Fast Facts

  • Met his wife at the University of Texas, where he was awarded an acting scholarship.
  • Studied at New York's Circle in the Square conservatory for two years.
  • In 1989, he made his TV debut on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives.
  • Won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in 1991 for his performance on Guiding Light. He was subsequently nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 1992, 1993 and 1995.
  • For his role as Ric Lansing on General Hospital, he won a 2004 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor and was subsequently nominated in 2005 and 2007.
  • Earned a first-degree black belt in karate.


  • Nicholas — Son
  • Donna Smoot — Wife
  • Cameron — Son


  • Attended University of Texas, Austin, TX


  • Birth Name: Richard Charles Herbst
  • Birth Place: Queens, NY
  • Profession: Actor

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