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Richard Schiff

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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May 27, 1955 In Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Series The Affair 2014-10-12

Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The West Wing
Murder in the First David Hertzberg 2014-06-09
Manhattan Unknown 2014-07-27
The Affair Jon Gottlief 2014-10-12
Rogue Marty Stein 22 episodes, 2015-2017 2013-04-03
House of Lies Unknown 2012-01-08
Key and Peele Unknown 2012-01-31
The Mindy Project Unknown 2012-09-25
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Unknown 2011
The Cape Unknown 2011-01-09
Once Upon a Time Unknown 2011-10-23
Up All Night Unknown 2011-09-14
Any Human Heart Dr. Byrne 2 episodes, 2010 2010
Past Life Dr. Malachi Talmadge 9 episodes, 2010 2010-02-09
Svetlana Unknown 2010-01-01
White Collar Unknown 2009-10-23
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Unknown 2008-01-13
In Plain Sight Unknown 2008-06-01
In Treatment Unknown 2008-01-28
Eli Stone Unknown 2008-01-31
Burn Notice Unknown 2007-06-28
The Bronx Bunny Show Unknown 2007-03-01
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
Bones Unknown 2005-09-13
Entourage Unknown 2004-07-18
NCIS Unknown 2003-09-23
Monk Unknown 2002-07-12
The West Wing Toby Ziegler 145 episodes, 1999-2006 1999-09-22
Roswell Unknown 1999-10-06
Becker Unknown 1998-11-02
The Practice Unknown 1997-03-04
Ally McBeal Unknown 1997-09-08
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Murder One Unknown 1995-09-19
ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Chicago Hope Unknown 1994-09-18
Wild Palms Unknown 1993-05-16
NYPD Blue Unknown 1993-09-21
Picket Fences Unknown 1992-09-18
Tales from the Crypt Unknown 1989-06-10
Doogie Howser, M.D. Unknown 1989-09-19
Murphy Brown Unknown 1988-11-14
L.A. Law Unknown 1986-09-15
Cheers Unknown 1982-09-30
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11