Richard Schiff is an Emmy Award-Winning 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."
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In 1996 Schiff guest starred on the popular TV series ER, and appeared in NYPD Blue the following year. Schiff also appeared in one episode of Becker during the series' first season. 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.
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 2 (1997). Schiff also appeared in the movie Deep Impact, in which he played Don Beiderman.
Richard Schiff has also directed several Off-Broadway productions, including Antigone with Angela Basset.
Among his many Emmys, Richard has won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Toby Ziegler on the TV show The West Wing.