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Richard Riehle (born 12 May 1948; age 74) is a prolific character actor from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, who has appeared in three Star Trek spin-offs, as well as over 50 other television series and about twice as many films. He first appeared as Batai in the Star Trek: The Next Generation fifth season episode "The Inner Light". He then played Seamus in the Star Trek: Voyager sixth season episodes "Fair Haven" and "Spirit Folk". His most recent Star Trek role was that of Doctor Jeremy Lucas in the Star Trek: Enterprise fourth season episodes "Cold Station 12" and "The Augments". His lab coat from "Cold Station 12" was sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay. [1]

Television work

Riehle made his episodic television debut in 1989 with a guest appearance in the popular science fiction series Quantum Leap, starring future Star Trek: Enterprise actors Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell. He made another appearance on the show the following year. He also made three guest appearances on L.A. Law, co-starring with Corbin Bernsen, Larry Drake, Jennifer Hetrick, Salome Jens, and Sam Anderson.

In addition, Riehle has guest-starred on such shows as Murder, She Wrote (with William Windom and Mark Rolston), Murder One (with John Fleck, Gregory Itzin, and Vanessa Williams), The Visitor (with Richard Cox and Leon Rippy), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (with Armin Shimerman), Diagnosis Murder (with Scarlett Pomers and Leon Russom), The West Wing (with Ed Begley, Jr., J. Michael Flynn, Glenn Morshower, and Tony Plana), and Boston Legal (starring William Shatner and Rene Auberjonois). Riehle also had a recurring role as Uncle Dave on the short-lived TV sitcom Married to the Kellys (2003-04), which co-starred Sam Anderson and Bruce Gray. Perhaps Riehle's most famous television role is that of Walter Finnerty on the FOX Network sitcom Grounded For Life.

Riehle's notable made-for-TV movies include 1990's A Killer Among Us (with Mike Genovese and Dwight Schultz), 1991's Keeper of the City (with Tony Plana, John Putch, Jimmie F. Skaggs, and Tony Todd), 1998's Mr. Murder (with Jim Beaver, Stephanie Niznik, and Bill Smitrovich) and The Pentagon Wars (with Sam Anderson, Bruce French, and Randy Oglesby), 1999's Au Pair (1999, with John Rhys-Davies), and the Columbo movies Ashes to Ashes (1998, with Spencer Garrett and Richard Libertini) and Murder with Too Many Notes (2000, with with Van Epperson, Obi Ndefo, Randy Oglesby, and Herschel Sparber).

Film work

One of Riehle's earliest films was 1989's Black Rain, in which he and Star Trek: The Next Generation guest star Stephen Root played Internal Affairs agents. (The film also featured Tim Kelleher and Keone Young.) In 1999, Riehle and Root co-starred in the popular comedy Office Space (with Diedrich Bader and Paul Willson).

Riehle's exhaustive film credits also include the 1989 Civil War drama Glory (with Bob Gunton, Mark Margolis, and Ethan Phillips), the 1992 version of Of Mice and Men (with Ray Walston),Body of Evidence (1993, with Michael Forest, Frank Langella, and Mark Rolston), Free Willy (1993, with Lori Petty), the period Las Vegas mob-film Casino(1995) with an uncredited Steven R. Schirripa, the Stuart Baird-directed Executive Decision (1996, with Len Cariou, Andreas Katsulas, and Warren Munson), Desperate Measures (1998, with Dennis Cockrum and Tracey Walter), and 1998's Mighty Joe Young (with Geoffrey Blake, Richard McGonagle, Scarlett Pomers, Lawrence Pressman, and Tracey Walter). Riehle was also one of the many Star Trek alumni to be featured in the 1996 drama Ghosts of Mississippi. Co-starring with him in this film were Whoopi Goldberg, Virginia Madsen, Susanna Thompson, Bill Cobbs, Spencer Garrett, Jerry Hardin, Thomas Kopache, Terry O'Quinn, Brock Peters, and Bill Smitrovich.

His more recent credits include the 2001 independent film The Gristle (with Michael Dorn), the 2001 comedy Joe Dirt (with Brian Thompson), 2002's The Laramie Project (with Clancy Brown), the 2002 Christian film Time Changer (with Callan White), the 2003 cult comedy The Hebrew Hammer (as Santa, with Andy Dick playing his treacherous son), and the 2005 family movie The 12 Dogs of Christmas (starring John Billingsley). He also worked with his Enterprise co-star John Billingsley and Tony Todd in Jerome Bixby's science fiction drama The Man from Earth.

Star Trek appearances

Other Trek connections

Additional projects in which Riehle appeared with other Star Trek performers include:

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