Allan Rich

Allan Rich

Highest Rated: 96% Quiz Show (1994)

Lowest Rated: 0% Highlander 2: The Quickening (1991)

Birthday: Feb 8, 1926

Birthplace: Not Available

Not every blacklistee spent his or her life as a victim -- some of them, such as Lionel Stander and Selena Royale, ended up pursuing successful second careers, and a few, including Stander and Jeff Corey, went on to very busy late-in-life acting careers. Allan Rich fits into both categories. Born in New York in 1926, he aspired to a performing career at an early age, and came of age in the midst of the Second World War. Rich got to work on-stage with the likes of Edward G. Robinson, Ralph Bellamy, Kim Hunter, and Henry Fonda, and seemed poised to make the jump to movies when the Red Scare swept over Hollywood. Like a lot of other New York-based actors who had made no secret of their belief in liberal values, Rich was blacklisted from the end of the 1940s. He followed a route, which was also followed by Lionel Stander, to Wall Street; though he was too "Red" to work in movies, Rich was sufficiently capitalist to succeed as a stock broker, and he eventually opened his own firm. He was successful enough to pursue his other great love -- contemporary art -- by opening a gallery on New York's Upper East Side. By the early '70s, however, Rich was drawn back into acting, in a stage production of Journey of the Fifth Horse, with Dustin Hoffman. In 1973, he made his long-delayed screen debut as District Attorney Herman Tauber in Sidney Lumet's Serpico. The following year, he was in The Gambler, and in 1975, he appeared in episodes of Baretta and Kojak. Over the decades since, Rich has appeared in movies as different as The Frisco Kid (1979), Frances (1982), Betsy's Wedding (1990), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991), Quiz Show, Disclosure (both 1994), and Amistad (1997), and in television productions ranging from Kojak and CHiPs in the 1970s through Hill Street Blues and Barney Miller in the 1980s, The Nanny and CSI in the 1990s to NYPD Blue and The Division in the 21st century. Playing featured and supporting roles as desk sergeants, attorneys (crooked and honest), judges (crooked and honest), college professors, doctors, and other professionals, Rich has used his resonant voice and skilled portrayals to evoke respect, contempt, cynicism, and laughter from audiences. Fans of Happy Days who lingered to the late seasons may remember Rich best for his role in the episode "Potsie Quits School," as the mean-tempered, cynical Prof. Thomas. He showed something more of his full range, however, in the 2004 NYPD Blue episode "You Da Bomb," portraying an aging Russian immigrant. Rich has also authored more than a half-dozen screenplays and had a film about Salvador Dali (based on his own friendship with the artist), in production as of 2004. Equally adept at comedic and sinister roles, Rich is one of the busiest character actors of his generation, which is poetic justice of a sort -- he was still earning a good living in his chosen profession (after having proved to be a better capitalist than most of his political foes), decades after those foes were in the ground and all-but-forgotten.

Highest Rated Movies



47% Wish I Was Here Rabbi Twersky 2014
No Score Yet Troupers Actor 2011
40% The Last Word Francis 2009
49% Man in the Chair Speed 2007
36% Rise: Blood Hunter Harrison $59.9K 2007
80% The Memory Thief Zvi Birnbaum 2007
57% Lies & Alibis Klump 2006
50% The Burial Society Hy Leibowicz 2003
40% Intoxicating Michael Reilly 2003
50% The Dogwalker Sam 2002
No Score Yet Footsteps Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Christmas Path Judge Landers 1998
77% Amistad Judge Juttson 1997
36% Out to Sea Sebastian 1997
No Score Yet Malaika Actor 1997
13% The Rich Man's Wife Bill Adolphe 1996
18% Jack Dr. Benfante 1996
14% Two Much Reverend Larrabee 1996
No Score Yet National Lampoon's Favorite Deadly Sins Siggy Brillman 1995
No Score Yet Miami Hustle Stein 1995
59% Disclosure Ben Heller 1994
96% Quiz Show Robert Kintner 1994
No Score Yet Dead On: Relentless II Grazinsky 1992
No Score Yet Nickel & Dime Bernie Stadler 1992
0% Highlander 2: The Quickening Alan 1991
No Score Yet Dead on the Money Actor 1991
65% Guilty by Suspicion Leonard Marks 1991
50% Betsy's Wedding Nate Tobias 1990
No Score Yet Matters of the Heart Actor 1990
No Score Yet Another Chance R.J. 1989
20% Checking Out Dr. Haskell 1989
No Score Yet Kidco Jim Clark 1984
66% Frances Bebe 1982
64% The Entity Dr. Walcott 1982
86% Eating Raoul Nazi 1982
No Score Yet The Archer Actor 1981
No Score Yet A Gun in the House Actor 1981
No Score Yet Gideon's Trumpet Tobias Simon 1980
No Score Yet Hero at Large Marty Fields 1980
50% The Frisco Kid Mr. Bialik 1979
No Score Yet The Seekers Gen. Wayne 1979
No Score Yet Voices Montrose Meier 1979
No Score Yet Uncle Joe Shannon Dr. Clark 1978
No Score Yet The Happy Hooker Desk Sergeant 1975
78% The Gambler Bernie 1974
90% Serpico D.A. Tauber 1973


No Score Yet 2 Broke Girls
Lou 2013
90% House
Sidney 2010
0% Living with Fran
Herb 2006
No Score Yet Judging Amy
Jim Southam 2001
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Dr. Klausbach 2000
No Score Yet Night Court
Dr. Bruce 1987
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
Alexi Guest 1987
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
Coluga 1981
No Score Yet Barney Miller
Silver Rumson 1981
No Score Yet CHiPs
Judge Towers 1980
No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk
Luther Mason 1980
No Score Yet Happy Days
Prof. Thomas 1979
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
Otto Ripley 1978
No Score Yet Kaz
Judge 1978
No Score Yet Kojak
Judge Miller 1978
No Score Yet All in the Family
Gallery Manager 1977
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
Runkin 1976


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