Richard Schiff Biography

Richard Schiff began his acting career doing experimental works in New York’s downtown theater district and independent films. He has since appeared in over fifty films, including Ray, The Lost World, I Am Sam, Deep Impact, City Hall, Seven, Dr. Doolittle, Malcolm X, Forces of Nature, Crazy in Alabama and Hoffa. Recent film credits include Infidel, a religious comedy from the U.K., Another Harvest Moon and Solitary Man. Schiff's upcoming films include Fire with Fire, opposite Bruce Willis, the independent features: Knife Fight with Rob Lowe and Decoding Annie Parker with Helen Hunt and Samantha Morton, and Man of Steel, Warner Bros. highly anticipated new Superman film, directed by Zach Snyder. Schiff's television roles include “The West Wing” in a celebrated portrayal of Communications Director Toby Ziegler that earned him an Emmy® Award and three nominations, and two SAG® Awards and four nominations. He has starred or guest-starred in dozens of TV series and TV movies, and his most recent credits include the TNT film Innocent and recurring roles on hit shows “Once Upon A Time,” “NCIS” and Showtime's “House of Lies.” He has recently revisited his theater roots playing the highly acclaimed one-man show Underneath the Lintel in London’s West End and starring in Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Talley’s Folley at the McCarter Theatre. Schiff also recently starred in a production of Smash at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. Schiff has an Ovation Theater Award and a Dramalogue Award.