Richard E. Gant (born March 10, 1944) appeared as George Washington Duke, the unscrupulous, opportunistic, Don King-esque fight promoter that signs Tommy Gunn, luring him from the management and guidance of Rocky Balboa in Rocky V. A seasoned veteran supporting character actor, Richard's credits include the films Rocky V, a appearance as a possessed coroner in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), Deadwood, The Big Lebowski, Babylon 5, Special Unit 2, NYPD Blue, Living Single, Posse, Men Don't Tell and Charmed. He also had a recurring role as the high school principal in Smallville. He also appeared in The Nutty Professor 2 and Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie as well as reporter Charles Parker in the cult classic adaptation of Colin Bateman's Divorcing Jack. Gant was also in the 2007 comedy film, Daddy Day Camp, as Col. Buck Hinton
On February 6, 2007, Gant joined the ABC daytime drama General Hospital in the role of Dr. Russell Ford. He starred in Men of a Certain Age for its entire two-season run on TNT (2009–2011).
Gant was the campaign manager for federal elections in the country of Nigeria. He has been honored for his achievements by being presented the Keys to the City of Oakland, California by then-Mayor Jerry Brown.