Saturday, September 29, 2012
Josh and I grew up across the street from each other in a Studio City suburb. We were best friends as kids but Josh was always a step ahead of me. While I listened to Elton John, Josh listened to T-Rex. While I watched Beanie & Cecil, Josh viewed Fritz The Cat. Josh's family was the first in the neighborhood to subscribe to the Z Channel and we spent many nights watching movies like Freebie and the Bean and California Suite.
We were both latch key kids. We played sports year round until the streetlights came on and we scoured the nearby Auto Graveyard beneath Mulholland Drive searching for snakes and scorpions. We shared the surreal experience of seeing our local ice cream man suffer a heart attack and crash his truck into a fire hydrant. We also raised hell together, breaking into people's homes and rearranging their furniture and changing their answering machine messages.
At age 5, Josh began recording radio commercials with his father Don Richman, a legendary radio producer and tv writer. As a teenager, Josh parlayed his radio experience into an acting career. He appeared in The River's Edge, Heathers and Natural Born Killers. Josh was orphaned by the deaths of both parents by age 21. His surrogate family became confidantes like Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr. and Keanu Reeves. In 1991, he forged a relationship with Axl Rose that led to Josh writing the Guns N' Roses music video "Don't Cry" as well as his directing the video for "Live And Let Die."
In 1992, Josh produced the film The Last Party in which Robert Downey travelled along the presidential campaign trail. Josh was also manager for the rock band Deadsy which featured lead singer Elijah, son of Cher & Gregg Allman. Always a diehard USC Football fan, Josh is a Dodger dugout staple and a courtside regular at both Lakers and Clippers games. Like his father, Josh is a true renaissance man and I'm fortunate to call him a true friend. (6" x 8", black ink print)