This funny scene is from season one of Wings. The actor playing cabbie Luther Talbert real name is Sy Richardson. Sy was born in Cincinnati, Ohio but was raised in Chicago, Illinois. He started singing as a young man and recorded his first song with a group called Lil June and the Januarys when he was 16 years old. After a short stint in the US, Navy Sy attended college at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He graduated with a degree in Journalism and worked for several newspapers before deciding to give acting a try. He started out with the Heritage Square Opera House and then performed in vaudeville. He eventually made the move to Hollywood and has worked around the world.
Sy Richardson has traveled all over the US giving lectures on How to Live in Work in Hollywood. He co-produced and directed the Symposium 98, a documentary, for the SAG/AFTRA EEOC department. He directed “TREE” for the Los Angeles Opera Foundation. His direction of “South Of Where We Live” won one out of three nominations for the NAACP Image Awards in 1988. Summers In Suffolk was nominated for three NAACP Image Awards in 1996. Passing won two out ten NAACP nominations in 1997. Sy is a devout Christian and teaches a Bible Study class for adult entertainers. He is also a member of the Desi International Film Festival, Fisk University International Black Film Festival board, the Biola University Studio Task Force, Board of Directors for the Towne Street Theater, He chaired the SAG Casting Committee for three years and taught a cold reading class for the SAG Conservatory and a former member on the Board of Directors for the Screen Actors Guild. Mr. Richardson teaches his own Acting Workshop in No Ho California, a Children’s Musical Theater Camp and a beginning acting workshop for the Towne Street Theater. He is also a member of the International Society for Excellence in Christian Film and Television. He is the artistic director for the Drama Ministry at Heart of the Canyons Church in Newhall, California.