Actor/Director Richard Schiff has enjoyed a lengthy and acclaimed career in film, television and theater.
He began his career in New York, where he founded and served as the Artistic Director of the Manhattan Repertory Theater, and directed off-Broadway productions, including Antigone, starring Angela Bassett. He performed several plays with Tim Robbins’ Actors’ Gang, while landing roles in City Hall with Al Pacino and David Fincher’s Seven with Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman.
Richard’s extensive film credits now number more than 40, including the Oscar-nominated biopic Ray, as well as a wide-range of roles in films such as I Am Sam, Malcolm X, Lost World: Jurassic Park, People I Know, Forces of Nature, Lucky Numbers, Crazy in Alabama, Deep Impact, Hoffa, Living Out Loud, Doctor Doolittle, Heaven and The Hudsucker Proxy. He also appeared in independent films such as Civic Duty, one of the films that opened the esteemed Tribeca Film Festival, Heaven, and Grace of my Heart.
His television roles include his much-celebrated portrayal of White House Communications Director Toby Ziegler on The West Wing, for which he received the “Best Supporting Actor” Emmy Award and garnered three Emmy nominations. Richard can next be seen on Fox Network’s new series Past Life.
Richard also has a longstanding career in theater, with many off-Broadway productions under his belt.
Most recently, Richard revisited his passion for directing, having helmed several episodes of The West Wing and HBO’s In Treatment, and is beginning work on the direction of a documentary project.