Richard Schiff is an American actor and director. He is best known for his role as Toby Ziegler on The West Wing, for which he received an Emmy Award.
Schiff was born in Bethesda, Maryland, on May 27, 1955, to Edward and Charlotte Schiff. His father was a doctor and his mother was a homemaker. He has two sisters, Ellen and Elizabeth. Schiff was raised in a Jewish household and attended Hebrew school.
He graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1973 and then attended Wesleyan University, where he majored in English. He later studied acting at the Juilliard School.
Schiff’s first acting role was in the play Equus in 1977. He made his film debut in 1981’s I Ought to Be in Pictures. He has since appeared in numerous films and television shows.
Some of Schiff’s most notable roles include Dr. Aaron Echelon in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Alan Farragut in Stargate Universe (2009-2011), and Dr. Jerome Murphy in Awakenings (1990).
In addition to his work as an actor, Schiff has also directed episodes of The West Wing, ER, and Without a Trace.
Schiff has been married to actress Sheila Kelley since 1987. The couple has two children.
As of 2021, Richard Schiff’s net worth is $4 million.
$5 million dollars
Date Of Birth
May 27, 1955
Television producer, Actor, Television Director
City College of New York
Ruby Christine Schiff, Gus Schiff
Edward Schiff, Charlotte Schiff
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
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Murder in the First, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, Past Life, The West Wing, Relativity
I remember the day Richard Nixon won in 1968. That was a time that seemed certain to bring about long awaited seismic change in America. But events of tragic proportion took us on a turn. Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. were suddenly dead.
It seems not to matter that we are at the brink of a war that may spread beyond Afghanistan and Iraq to Iran and Georgia and then where? To Syria? To North Korea? To China? That we in America are in economic doldrums and are seeing small businesses fold and houses reclaimed by banks and a smouldering panic that is palpable everywhere.
We are often too late with our brilliance. We are on time delay. The only instant gratification comes in the form of potato chips. The rest will find us by surprise somewhere down the road maybe as we sleep and dream of other things.
Listen - I like musicals. Even when they're bad, there's a couple of dancers I can watch.
Every role is challenging in its own way, but the most challenging roles are the ones that are badly written - then it's completely up to you to come up with something that is interesting to the story and myself as an actor.
I have to admit I've rarely been happier in my life. I have been absolutely thrilled to be back in New York and living a block from where I grew up. Just to be back in New York and, quite honestly, away from Hollywood has been an absolute thrill for me. I feel like I'm a real actor again.
I love David Fincher - even though it was just two scenes, I loved the way we worked and could tell by the way he was shooting it that this was going to be an affective movie to say the least.
I love my wife... but sometimes not so much. Frustration and fights can muck up a good thing. And just when a thing can move past differences and into the realm of peace and prosperity, another thing - an old idea or new interpretation or any spark that relights the paradigms that comfort us - will keep us where we are, where it is safe.
It was tough doing 'Underneath the Lintel' in New Jersey in the wintertime, but rewarding. Those audiences were lively and interactive. On-stage was great, but off-stage was difficult.
I was doing a play out in L.A. 20-some-odd years ago called 'Goose and Tomtom' by David Rabe, and somebody saw it and the next thing I know I'm doing the table read of the film version of 'Glengarry Glen Ross' with Al Pacino and Jack Lemmon - one of the great films of our generation.
I am one of the lucky ones; believe me, I haven't forgotten that.
I fell in love with my wife twenty years ago. I am only now, it seems, getting it through my very thick skull how lucky I am.
I've been very lucky not to have turned down too many roles that I've later regretted.
My favourite British spots are any of the beautiful parks, especially on a sunny day such as this, after a long stretch of cold, cloudy and rainy days.
I mean everyone, from Al Pacino to Murphy Guyer, are phenomenal actors.
I wanna be in action movies, I wanna be the tough guy... I wanna scare people.
Things happen to us and reaction is sometimes tough to measure.
I imagine an America that can actually change. That we become a nation that prospers again but without pillaging the resources of nations that make their people hate us. That we become a nation that, as the constitution says in its preamble, its very first paragraph, 'promotes the general welfare' of its people.
Played different characters in Ally McBeal (1997) and The Practice (1997), two shows that are set in the same universe.
Daughter, Ruby Christine.
Received an alumni association award from his alma mater, the City College of New York, for outstanding post-graduate achievement.