|Full Name||Solomon Richards|
David Richards (father)|
Ira Richards (son)
(business partner, 2013)
Michael De Santa
|Voiced by||Joel Rooks|
Solomon Richards, the son of film director David Richards and an unnamed mother, grew up around the film industry through his fathers company, which he later inherits. At an unknown time he had a son of his own called Ira. In 1968 he directed Nelson in Naples and in 1973 he directed the film Rum Runner, which featured a scene stealing performance starlet Leonora Johnson with the two falling out over disparaging comments made about Solomon. He responded "Two minutes of hamming it up in a wheelchair and suddenly she thinks she’s got talent – I’ve seen brisket with more charm". This conflict later led to Solomon Richards becoming a suspect in Leonora's murder in January 1979 with Jeff Campion believing he may have been connected to the "HAM" message written on a servered piece of Leonora's thigh placed next to her corpse. The murder remained unsolved although it is almost certain that Solomon knew of a confession letter written by Dreyfuss to David Richards, a letter that Solomon's son mentions while drunk in 2013. The letter also describes Solomon as 'remorseless hack with none of your passion, your creative zeal. He's a weak livered moralizer hiding in the body of Vinewood decadent'.
Solomon continued to direct films including Vinewood Zombie in 1981 (which was later voted the worst film of 1981), An American Divorce in 1987, The Shoulder of Orion I, The Shoulder of Orion II in 1992, Arthur Penny's Sanitorium in 1994 and a film adaptation of Yuppie and the Alien. The Richards Majestic studio, under Solomon's leadership, continues to lose money, although Solomon continues to direct a 'string of remakes, rom coms and super hero pictures', which flopped at the box office, using green screen rather than on location. In 2013, while part way through shooting his latest film Meltdown and Deep Inside, he sells a significant portion of Richards Majestic to businessman Devin Weston. Solomon continues to shoot the film until Rocco Pelosi and his associate Gianni convince his lead actors to hold out for more money. This problem is solved by Michael De Santa, who is capable of recognising quotes from any of Solomons films, when he kills Pelosi and Gianni with Solomon deciding to name Michael as the films executive producer.
The filming is nearly completed when Devin announces that he plans to destroy the film, which would secure an insurance pay off for the investors such as Devin. Devin hopes to 'fossilize' the last dinosaur in town and use the money to buy the studio from Solomon's son, a majority shareholder, and turn the area into condos while also avoiding tax due to the economic crisis. The plan is hatched by Molly Schultz, Devin's assistant, who takes an early negative held by Solomon planning to leave it in a secluded off shore location. Devin, using poses by Fabien LaRouche who had a brief relationship with Michael's wife Amanda, angers Michael who then begins to chase Molly to the airport despite her police escort. Michael manages to retrieve the film after Molly is sucked into an aeroplane engine.
Solomon later informs Michael that the chase was unnecessary as they have digital back up copies and that he has green lit a premiere to stop them attempt to destroy the film with Solomon sending four tickets to Michael's house so his family can attend. At the premiere Solomon comments that his wife Amanda and daughter Tracey were not in attendance and Michael then receives a phone call explaining that he had sent Merryweather Security Consulting mercenaries to his house. Michael leaves Solomon at the premiere and, with his son Jimmy, returns home and rescues his wife and daughter.
- GTA V
- Nelson in Naples (1968)
- Rum Runner (1973)
- Vinewood Zombie (1981)
- An American Divorce (1987)
- The Shoulder of Orion I (year unknown, prior to 1992)
- The Shoulder of Orion II (1992)
- Arthur Penny's Sanitorium (1994)
- Yuppie and the Alien (year unknown)