Riehle, Richard 1948–

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RIEHLE, Richard 1948–


Born May 12, 1948, in Menomonee Falls, WI; son of Herbert John (an assistant postmaster) and Mary Margaret (a nurse; maiden name, Walsh) Riehle. Education: University of Notre Dame, B.A. (cum laude; speech and drama), 1970; University of Minnesota, M.F.A. (theater arts), 1971; trained for the stage at the John Fernald Academy of Dramatic Art.

Addresses: Agent—Stone Manners Talent and Literary, 6500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 550, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Career: Actor and director. Oregon Shakespeare Festival, actor and director, 1972–74. Taught acting at the University of Washington and Pacific Conservatory of the Arts.

Member: Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Awards, Honors: Los Angeles Weekly Ensemble Award, 1993, for Distant Fires.


Film Appearances:

(Film debut) Rooster Cogburn, Universal, 1974.

The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1976.

Bartender, Joy Ride, American International Pictures, 1976.

Twice in a Lifetime, Live Entertainment, 1985.

Merv, Rachel River, Taurus Entertainment, 1987.

Crown, Black Rain, Paramount, 1989.

Quartermaster Kendric, Glory, TriStar, 1989.

Reverend Scroggins, Fried Green Tomatoes (also known as Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe), Universal, 1991.

Roustabout, Shadows and Fog, Orion, 1991.

Carlson, Of Mice and Men, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1992.

Jerry Blier, Prelude to a Kiss, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992.

Officer O'Brien, The Public Eye, Universal, 1992.

Robinson, Hero (also known as Accidental Hero), Columbia, 1992.

Detective Griffin, Body of Evidence (also known as Deadly Evidence), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993.

John, A Dangerous Woman, Gramercy Pictures, 1993.

Old Guard, The Fugitive, Warner Bros., 1993.

Wade, Free Willy (also known as Sauvez Willy), Warner Bros., 1993.

Burton, Iron Will, Buena Vista, 1994.

Marcus, Lightning Jack, Savoy Pictures, 1994.

Mr. Greeson, Holy Matrimony, Buena Vista, 1994.

Charlie Clark, Casino, Universal Pictures, 1995.

Judge, Stuart Saves His Family, Paramount, 1995.

Larry, Dominion, Turner Home Entertainment, 1995.

Mayor, Lone Justice 2, Triboro Entertainment, 1995.

Principal Beasley, Jury Duty, Triumph, 1995.

Driven, Artists View Entertainment, 1996.

Lone Justice: Showdown at Plum Creek, Orion, 1996.

Air Marshal, Executive Decision (also known as Critical Decision), Warner Bros., 1996.

Sergeant, Too Fast Too Young, Monarch Home Video, 1996.

Shopkeeper, The Fan, TriStar, 1996.

Pete Harmon, Soul of the Game (also known as Field of Honour), 1996.

Leo, Driven, 1996.

Phil Billingsley, Last Resort, 1996.

Tommy Mayfield, Ghosts of Mississippi (also known as Ghosts from the Past), Columbia, 1996.

Captain Ross, Dilemma, 1997.

Gerald, Cold Night into Dawn (also known as The Bomb Squad), 1997.

Heavyset man, A River Made to Drown In, 1997.

Highway patrolman, Do Me a Favor (also known as Trading Favors), 1997.

Walter, 187 (also known as One Eight Seven), Warner Bros., 1997.

Warden Quince, Killer: A Journal of Murder (also known as The Killer), Spelling Films, 1997.

The Arrangement (also known as Blood Money), 1998.

Burt Herchak, One of Our Own (also known as Denver P.D.: One of Our Own), 1998.

Commander Gorman, Mighty Joe Young (also known as Mighty Joe), Universal, 1998.

Detective, The Odd Couple II (also known as Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple II"), Paramount, 1998.

Detective Smits, The Lesser Evil, 1998.

Dune buggy driver, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Universal, 1998.

Ed Fayne, Desperate Measures, TriStar, 1998.

Edgar Halstrom, Mercury Rising, Universal, 1998.

Immigration and Naturalization Service officer, Lethal Weapon IV (also known as Lethal Weapon 4), Warner Bros., 1998.

Sergeant Mooney, Richie Rich's Christmas Wish (also known as Richie Rich: A Christmas Story), Warner Bros. Home Video, 1998.

Security guard, Judas Kiss, 1998.

Bob Bigalow, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, 1999.

Main prison guard, Blink of an Eye (also known as Urban Jungle), 1999.

