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Richard Kind Papers

Identifier: 31/6/215

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of the papers of American actor and Class of 1978 Northwestern University alumnus Richard Bruce Kind (1956-), dating from 1956 to 2019. The collection has been arranged into 5 series by topic and format: Personal Life and Family (1956-2010), Education (1965-2005), Correspondence (1964-2010), Portrait and Photographs (1956-2010), Audiovisual Media (1989, 1999 and undated), Performance Records and Memorabilia (1970-2011), Publication and Newspaper Coverage (2000-2019).

Personal Life and Family (1956-2010) includes Kind's birth announcement, invitations to his Bar Mitzvah and a program to his Confirmation Service at Har Sinai Temple, an invitation to a surprise anniversary party he and his sister Joanne hosted for their parents, records of charitable donations made to honor family births and deaths, and of his fundraising for research into neurodegenerative disorders, a calendar and book of photos featuring his daughter Skyler, annotated business cards from contacts, monogrammed memorabilia, and publications from community organizations his parents were involved in.

Education (1965-2005) includes writings by Richard Kind, materials from his alma mater Pennsbury High School (Class of 1974) such as a Commencement program, a document from Speech League, a program from an Awards Theater event honoring Kind, and records of his visit as guest speaker for the Class of 1999's Commencement, as well as photos and a program from his 1978 graduation from Northwestern University.

Correspondence (1964-2010) includes letters and cards written by Kind to his grandparents as a child and young adult, a file of correspondence received by his parents regarding his career and achievements, a letter sent by Kind to the "Folks at Portobello Theatre" (one of the theatres Kind performed with during his years living in New York City immediately following his college graduation), a file of mail received by Kind from fellow entertainment industry colleagues, fans, and friends, and letters from friend George Clooney regarding the casting of the movie Fail Safe.

Portrait and Photographs (1956-2010) includes copies of a portrait of Kind by Dave Rudnick, baby and early childhood photos of Kind, photos from his high school and college graduations, photos of Kind with family and friends, headshot photos of Kind, and a file of photos of the cast and crew of Spin City.

Audiovisual Media (1989, 1999 and undated) includes 3 audiocassette tapes, two of which are recordings made by Kind for his grandmother, and one of the speech Kind gave as guest Commencement speaker at his alma mater Pennsbury High School in 1999. Series also includes 2 CDs and 1 DVD, pending imaging.

Performance Records and Memorabilia (1970-2011) includes records of Kind's performances as a member of The Second City comedy troupe in Chicago, off-Broadway theater performances in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New York, and Broadway performances including "Sly Fox," "The Producers," and "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife" amongst others. Materials include scripts, event programs, ticket stubs, a contact sheet, cut-out advertisements, flyers, reviews, a postcard of the Williams Inn presumably from his time performing at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and a set of cue cards for his performance in "The Producers." Series also includes a keepsake clock in a leather case from his time on the cast of TV sitcom Spin City.

Publication and Newspaper Coverage (2000-2019) includes 2 sub-series, Magazines and Newspaper clippings. Magazines include 3 copies of TV Guide, coverage of his wedding to Dana Stanley in InStyle, coverage of his friendship with George Clooney in Readers Digest, 3 copies of The New Yorker, People Magazine coverage of film "A Serious Man" in which Kind co-starred, and a profile of Kind in Suburban Life Magazine, Life in Newtown. The 6 files of newspaper clippings spanning 1978-2019 predominantly include news coverage of his performances.


  • 1956-2019


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection\n\nAudiovisual media within the collection must be viewed within the reading room during research appointments. Necessary hardware and software will be provided during the appointment to access these materials to the best of our abilities.\n\nRequests for different access methods, such as those not using computers or with the aid of assistive technologies, must be made in advance of a research appointment to Library staff.\n\nBorn digital materials (CDs, DVD) are pending imaging, and requests for access to them must be made in advance of a research appointment to McCormick Library staff.

