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Short Info

Net Worth$5 million dollars
Date Of BirthMay 27, 1955
SpouseSheila Kelley
MarkHis Beard
FactReceived an alumni association award from his alma mater, the City College of New York, for outstanding post-graduate achievement. [2000]
PaymentsEarned $70,000 /episode(2001) from The West Wing (1999)

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.

General Info

Full NameRichard Schiff
Net Worth$5 million dollars
Date Of BirthMay 27, 1955
Height1.78 m
ProfessionTelevision producer, Actor, Television Director
EducationCity College of New York


SpouseSheila Kelley
ChildrenRuby Christine Schiff, Gus Schiff
ParentsEdward Schiff, Charlotte Schiff
SiblingsPaul Schiff


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
MoviesMan of Steel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Dr. Dolittle, I Am Sam, The Infidel, Last Chance Harvey, Johnny English Reborn, The Arrival, Seven, What's the Worst That Could Happen?, Deep Impact, Made in Dagenham, Fire with Fire, Living Out Loud, People I Know, Gun Shy, Forces of Nature, Decoding Ann...
TV ShowsMurder in the First, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, Past Life, The West Wing, Relativity

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#Marks / Signs
1His Beard


The West Wing (1999)$70,000 /episode(2001)


1I 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.
2It 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.
3We 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.
4Listen - I like musicals. Even when they're bad, there's a couple of dancers I can watch.
5Every 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.
6I 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.
7I 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.
8I 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.
9It 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.
10I 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.
11I am one of the lucky ones; believe me, I haven't forgotten that.
12I 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.
13I've been very lucky not to have turned down too many roles that I've later regretted.
14My 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.
15I mean everyone, from Al Pacino to Murphy Guyer, are phenomenal actors.
16I wanna be in action movies, I wanna be the tough guy... I wanna scare people.
17Things happen to us and reaction is sometimes tough to measure.
18I 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.


1Played different characters in Ally McBeal (1997) and The Practice (1997), two shows that are set in the same universe.
2Daughter, Ruby Christine.
3Received an alumni association award from his alma mater, the City College of New York, for outstanding post-graduate achievement. [2000]
4Schiff and Sheila Kelley have a son, Gus.




