Richard Crouse figures he’s the luckiest person he knows. “Ever since childhood I’ve had a great interest in pop culture — music and movies chief among my obsessions — and a desire to write and perform on television.” Richard is among those lucky few that can say that he is living out his childhood dream.
His first job, at 16, was a nighttime DJ at CKBW radio in his native Nova Scotia, the youngest DJ in the Maritimes. “My position was ‘jr. announcer’, a job that actor Donald Sutherland had held at the same radio station many years before.”
In 1980 Richard moved to Toronto looked for work as a writer. “I wrote for free for anybody who would publish me, but eventually I worked my way up to writing for magazines and newspapers.” Aside form his two syndicated weekly columns in the Metro newspaper, Richard’s work has been featured in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, as well as many literary and music magazines. He wrote his first book when he was in his teens; a history of his favorite band The Rolling Stones. “I still have a copy, written on an old typewriter, with pictures clipped from magazines pasted in as illustrations.”
Since then Richard has written six more books, all reviewed positively by the critics, including Rock & Roll Toronto and Who Wrote the Book of Love (Doubleday). Richard has also written a Celine Dion biography (Ballantine, New York), followed by Big Bang, Baby (a rock trivia encyclopedia for Dundurn), the best-selling The 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, its sequel The Son of the 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen and the upcoming Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils.
Richard now finds himself in front of the camera. Since 2005 he has been the regular film critic for Canada’s number one morning show, CTV’s Canada AM and since 2006 a weekly contributor to CTV’s News Channel. In 2011 he hosted In Short, a series of eight hour long show showcasing BravoFact’s best short films, Richard Crouse’s Movie Show seen nationally on the Independent Film Channel and for ten years was co-host of the Galaxi and Impression Award winning television show Reel to Real (1998 – 2008), Canada’s longest running movie review program. Richard joined the show at the end of its 6th season and made regular trips to the Cannes Film Festival, provided in-depth coverage of the Toronto Film Festival and did more than 4000 interviews in his ten year stint at the show. He was also a regular pundit for Star TV’s Best! Movies! Ever! and the host of The 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen on Rogers Television.
Although Richard has been living out his childhood dream, he’s not content to idly sit back and enjoy the ride. Always looking forward to the next challenge, Richard has the drive to accomplish whatever he sets out to do. When asked what he’d like to find at the end of the rainbow, Richard simply replies with a smile, “Another rainbow.” Based on his track record, he’ll have no trouble finding it.