Early life, family, educational background
American actor and stuntman Branscombe Leo Charles Richmond, was born on August 8, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is of English, French, Native American, Spanish, Native Hawaiian, Portuguese, and French Polynesian descent. Branscombe’s father, Leo C. Richmond, was a Tahitia-born stuntman and actor.
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Branscombe’s debut was in the pilot episode of “Lanigan’s Rabbi” in 1976. In 1978 he played a security guard in “The Pyramid” episode of “The Bionic Woman”, and in 1980 he had the minor role of Moki in “Magnum, PI” only in the pilot episode, before another actor replaced him, but returned for several episodes as different bad guys.
In 1981 he has played Bob Ahuna in the episode “Charlies’ Angels”, the “Hula Angels”, and the police officer Harker in the ABC series “Hawaiian Heat” in 1984. However, the show quickly failed and was overtaken by “Dallas”. That year he also played Peter Sky Horse in the episode “Warpath” of “The New Mike Hammer”.
In 1986, he was Sergeant Luke Halui on all 13 episodes of “Heart of the City”, which at the time competed against NBC shows such as “Amen” and “The Golden Girls”, and CBS’s “The New Mike Hammer”. In 1989, he played a lifeguard in the television movie “Baywatch: Panic at Malibu Pier.”
From September 19, 1992 to April 4, 1997, Branscombe was Bobby Sixkiller in “Renegade” – the series ran for five seasons and consisted of 110 episodes.
His role as Bobby is his most prominent and well-known television role. Reno Raines and Lorenzo Lamas starred in the series, Reno plays a police officer charged with murder and on the run, along with Bobby, a Native American bounty hunter. Stephen J. Cannell is not only the creator and executive producer of the series, but he also plays the recurring role of Donald “Dutch” Dixon, a corrupt police officer, and the series’ main villain. The series ran successfully for nearly five years and had over 100 episodes.
Branscombe appeared in several other television series, including “Walker, Texas Ranger” in 1998 as Deputy George Black Fox, in “Desperate Housewives” in 2005, in “Hawaii Five-0” as Saloni in 2011, and as Keoni in “Chicago Med” between 2016 and 2019.
in 1984 Branscombe played Lingon Gunner #2 in “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.” The American science fiction was directed by Leonard Nimoy, produced and written by Harve Bennett, and was based on the television series of the same name. In 1982 “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” was released and in 1986 “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” premiered.
In 1985, he appeared in “Commando” in a fight scene against Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character. He played Poolroom Thug #2 in “Action Jackson” in 1988, and in 1990 in “Hard to Kill” with Steven Seagal, and in “Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man” in 1991.
In 1992, he played Terrifying Clown #1 in the American superhero film “Batman Returns”, produced and directed by Tim Burton. The film was based on the DC Comics, followed by 1989’s ‘Batman’. The series stars Michael Keaton as Batman/Bruce Wayne alongside Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny DeVito.
That year, he also played Indian Chieftain in the American historical adventure, “Christopher Columbus: The Discovery” by John Glen. It was Alexander and Ilya Salkind’s last project together as father and son – their most famous production being the ‘Superman’ films starring Christopher Reeve in the title role. The film follows Christopher Columbus’ journey to the New World in 1492 and the fall of the emirate of Granada, which preceded the journey.
In 2002, he played Mathayus’ half-brother, Jesup, in “The Scorpion King,” the American historical fantasy action movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Grant Heslov, and Kelly Hu. The film was directed by Chuck Russell and was the prequel to the “The Mummy” franchise. The film was Dwayne’s first starring role.
Branscombe was cast as Keoki in 2008’s “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, and in 2010 he played a bartender in “Just Go with It”, alongside Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker and Nicole Kidman.
In 2012, Branscombe played the Tour Guide in “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.” The American science fiction comedy-adventure film followed “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” which was released in 2008.
The 2012 sequel was based on “The Mysterious Island,” a Jules Verne novel, published in 1874, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Vanessa Hudgens, Michael Caine, and Luis Guzmán.
Branscombe voices Gibraltar in the free-to-play video game “Apex Legends” published by Electronic Arts and developed by Respawn Entertainment. On February 4, 2019, the game was released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows. In the game, up to 20 quads consisting of three people land on an island and search for supplies and weapons before fighting other players. The play area is shrinking overtime on the island, forcing players to move around so they don’t play outside of the play area where it’s deadly.
The last remaining team wins. “Apex Legends” is set in the same science fiction universe as “Titanfall” and “Titanfall 2”, games created by Respawn Entertainment. Branscombe’s character, Gibraltar, is a free legend available in the base game, the son of two SARAS (Search and Rescue Association of Solace) volunteers and is a gentle giant. His character is known for taking others out of perilous situations in the Outlands, putting his opponents to flight and endangering himself to protect his team.
He became the lead singer of the band “Branscombe Richmond and the Renegade Posse.”
He is also the official spokesperson for Indian Motorcycles and takes his Indian motorcycle with him when he tours with his band. He acts as a spokesperson for the bike’s Big Five: Sturgis (SD); Laconia (NH), the Laughlin (NV) River Run; Hollister (CA) and Daytona Bike Week (FL).
He has received several awards, including “Mr. Showman” by the Las Vegas Review Journal and “Native American Entertainer of the Year.”
On July 20, 1986, Branscombe married Leialoha Maa, with whom he has four children.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
In 2003 he was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
AC, a grindcore band, paid tribute to him in their song “Branscombe Richmond” on their album “I Like It When You Die”.
Branscombe has black hair and brown eyes. He is 1.91 m tall.
Wealth and salary
His net worth is estimated to be over $3 million by mid-2020.