After more than a decade of onscreen roles, Denim Richards is finally getting the shine he deserves. The talented actor best known for his role in the hit TV show, Yellowstone, is finally getting the attention his talent deserves. First, he was promoted to series regular on the Kevin Costner-led show in 2019. Then he was part of the main cast of the Western drama, Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher.
Thanks to the critical success of both projects, Denim’s profile has risen with each passing year in the 2020s, and there’s plenty more to come from one of TV’s leading men. For those who are just learning about the actor, there’s much to learn. Below, we’ve detailed ten of the most interesting and relevant facts about Denim Richards.
1. He’s Bilingual
Denim Richards is one of those people who become more interesting the more you learn about them. Not only does he speak English, but he also speaks German despite the fact that he hasn’t been to Germany. He picked it up through his other creative endeavor (more on this later) and from having a German best friend. Besides speaking German, Denim is also in the process of learning French.
2. He’s Always Wanted To Be A Performer
Denim Richards will be the first person to tell you that he had no real intention of becoming a star. But he always wanted a life in the creative arts ever since he held signs for plays in elementary school. And because he wanted to do more than hold cardboard for other performers, he asked for more responsibilities. At 6, he was a guest soloist at the Crystal Cathedral and has been a performer ever since.
3. He’s a Trained Opera Singer
Denim isn’t just someone who sings as a hobby, he’s a classically trained opera singer. During an interview with Your Money Geek, he said, “I always loved singing. I was doing plays, and then the plays kind of got me into doing musical theater…I think I was probably sixteen when I started my first official opera lesson, and it was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done.” His background as a trained opera singer has contributed to his rise to fame with Yellowstone, where he plays a singing cowboy.
4. He’s A California Native and a Leo
Denim is a Leo, having been born on August 10, 1988. The singer-actor was born and raised in Anaheim, California, and has fond memories of his time growing up there. He attended Covenant Christian School, and he’s still very close with many of the people he grew up with. One of his good friends is Elie Ayrouth who co-founded Foodbeast.
5. Denim Richards is a Published Author
During the pandemic lockdown, there were lots of debates over how people should spend their time. Denim chose to use his to do things he wouldn’t be able to do otherwise, and one of those things was to write a book. The book, “Mastering Your Mind“, was released in May and focuses on helping people find positivity and balance amid the stress of today’s world.
6. He Hopes His Work Empowers Others
Every time Denim steps on stage or gets in front of a camera, he hopes that his audience walks away feeling good. In addition to being entertained during his performance, he wants people to take something with them when the show is over. He says, “I hope that whatever you get from me, it is spiritually and emotionally fulfilling, as well as empowering.”
7. He Loves Traveling
Denim has been able to do quite a bit of traveling over the years and says that what he loves the most about visiting new places is getting the chance to expand his mind and spirit. Traveling outside of the country is a unique experience, and it’s one that he greatly appreciates. Some of the places he’s been to include India and Dubai.
8. Denim Owns A Production Company
In addition to being an actor, Denim has also become an entrepreneur. He is the founder of Lazer Focus Productions, a production company he started in 2012. The multiethnic company focuses on telling original stories and giving opportunities to aspiring performers who once had a dream like himself. At the time of writing, the company hasn’t yet released a project, The Forgotten Ones, written and directed by Denim is currently in production.
9. He Likes To Spend Time Outdoors
Like his character in Yellowstone, Denim is truly an outdoors kind of guy. For him, spending time outside is a chance to be at peace and enjoy the beauty of nature. Some of his favorite things to do when outdoors are go swimming, hiking, and exploring walking trails. Denim is also a sports fan who enjoys watching games live. As expected, he primarily supports California-based teams, especially Los Angeles Angels.
10. He Started A Nonprofit
Denim also loves working with young people and has started a nonprofit with them in mind. The organization is called Youth Empowering Success and according to his LinkedIn, it “focuses on giving youth a positive voice through the arts – singing, acting, dancing, public speaking, and or filmmaking.” Denim is a strong believer that children truly are the future, and he believes in offering them love and guidance. On top of running the nonprofit, he also mentors young children.
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