Richard Schiff in brief

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Born in Bethesda, Mary­land, in 1955. His fa­ther was a prop­erty lawyer, his grand­fa­ther a chicken farmer. Lives with wife Sheila Kelly and their two chil­dren in Los An­ge­les. On act­ing: “Ev­ery time I act it’s like an Ever­est of fear. And I don’t have any oxy­gen.” On Ju­daism: “My fam­ily was not very re­li­gious at all. I got bar­mitz­va­hed in an age when it be­came less a part of ev­ery­day life.” On Jews in Hol­ly­wood: “The tra­di­tion in Hol­ly­wood is to cast the Jew as as blonde and blue-eyed as you pos­si­bly can. I think there’s a lit­tle self-ha­tred in the Hol­ly­wood [Jewish] com­mu­nity — maybe that’s what that’s about.”

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