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Biography #2 (for Ray)

Richard Schiff is perhaps best known for his role as Toby Ziegler, the White House Director of Communications, on the award-winning NBC television series The West Wing, for which he won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor and received two subsequent nominations.

Schiff is an accomplished veteran of more than 40 feature film roles. He has acted in such films as Spike Lee's Malcom X, David Fincher's Seven, Steven Spielberg's The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Hoffa, City Hall, Deep Impact, Dr. Doolittle, Living Out Loud, Forces of Nature, Heaven, People I Know and I Am Sam.

Additionally has worked in television, giving memorable performances on the critically acclaimed series Relativity, as well as guest-starring on the series Ally McBeal, The Practice, Chicago Hope and ER.

Schiff began his career at the Manhattan Repertory Theater, directing both on and off-Broadway productions. After moving to Los Angeles to join Tim Robbins' Actors' Gang, Schiff won a Dramalogue award for the starring roll as Goose in David Rabe's Goose and Tom Tom and an Ovation Award for his roll in Urban Folktales.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "Ray" (01-Jan-2005)

Biography #3

Richard Schiff, recently starred in Crazy in Alabama directed by Antonio Banderas and starring Melanie Griffith; in Heaven opposite Martin Donovan and Joanna Going; and in Forces of Nature with Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck. The accomplished actor has accumulated over 40 feature film roles, among them Malcolm X, Hoffa, Michael, Lost World, Deep Impact, Dr. Dolittle and Living Out Loud.

On television, Schiff can currently be seen in the role of Toby Ziegler on the television series The West Wing. He became nationally-recognized for his portrayal of the struggling Barry Roth in the dramatic series Relativity. Schiff has also guest starred on Ally McBeal, The Practice, ER, Murder One, NYPD Blue, L.A. Law, Murphy Brown and Chicago Hope. He starred in two telefilms, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three opposite Vincent D'Onofrio and Edward James Olmos, and in The Pentagon Wars with Kelsey Grammer.

Born and raised on the East Coast, Schiff began his career as a theater director for both off and off-off Broadway in New York. He also founded and served as artistic director of the Manhattan Repertory Theatre. After appearing in a few independent feature films including Robert Longo's Arena Brains, he moved to Los Angeles. He kept his ties to theater by joining Tim Robbins' award-winning Actors Gang, and starred as Goose in the West Coast premiere of David Rabe's Goose and Tom Tom, for which Schiff received a Dramalogue Award for Best Actor. He also won an Ovation Award nomination for his role in Urban Folktales.

Bio courtesy Hollywood Pictures (01-Jan-2000)