Heald first got his foot in the Hollywood door in 1983 when he appeared in the Meryl Streep film Silkwood, though his first prominent role was not until 1987's Outrageous Fortune, where he appeared as Weldon, the government agent posing as an acting student. Of his more than 20 big-screen performances, Heald is probably best known to film audiences for his portrayal of Dr. Frederick Chilton in the 1991 Academy AwardÂ-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. Some of Heald's other film appearances include three film adaptations of John Grisham novels (The Pelican Brief,
The Client, and A Time to Kill), as well as the films Kiss of Death, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Postcards from the Edge and, most recently, Proof of Life.
Heald's television work has included appearances as a guest performer on many of television's top-rated programs, including The Practice; Frasier; Law & Order; The X-Files; Miami Vice; Murder, She Wrote; and Cheers. Most recently he was seen on Fox Television's Boston Public, as high-school vice principal Scott Guber, a role written specifically for him by series creator David E. Kelley.
In addition to his work onstage, onscreen and in film, Heald is one of the most prolific readers in the field of audiobooks. He has recorded more than 60 titles to date, including works as varied as the classic tale Where the Red Fern Grows, The New York Times bestsellers such as The Pelican Brief, Jurassic Park and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and a sizable number of titles in the Star Wars audiobook library.
Heald currently resides in Ashland, Oregon, with his family.
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|August 25, 1944 (79)
|New Rochelle, New York, USA
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