Richard Herd

Biography: Richard Herd was a busy character actor for 20 years, mostly playing tough cops, ruthless corporate executives, and murderous villains in everything from topical dramas to science fiction thrillers before he became a comedy star in the 1990s, thanks to the series Seinfeld. A stage actor of long experience, he has received awards for his theatrical work, most notably The Couch With Six Insides, which he co-produced and which garnered an Obie. Herd began appearing on television in the early '60s, in commercials, for Newport cigarettes and other products, which frequently had a comic side to them, but it was in harder and heavier roles in movies and television that he was best known in the 1970s and 1980s: Captain Sheridan in the police show T.J. Hooker; villains in Scarecrow and Mrs. King and numerous other hour-long dramas; tough executives and military officers on M*A*S*H and other series; and as the alien leader John in the NBC miniseries V. His portrayal of ruthless powerRichard Herd was a busy character actor for 20 years, mostly playing tough cops, ruthless corporate executives, and murderous villains in everything from topical dramas to science fiction thrillers before he became a comedy star in the 1990s, thanks to the series Seinfeld. A stage actor of long experience, he has received awards for his theatrical work, most notably The Couch With Six Insides, which he co-produced and which garnered an Obie. Herd began appearing on television in the early '60s, in commercials, for Newport cigarettes and other products, which frequently had a comic side to them, but it was in harder and heavier roles in movies and television that he was best known in the 1970s and 1980s: Captain Sheridan in the police show T.J. Hooker; villains in Scarecrow and Mrs. King and numerous other hour-long dramas; tough executives and military officers on M*A*S*H and other series; and as the alien leader John in the NBC miniseries V. His portrayal of ruthless power company executive Evan McCormack in the feature film The China Syndrome left Herd typed as a heavy for years, which didn't prevent him from giving memorable performances in series such as Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and feature films like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. In the 1990s, however, his flair for comedy also came to the fore with his portrayal of Mr. Wilhelm, George Costanza's high-pressure boss at the New York Yankees, which earned him an award from the Screen Actors Guild. He has also appeared in series such as E.R. and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and has a growing legion of fans in the field of science fiction from his work on Star Trek: Voyager. Expand

Richard Herd's Scores

Average career score: 58
Highest Metascore: 81 The China Syndrome
Lowest Metascore: 38 Summer Rental
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
10 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
58 The Mule Dec 14, 2018 Cast / Cast / Principal Cast / Principal Cast tbd
62 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Oct 25, 2006 Commissioner Hans Raab / Commissioner Hans Raab 6.9
57 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Nov 21, 1997 Henry Skerridge / Henry Skerridge tbd
40 Gleaming the Cube Jan 13, 1989 Ed Lawndale tbd
72 Planes, Trains & Automobiles Nov 25, 1987 Walt / Walt tbd
38 Summer Rental Aug 9, 1985 Angus MacLachlan tbd
64 Trancers May 22, 1985 Chairman Spencer tbd
57 The Onion Field Sep 19, 1979 Beat Cop tbd
81 The China Syndrome Mar 16, 1979 Evan McCormack 8.3
54 F.I.S.T. Apr 28, 1978 Mike Monahan tbd