Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

May. 27th, 1955
Born in
Bethesda, Maryland, USA
5' 10

Richard Schiff's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The West Wing TV Show
The West Wing
Murder In The First TV Show
Murder In The First
Past Life TV Show
Past Life
Relativity TV Show

Main Movie Roles

2009 - Last Chance Harvey
2009 - Imagine That
2007 - Martian Child
2006 - Civic Duty
2001 - I am Sam
2001 - What's the Worst That Could Happen?
2000 - Forever Lulu
2000 - Whatever It Takes
2000 - Gun Shy
2000 - Lucky Numbers
1999 - Crazy in Alabama
1999 - Forces of Nature
1998 - Deep Impact
1998 - Dr. Dolittle
1998 - Living Out Loud
1997 - Volcano
1997 - Jurassic Park: The Lost World
1996 - The Arrival
1996 - Michael
1996 - City Hall
1995 - Tank Girl
1995 - Se7en
1994 - The Hudsucker Proxy
1994 - Major League II
1994 - Speed
1994 - Speechless
1993 - Ghost in the Machine
1992 - Hoffa
1992 - Rapid Fire
1992 - The Public Eye
1992 - Malcolm X
1992 - The Bodyguard
1992 - Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
1990 - Young Guns II

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Harrison 'Skip' Galweather
Patrick Portman
Agent Stevens
Phillip Cowan
Vartan Illiescu
King Leopold
Dr. Dean Chafin
Lester Middleton
Samuel Garfinkel
[Complete List]


Richard was the middle of three sons born to Edward, a real estate lawyer, and Charlotte, a cable TV and publishing executive. His parents divorced when he was 12. He dropped out of high school but obtained an equivalency diploma. He tried studying 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 hippie life. He returned to New York in 1975 and started studying acting at CCNY and eventually was 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 also met present wife, 'Sheila Kelley', during auditions for this play. The two married in 1996. In the mid-1980s, Richard says he conquered his fears and decided to take a stab at acting. He got several TV roles, but he was seen by 'Steven Spielberg' in an episode of the TV drama High Incident (1996). Speilberg then cast him in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and his career has been on an upward climb ever since that has lead to his co-starring role in The West Wing (1999).

  • (2000) Received an alumni association award from his alma mater, the City College of New York, for outstanding post-graduate achievement.
  • Daughter, Ruby Christine.
  • Schiff and 'Sheila Kelley (I)' (qv) have a son, Gus.
  • Played different characters in _"Ally McBeal" (1997)_ (qv) and _"The Practice" (1997)_ (qv), two shows that are set in the same universe.

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