Richard Schiff
Richard Schiff 2012 Shankbone
General Information
Gender: Male
Birthday: May 27, 1955
Age: 62
Birthplace: Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Nationality: Jewish
Other Information
Height: 5'10"
Occupation(s): Actor
Education: The City College of New York (CCNY)
Talents: Acting
Family & Friends
Family: Charlotte (mother)
Edward Schiff (father)
Gus Schiff (son)
Ruby Schiff (daughter)
Relationships: Sheila Kelley (wife)
Series Information
Character: King Leopold
First appearance: The Stable Boy
Last appearance: Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

Richard Schiff 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.

View the Richard Schiff Gallery.

Early life

Schiff was born on May 27, 1955, in Bethesda, Maryland, and was raised there, the second of three sons of Charlotte, a television and publishing executive, and Edward Schiff, a real estate lawyer.

Schiff dropped out of high school, but later obtained an equivalency diploma. In 1973, he studied briefly at The City College of New York (CCNY) but did not graduate. He moved to Colorado, where he found employment cutting firewood. Returning to New York in 1975, he began to study acting at CCNY and was accepted into their theater program.

Schiff and his family are Jewish.

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