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Also Known As: Saul M. Rifkin Died:
Born: October 31, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Though his first love was always the stage, actor Ron Rifkin made a name for himself as a prominent character performer on the spy drama "Alias" (ABC, 2001-06) and the soapy family drama, "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC, 2006- ). Prior to his small screen success, Rifkin was predominantly a theater actor who made occasional forays into features while starring on a seemingly endless string of short-lived television shows, beginning with the early-1970s sitcom, "Adam's Rib" (ABC, 1973). For several years, he struggled to find his footing in the acting world, as he landed numerous guest stints and small feature roles that failed to add up to a significant career. Rifkin had a few shining moments with recurring parts on "One Day at a Time" (CBS, 1975-1984) and "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1981-1990). But his need to gain financial security led him to leave acting altogether during the mid-1980s so he could make a living selling coats designed by his father. The pull of acting proved too great, however, which led to a triumphant return to the stage with his award-winning performance in "The Substance of Fire" (1991). The role earned him considerable attention and eventually led to a rejuvenated career that included...

Though his first love was always the stage, actor Ron Rifkin made a name for himself as a prominent character performer on the spy drama "Alias" (ABC, 2001-06) and the soapy family drama, "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC, 2006- ). Prior to his small screen success, Rifkin was predominantly a theater actor who made occasional forays into features while starring on a seemingly endless string of short-lived television shows, beginning with the early-1970s sitcom, "Adam's Rib" (ABC, 1973). For several years, he struggled to find his footing in the acting world, as he landed numerous guest stints and small feature roles that failed to add up to a significant career. Rifkin had a few shining moments with recurring parts on "One Day at a Time" (CBS, 1975-1984) and "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1981-1990). But his need to gain financial security led him to leave acting altogether during the mid-1980s so he could make a living selling coats designed by his father. The pull of acting proved too great, however, which led to a triumphant return to the stage with his award-winning performance in "The Substance of Fire" (1991). The role earned him considerable attention and eventually led to a rejuvenated career that included prominent co-starring turns in big studio films like "L.A. Confidential" (1997) and "The Sum of All Fears" (2002). Rifkin embraced his second chance to the fullest while embarking on a career that proved to be far more successful than its original incarnation.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Words, The (2012)
2.
 Peep World (2011)
3.
 Pulse (2006)
4.
 Tadpole (2002) Professor Tisch
5.
 Sum of All Fears, The (2002) Secretary Of State Owens
6.
 Dragonfly (2002) Charlie Dickinson
7.
 Majestic, The (2001) Kevin Bannerman
8.
 Just a Kiss (2001)
9.
 Keeping the Faith (2000) Larry Friedman
10.
 Flowers for Algernon (2000) Dr Strauss
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1961:
Made Broadway debut in Neil Simon's "Come Blow Your Horn"
1965:
Played Mel, opposite Sally Field as the title character, on the ABC sitcom, "Gidget"
1968:
Made feature film debut in "The Devil's Eight"
1973:
Played Roy Mendelsohn, Adam's law partner, on the short-lived CBS sitcom, "Adam's Rib"
1975:
Cast as the evil Prince John on the short-lived ABC sitcom, "When Things Were Rotten"
1978:
Cast as a dentist on the short-lived CBS sitcom, "Husbands, Wives and Lovers"
1979:
Played Artie Miller, the writer-director, on the short-lived show-within-a-show, "The Mary Tyler Moore Hour" (CBS)
1980:
Joined the hit CBS sitcom, "One Day at a Time" in the sixth season; played Nick Handris, a love interest for Bonnie Franklin's Ann
1983:
Played the recurring role of Dr. Lantry for two seasons on the CBS primetime soap, "Falcon Crest"
1982:
Last feature film in nearly a decade, "The Sting II"
1984:
Briefly retired from acting to work with wife in the fashion design business
1990:
Played Ben Meyer on the CBS drama series, "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill"
1991:
Returned to the stage for writer Jon Baitz's "The Substance of Fire"; won several awards, including a Drama Desk for Best Actor
1991:
Had a cameo appearance in Oliver Stone's controversial feature "JFK"
1992:
First sizable feature film role in a decade, in Woody Allen's "Husbands and Wives"
1996:
Recreated his award winning stage role for the film adaptation of "The Substance of Fire"
1997:
Returned to series TV in the short-lived ABC drama "Leaving L.A."
1997:
Had featured role as a district attorney in "L.A. Confidential"
1998:
Made Broadway musical debut in revival of "Cabaret"
2000:
Cast as Giovanni Ribisi's father in "Boiler Room"
2001:
Played Arvin Sloane, the cold, calculating leader of SD-6 in the ABC series "Alias"
2001:
Co-starred with Jim Carrey in "The Majestic"
2002:
Supported Kevin Costner in "Dragonfly"
2005:
Cast in the New York premiere of Baitz's "The Paris Letter"
2006:
Starred in "Pulse," a remake of cult Japanese helmer Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Kairo"
2006:
Cast as businessman Saul Holden on ABC's "Brothers & Sisters"
2009:
Earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for narrating "Jerome Robbins: Something To Dance About" episode of PBS' "American Masters"
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -

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wife:
Iva Rifkin. Businesswoman. Maintains fashion design business with Rifkin in New York City.

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