Ron Richards was the comedian’s teacher at Broad Run High School back in the 1980s.

Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt — comedian, television star and Twitter guru — came home to Ashburn this week and took a very special guest to dinner: his AP Goverment teacher from Broad Run High School.

According to a tweet from the Emmy and Grammy winner, Oswalt took social studies teacher Ron Richards to dinner at Uncle Julio’s at One Loudoun on Wednesday evening. Richards had taught Oswalt during the comedian’s time at Broad Run in the mid-1980s. He graduated in 1987.

The tweet reads in part: “If there’s a teacher who helped guide you, track ‘em down and buy ‘em dinner. You can never fully repay them, but it’s a start.”

Among Oswalt’s many Hollywood credits — he starred as Spence on the hilarious CBS series “The King of Queens.” He was the voice of Remy in the hit Pixar movie “Ratatouille.” And he’s currently the narrator of “The Goldbergs” on ABC. He periodically pops up in Loudoun County and is known to sometimes poke fun at Ashburn, Sterling, Herndon and other NoVa locales in his comedy routines.

Image: Pixar


  1. Vickie Kidner 5 years ago

    We all love Mr. Richards!

  2. Barb Hess 5 years ago

    Ron was a great teacher. Patton, well he pulled the usual teenage tricks on us as teachers, administrators, and office staff. Good to remember all the good times at BRHS.

  3. Colby Ballos 5 years ago

    I had Mr Richards, I actually wrote him a thank you letter my senior year because he was such an inspiration to me. I’m actually in my first year as an English teacher and if it wasn’t for him and his colleagues I don’t know where I’d be today.

  4. Anonymous 5 years ago

    Congrats Mr Richards. Great teachers deserve every bit of loyalty and support we can provide!
    Bob Ohneiser Esq

  5. Scott Gammans 5 years ago


    Huge fan of Patton’s. It warms this old cynic’s cold, black heart that he’s been able to move forward after so much heartbreak these past couple of years. Great post!!

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