Richard Schiff Biography (1955-)

Born May 27, 1955, in Bethesda, MD; son of Edward (a real estate lawyer) andCharlotte (a television and publishing executive) Schiff; married Sheryl Noeth (a poet; marriage ended); married Sheila Kelley (an actress), 1996; children: (second marriage) Gus, Ruby Christine. Addresses: Agent: Scott Melrose, Endeavor, 9601 Wilshire Blvd., Third Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.; Manager: Leverage Management, 3030 Pennsylvania Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404.;Publicist: David Lust, Patricola/Lust Public Relations, 8383 Wilshire Blvd.,Suite 530, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Actor, director
Birth Details
May 27, 1955
Bethesda, Maryland, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Barry Roth, Relativity, ABC, 1996-97
  • Tobias Zachary "Toby" Ziegler, The West Wing, NBC, 1999-
  • Miniseries
  • Cruel Doubt, NBC, 1992
  • Movies
  • Mole, Trenchcoat in Paradise, CBS, 1989
  • Jack Wells, Till Death Do Us Part (also known as Married for Murder), NBC, 1992
  • Life photographer, The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom, HBO, 1993
  • Deputy Dano, Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas, NBC, 1994
  • Movietone news director, Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight, TNT, 1994
  • Eric Altman, Special Report: Journey to Mars, CBS, 1996
  • Mr. Green, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, 1998
  • Robert Laurel Smith, The Pentagon Wars, HBO, 1998
  • Forever Lulu (also known as Along for the Ride), Starz!, 2000
  • Specials
  • Presenter, Sports Illustrated's Night of Champions, NBC, 2001
  • The West Wing Documentary Special, NBC, 2002
  • Himself, Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde, BBC, 2004
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, NBC, 2002
  • Episodic
  • Lester Middleton, "Korman's Kalamity," Tales from the Crypt (alsoknown as HBO's "Tales from the Crypt"), HBO, 1990
  • Dog pound operator, "Helter Shelter," L.A. Law, NBC, 1992
  • Lester Michaels, "The Bum," Love and War, CBS, 1994
  • Mel Woodworthy, "Anything but Cured," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1994
  • Pat Perkins, "Bloodsuckers," Thunder Alley, ABC, 1994
  • Wilson, "Don't Drink and Drive Nuclear Waste," The John Larroquette Show, NBC, 1994
  • Perlman, "Snitch Doggy-Dogg," Maybe This Time, ABC, 1995
  • Professor Stanley Fletcher, "Chapter Nine," Murder One, ABC, 1995
  • Vartan Illiescu, "Bombs Away," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1995
  • Ed Ossip (some sources cite Dominic), "Coroner's Day Off," High Incident, ABC, 1996
  • Mark Sarison, "Quiet Riot," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1996
  • Mr. Bartoli, "The Match Game," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1996
  • Steve Cameron, "Is Paris Burning?," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1997
  • Bernie Gilson, "These Are the Days," Ally McBeal, Fox, 1998
  • Bobby Snow (some sources cite Bob Show), "Trees in the Forest," The Practice, ABC, 1998
  • Chris McIntrick, "Cinnamon Buns," Brooklyn South, CBS, 1998
  • Agent Stevens, "The Morning After," Roswell (also known as Roswell High), The WB, 1999
  • Agent Stevens, "River Dog," Roswell (also known as Roswell High), The WB, 1999
  • Berry, "Truth and Consequences," Becker, CBS, 1999
  • Guest, Mad TV, Fox, 2000
  • Guest, "Tobacco," Dennis Miller Live, HBO, 2001
  • Himself, Intimate Portrait: Allison Janney, Lifetime, 2001
  • Guest, The View, ABC, 2002
  • (Uncredited) Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's "SaturdayNight," Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 2002
  • Contestant, "Tournament 1, Game 2," Celebrity Poker Showdown, Bravo, 2003
  • Contestant, "Tournament 1 Championship," Celebrity Poker Showdown,Bravo, 2003
  • Guest, The Best Damn Sports Show Period, Fox Sports Network, 2003
  • Guest, Last Call with Carson Daly, NBC, 2004
  • Guest, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, syndicated, 2004
  • Entourage, HBO, 2005
  • The Richard and Judy Show, Channel 4 (England), 2005
  • Appeared as Billy Tischler, Doogie Howser, M.D., ABC; as Bobby Bruck, South of Sunset, CBS; and as a panelist, The List, VH1.
  • Pilots
  • Joey Fero, Picket Fences, CBS, 1992
