Richard Brake (born 30 November 1964) is an American actor.
Brake was born in Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Wales, UK and grew up in the U.S. states of North Carolina, Connecticut, Georgia, Tennessee and Ohio. He attended Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio and trained in The Science of Acting under the technique's founder, and founding Principal of The Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing, Sam Kogan.
Having appeared in numerous productions (including brief appearances in Cold Mountain and Munich), Brake achieved his first significant role in mainstream cinema being cast as Joe Chill in Christopher Nolan's 2005 film, Batman Begins. In this film (as in most versions of the Batman comic series), his character Chill was the criminal who murdered the Batman's parents, effectively starting him on his path to caped justice.
Following this, Brake appeared as the warped Portman in Doom, with Karl Urban and The Rock. Brake also made a cameo appearance in the video for Muse's Knights of Cydonia, playing a villainous Sheriff in a strange futuristic western. He then played the villain Bobby De Witt in The Black Dahlia, and appears in 2007's Hannibal Lecter prequel, Hannibal Rising as the war criminal Dortlich.