When We Rise2017TV Mini-Series completedJudge Walker
Counterpart2017TV Series pre-productionRoland Fancher
Shock and Awe2017filmingThe Usual
The Men2017post-productionDr. Driskoll
Rogue2015-2017TV SeriesMarty Stein
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency2016TV SeriesZimmerfield
Ballers2015-2016TV SeriesMr. Anderson
House of Lies2012-2016TV SeriesHarrison 'Skip' Galweather
Mom2016TV SeriesRobert
American Fable2016Jonathan
The Grinder2016TV SeriesGordon Stutz
The Affair2015TV SeriesJon Gottlief
Manhattan2014-2015TV SeriesOccam
Gen Zed2015TV SeriesFather O'Brien (2015) (voice)
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp2015TV SeriesDean Fairchild
Lego Jurassic World2015Video GameEddie Carr (voice, uncredited)
The Automatic Hate2015Dr. Ronald Green
Take Me to the River2015Don
Key and Peele2014TV SeriesAmbassador
The Gambler2014/IIIJeweler
Kill the Messenger2014Richard Zuckerman
Murder in the First2014TV SeriesDavid Hertzberg
Before I Disappear2014Bruce Warham
Beach Pillows2014Henry Midwood
Bones2013TV SeriesProfessor Leon Watters
Man of Steel2013Dr. Emil Hamilton
Decoding Annie Parker2013Allen
Chasing the Hill2012-2013TV SeriesCharlie Kowles
Fire with Fire2012/IIHarold Gethers
NCIS2012TV SeriesHarper Dearing
The Mindy Project2012TV SeriesDoctor
Walk and Talk the Vote: West Wing Reunion - Bridget Mary McCormack2012Video shortToby Ziegler
Knife Fight2012Dimitris Vargas
Once Upon a Time2012TV SeriesKing Leopold
Innocent2011TV MovieTommy Molto
Up All Night2011TV SeriesDr. Dean Chafin
Johnny English Reborn2011Titus Fisher
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior2011TV SeriesJack Fickler
White Collar2011TV SeriesAndrew Stanzler
The Cape2011TV SeriesPatrick Portman
Any Human Heart2010TV SeriesDr. Byrne
Another Harvest Moon2010Jeffrey
Made in Dagenham2010Robert Tooley
Svetlana2010TV SeriesDr. Lawrence
Past Life2010TV SeriesDr. Malachi Talmadge
The Infidel2010Lenny Goldberg
Solitary Man2009Steve Heller
Imagine That2009Carl Simons
In Plain Sight2009TV SeriesSamuel Garfinkel
Ceremonies of the Horsemen2009ShortLieb
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles2008TV SeriesCharles Fischer Paul Stewart
Last Chance Harvey2008Marvin
Monk2008TV SeriesDr. Lawrence Climan
Eli Stone2008TV SeriesDavid Green
Martian Child2007Lefkowitz
Burn Notice2007TV SeriesPhillip Cowan
The West Wing1999-2006TV SeriesToby Ziegler
Civic Duty2006FBI Agent Tom Hilary
Entourage2005TV SeriesRichard Schiff
Ray2004/IJerry Wexler
With It2004ShortVirgil LaRocca
People I Know2002Elliot Sharansky
I Am Sam2001Mr. Turner
What's the Worst That Could Happen?2001Walter Greenbaum
Lucky Numbers2000Jerry Green
Forever Lulu2000Jerome Ellsworth
Whatever It Takes2000P.E. Teacher
Gun Shy2000Elliott
Roswell1999TV SeriesAgent Stevens
Crazy in Alabama1999Norman
Becker1999TV SeriesBerry
Forces of Nature1999Joe
Living Out Loud1998Phil Francato
Doctor Dolittle1998Dr. Gene 'Geno' Reiss
Ally McBeal1998TV SeriesBernie Gilson
Deep Impact1998Don Biederman
Brooklyn South1998TV SeriesChris McIntrick
The Practice1998TV SeriesBob Show
The Pentagon Wars1998TV MovieColonel Smith
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three1998TV MovieMr. Green
Santa Fe1997Alex
The Lost World: Jurassic Park1997Eddie Carr
NYPD Blue1995-1997TV SeriesSteve Cameron / Vartan Illiescu
The Lost World: Jurassic Park - Chaos Island1997Video GameEddie Carr (voice)
Relativity1996-1997TV SeriesBarry Roth
Loved1997District Attorney Steve Waters
Michael1996Italian Waiter
Grace of My Heart1996Audition Record Producer
The Trigger Effect1996Gun Shop Clerk
Chicago Hope1996TV SeriesMark Sarison
ER1996TV SeriesMr. Bartoli
Special Report: Journey to Mars1996TV MovieEric Altman
High Incident1996TV SeriesEd Ossip
The Arrival1996Calvin
City Hall1996Larry Schwartz
Murder One1995TV SeriesProf. Stanley Fletcher
Maybe This Time1995TV SeriesPerlman
If Not for You1995TV SeriesChernikov
Se7en1995Mark Swarr
Rough Magic1995Marvin Wiggins
Tank Girl1995Trooper in Trench
Speechless1994Sound Technician (uncredited)
Love & War1994TV SeriesLester Michaels
Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas1994TV MovieDeputy Dano
Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight1994TV MovieMovietone News Director
Speed1994Train Driver
Thunder Alley1994TV SeriesPat Perkins
Major League II1994Director
Murphy Brown1994TV SeriesMel Woodworthy
The John Larroquette Show1994TV SeriesWilson
The Hudsucker Proxy1994Mailroom Screamer
Ghost in the Machine1993Scanner Technician
My Life1993Young Bill Ivanovich
South of Sunset1993TV Series
Wild Palms1993TV Mini-SeriesSecurity Guard
The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom1993TV MovieLife Photographer
Doogie Howser, M.D.1993TV SeriesBilly Tishler
Hoffa1992Government Attorney
L.A. Law1992TV SeriesDog Pound Operator
The Bodyguard1992Skip Thomas
Malcolm X1992JFK Reporter
Picket Fences1992TV SeriesJoey Fero
The Public Eye1992Thompson Street Photographer
Rapid Fire1992Art Teacher
Cruel Doubt1992TV Mini-SeriesInspector
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot1992Gun Clerk
Till Death Us Do Part1992TV MovieJack Wells
Young Guns II1990Rat Bag
Tales from the Crypt1990TV SeriesLester Middleton
Trenchcoat in Paradise1989TV MovieMole
Cheers1988TV SeriesTourist
Medium Straight1988Pat Harding
Arena Brains1987ShortDeli Clerk


Chasing the Hill2012-2013TV Series executive producer - 4 episodes


In Treatment2009TV Series 1 episode
The West Wing2004-2005TV Series 2 episodes


The West Wing2000-2004TV Series performer - 2 episodes


Access Hollywood Live2016TV SeriesHimself
PSA: Justice for Vets2016Video shortHimself
12th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards2014TV SpecialHimself
Strong Characters, Legendary Roles2013Video shortHimself
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber2010TV Series
Tavis Smiley2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Made in Dagenham: Outtakes2010Video shortHimself / Robert Tooley (uncredited)
The Daily Politics2008TV SeriesHimself
The Bronx Bunny Show2007TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself
The Podge and Rodge Show2007TV SeriesHimself
This Week2007TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
All*Star Cup 20062006TV MovieHimself - Team USA
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
74th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade2005TV SpecialHimself
The Richard and Judy Show2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2001-2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Celebrity Poker Showdown2003-2004TV SeriesHimself
The Bronx Bunny Show2003TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live2002TV SeriesHimself
The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Becoming Sam2002Video documentary shortHimself
The West Wing Documentary Special2002TV Movie documentaryToby Ziegler
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Daily Show2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Dennis Miller Live2001TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
MADtv2000TV SeriesHimself
The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
The List2000TV Series
Intimate Portrait1993TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Chelsea Lately2014TV SeriesMr. Allen in 'Decoding Annie Parker'
Once Upon a Time: Wicked Is Coming2014TV Movie documentaryKing Leopold (uncredited)
Once Upon a Time: Journey to Neverland2013TV Movie documentaryKing Leopold (uncredited)
Once Upon a Time: Magic Is Coming2012TV MovieKing Leopold (uncredited)
NCIS2012TV SeriesHarper Dearing
Made in Dagenham: Behind the Scenes2010Video documentary shortRobert Tooley (uncredited)
President Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryToby Ziegler (uncredited)
For the Bible Tells Me So2007DocumentaryToby Ziegler


Won Awards

2002ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2001OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2000Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)

Nominated Awards

2006ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2005ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2004ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2003OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2003ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2002OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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