Richard Schiff

Actor, Director
Character player Richard Schiff took an uncommon career path, starting out as a stage director on the New York theater scene and later discovering his talent and love for acting. A relatively late starter, Schiff racked ... Read more »
Born: 05/26/1955 in Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Filmography

Actor (114)

Take Me to the River 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ally McBeal 1992 - 2005, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Becker 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 2005, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Before I Disappear 2014 (Movie)

Bruce Warham (Actor)

Celebrity Poker Showdown 1993 - 1994, 1999 - 2005, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1992 - 2005, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Decoding Annie Parker 2014 (Movie)

Allen (Actor)

Doogie Howser, M.D. 1992 - 1996, 1998 - 2005, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

High Incident 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 2005, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Key & Peele 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kill the Messenger 2014 (Movie)

Richard Zuckerman (Actor)

L.A. Law 1992 - 2005, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love & War 1993 - 1995, 1999 - 2005, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder in the First 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1992 - 2005, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Picket Fences 1992 - 1996, 1998 - 2005, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Roswell 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 2005, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Automatic Hate 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Gambler 2014 (Movie)

Jeweler (Actor)

The John Larroquette Show 1993 - 1995, 1999 - 2005, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 1992 - 2005, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The West Wing 1999 - 2006, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Thunder Alley 1993 - 1994, 1999 - 2005, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bones 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Knife Fight 2013 (Movie)

Dimitris (Actor)

Man of Steel 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Emil Hamilton (Actor)

Fire With Fire 2012 (Movie)

Harold Gethers (Actor)

House of Lies 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

NCIS 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Time 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scott Turow's Innocent 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mindy Project 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Another Harvest Moon 2011 (Movie)

Jeffrey (Actor)

Any Human Heart 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Johnny English Reborn 2011 (Movie)

Fisher (Actor)

The Cape 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Up All Night 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

White Collar 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Made in Dagenham 2010 (Movie)

Robert Tooley (Actor)

Past Life 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Infidel 2010 (Movie)

Lenny (Actor)

Imagine That 2009 (Movie)

Carl Simons (Actor)

In Plain Sight 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eli Stone 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Last Chance Harvey 2008 (Movie)

Marvin (Actor)

Monk 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Burn Notice 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Civic Duty 2007 (Movie)

Agent Hillary (Actor)

Martian Child 2007 (Movie)

Lefkowitz (Actor)

The Bronx Bunny Show 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Entourage 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ray 2004 (Movie)

Jerry Wexler (Actor)

People I Know 2003 (Movie)

Elliot Sharansky (Actor)

Sports Illustrated's Night of Champions 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Forever Lulu 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

I Am Sam 2001 (Movie)

Turner (Actor)

What's The Worst That Could Happen? 2001 (Movie)

Walter Greenbaum (Actor)

Gun Shy 2000 (Movie)

Elliot (Actor)

Lucky Numbers 2000 (Movie)

Jerry Green (Actor)

Whatever It Takes 2000 (Movie)

PE Teacher (Actor)

Crazy in Alabama 1999 (Movie)

Norman (Actor)

Forces of Nature 1999 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Heaven 1999 (Movie)

Stanner (Actor)

Brooklyn South 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Deep Impact 1998 (Movie)

Don Biederman (Actor)

Dr. Dolittle 1998 (Movie)

Dr Gene Reiss (Actor)

Living Out Loud 1998 (Movie)

Philly (Actor)

Loved 1998 (Movie)

District Attorney Steve Waters (Actor)

Santa Fe 1998 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

The Taking of Pelham 123 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Relativity 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Rough Magic 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 (Movie)

Eddie Carr (Actor)

Touch 1997 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Volcano 1997 (Movie)

Haskins (Actor)

City Hall 1996 (Movie)

Larry Schwartz (Actor)

ER 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grace of My Heart 1996 (Movie)

Auditiion Record Producer (Actor)

Maybe This Time 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael 1996 (Movie)

Italian Waiter (Actor)

The Arrival 1996 (Movie)

Calvin (Actor)

The Trigger Effect 1996 (Movie)

Gun Shop Clerk (Actor)

Seven 1995 (Movie)

Mark Swarr (Actor)

South of Sunset 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Tank Girl 1995 (Movie)

Trooper in Trench (Actor)

Speechless 1994 (Movie)

Sound Technician (Actor)

Speed 1994 (Movie)

Train Driver (Actor)

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

Mailroom Screamer (Actor)

Ghost in the Machine 1993 (Movie)

Scanner Technician (Actor)

My Life 1993 (Movie)

Young Bill (Actor)

Skinner 1993 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

Hoffa 1992 (Movie)

Government Attorney (Actor)

Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

JFK Reporter (Actor)

Rapid Fire 1992 (Movie)