Biographical / Historical

American actor Richard Bruce Kind was born on November 22, 1956, in Trenton, New Jersey, to mother Alice (née Berson) and father Samuel Kind, a jeweler. He and his younger sister Joanne were raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pennsbury High School in 1974, and from Northwestern University's School of Speech (from 1891 to 1921, the School of Oratory, and from 2001 until today in 2021, the School of Communication) in 1978. At Northwestern, he was pre-law and a fraternity member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. After graduating from Northwestern, he lived in New York City for four years taking acting classes and acting in some commercials and theatre productions (including at the Surflight Summer Theatre in New Jersey, and with the Portobello Theatre Co. in New York). In 1982 he moved back to Chicago and joined the Practical Theatre Company (founded by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brad Hall, Gary Kroeger and Rich Hall amongst others), and in 1983 he began performing with The Second City improvisational comedy troupe (including with Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson). He began appearing in TV series and movies as of 1985; he performed with members of Second City (including Mike Myers and Ryan Stiles) in the 1987 pilot of "110 Lombard Street," co-starred in the 1987 sitcom pilot "Bennett Brothers" with George Clooney (with whom he formed a lasting friendship), and had a recurring role as "Jimmy Bello" in the crime thriller TV show Unsub in 1989. In 1990, he became an ensemble member of Carol Burnett's comedy anthology TV show Carol and Company, and in 1991 he joined the cast of The Carol Burnett Show. He has had recurring roles in sitcoms, including as "Dr. Mark Devanow" on Mad About You (1992-1999, with a revival in 2019), "Paul Lassiter" on Spin City (1996-2002), "Harvey Corman" in Scrubs (2003-2004) and "Cousin Andy" in Curb Your Enthusiasm (2002, 2004-2005, 2009, 2020-2021). He also played Gotham City Mayor, Aubrey James, on the TV show Gotham (2014-2019). He has voiced roles in television shows (Dora, the Explorer, The Penguins of Madagascar, American Dad, and Big Mouth) and movies ("Tom" in Tom and Jerry: The Movie, “Molt” in A Bug’s Life, “Van” in Cars and Cars 2, "Bookworm" in Toy Story 3, and “Bing Bong” in Inside Out). He has also found success as a stage actor, appearing on Broadway as "Ira Taub" in The Tale of the Allergist's Wife (2002), "Addison Mizner" in Bounce, A New Musical (2003), “Max Bialystock” in The Producers (2004), "Foxwell J. Sly" in Sly Fox (2004), and "Marcus Hoff" in The Big Knife" (2013), for which he received a Tony Award nomination. In 2008, Kind played the role of "Voltaire" in the New York City Opera's production of Candide (an operetta by Leonard Bernstein). Kind married Dana Stanley (an executive director of Project ALS, which fundraises for research into Lou Gehrig's disease) in November 1999; they have 3 children, a daughter Skyler, born circa 2002, and twins Samantha and Max, born circa 2005.


3.6 Linear Feet (4 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



Collection consists of the papers of American actor and Class of 1978 Northwestern University alumnus Richard Bruce Kind (1956-), dating from 1956 to 2019, including his personal and professional correspondence, school records, photographs, audiovisual media, records of theater, TV, and film performances such as scripts, cue cards, playbills, and memorabilia, and news clippings and magazine coverage of his life and career, dating from 1956-2019.


Collection has been arranged into 5 series by topic and format: Personal Life and Family (1956-2010), Education (1965-2005), Correspondence (1964-2010), Portrait and Photographs (1956-2010), Audiovisual Media (1989, 1999 and undated), Performance Records and Memorabilia (1970-2011), and Publication and Newspaper Coverage (2000-2019). Within series, files are arranged in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Richard Kind Papers were donated to the University Archives by Richard Kind on November 6, 2019. (Accession number: 2019-109-31.)

Related Materials

See also: Records of the Practical Theatre Company (Identifier: 55/47).
Guide to the Richard Kind (1956- ) Papers
Natalia Gutiérrez-Jones, Archival Processing Specialist
2021 October
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US