Richard Schiff

Biography

Date of Birth 27 May 1955, Bethesda, Maryland, USA Height 5' 10" (1.78 m) Richard Schiff is an American actor, best known for playing Toby Ziegler on the NBC television drama The West Wing, a role for which he has won an Emmy Award. Schiff also made his directorial debut with The West Wing, directing an episode entitled "Talking Points." Richard Schiff is the middle of three sons born to a real estate lawyer and a cable TV and publishing executive. His parents divorced when he was twelve. He dropped out of high school, but obtained an equivalency diploma. He studied briefly 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 life typical of a young person in the free society of the 70s. He returned to New York in 1975 and started studying acting at CCNY and was eventually 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 met present wife, Sheila Kelley, during auditions for this play. The two married many years later – in 1996. In the mid-1980s, Schiff says he conquered his fears and decided to take a stab at acting. He got several TV roles, and was seen by Steven Spielberg in an episode of the TV drama High Incident. Spielberg then cast him in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and his career has been on an upward climb ever since that has led to his co-starring role in The West Wing. Schiff played a doctor alongside Eddie Murphy in the 1998 "Dr. Dolittle" remake. In 1998, Schiff played Col./Brig. Gen. Robert Laurel Smith in the HBO TV movie "The Pentagon Wars," based on the real-life development of the US Army's Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle. Schiff was also in the 1998 movie blockbuster Deep Impact, in which he played Don Beiderman. In 2004, Schiff appeared in Ray as famed musician Ray Charles's producer, Jerry Wexler. In this movie, he shaves off his trademark beard. After starring on The West Wing since 1999, Schiff chose to leave the series in its seventh season (2005–2006), and was contracted to appear in half of the season's episodes. However, with NBC choosing to end the series, Schiff continued to appear until the end of the show's run in May 2006, though he did not appear in the series finale. Schiff had a memorable cameo in the second season finale of Entourage where he played himself. In the scene, Schiff is at lunch with his agent Ari Gold, and declares his desire to act in action movies. In early 2006, Schiff returned to his stage roots, starring in the premiere run of Underneath the Lintel, a one-act, single-character play by Glen Berger, at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In February 2007, he appears in West End production of Underneath the Lintel in the Duchess Theatre in London, England, and also appeared on BBC Radio Five Live and talked at length to Simon Mayo about his experience of acting in the West Wing and his new West End production.

Expand
Person Photo

Birth Name

Richard Schiff

Birth Place

Bethesda, Maryland, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

5/27/1955
Known For
Movie Poster

Civic Duty

FBI Agent Tom Hilary

Movie Poster

Skinner

Eddie

Movie Poster

Along for the Ride

Jerome Ellsworth

Movie Poster

American Fable

Jonathan

Movie Poster

Innocent

Tommy Molto

Movie Poster

After Class

Jeff Cohen

Movie Poster

Take Me to the River

Don

Movie Poster

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Mr. Green

Movie Poster

Till Death Us Do Part

Jack Wells

Movie Poster

People I Know

Elliot Sharansky

Starring In
Movie Poster

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

U.S. Secretary of State

Movie Poster

Psych 2: Lassie Come Home

Dr. Emile Herschel

Movie Poster

Clemency

Marty Lumetta

Movie Poster

After Class

Jeff Cohen

Movie Poster

Geostorm

Senator Cross

Movie Poster

Shock and Awe

The Usual

Movie Poster

Alien Code

Dr. Miles Driskoll

Movie Poster

American Fable

Jonathan

Movie Poster

Entourage

Director

Movie Poster

Take Me to the River

Don

Movie Poster

Curfew

Bruce Warham

Movie Poster

Kill the Messenger

Richard Zuckerman

Movie Poster

The Gambler

Jeweler

Movie Poster

Decoding Annie Parker

Allen

Movie Poster

Man of Steel

Dr. Emil Hamilton

Movie Poster

Knife Fight - Die Gier nach Macht

Dimitris Vargas

Movie Poster

Fire with Fire

Harold Gethers

Movie Poster

Johnny English Reborn

Fisher

Movie Poster

Innocent

Tommy Molto

Movie Poster

Another Harvest Moon

Jeffrey

Movie Poster

The Infidel

Lenny Goldberg

Movie Poster

Made in Dagenham

Robert Tooley

Movie Poster

Solitary Man

Steve Heller

Movie Poster

Imagine That

Carl Simons

Movie Poster

PoliWood

Himself

Movie Poster

Last Chance Harvey

Marvin

Movie Poster

Martian Child

Lefkowitz

Movie Poster

Civic Duty

FBI Agent Tom Hilary

Movie Poster

Ray

Jerry Wexler

Movie Poster

Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde

Himself

Movie Poster

Ray

Jerry Wexler

Movie Poster

People I Know

Elliot Sharansky

Movie Poster

I Am Sam

Mr. Turner

Movie Poster

What's the Worst that Could Happen?

Walter Greenbaum

Movie Poster

Along for the Ride

Jerome Ellsworth

Movie Poster

Lucky Numbers

Jerry Green

Movie Poster

Gun Shy

Elliott

Movie Poster

Whatever It Takes

P.E. Teacher

Movie Poster

Along for the Ride

Jerome Ellsworth

Movie Poster

Crazy in Alabama

Norman the Chauffeur

Movie Poster

Forces of Nature

Joe

Movie Poster

Living Out Loud

Phil Francato

Movie Poster

Dr. Dolittle

Dr. Gene 'Geno' Reiss

Movie Poster

Deep Impact

Don Biederman

Movie Poster

The Pentagon Wars

Col./Brig. Gen. Robert Laurel Smith

Movie Poster

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Mr. Green

Movie Poster

Heaven

Stanner

Movie Poster

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Eddie Carr

Movie Poster

Volcano

Haskins

Movie Poster

Touch

Jerry

Movie Poster

Loved

District Attorney Steve Waters

Movie Poster

Santa Fe

Alex

Movie Poster

Michael

Italian Waiter

Movie Poster

The Arrival

Calvin

Movie Poster

City Hall

Larry Schwartz

Movie Poster

Grace of My Heart

Audition Record Producer

Movie Poster

Rough Magic

Marvin Wiggins

Movie Poster

Se7en

Mark Swarr

Movie Poster

Tank Girl

Trooper in Trench

Movie Poster

Speechless

Sound Technician (uncredited)

Movie Poster

Speed

Train Driver

Movie Poster

Major League II

Director

Movie Poster

The Hudsucker Proxy

Mailroom Screamer

Movie Poster

Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas

Deputy Dano

Movie Poster

My Life

Young Bill Ivanovich

Movie Poster

Ghost in the Machine

Scanner Technician

Movie Poster

The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom

Life Photographer

Movie Poster

Skinner

Eddie

Movie Poster

Hoffa

Government Attorney

Movie Poster

The Bodyguard

Skip Thomas

Movie Poster

Malcolm X

JFK Reporter

Movie Poster

The Public Eye

Thompson Street Photographer

Movie Poster

Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot

Gun Clerk

Movie Poster

Till Death Us Do Part

Jack Wells

Movie Poster

Rapid Fire

Art Teacher

Movie Poster

Young Guns 2

Rat Bag

MobileIcon
app store google play