Richard is the Tory magistrate of Setauket. In the first two seasons, he remained steadfastly loyal to the Crown despite learning his son Abe was a Patriot spy. Richard used his influence to check Abe's spying, only for his resourceful son to find ways around him. Richard reached his breaking point with Abe in Season 3, blackmailing Mary into allowing him to raise young Thomas himself. But after Simcoe's rampage against alleged subversives in Setauket, he outwitted the captain by going over his head, rescuing Abe from imminent death.
On better terms with his son in Season 4, Richard actively assists Abe in his schemes, teaching his son how to avoid bloodshed.
Most recently seen in Maigret and Designated Survivor, Kevin R. McNally will also be reprising his role as Joshamee Gibbs in the new installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Dead Men Tell No Tales, due for release in 2017.
In addition to playing Gibbs in all installments of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, McNally’s work in film includes Legend, opposite Tom Hardy; Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation; The Raven; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera; and De-Lovely. In addition, he has also appeared in Valkyrie, Entrapment, Sliding Doors, The Long Good Friday, Cry Freedom, High Heels and Low Lifes, Johnny English and The Spy Who Loved Me.
McNally’s extensive career includes numerous London and Broadway stage productions and his work in television includes Designated Survivor; The Mill; 73 Seconds; Burn Notice; Downton Abbey; CSI; Supernatural; Shackleton; Agatha Christie’s Marple; Margaret; Conspiracy; Spooks; Life on Mars; Underworld; Poldark; I, Claudius; and Dunkirk.