44 (passed away May. 22nd, 2004)
Mar. 18th, 1960
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Richard Biggs' Main TV Roles
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Born in Columbus, Ohio, Biggs attended the University of Southern California on scholarship, studying theatre. He briefly taught at a Los Angeles high school before landing his first major television role, that of Dr. Marcus Hunter on the soap opera Days of our Lives. Biggs played Hunter from 1987 to 1992.
Biggs then landed the role of Dr. Stephen Franklin on the hit science fiction series Babylon 5 (1994–1998), and appeared as the same character in an episode of the spin-off show, Crusade ("Each Night I Dream of Home"). After Babylon 5, he played roles on Any Day Now and Strong Medicine, as well as the recurring role of Clayton Boudreaux on the soap opera Guiding Light. Biggs' stage credits include The Tempest, Cymbeline and The Taming of the Shrew. He and Lori Gerber were married from August 1, 1998 until Biggs' death in 2004. They have two children, RJ and Hunter.
Biggs was diagnosed with hearing problems when he was 13, and was partially deaf in one ear, completely deaf in the other. He frequently used his celebrity status to raise money for the Aliso Academy, a private school in Rancho Santa Margarita, California that serves deaf children.
Biggs died in his home in Los Angeles of complications stemming from aortic dissection on May 22, 2004. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
At the time of his death, he was a regular on the television series Strong Medicine; following his death, his character was killed in an unseen traffic accident. Biggs' final film appearance was in We Interrupt This Program, a short film released as a companion piece to the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead on DVD. (In that short film, Biggs' Babylon 5 costar, Bruce Boxleitner, is heard as the voice of the President of the United States.) He was also frequently guest starring on Tremors: The Series as a local scientist. An episode of the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh, in which Biggs appeared as a guest star (with Gary Coleman), was dedicated in his memory on October 17, 2004. The episode was about stolen "Gary Coleman Grills/MP3 players."
- Hobbies included traveling, writing, and learning how to use his computer.
- At the time of Richard Biggs' death, 'J. Michael Straczynski' (qv) was in the early stages of pre-production on a Babylon 5 theatrical film, titled The Memory of Shadows. Straczynski later announced that Biggs' character, Dr. Stephen Franklin, would not be recast when the film goes into production. The project has since been shelved.
- He had a recurring role on the 2003-2004 season of _"Strong Medicine" (2000)_ (qv), playing Dr. Milo Morton. The show killed him off at the beginning of the 2004/05 season due to his death on 22 May 2004.
- Taught acting classes during his spare time.
- Graduated University of Southern California School of Theatre. Earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts.
- Originally wanted to study medicine.
- Raised on Air Force Bases across the United States.
- Used money he made selling his autographs at science-fiction conventions to support a school in Orange County for the hearing impaired. From the age of 13, he was totally deaf in one ear and partially deaf in the other.
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