Kevin Scott Richardson was born on 3 October 1971 under the sign of Libra, in Lexington, Kentucky USA, and is a 48-year-old musician, probably best recognized for being one of the members of the famous boy band ‘Backstreet Boys’. He is also known as an actor and model.
How Rich Is He, As Of Now? Kevin Scott Richardson Net Worth
Kevin Scott Richardson’s net worth is over $40 million; earned mostly from being active in the music industry as a member of one of the most popular boy bands. He’s also increased his wealth through his acting and modeling careers.
Early Life, Nationality, Ethnicity, Educational Background
Kevin is the youngest of three sons born to his father, Jerald Wayne Richardson, Sr., who worked as a handyman and outdoorsman, and his mother, Ann C. Richardson, a homemaker. His nationality is American and he belongs to the white ethnic group. He is Christian. He was raised on the family farm alongside his two elder brothers, named Tim and Jerald Wayne, Jr.
He then lived in the youth camp Cathedral Domain Camp, where his father worked. He went to Estill County High School and matriculated in 1990. While in high school, he performed in various school productions, such as “Barefoot In The Park” and “Bye, Bye Birdie”. He also played football, and served as the captain of the Estill Engineers. He also played the drums in a band.
Upon matriculation, Kevin moved to Orlando, Florida and worked as a model, songwriter and dance instructor, until he eventually got a job as a performer at Walt Disney World, in charge of conducting backstage tours. Besides that, he performed such characters as Aladdin, Sebastian the Crab, Prince Eric, and one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. After finding out that his father had colon cancer Kevin moved back home – his father passed away in 1991 and Kevin went back to Florida to pursue further his career as a musician.
In 1993, Kevin joined the boy band called ‘Backstreet Boys’, which comprised AJ McLean, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, and Kevin’s cousin Brian Littrell, whom he asked to join them.
They held their first performance at SeaWorld Orlando in May 1993. Their first single “We’ve Got It Goin’ On” was released in 1995, while the band released their self-titled debut studio album in 1996, followed the next year by their second album “Backstreet’s Back” (1997).
The band eventually achieved huge international fame with their third album, entitled “Millennium”, which was released in 1999, and spawned such Top40 singles as “Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely”, “I Want It That Way”, and “Larger Than Life”. The album became one of the best-selling albums of all time, with more than 24 million copies sold worldwide, topped the US Billboard 200 charts, and was certified diamond and 13 times platinum by RIAA.
In 2000, they released their fourth studio album – “Black & Blue” – while their next album, entitled “Never Gone” was released five years later, after a short hiatus. In 2006, Kevin decided to leave the band to pursue an acting career, but still performed with the band occasionally over the next year, until he announced his return in 2012.
They released the 2013 album “In A World Like This”, which is the band’s eighth studio album, and the follow-up “DNA” in 2019, which topped the US Billboard 200 chart. Moreover, Kevin appeared alongside other members of the band in the documentary film “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of” (2015). During the same year, he was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame along with Brian Littrell.
Kevin is also known for his solo career as a musician. In 2003 he composed the soundtrack of the film “The Spirit Bear”, which was released in 2010. During the same year, he co-founded The Music Workshop alongside his friend Keith McGuffey, located in Louisville, Kentucky. Kevin started working on his solo studio album, entitled “Cover Story”, in 2012. Three years later, he released the track “She’s Got A Way”, but the album has not been released yet.
Kevin Scott Richardson made his debut film appearance in the 1991 comedy drama film “My Girl”, directed by Howard Zieff. He has also guest-starred in such TV series as “Sabrina The Teenage Witch”, “Arthur”, and “Fear Factor”.
In 2003, he landed the role of lawyer Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of the musical “Chicago”, after which he appeared in the MTV hidden camera reality show “Punk’d” with Ashton Kutcher. Kevin’s next role came in 2009, when he featured as Clerk in the Hallmark Channel’s drama film “Love Takes Wing”, which is based on Janette Oke’s book. Two years later, he played Adam in the short drama film “Unwound” and appeared in the drama “The Casserole Club”, which earned him the 2011 Independent Vision Award for Best Actor at Vision Fest in New York City.
In 2013, Kevin appeared alongside other members of ‘Backstreet Boys’ in the comedy film “This Is The End”, and then landed the role of Burt in Ken Roht’s 2014 horror musical film “The Bloody Indulgent”. It was followed by his portrayal of Derek in the short drama film “If I Could Tell You” (2015). Most recently, he reprised the role of Burt in “The Bloody Indulgent Regurgitated” in 2020.
Kevin Scott Richardson also tried himself as a fashion model, and has modeled for such famous brands as Versace, and collaborated with Vogue. Kevin is currently serving as the brand ambassador of Tag Heuer.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Kevin has short dark brown hair and blue eyes. He stands at a height of 6ft 1in (1.85m), while he weighs around 180lbs (82kgs).
Personal Life and Charity Work
Kevin Scott Richardson is married to Kristin Kay Willits, who is a dancer, model and actress. They met back in 1993, at the time both of them were working for Walt Disney World. The couple eventually tied the knot on 17 June 2000. They have two sons – Kristin gave birth to their first son, named Mason Frey in July 2007, while the family welcomed their second son, Maxwell Haze in July 2013. Kevin is the founder of “Just Within Reach (JWR)”, an environmental organization, which was established in memory of his father, and was founded in January 2001.