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Allan Rich

Highest Rated:   96% Quiz Show (1994)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
45% Wish I Was Here
  • Rabbi Twersky
2014
40% The Last Word
  • Francis
2009
49% Man in the Chair
  • Speed
2007
33% Rise: Blood Hunter
  • Harrison
$59.9k 2007
80% The Memory Thief
  • Zvi Birnbaum
2007
57% Lies & Alibis
  • Klump
2006
53% 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
76% Amistad
  • Judge Juttson
1997
38% Out to Sea
  • Sebastian
1997
No Score Yet Malaika
  • Actor
1997
14% The Rich Man's Wife
  • Bill Adolphe
1996
17% 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
68% Frances
  • Bebe
1982
83% The Entity
  • Dr. Walcott
1982
85% 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
53% 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 Goes to Washington
  • Desk Sergeant
1977
86% The Gambler
  • Bernie
1974
90% Serpico
  • D.A. Tauber
1973

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet 2 Broke Girls
2011
  • Lou
  • 2013
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Sidney
  • 2010
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Dr. Klausbach
  • 2000
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • Judge Towers
  • 1980
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Otto Ripley
  • 1978

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