Actor Richard Schiff

Celebrity Q&A, People
on January 11, 2012

Q: What is Richard Schiff up to? He was fabulous as Toby Ziegler on The West Wing.

—Vicki Connolly, Olympia, Wash.

The hard-working, Emmy-winning actor, 56, will appear in at least four films this year and starred recently in the TV movie Innocent. He plays Christina Applegate's father on TV's Up All Night and portrays a corrupt Wall Street consultant in the new Showtime series House of Lies. The native of Bethesda, Md., says of his latest TV character, "He's a no-holds-barred cutthroat, a winner, he takes no prisoners, and I love him. He's crazy." Schiff's also excited about Decoding Annie Parker, an independent film he made with Helen Hunt and Samantha Moore about the discovery of the breast-cancer gene, and says it was done in "an entertaining and beautiful way. It's gonna be a surprise and an important movie."