Richard Schiff


Date Of Birth

May 27, 1955


Born on May 27, 1955, Richard Schiff is an off-Broadway play director who eventually ventured into acting. He first attended The City College of New York before working as a firewood cutter. He made his acting debut in the late 80s, landing roles in Arena Brains, Medium Straight and the tele-movie Trenchcoat in Paradise. It wasn't until 1996 that he landed a recurring role on the series Relativity as Barry Roth. More opportunities came his way as he was cast in The Lost World: Jurassic Park. In fact, he later joined the cast of the award-winning drama The West Wing as Toby Ziegler, his most famous role yet.

Simultaneous to his work on The West Wing, Schiff appeared in movies such as Forces of Nature, Crazy in Alabama, Forever Lulu, Lucky Numbers, I am Sam, and Ray. After the conclusion of The West Wing, he remained on the spotlight by playing guest roles on Entourage, Burn Notice, Monk, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and In Plain Sight.

In 2010, Schiff was cast on Dr. Malachi Talmadge on FOX's Past Life. The series was short-lived, however it didn't take long for Schiff to land yet another show. He now stars Jack Fickler on the spin-off series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.

Place of Birth

Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Birth Name

Richard Schiff



Fun Facts



2000 Emmy - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for The West Wing

2002 Screen Actors Guild Award - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for The West Wing


Past Life (2010)
Made in Dagenham (2010)
The Infidel (2010)
Solitary Man (2009)
Another Harvest Moon (2009)
Imagine That (2009)
Ceremonies of the Horsemen (2009)
Last Chance Harvey (2008)
Waiting (2007)
Martian Child (2007)
Burn Notice (2007)
Civic Duty (2006)
With It (2004)
Ray (2004)
People I Know (2002)
What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001)
I Am Sam (2001)
Whatever It Takes (2000)
Gun Shy (2000)
Forever Lulu (2000)
Lucky Numbers (2000)
Roswell (1999)
Crazy in Alabama (1999)
Forces of Nature (1999)
The Pentagon Wars (1998)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1998)
Doctor Dolittle (1998)
Living Out Loud (1998)
Heaven (1998)
Deep Impact (1998)
Santa Fe (1997)
Loved (1997)
Touch (1997)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park - Chaos Island
Volcano (1997)
The Trigger Effect (1996)
City Hall (1996)
The West Wing (1996)
Relativity (1996)
Michael (1996)
Grace of My Heart (1996)




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