Richard Schiff

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Schiff in April 2012

Richard Schiff (born May 27, 1955) is an American actor and television director and producer. He is an Emmy Award winning actor.

Early life[change | change source]

Schiff was born on May 27, 1955 in Bethesda, Maryland[1] to Charlotte Schiff and to Edward Schiff. He was educated at City College of New York.

Career[change | change source]

Schiff's career started in 1983. He has appeared in more than 100 movies. He played Professor Emil Hamilton in the 2013 movie Man of Steel. Schiff is mostly known for his role Toby Ziegler on The West Wing. He also starred in The Lost World: Jurassic Park and in Skinner.

Personal life[change | change source]

Schiff has been married to Sheila Kelley since 1996. They have 2 children, Gus and Ruby. Schiff is a Democrat who endorsed John Kerry, Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders during their runs for President of the United States.[2]

His step-father is civil rights activist, lawyer and speechwriter for Martin Luther King, Jr. Clarence B. Jones.[3]

Filmography[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Malcolm X JFK Reporter
1992 The Bodyguard Skip Thomas
1992 Hoffa Government Attorney
1994 The Hudsucker Proxy Mailroom Screamer
1994 Speed Train Driver
1994 Major League II Commercial Director
1995 Tank Girl Trooper in Trench
1995 Rough Magic Marvin Wiggins
1995 Se7en Mark Swarr
1996 City Hall Larry Schwartz
1996 The Arrival Calvin
1996 The Trigger Effect Gun Shop Clerk
1996 Michael Italian Waiter
1997 Touch Jerry
1997 Volcano Haskins
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Eddie Carr
1998 Dr. Dolittle Gene Reiss
1998 Living Out Loud Phil
1998 Deep Impact Don Beiderman
1999 Forces of Nature Joe
1999 Crazy in Alabama Norman
2000 Gun Shy Elliot
2000 Whatever It Takes P.E. Teacher
2001 I Am Sam Mr Turner
2001 What's the Worst That Could Happen? Walter Greenbaum
2002 People I Know Elliot Sharansky
2004 Ray Jerry Wexler
2004 With It Virgil LaRocca Short film
2006 Civic Duty Tom Hilary
2007 Waiting John Short film
2007 Martian Child Mr Lefkowitz
2009 Imagine That Carl Simons
2009 Solitary Man Steve Heller
2009 Another Harvest Moon Jeffery
2010 The Infidel Lenny Goldberg
2010 Made in Dagenham Robert Tooley
2011 Johnny English Reborn Titus Fisher
2012 Knife Fight Dimitris Vargas
2013 Decoding Annie Parker Mr Allen
2013 The Frozen Ground Roy Hazelwood
2013 Man of Steel Emil Hamilton
2014 Kill the Messenger Richard Zuckerman/Walter Pincus
2014 The Gambler Jeweler
2014 Before I Disappear Bruce Warham
2015 The Automatic Hate Ronald Green
2015 Entourage Himself
2015 Take Me to the River Don
2016 American Fable Jonathan
2017 The Men (Alien Code) Miles Driskoll
2017 Shock and Awe The Usual
2017 Geostorm Senator Thomas Cross
2019 Clemency Marty Lumetta

References[change | change source]

  1. Richard Schiff Biography (1955-)
  2. "'West Wing' Actor Richard Schiff Stresses Importance of Voting for Hillary Clinton: "This Is the Last Battle of the Civil War"". The Hollywood Reporter. November 7, 2016. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  3. Caesar, Ed (2007-02-08). "Richard Schiff: Life after 'The West Wing'". The Independent. Retrieved 2022-06-16. His family were highly politicised - his mother was a leader of the Women's Liberation movement, and his stepfather, Clarence Jones, was Martin Luther King's lawyer.

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