Birth name Kevin Scott Richardson
Born October 3, 1971 (age 44)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, model, actor, composer
Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboards
Years active 1993–present
Labels Jive, K-BAHN
Associated acts Backstreet Boys, Krystal Harris
Kevin Scott Richardson (born October 3, 1971) is an American singer, model, actor, and composer, best known as a member of the Backstreet Boys. Richardson was inducted into Kentucky Music Hall of Fame along with his cousin and bandmate Brian Littrell on April 10, 2015.
Kevin Scott Richardson was born in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Ann (Littrell) and Jerald Wayne Richardson, Sr. He is the youngest of three boys, and is a first cousin of fellow Backstreet Boys member Brian Littrell. He has been singing in church choir since he was a child and he started acting in high school.
As a youth, he was a chess club member and acted in school plays such as “Bye, Bye Birdie” at his school in Kentucky, Estill County High School. He was also a football captain.
In Florida, he worked as a cast member in Walt Disney World. He was a backstage tour guide and costume characters, most notably as Aladdin and one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. There he also met his future wife Kristin Willits, who was playing the character of Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.” He worked at Walt Disney World until he joined the Backstreet Boys in 1993.
He has been a model for Versace. He also modeled for Vogue and is a brand ambassador for TAG Heuer.
Along with the rest of the Backstreet Boys, Richardson has made appearances on Arthur, Sesame Street, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and This Is the End.
In 2003, during Backstreet Boys’ hiatus, Richardson played the role of Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of Chicago. and in 2003, he made an appearance on Punk’d where he got punk’d by Ashton Kutcher.
On November 14, 2006, several months after he left the Backstreet Boys, he returned to New York City with many Chicago alumni for the 10th anniversary of the show. From late November to December 3, 2006 Richardson played the role of Billy Flynn in Toronto, and from February 4 to March 4, 2007, he played the role in Japan. He also returned to Japan to play the role in late September and early October 2009.
Richardson starred in his first TV movie in the 2009 Christian drama Love Takes Wing, based on a book by Janette Oke. He played the role of Cyrus.
In 2010, Richardson starred in The Bloody Indulgent, a vampire themed musical film. In the same year he also starred opposite Susan Traylor, Daniela Sea, Pleasant Gehman, Garrett Swann and Michael Maize in Steve Balderson’s feature film drama The Casserole Club. Richardson received an Independent Vision Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Casserole Club at Vision Fest in New York City in 2011.
Also in 2011, he starred in a short film, Unwound. It is an entry for Producers Guild of America premiere Weekend Shorts Event contest to benefit the Debra Hill Foundation. The film only took 51 hours from script to final cut.
In 2013, Richardson and the other Backstreet Boys appeared as fictional version of themselves in the comedy film This Is The End.
Richardson has been married to Kristin Kay Willits since 2000. Their engagement was announced on MTV in February 2000 and the couple married on June 17, 2000, at Lee County’s Cathedral Domain in rural eastern Kentucky. Together they have two sons: Mason was born on July 3, 2007 and Maxwell was born on July 10, 2013.