Radomir Vojtech Luza, Theatre Critic
Richard Lawrence Maddox was born in Kingsville, Texas, to Laura Lee Myers, a waitress turned massage therapist and Richard Calvin Maddox, a cowboy and competitive team roper. He has Scottish, Dutch, German, and strong Cherokee Ancestry, with his paternal grandmother coming from a Cherokee band from Oklahoma. The older of two brothers, Ric was raised in the small Texan town of Pleasanton and played American Football and Division A Baseball.
After graduating, Ric joined the US Army, serving in the 4th Infantry Division as an Alpha Team Leader in the 1st Battalion 8th Infantry Regiment with one tour in Iraq. While in service, Ric had the honor of earning five Army Achievement Medals and the prestigious Expert Infantry Badge. Which is not surprising considering his grandfather CPO George Lawrence Myers is a World War II Navy veteran and his great grandfather, Purple Heart recipient Corporal George Labania Myers was a decorated World War I Army Infantry machine gunner.
Maddox however, was the only member of his family to pursue a career in acting. Shortly after returning from Iraq, he landed a small role in 'The Alamo' opposite Billy Bob Thornton. It was through this film that Ric met actor Patrick Wilson and was encouraged to pursue his career further. So Ric moved to New York to train at the prestigious Stella Adler acting conservatory for 3 years under the late Earle Gister.
Upon returning from New York, Avy Kaufman cast Ric in the movie 'Stop-Loss' opposite Ryan Phillippe and Timothy Olyphant. The films director Kimberly Peirce, encouraged Ric to make the move to Los Angeles.
Ric is an alumni of Playhouse West, having studied with Tony Savant, Holly Gagnier, Jim Parrack and worked with James Franco. He was also opposite Jeff Goldblum in "Prisoner of Second Avenue" for the Playhouse West Rep and took home "Best Supporting Actor" at the 2013 Playhouse West film festival for his role of Teddy, in the gritty south Boston drama "Black Irish".
Coming from genuine cowboy stock and being an accomplished horse rider and military trained sharp shooter, has led Ric into a series of western roles including:- 'The Barefoot Bull Rider'; ' The Magnificant Dead'; 'Valley of Death'; 'Renegade'; 'Billy the Kid: New Evidence'; 'Expedition Unknown' (playing Virgil Earp) and 'The West Files'. He is also the co-creator, co-writer, and lead actor in the upcoming Western 'Dead Men the Series' playing Jesse Struthers.
Ric Maddox also stars as lawman Pat Garrett in 'The American West', Robert Redford's 8 part series on AMC premiering in June 2016.
In 2015, Maddox married the British production designer Simone Piaskowski.