Tom Smykowski, Office Space (also known as Cubiculos de la oficina), 1999.

Detective Bert Hershak, The Arrangement (also known as Blood Money and Deadly Arrangement), 1999.

Mr. Ellias, Kill the Man, 1999.

Alan Douglas, Crash Point Zero (also known as Extreme Limits), New City Releasing, 2000.

Professor Myers, The Socratic Method, 2001.

Starnes, The Gristle, 2001.

Sam Martins, The Fluffer, First Run Features, 2001.

Sheriff Merle Hobbs, Say It Isn't So, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001.

Car dealer, Joe Dirt (also known as The Adventures of Joe Dirt), Columbia, 2001.

Beth, The Parlor (short), 2001.

Larry Fife, Bandits, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2001.

Murph, Ken Park, Vitagraph Films, 2002.

Dr. Wiseman, Time Changer, 8X Entertainment, 2002.

Himself, The Making of "Time Changer" (documentary), Five & Two Pictures, 2003.

Vaughn Carter, Beethoven's 5th (also known as Beethoven's 5th: Big Paw), Universal, 2003.

Prison Warden, Death and Texas, 2004.

Sheriff Sam Brown, Home on the Range (animated), Buena Vista, 2004.

Dr. Dan, Palindromes, Wellspring Media, 2004.

Charlie, Mysterious Skin, Tartan USA, 2004.

Bill Richmond, The Lost, 2005.

Gil, Darcy's Off-White Wedding (short), 2005.

Officer Pendleton, Neo Ned, 2005.

Mayor Nobel Doyle, The 12 Dogs of Christmas, Screen Media Ventures, 2005.

Sheriff Pinkham, Hot Tamale, 2005.

Ricky, Down the P.C.H., 2005.

Paranormal historian, The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell, 2005.

Captain Dunkley, Dorm Daze 2, 2006.

Bob, Little Big Top, 2006.

Judaica clerk, The Last Jew, 2006.

Detective Rees, Intellectual Property, 2006.

Mr. Permatteo, Hatchet, 2006.

Campus security guard, Spinning into Butter, Cinemavault Releasing International, 2006.

Doctor, Fluorescent, 2006.

Phone tech, Fierce Friend, 2006.

Emilio, The Darkroom, 2006.

Hat sister, The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green, 2006.

Television Appearances; Series:

Ed Rooney, Ferris Bueller, NBC, 1990.

Judge Longley, Ned Blessing: The Story of My Life and Times, CBS, 1993.

Walt Finnerty, Grounded for Life, Fox, 2001–2002, then the WB, 2003–2005.

Uncle Dave, Married to the Kellys, ABC, 2003–2004.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Hollings, Cross of Fire, NBC, 1989.

Anthony Feliciano, People Like Us, 1990.

Frank Dimaio, The Gambler V: Playing for Keeps, CBS, 1994.

Mr. Murder (also known as Dean Koontz's "Mr. Murder"), ABC, 1998.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Tom, The Other Side of Hell (also known as The Next Howling Wind), CBS, 1977.

Escape from Hell, 1977.

Joe Kennedy, The Forgotten Kennedy, 1977.

Dickson, Cast the First Stone (also known as Cast the First Stone: The Diane Martin Story), NBC, 1989.

Davis, So Proudly We Hail, CBS, 1990.

Oscar Wendt, A Killer Among Us, NBC, 1990.

Captain Walden, Keeper of the City, Showtime, 1992.

C.C.P.D., 1992.

Mort Aberdine, Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss, NBC, 1993.

Dave Butler, For Their Own Good, ABC, 1993.

Carl Applegate, Shadow of Obsession (also known as Unwanted Attentions), NBC, 1994.

Fred Cobb, Trial by Fire, ABC, 1995.

Sheriff, A Stranger in Town, CBS, 1995.

Pete Harmon, Baseball in Black and White (also known as Soul of the Game and Field of Honour), HBO, 1996.

Robert Harris, Robin Cook's "Terminal" (also known as Terminal), 1996.

Earl, Balloon Farm, ABC, 1997.

Jack Ogden, Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest, CBS, 1997.

Agent Wallace, Route 9, HBO, 1998.

Detective Bevian, Perfect Prey (also known as When the Bough Breaks II), HBO, 1998.

General number three, The Pentagon Wars, HBO, 1998.

Security guard, Judas Kiss, Cinemax, 1998.

Sergeant Degamo, Columbo: Ashes to Ashes, ABC, 1998.

Sheriff "T-Bone" Yankum, The Ransom of Red Chief, ABC, 1998.

