Fargo, Richards played Governor Lew Wallace in the episode entitled, "Billy the Kid", with Robert Vaughn cast as the frontier outlaw Billy the Kid. Richards played the role of Evanson in the 1957 episode "Venus of Park Avenue" on thbe CBS crime drama, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, starring David Janssen.