  • In Security, NBC, 1992
  • (Uncredited) Agent Stevens, Roswell (also known as Roswell High), The WB, 1999
  • Appeared as Chernikov in If Not for You, CBS.
  • Television Director
  • Episodic
  • "A Good Day," The West Wing, NBC, 2004
  • "Talking Points," The West Wing, NBC, 2004
  • Film Appearances
  • Deli clerk, Arena Brains (short film), 1988
  • Joey Mannucci (some sources cite Pat Harding), Medium Straight, New Films International, 1989
  • Rat Bag, Young Guns II (also known as Hell Bent for Leatherand Young Guns II: Blaze of Glory), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • Art teacher, Rapid Fire, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Government attorney, Hoffa, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Gun shop clerk, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Universal, 1992
  • JFK reporter, Malcolm X (also known as X), Warner Bros., 1992
  • Skip Thomas, The Bodyguard, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Thompson Street photographer, The Public Eye, Universal, 1992
  • Scanner technician, Ghost in the Machine (also known as DeadlyTerror), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1993
  • Young Bill, My Life, Columbia, 1993
  • Director, Major League II (also known as Wild Thing II), Warner Bros., 1994
  • Mailroom screamer, The Hudsucker Proxy (also known as Hudsucker--Der grosse Sprung), Warner Bros., 1994
  • Sound technician, Speechless, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1994
  • Train driver, Speed, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994
  • Eddie, Skinner, A-pix Entertainment, 1995
  • Mark Swarr, Se7en (also known as Seven), New Line Cinema, 1995
  • Trooper in trench, Tank Girl, United Artists, 1995
  • Wiggins, Rough Magic (also known as Miss Shumway jette un sort), Samuel Goldwyn, 1995
  • Audition record producer, Grace of My Heart, Gramercy Pictures, 1996
  • Calvin, The Arrival (also known as Shockwave), Orion, 1996
  • Gun shop clerk, The Trigger Effect, Gramercy Pictures, 1996
  • Italian waiter, Michael, New Line Cinema, 1996
  • Larry Schwartz, City Hall, Columbia, 1996
  • Alex, Santa Fe, Absolute Unequivocal Productions, 1997
  • District attorney Steve Waters, Loved, Imperial Entertainment, 1997
  • Eddie Carr, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (also known as Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Jurassic Park 2, The Lost World, and The Lost World Jurassic Park 2), Universal, 1997
  • Haskins, Volcano, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1997
  • Jerry, Touch, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1997
  • Dr. Gene "Geno" Reiss, Doctor Dolittle (also known as Dr. Dolittle), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Don Beiderman, Deep Impact, Paramount, 1998
  • Phil "Philly" Francato, Living Out Loud, New Line Cinema, 1998
  • Joe, Forces of Nature, DreamWorks, 1999
  • Norman, Crazy in Alabama, Columbia, 1999
  • Stanner, Heaven, Miramax, 1999
  • Elliott, Gun Shy, Buena Vista, 2000
  • Jerry Green, Lucky Numbers (also known as Le bon numero), Paramount, 2000
  • Physical education teacher, Whatever It Takes (also known as I'll Be You), Columbia, 2000
  • Turner, I Am Sam, New Line Cinema, 2001
  • Walter Greenbaum, What's the Worst That Could Happen?, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2001
  • Elliot Sharansky, People I Know (also known as Der Innere Kreis and Im inneren Kreis), Miramax, 2003
  • Jerry Wexler, Ray, Universal, 2004
  • Virgil LaRocca, With It (short film), MainPix, 2004
  • Stage Appearances
  • The Exonerated, Forty-Five Bleecker Street Theatre, New York City,between 2002 and 2004
  • Appeared as Goose, Goose and Tom Tom, West Coast production; appeared in Urban Folktales, Los Angeles area production; appeared in productions as a member of the Actors' Gang.
  • Stage Director
  • Assistant director, SIM; or, One Night with a Lady Undertaker from Texas, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Antigone, off-Broadway production, 1983
  • Videos
  • Himself, Becoming Sam (short documentary film), New Line Home Video, 2002

Further Reference


    • People Weekly, April 23, 2001, p. 71
    • TV Guide, December 9, 2000, pp. 34-36

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