Early life, family, educational background
American actor and stuntman Branscombe Leo Charles Richmond, was born on 8 August 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 Tahitian-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 had the minor role of Moki in “Magnum, P.I.” only in the pilot episode, before another actor replaced him, but returned for several episodes as various bad guys.
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In 1981 he played Bob Ahuna in “Charlies’ Angels” episode the “Hula Angels”, and the policeman, Harker in the ABC series “Hawaiian Heat” in 1984. However, the show failed quickly, and was overtaken by “Dallas.” That year, he also played Peter Sky Horse in “The New Mike Hammer” episode “Warpath.”
In 1986 he was Sergeant Luke Halui in all 13 episodes of “Heart of the City”, which at that time battled 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 19 September 1992 to 4 April 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 playing a police officer who is framed for murder and is on the run, joined by Bobby, a Native American bounty hunter. Stephen J. Cannell is not only 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 almost 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 fighting 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 movie 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 best-known production was the “Superman” films starring Christopher Reeve in the title role. The film follows Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World in 1492, and the fall of the Emirate of Granada, which preceded the voyage.
In 2002 he played Mathayus’ half-brother, Jesup, in “The Scorpion King,” the American historical fantasy action starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Grant Heslov and Kelly Hu. The film was directed by Chuck Russell and was the prequel of “The Mummy” franchise. The film was Dwayne’s first lead role.
Branscombe was cast as Keoki in 2008’s “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, then 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 novel by Jules Verne, published in 1874, and starred Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Vanessa Hudgens, Michael Caine, and Luis Guzmán.
Branscombe voices Gibraltar in the video game “Apex Legends,” which is free-to-play, and was published by Electronic Arts and developed by Respawn Entertainment. On 4 February 2019, the game was released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows – in the game, up to 20 quads made up of three people land on an island, and search for supplies and weapons before battling other players. The play area shrinks overtime on the island, which forces players to move around, so they do not play outside the play area where it is fatal.
The last surviving 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 famous for getting others out of dangerous situations in the Outlands, sending his opponents running, and putting himself in danger to protect his squad.
He became the lead singer in the band “Branscombe Richmond and the Renegade Posse.”
He is also the official spokesperson of Indian Motorcycles, and takes his Indian motorcycle along with him when he tours with his band. As a spokesperson, he makes appearances at the motorcycling’s Big Five: Sturgis (SD); Laconia (NH), the Laughlin (NV) River Run; Hollister (CA), and Daytona Bike Week (FL).
He has received various awards, including “Mr. Showman” by the Las Vegas Review Journal, and “Native American Entertainer of the Year.”
On 20 July 1986, Branscombe married Leialoha Maa, with whom he has four children.
Hobbies, favorite things, and interesting facts
In 2003 he was inducted to the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
He was paid tribute to by A.C., a grindcore band in their song “Branscombe Richmond” on their “I Like It When You Die” album.
Branscombe has black hair and brown eyes. He is 6ft 3in (1.91m) tall.
Net worth and salary
His net worth is estimated at over $3 million as of mid-2020.