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Also Known As: Died:
Born: May 27, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bethesda, Maryland, USA Profession: actor, director

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Entourage (2015)
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 Knife Fight (2013)
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5.
 Man of Steel (2013)
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9.
 Infidel, The (2010)
10.
 Made in Dagenham (2010)
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Milestones close milestones

1973:
Enrolled at City College of New York but dropped out after one year
1974:
Moved to Colorado for one year
1975:
Returned to NYC
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Began career as stage director in Manhattan
1983:
Staged a production of "Antigone" featuring Angela Bassett
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Turned his attention to acting, performing in downtown NYC theater productions
1987:
Appeared in the independent short "Arena Brains"
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Moved to Los Angeles
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Joined Tim Robbins' acclaimed Actors Gang
1988:
Made feature acting debut with a small part in "Medium Straight"
1989:
Made TV-movie debut, "Trenchcoat in Paradise" (CBS)
1990:
Featured in an HBO "Tales From the Crypt" installment entitled "Korman's Kalamity"
1990:
Appeared in "Young Guns II"
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"
1995:
Guest starred on "NYPD Blue" as a suspected terrorist bomber
1996:
Had a featured role in the political drama "City Hall"
1996:
Featured in the CBS TV movie "Special Report: Journey to Mars"
1996:
Played Barry Roth on the low-rated but critically praised ABC series "Relativity"
1997:
Had memorable key role as an equipment specialist outfitting the research team in "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"
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"
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"
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
2001:
Cast as Turner in Jesse Nelson's feature drama "I Am Sam"
2004:
Starred as Jerry Wexler opposite Jamie Foxx in "Ray" the biopic of legendary blues singer Ray Charles
2006:
Returned to the stage, starring in the premiere run of "Underneath the Lintel," a one-act, single-character play by Glen Berger
2007:
Appeared in the West End production of "Underneath the Lintel"
2007:
Starred along with Peter Krause in the thriller "Civic Duty"
2008:
Appeared opposite Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson in "Last Chance Harvey"
2009:
Played a supporting role in the family comedy "Imagine That," starring Eddie Murphy
2009:
Appeared opposite Michael Douglas in the drama "Solitary Man"
2010:
Cast as FBI director Jack Fickler on CBS¿ "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior"
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Education

City College of New York: New York , New York - 1983

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Sheryl Noethe. Poet. Briefly married in the 1980s.
wife:
Sheila Kelley. Actor. First met in the early 1980s when she auditioned for a role in a play he was directing in NYC; reconnected years later and married in 1996.

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father:
Edward Schiff. Lawyer. Divorced from Schiff's mother c. 1967.
mother:
Charlotte Schiff. Executive. Works in cable TV and publishing; divorced from Schiff's father c. 1967.
son:
Gus Schiff. Born in November 1994; mother, Sheila Kelley.
daughter:
Ruby Schiff. Born in August 2000; mother, Sheila Kelley.
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