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Ralph Richeson

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Ralph Richeson

Ralph Richeson, the eccentric actor who played the disheveled cook Richardson at the Grand Central Hotel on the HBO series "Deadwood," has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 63.

Richeson was an extra on the popular Western before producer David Milch noticed him and gave him a line, leading to his first on-screen credit. Richeson died Tuesday of heart failure at Palmdale Regional Medical Center, his agent, Hugh Leon of Coast to Coast Talent Group, told The Hollywood Reporter.

On "Deadwood," Richeson’s character appeared simple-minded, hardly spoke a word and had a fixation with a deer's antler, bringing it with him wherever he went.

"I don't think there was anyone remotely involved in the show who didn't love Ralph," actor Jim Beaver, who played prospector Whitney Ellsworth on the series, wrote on Facebook. "He was kind, infinitely sweet and far, far smarter than his character. I will miss you forever, my friend. I raise antlers in honor of your passage."

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After "Deadwood," Richeson, a native of Peru, Indiana, appeared as a convict in the Will Smith movie "Hancock," as an "overworked homeless man" in "The Revenant" and as a "ghoulish man" on a 2010 episode of "Parks and Recreation."

Survivors include his brothers Terry and Charlie, sister-in-law Linda, niece Angela and nephew Mark.

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