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 major credits include the films Rocky V and Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie. 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.