Richard Rust (July 13, 1938 – November 9, 1994) was an American actor of stage, television, and film born in Boston, probably best remembered for his role as a young lawyer in NBC‘s Sam Benedict series (1962–1963).
Rust’s mother died when he was five, and his father was an officer in the United States Navy. Therefore, Rust lived with an aunt in New York City. He attended a Massachusetts boarding school and the University of Miami, where he was an archery champion. After majoring in drama at Miami, he enhanced his skills at the Neighborhood Playhouse.
Rust first acted professionally in a 1951 production of The Milky Way at Southbury Playhouse in Connecticut. In 1957, Rust was chosen as a replacement in Eugene O’Neill‘s Long Day’s Journey into Night. His other Broadway credit was One by One (1964).
In 1958, Rust signed a contract with Columbia Pictures, along with other young Hollywood aspirants Michael Callan and Yvonne Craig. He appeared in 1959 in The Legend of Tom Dooley, a Western film starring Michael Landon. Rust was cast in 1960 in the crime drama film, This Rebel Breed, about rival narcotics gangs in high schools.[better source needed] Also in 1960, he portrayed Dobie with Randolph Scott in the Western film Comanche Station.
His films in 1961 included William Castle’s Homicidal, a thriller starring Glenn Corbett, and Underworld U.S.A., a study of revenge starring Cliff Robertson. He had the role of Oliver in the 1962 film Walk on the Wild Side with Barbara Stanwyck and Laurence Harvey.
In 1969, he appeared in the Roger Corman biker cult film Naked Angels. His last named role was in 1990 as Sheriff Blanchfield in the film Double Revenge about a bystander who goes on a rampage against a bank robber.