Horvitz's film career began in 1976 with a Freshen Up Gum commercial, which led to other commercial appearances and several hand modeling jobs. After a brief stint in an off-Broadway production of Oliver!, he went on to make appearances on TV shows such as Kids Incorporated and Safe at Home and movies such as Summer School, How I Got Into College and Deadly Weapon. He also starred as Howie for two seasons on the 1988 syndicated television sitcom The Munsters Today which lasted three years until 1991. Howie was best friend of Marilyn Munster (played by actress Hilary Van Dyke).
Starting in 1993, he changed the focus of his career to voice acting, starting with voice of Alpha 5 on the live-action series Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. This is one of Richard's often-forgotten roles that he has performed over the years; however, Richard can still do Alpha's voice for fans if requested to do so (the robot's speaking voice, sadly, not his singing from Alpha's Magical Christmas). From here, he expanded into several other particular voice roles on such animated shows as The Angry Beavers (Daggett), Invader Zim (Zim), Kim Possible, Dave the Barbarian (Ned Frischman), Zatch Bell! (Kanchomé), The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (Billy, Billy's dad, Billy's paternal grandfather), Ben 10 (Grey Matter), Squirrel Boy (Rodney), and Shorty McShorts' Shorts as Dudley, Bunnicula (Lugosi).
After his stint as Alpha 5 ended (with in-production reasons for the character's departure unaddressed by Richard to this day, possibility due to contractual reasons), Horvitz went on to voice a few monsters in other Power Rangers series, and was also the voice of Alpha 7 in the Power Rangers: Wild Force episode, "Forever Red". He also played the main character Razputin in Psychonauts and Orthopox in Destroy All Humans!, Destroy All Humans! 2, and Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon, (not Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed) in a voice that closely resembles that of Zim (rather, what would happen if Zim adopted an English accent). He has voiced various NPCs in Everquest 2. He also does the voice of the Berserker Darklings in The Darkness, Bumble in Kinectimals, and Kaos in Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. Richard also plays the character "Green Grapes" in the Fruit of the Loom commercials.
He has also acted on stage, including in Jeffrey Hatcher's Mrs Mannerly in Boston.
Horvitz was born, grew up, resides, and currently works in Los Angeles. On the side he also taught voice acting and theater at the California State University, Northridge. He is a friend of Fred Willard, Rob Paulsen, Barry Dennen and Billy West, who voiced Zim in the pilot episode. He lives with his wife, playwright and screenwriter Kristen Lazarian, and their three sons; Cole, Jake, and Wyatt. The couple's oldest of their three sons, Jake Elliot Horvitz, was born April 11, 1997, an event proudly mentioned in one of his shows, The Angry Beavers. He and his wife also wrote "Keeper of the Reaper", an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.
- Horvitz was the second person to audition for the voice of Daggett.
- Daggett Beaver
- Big Bunny
- Disco Rama Crewman
- Otter #2
- Beaver Squadron
- Daggett Clones
- Toy Bunny
- Forest Animals (5 episodes)
- Pirate Rats
- Furry Demon
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