Sam Morgan, Au Pair, Fox Family, 1999.

Captain Rich Waters, Hard Time: The Premonition (also known as The Premonition), TNT, 1999.

Captain Rich Waters, Hard Time: Hostage Hotel (also known as Hostage Hotel), TNT, 1999.

Sergeant Degarmo, Columbo: Murder with Too Many Notes, ABC, 2000.

Hilten March, Another Pretty Face, PAX, 2002.

Henderson Judge, The Laramie Judge, HBO, 2002.

Detective Brennan, Monster Makers, Hallmark Channel, 2003.

Santa, The Hebrew Hammer, Comedy Central, 2003.

Ernie Wilson, NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323, ABC, 2004.

Father Uxbridge, Detective (also known as Arthur Hailey's "Detective"), 2005.

Renton Skyler, Jane Doe: The Wrong Face, Hallmark Channel, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

"The Trial of Paul Robeson," Black Perspectives, 1975.

On Trial, NBC, 1994.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

The First Gentleman, CBS, 1994.

Jack Billings, Ally McBeal, Fox, 1997.

Uncle Dave, Married to the Kellys, ABC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Riding High," Hot Pursuit, NBC, 1984.

Aaron, "Dead Letter," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1989.

Lieutenant Lannon, "Play It Again, Seymour—April 14, 1953," Quantum Leap, 1989.

George Beeker, "Payback," Falcon Crest, 1989.

Edmund Clancy, "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," L.A. Law, 1989.

Clifford Vargas, "Leaping In Without a Net—November 18, 1958," Quantum Leap, 1989.

Los Angeles detective, "The Malibu Mystery," Father Dowling Mysteries, 1991.

Detective Parres, "Never Yell Fire in a Crowded Retirement Home: Parts 1 & 2," The Golden Girls, 1991.

Batai, "Inner Light," Star Trek: The Next Generation (also known as Star Trek: TNG), syndicated, 1992.

"Whippet Til It Breaks," Civil Wars, 1992.

Dr. Winky, On the Air, 1992.

Mr. Evans, "Lies," Roseanne, ABC, 1992.

Police Sergeant Devon O'Malley, "The Wind around the Tower," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1992.

"Spanky and the Art Gang," L.A. Law, 1993.

Mr. McCallister, "Love Thy Neighbor," Shaky Ground, 1993.

Irving Chattle, "Keeping the Peace," Sirens, 1993.

Mr. Winters, Get Smart, Fox, 1995.

Pat Ferguson, "Chapter Twenty-Three," Murder One, ABC, 1995.

Mr. Van Wagner, "Best Man," The Single Guy, NBC, 1996.

Dr. Arthur Bacanovic, "For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll: Parts 1 & 2," Kirk, The WB, 1996.

Dustin Woods, "Murder by the Busload," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1996.

"Motherless Child," The Client (also known as John Grisham's "The Client"), 1996.

Roy, "Knock, Knock," High Incident, 1996.

Stranger, "The Odds Couple," Men Behaving Badly, NBC, 1996.

Gorn, "The People's Choice," Perversions of Science, NBC, 1997.

Jack Billings, "The Kiss," Ally McBeal, Fox, 1997.

Principal Shinagel, "Fear of Flying," The Visitor, Fox, 1997.

"Sex, Lies and Monkeys," The Practice, ABC, 1997.

Detective Roberts, "Bewitched," Home Improvement, ABC, 1998.

Donald Jarman, "Tears on My Willow," Brooklyn South, CBS, 1998.

Hawkes, "Indy Show," The Pretender, NBC, 1998.

Merrick, "Becoming: Part 1," Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The WB, 1998.

Milo Schwarz, "Serendipity," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1998.

Voice of The Frog, "The Greatest Story Ever Toad," Maggie, 1998.

(Uncredited) Deputy Sheriff Harmon Tolliver, "Santa Claude," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1999.

Dr. Whitney, "Ax and You Shall Receive," City of Angels, CBS, 2000.

Jedediah, "The Wild, Wild Witch," Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, ABC, 2000.

Seamus McGinty, "Fair Haven," Star Trek Voyager, UPN, 2000.

Seamus McGinty, "Spirit Folk," Star Trek Voyager, UPN, 2000.

Simon, "The Storm," Providence, NBC, 2000.

Officer Jack Sloan, "Bartlet's Third State of the Union," The West Wing, NBC, 2001.

Officer Jack Sloan, "The War at Home," The West Wing, NBC, 2001.