Art Teacher (Actor)

Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot 1992 (Movie)

Gun Clerk (Actor)

The Bodyguard 1992 (Movie)

Skip Thomas (Actor)

The Public Eye 1992 (Movie)

Photographer - Thompson Street (Actor)

Korman's Kalamity 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Young Guns II 1990 (Movie)

Rat Bag (Actor)

Medium Straight 1987 (Movie)

Pat Harding (Actor)

Cruel Doubt (TV Show)

Actor

Poliwood (TV Show)

Actor

Rogue (Tv Show)

Actor

The Affair (Tv Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor

The Pentagon Wars (TV Show)

Actor

Till Death Us Do Part (TV Show)

Actor

Trenchcoat in Paradise (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

In Treatment 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

Character player Richard Schiff took an uncommon career path, starting out as a stage director on the New York theater scene and later discovering his talent and love for acting. A relatively late starter, Schiff racked up an impressive number of credits quickly into his career, landing increasingly larger roles in film, and becoming a familiar face due to his prolific guest work on television, in addition to regular roles on the series "Relativity" (ABC, 1996-97) and "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999- ). The balding actor's realistic, average looks, sad eyes and world-weary demeanor made him an especially believable frazzled Everyman, a role that he would play masterfully in several film and television productions.

Relationships

Sheila Kelley Actor

Wife
First met in the early 1980s when she auditioned for a role in a play he was directing in NYC reconnected years later; married in 1996

Edward Schiff

Father
divorced from Schiff's mother c. 1967

Charlotte Schiff

Mother
works in cable TV and publishing divorced from Schiff's father c. 1967

Ruby Schiff

Daughter
born in August 2000 mother, Sheila Kelley

Gus Schiff

Son
born in November 1994 mother, Sheila Kelley

EDUCATION

dropped out of high school but obtained an equivalency diploma

City College of New York

New York , New York 1983
originally enrolled in 1973 but dropped out after one year; returned in 1975 and began taking acting classes

Milestones

2010

Cast as FBI director Jack Fickler on CBS’ "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior"

2009

Played a supporting role in the family comedy "Imagine That," starring Eddie Murphy

2009

Appeared opposite Michael Douglas in the drama "Solitary Man"

2008

Appeared opposite Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson in "Last Chance Harvey"

2007

Appeared in the West End production of "Underneath the Lintel"

2007

Starred along with Peter Krause in the thriller "Civic Duty"

2006

Returned to the stage, starring in the premiere run of "Underneath the Lintel," a one-act, single-character play by Glen Berger

2004

Starred as Jerry Wexler opposite Jamie Foxx in "Ray" the biopic of legendary blues singer Ray Charles

2001

Cast as Turner in Jesse Nelson's feature drama "I Am Sam"

1999

Appeared in the ensemble of the NBC drama series "The West Wing" as Toby Ziegler, the president's cynical communications director; earned Emmy nominations in 2001 and 2002

1999

Appeared in the romantic comedy "Forces of Nature"

1999

Guest starred on an episode of The WB's high school set sci-fi drama "Roswell"

1998

Played a disgruntled transit employee who plans the hijack of a subway train, in ABC's TV-movie remake "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three"

1998

Co-starred in the HBO political satire "The Pentagon Wars"

1998

Had a featured role as Dr Gene Reiss, a colleague of Eddie Murphy's "Dr. Dolittle"

1998

Played Philly, the the successful brother of elevator operator Pat (Danny De Vito), in "Living Out Loud"

1997

Had memorable key role as an equipment specialist outfitting the research team in "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"

1996

Had a featured role in the political drama "City Hall"

1996

Played Barry Roth on the low-rated but critically praised ABC series "Relativity"

1996

Featured in the CBS TV movie "Special Report: Journey to Mars"

1995

Guest starred on "NYPD Blue" as a suspected terrorist bomber

1992

Had a small role as a reporter in the Spike Lee drama, "Malcolm X"

1992

Had supporting roles in the NBC true crime TV-movies "Till Death Do Us Part" and "Cruel Doubt"

1990

Featured in an HBO "Tales From the Crypt" installment entitled "Korman's Kalamity"

1990

Appeared in "Young Guns II"

1989

Made TV-movie debut, "Trenchcoat in Paradise" (CBS)

1988

Made feature acting debut with a small part in "Medium Straight"

1987

Appeared in the independent short "Arena Brains"

1983

Staged a production of "Antigone" featuring Angela Bassett

1975

Returned to NYC

1974

Moved to Colorado for one year

1973

Enrolled at City College of New York but dropped out after one year

Turned his attention to acting, performing in downtown NYC theater productions

Moved to Los Angeles

Began career as stage director in Manhattan

Joined Tim Robbins' acclaimed Actors Gang

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