Richard Schiff Biography

Birthday: 1955-05-27
Place of Birth: Bethesda, Maryland
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Wiki Biography: Richard was the middle of three sons born to Edward, a real estate lawyer, and Charlotte, a cable TV and publishing executive. His parents divorced when he was 12. He dropped out of high school but obtained an equivalency diploma. He tried studying at the City College of New York (CCNY) in 1973, but had no interest. After not bothering to show up for finals, he headed to Colorado where he cut firewood and lived a hippie life. He returned to New York in 1975 and started studying acting at CCNY and eventually was accepted into their theater program. He initially disliked acting and studied to be a director. He directed several off-Broadway plays, including "Antigone" with a then just-graduated Angela Bassett in 1983. He also met present wife, Sheila Kelley, during auditions for this play. The two married in 1996. In the mid-1980s, Richard says he conquered his fears and decided to take a stab at acting. He got several TV roles, but he was seen by Steven Spielberg in an episode of the TV drama "High Incident" (1996). Speilberg then cast him in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and his career has been on an upward climb ever since that has lead to his co-starring role in "The West Wing" (1999).

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Relativity Barry Roth 1996 Drama
Living Out Loud 1998 Comedy
The West Wing Toby Ziegler 1999 - 2000 Drama
Gun Shy 2000 Comedy
Imagine That Carl Simons 2002 - 2002 Comedy
Magic Numbers Jerry Green 2010 Family
Past Life Dr. Malachi Talmadge 2010
Love Life Dr. Byrne 2011
Money 2011 Dr. Emil Hamilton 2011
Knife Fight Dimitris Vargas 2013
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Medium Straight Pat Harding 1988 Crime
The Public Eye 1992 Crime, Drama, Romance
City Hall Larry Schwartz 1996 0
The Arrival 1996 Game Show, Sport, 0
Grace of My Heart 1996 Comedy, Drama, Music
Michael Italian Waiter 1996 Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Eddie Carr 1997 0
Rough Magic Marvin Wiggins 1997 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Santa Fe Alex 1997 Comedy, Drama
Loved District Attorney Steve Waters 1997 Drama, Thriller
Doctor Dolittle Dr. Gene 'Geno' Reiss 1998 0, 0
The Pentagon Wars 1998 Comedy
Deep Impact 1998 Action, Drama, Romance
Dr. Dolittle Dr. Gene Reiss 1998
Living Out Loud 1998 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Forces of Nature 1999 Biography
Crazy in Alabama 1999 0, 0
Heaven Stanner 1999 Crime, Thriller
Gun Shy Elliott 2000 Comedy, Crime, Romance
Whatever It Takes 2000 Comedy, Drama, Romance
I Am Sam Mr. Turner 2001
Forever Lulu Jerome Ellsworth 2001 Comedy, Romance
People I Know Elliot Sharansky 2002 Crime, Drama
Ray Jerry Wexler 2004 Drama, Music
Martian Child Lefkowitz 2007 Drama, Family
Last Chance Harvey Marvin 2008 Biography, 0
Civic Duty 2008 Drama, Thriller
Imagine That Carl Simons 2009 Comedy, Drama, Family
Another Harvest Moon Jeffrey 2010 Drama
Fire with Fire Harold Gethers 2012 Action, Crime, Drama
Man of Steel Dr. Emil Hamilton 2013 Sport, 0
Beach Pillows Henry Midwood 2013
Knife Fight Dimitris Vargas 2013 Drama
Explosion Don 2014 Drama
Decoding Annie Parker Mr. Allen 2014
The Locals Ira Goldberg 2015 Comedy
The Automatic Hate Dr. Ronald Green 2015 0