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Richard Schiff (born May 27, 1955) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Toby Ziegler on the NBC television drama The West Wing, a role for which he received an Emmy Award. Schiff also made his directorial debut with The West Wing, directing an episode entitled "Talking Points." Schiff was reluctant to act and initially studied directing. He directed several off-Broadway plays, including "Antigone" in 1983 with a just-graduated Angela Bassett. In the mid-1980s (according to Schiff), he overcame his reluctance and decided to try his hand at acting. This resulted in several TV roles. He was seen by Steven Spielberg in an episode of the TV drama High Incident and Spielberg subsequently cast him in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), His career began an upward climb that led to his co-starring role as White House Communications Director Toby Ziegler on Aaron Sorkin`s award winning television series The West Wing. Schiff became known for his introverted and intense approach to his craft as well as his low-key delivery style.
1995 saw Schiff gain recognition playing the lawyer to Kevin Spacey`s "John Doe" in the hit Se7en. In 1996 Schiff guest starred on the popular TV series ER (Season 2 - Episode 17), and appeared in NYPD Blue the following year. In 1996 he played a corrupt probation officer in City Hall (film) along with Al Pacino and John Cusack. Schiff played a doctor alongside Eddie Murphy in the 1998 Dr. Dolittle remake. He also played Col./Brig. Gen. Robert Laurel Smith in the 1998 HBO TV movie "The Pentagon Wars", based on the real-life development of the US Army`s Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle. That same year, Schiff also appeared in the movie blockbuster Deep Impact, in which he played Don Beiderman. Schiff also appeared in one episode of Becker during the series first season. In 2001, he acted in the movie What`s the Worst That Could Happen?, He played the memorable part of the tough Mr. Turner in I Am Sam opposite Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer and co-starred in People I Know with Al Pacino. In 2004, Schiff appeared in the film Ray as Ray Charles`s producer, Jerry Wexler. For the role he shaved off his trademark beard. After working on The West Wing for six seasons, Schiff chose to exit the series in its seventh (2005–2006), and was contracted to appear in half of the season`s episodes. However, when NBC chose to end the series, Schiff continued his appearances until the end of the show`s run in May 2006, though he did not appear in the series finale. That same year he starred along with Peter Krause in the thriller Civic Duty 2006.
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Richard Schiff (born May 27, 1955) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for playing Toby Ziegler on The West Wing, a role for which he received an Emmy Award. Schiff made his directorial debut with The West Wing, directing an episode entitled "Talking Points." He is on the National Advisory Board of the Council for a Livable World. He currently has a recurring role on the HBO series Ballers. In September 2017, he began appearing in a leading role in ABC's new primetime TV drama series The Good Doctor, as Dr. Glassman, president of a fictional teaching hospital in San Jose, California.
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