About Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff is a professional actor popularly known for his performance in the American series political drama series called The West Wing. In the series, he portrayed the character of Toby Ziegler, and his performance earned him Primetime Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award. Schiff is also known for his work as a director.

Quick Info
Full NameRichard Schiff
Date of BirthMay 27, 1955
Birth PlaceBethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Parent(s)Edward and Charlotte Schiff.
OccupationActor, Director
Spouse(s)Sheila Kelley
​​(m. 1996)
Net worthUS $5 million

Early life

Schiff was born on 27th May of 1955 in Bethesda of Maryland in the United States. He belongs to American nationality. He was taken to a wealthy and Jewish family where his father is a real estate lawyer, and his mother is an executive of a television and publishing company. He has a brother who is also successful in his career, his name is Paul Schiff, and his parent’s name is Edward and Charlotte Schiff.

Schiff is a high school drop out student. He learned acting from the City College of New York.

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Richard Schiff began his career as a director. He started directing different plays in the theatres. His known work in Antigone is a tragedy play that he directed in 1983. But he soon changed his career to acting and made his film debut.


Richard Schiff made his film debut in 1992. He dropped the role in 3 films, namely Malcolm X as JFK reporter, The Bodyguard as Skip Thomas, Hoffa as a government attorney.

In 2004, he appeared in the comedy film The Hudsucker Proxy as a mailroom screamer, in a thriller film Speed as a train driver, and Major League II as commercial director. Schiff dropped the leading role only in 2010 in a British comedy film called The Infidel, where he portrayed the character of Lenny Goldberg. The same year, he also played the central role in the movie Made in Dagenham as Robert Rooley.

In 2012, Richard Schiff dropped another significant role in the political thriller film Knife Fight as Dimitris Vargas alongside co-stars Rob Lowe, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jamie Chung others. In 2013, he portrayed the character of Emil Hamilton in the superhero film Man of Steel following year; he portrayed the character of Richard Zuckerman in the biographical crime film Kill the Messenger.

Since then, he has starred in other films like Taking Me to the River, American Fable, Geostorm, Clemency, and After Class.

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Richard Schiff made his film debut in 1988, where he earned his small appearance in an episode of an American sitcom called Cheers as tourists. He started making his small appearances in other television series like Tales from the Crypt as Lester Middleton in 1990, Picket Fences as Joey Fero, and L.A. Law as dog pound operator in 1992, South of Sunset as Bobby Bruck and Doogie Howser, M.N as Billy Tishler in 1993. In the following year, he appeared in an episode of The John Larroquette Show as Wilson, Murphy Brown as Mel Woodworth, Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas as deputy Dano, Thunder Alley as Pat Perkins, and in Love & War as Lester Michaels.

Schiff dropped the leading role in the American drama television series called Relativity. The series was premiered in 1996, where he portrayed the character of Barry Roth. He made his appearance in a total of 17 episodes.

In 1999, Richard Schiff dropped another significant role in the political drama series The West Wing, portraying the character of Toby Ziegler. His performance was highly praised, and it earned with several nominations and his first-ever Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2000. In 2001 and 2002, he earned Screen Actor Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. The series ended in 2006 and received huge success.

In 20015, he played another significant role in the police drama TV series called Rogue, where he portrayed the character of Marty Stein. The series also received success and ended in 2017. In 2017, he was cast for the successful medical drama Tv series, The Good Doctor, as Dr. Aaron Glassman. The series is running as of 2020.

Richard Schiff has also appeared in many other tv series playing the recurring roles. Some of them are Past Life, Murder in the First, Manhattan, Ballers, The Affair, Counterpart, etc.


Personal life

Richard Schiff is quite open about his personal love life. He doesn’t hesitate to boast about his love in his social account. Schiff is committed to actress, Sheila Kelly whom he met in 1983 in an audition of the film Antigone. They fell in love and tied their knots in 1996. Together they have a son and daughter named Gus Schiff and Ruby Christine Schiff.

Schiff is active on both Instagram and Twitter. He has over 47.6 thousand followers on Instagram and goes by the name @therichardschiff, but he is more of a Twitter user. He has over 181 thousand followers on Twitter, and he goes by the name @Richard_Schiff. In his social media, he is like an open book. If one is interested in discovering Schiff’s Schiff’spersonal life, then his social media is a perfect place.

Schiff loves to watch the baseball game and is a fan of the New York Yankees team. He is also a democrat and was the supporter of 44th President, Barack Obama.

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Physical statistics & others

Schiff turned 65 years old as of 2020, and he is still active and has playful character as ever. He has a height of 5 feet and 10 inches, with the bodyweight around 61 kg. He has an average body build and doesn’t possess any tattoos. He has a green eye and a bald head. He has a medium size beard.

Schiff belongs to white ethnicity. His sexual orientation is straight, and his birth sign is Gemini.


Net worth

As of 2020, Richard Schiff’s net worth is estimated to be around 5 million dollars. He earns his millions from acting and directing the film.