Mandrake patient, "A Hopeless Wound," ER, NBC, 2002.

Dr. Jeremy Lucas, "Cold Station 12," Enterprise, UPN, 2004.

Dr. Jeremy Lucas, "The Augments," Enterprise, UPN, 2004.

Crazy Benny Melman, Come to Papa, NBC, 2004.

Dr. Barry Glouberman, "Ass Fat Jungle," Boston Legal, ABC, 2005.

Also appeared in "The Candidate," Too Something; as Helmut Krause, Tremors: The Series, Sci-Fi Channel; Mark Holland, Michael Hayes.

Stage Appearances:

(Stage debut) Judge, Andersonville Trial, Meadowbrook Theatre, Rochester, MI, 1971.

(Broadway debut) Melia, Dolson, and police officer, Execution of Justice, Virginia Theatre, 1986.

Chaplain de Stugumber, St. Joan, Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, 1986–87.

Dudard, Rhinoceros, Guthrie Theatre, 1986–87.

Host of the Garter, Merry Wives of Windsor, Guthrie Theatre, 1986–87.

Brodin, Red Noses, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1987.

Lovborg, Hedda Gabler, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee, WI, 1987.

McCann, Birthday Party, Classic Stage Company Theatre (CSC), New York City, 1987.

Burleigh, Phaedra Britannica, CSC Theatre 1988.

Herman Herrod, Just Say No, Workshop of the Players Art Theatre (WPA), New York City, 1988.

Peter Quince, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Public Theatre, New York City, 1988.

Police officer, Right behind the Flag, Playwrights' Horizons, New York City, 1988.

Sergeant, Mountain Language, CSC Theatre, 1989.

Spicey, Teenage Wedding, Cast Theatre, Los Angeles, 1989.

Wilcox, Moon over Miami, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1989.

Pat McGloin, The Iceman Cometh, Brooks Atkinson Theater, New York City, 1999.

Sheriff Reynolds, Babes in Arms, City Center Theater, New York City, 1999.

J. B. Feller, The Man Who Had All the Luck, Memorial Theater, Williamstown, MA, then American Airlines Theater, New York City, 2002.

Also appeared as Nathan Detroit, Guys and Dolls, and Tiger Brown, Threepenny Opera, both Ledges Playhouse; as Pinky Hartman, The Front Page, Joseph, Judas, James Larabee, Sherlock Holmes, Frank Strang, Eq-uus, Phil Hogan, Moon for the Misbegotten, and Rufe Phelps, Knights of the White Magnolia, all Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts Theatre, CA; Henry IV, Henry IV, Part II, Brabantio, Othello, Gremio, Taming of the Shrew, Toby Belch, Twelfth Night, Pozzo, Waiting for Godot, Walter Morley, Artichoke, Captain Boyle, Juno and the Paycock, and Sir George Thunder, Wild Oats, all Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Medford, OR; Virgil Blessing, Bus Stop, Jaspar Fidget, The Country Wife, and Hardcastle, She Stoops to Conquer, all Intiman Theatre, Seattle, WA; Mr. Gill, The Showoff, Doc Baugh, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Bill Whitmore, Ballad of Soapy Smith, and Schwartz, Front Page, all Seattle Repertory Company, Seattle, WA; Capulet, Romeo and Juliet, Colorado Shakespeare Festival; Peter Quince, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Meadowbrook Theatre, Rochester, MI; Touchstone, As You Like It, Solvang Summerfest, CA; Solyony, The Three Sisters, Guthrie Other Place, Minneapolis, MN; Baptista, The Taming of the Shrew, Arizona Theatre Company; Dr. Gibbs, Our Town, and Banquo, Macbeth, both American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA; Harry Brock, Born Yesterday, Phil Romano, That Championship Season, and Randle Patrick McMurphy, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, all Boarshead Theatre, MI; Leon, Return of Pinocchio, and Hans, Through the Leaves, both Empty Space Theatre, Seattle, WA; Joshua, Cathy, Cloud Nine, and Lee, True West, both A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle, WA; Michael James, Playboy of the Western World, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA; Count Gregor, Fools, and Thurston Wheelis, Greater Tuna, both Alaska Repertory; and appeared as a general, Distant Fires, Coast Playhouse, Los Angeles.


Video Games:

Chief Technician Robert "Pliers" Sykes, Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom, Electronic Arts, 1995.

Music Videos:

Warren G's "I Shot the Sheriff," 1997.


Richard Riehle told CTFT that he speaks fluent German, which he learned by studying in Innsbruck and Salzburg, Austria.