Richard Schiff

Biography: As the middle child of the three sons of Edward and Charlotte Schiff. Richard Schiff was born and raised on the East Coast. The Emmy Award winner began his career as a theater director in New York and later founded and served as the artistic director of the Manhattan Repertory Theatre where he directed both on-and off-Broadway productions. Reversing the usual trend, Richard eventually realized that, "What I really wanted to do was act."

After hitting the boards in a few downtown productions, he nabbed roles in several independent feature films (including Robert Longo's Arena Brains with Michael Stipe, Steve Buscemi and Ray Liotta) before moving to Los Angeles.

Keeping his ties to theater, Schiff joined Tim Robbins' award-winning Actors Gang and concurrently appeared in other productions, including a starring role as Goose in the West Coast premiere of David Rabe's Goose and Tom Tom, for which he received a Dramalogue Award for Best Actor. He was also awarded an Ovation
Award for his role in Urban Folktales.

Schiff rose to prominence by landing roles in feature films such as David Fincher's Seven with Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman and City Hall with Al Pacino. Since his film debut, Schiff has appeared in over 40 features, including Spike Lee's Malcolm X, Danny DeVito's Hofa, Nora Ephron's Michael and co-starred as the heroic Eddie Carr in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park: The Lost World. In 1998, he co-starred in two of the year's biggest hits, Deep Impact and Dr. Doolittle, and received critical acclaim for his role in Living Out Loud with DeVito.

Most recently, Schiff starred in the films "Heaven" and Forces of Nature. His additional big-screen credits include Numbers, starring John Travolta and Lisa Kudrow, and What's the Worst That Can Happen? starring Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito.

Prior to The West Wing, Schiff was perhaps best recognized on TV for his stirring portrayal of the struggling Barry Roth on the critically acclaimed series Relativity. He has also carved a niche as a guest star, with memorable performances on such shows as Ally McBeal, The Practice, Chicago Hope and NBC's ER. He was most recently seen in the movie Ray, a movie for which Jamie Foxx won an Oscar.

Schiff won a 2000 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work as the White House Communications Director Toby Ziegler on The West Wing. He was nominated for that role again in 2001 and 2002.

Schiff's birthday is May 27. He is married to actress Sheila Kelley (L.A. Law, Sisters). They have two children: Gus, and Ruby. The Schiff Family currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Richard Schiff's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 48
Highest Metascore: 73 Ray
Lowest Metascore: 20 Whatever It Takes
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 25
  2. Negative: 7 out of 25
25 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
73 Ray Oct 29, 2004 Jerry Wexler 8.2
69 Solitary Man May 21, 2010 Steve Heller 5.4
65 Made in Dagenham Nov 19, 2010 Robert Tooley 7.1
64 Living Out Loud Oct 30, 1998 Phil Francato 8.0
59 The Lost World: Jurassic Park May 23, 1997 Eddie Carr 7.3
57 The Infidel May 5, 2010 Lenny Goldberg 8.0
57 Last Chance Harvey Dec 25, 2008 Marvin 6.5
56 Decoding Annie Parker May 2, 2014 Mr. Allen tbd
55 Man of Steel Jun 14, 2013 Dr. Emil Hamilton / Dr. Emil Hamilton 7.6
54 Imagine That Jun 12, 2009 Carl Simons 5.7
53 People I Know Apr 25, 2003 Elliot Sharansky 4.6
48 Civic Duty May 4, 2007 FBI Agent Tom Hilary 6.8
48 Martian Child Nov 2, 2007 Lefkowitz / Mr. Lefkowitz 7.7
46 Dr. Dolittle Jun 26, 1998 Dr. Gene 'Geno' Reiss 5.9
46 Johnny English Reborn Oct 21, 2011 Actor 6.3
46 Forces of Nature Mar 19, 1999 Joe 4.8
46 Crazy in Alabama Oct 22, 1999 Norman The Chauffeur 7.8
42 Gun Shy Feb 4, 2000 Elliott 7.4
40 Deep Impact May 8, 1998 Don Biederman 5.8
38 Michael Dec 25, 1996 Italian Waiter 6.3
37 What's the Worst That Could Happen? Jun 1, 2001 Walter Greenbaum 5.3
34 Knife Fight Jan 25, 2013 Dimitris / Dimitris Vargas 6.5
31 Lucky Numbers Oct 27, 2000 Jerry Green 5.5
28 I Am Sam Dec 28, 2001 Mr. Turner 7.4
20 Whatever It Takes Mar 24, 2000 P.E. Teacher 8.5
tbd Ted 2 Jun 26, 2015 Cast tbd
tbd Kill the Messenger Oct 10, 2014 Richard Zuckerman / Walter Pincus tbd