As a young man in Westport, CT, Richard Eagan appeared in community theater plays and musicals before deciding to pursue acting as a career. He worked off-Broadway and in summer stock in the 1960s, but had a change of heart, which took him out of the theater and into other life pursuits.
In 1987 he was asked to act in a production of Len Jenkins’ Kid Twist at Sideshows by the Seashore in Coney Island, where his then nine-year-old daughter Daisy saw him perform and decided she wanted to do the same thing herself.
In the 1990s he was cast in HBO Films Judgment, with Keith Carradine and Blythe Danner, and joined Avalon Repertory Theater in NYC, appearing in a baker’s half-dozen stage dramas including The Elephant Man, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Shaw’s Dark Lady of the Sonnets, and Jerome Davis’ Pas de Deux.
Opportunity knocked twice again in life when two friends asked him to act in their debut films- Eric Werthman’s Going Under (2004) and Todd Gordon’s Pianoforte (2016). Since then he has been featured in a variety of short dramatic films, and is thrilled to play the title character in Todd Gordon’s Old Hen. This Spring, he will begin shooting a new feature by John Painz, The Mourners.
Henry, a septuagenarian cross-dresser, finds his life abruptly changed when Dolores, his long-time co-worker and closest friend, suddenly dies, forcing him to come to terms with losing the only person who truly accepts his cross-dressing.
|Old Hen (short)||Principal/Lead||Samba Filmworks/Todd Gordon|
|Roaming (short)||Supporting||Zachary Metzger Films|
|Pianoforte (short)||Supporting||Samba Filmworks/Peilin Kuo|
|Going Under||Supporting||EDW Productions|
|Zipper: The Last Wild Ride||Self||Amy Nicholson|
|Judgment||Supporting||HBO Films / Tom Topor|
|Shark Show, C.I. (Short)||Principal / Self||Scott Levy Productions|
|Alive On the Inside||Creator/Performer||United Solo Theater Festival|
|Dark Lady of the Sonnets||Will Shakespeare||Avalon Repertory, NYC|
|Pas de Deux||Pops||Avalon Repertory, NYC|
|The Elephant Man||F. C. Carr-Gomm||Avalon Repertory, NYC|
|One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest||Dale Harding||Avalon Repertory, NYC|
|Measure for Measure||Friar Peter Thomas||Tweed Theater Works|
|Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol||Bob Cratchit||BAM / Harron & Cummings|
|Kid Twist||Abe Reles||Coney Island, USA|
|The Fantasticks||The Mute||Sullivan St. Playhouse|
|Six Characters in Search of an Author||Rick, Ensemble||Wm. Ball/Circle in the Square|
|Threepenny Opera||Ensemble||Westport Country Playhouse|
|On the Case with Paula Zahn||“Stolen Dreams”||2016|
|Mysteries at the Museum||Dr. William Roll||2016|
|Monsters Inside Me||Dr. Samir Kreit||2016|
|Late Night with David Letterman||“Fool the Guesser” (featured spot)||Worldwide Pants / CBS|
Host/Emcee, Coney Island Mermaid Parade, 1998-2018 (In character as Miss Kay Sera)
Host/Emcee, Karaoke with Kay Sera, Hope & Anchor, Brooklyn, NY 2003- 2014 (TimeOut NY Award Winner)