Leon Rippy

Leon Rippy

Highest Rated: 73% The Hot Spot (1990)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Oct 30, 1949

Birthplace: Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA

Character actor Leon Rippy essayed a string of memorable turns as men whose rustic charm occasionally hid a tinge of menace in such features and television projects as "The Patriot" (2000), "Deadwood" (HBO 2004-2006), "Saving Grace" (TNT 2007-2010) and "Under the Dome" (CBS 2013-15). The South Carolina-born actor began his career in regional theater and films before moving into studio efforts in the 1990s. An alliance with producer Roland Emmerich in seven films, including "Stargate" (1994) and "The Patriot" (2000), increased his exposure, which led to his best-known work as Tom Nuttall on "Deadwood," who owned the bar in which Wild Bill Hickock was murdered, and Holly Hunter's guardian angel on "Saving Grace." Rippy's near-constant presence in film and television over a two-decade period underscored viewers' and critics' opinion that he was among the best character players in the business.

Highest rated movies

The Hot Spot
The Bedroom Window
Track 29
The Patriot
Eight Legged Freaks
Gridiron Gang
Universal Soldier




42% 81% Gridiron Gang Paul Higa (Character) $38.4M 2006
29% 45% The Alamo Sgt. William Ward (Character) $22.4M 2004
19% 81% The Life of David Gale Braxton Belyeu (Character) $19.6M 2003
47% 33% Eight Legged Freaks Wade (Character) $17.3M 2002
62% 81% The Patriot John Billings (Character) $113.3M 2000
52% 73% Stargate Gen. West (Character) $70.9M 1994
No Score Yet 40% A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives Tex (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vanishing Act Unknown (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 50% Eye of the Storm Sheriff (Character) - 1992
28% 47% Kuffs Kane (Character) $19.6M 1992
No Score Yet 72% Beyond the Law Virgil (Character) - 1992
34% 46% Universal Soldier Woodward (Character) $35.4M 1992
No Score Yet 75% Hard Time Romance Hugh Dean Simpson (Character) - 1991
0% 31% Moon 44 Master Sergeant Sykes (Character) - 1990
73% 49% The Hot Spot Deputy Tate (Character) $1.2M 1990
63% 45% Track 29 Trucker (Character) $19.3K 1988
70% 50% The Bedroom Window Seedy Bartender (Character) $8.8M 1987
15% 50% Maximum Overdrive Brad (Character) $6.0M 1986
No Score Yet 0% Chain Gang Unknown (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Third Dimension Freddie (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hit the Road Running Doogan (Character) - 1983


95% 91% Rectify Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
68% 46% Under the Dome Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
60% 40% Alcatraz Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
92% 88% Leverage Unknown (Guest Star) 2011-2012
76% 83% Saving Grace Earl (Character) 2007-2010
92% 96% Deadwood Tom Nuttall (Character) 2004-2006
81% 96% Six Feet Under Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Exposure Unknown (Character) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Visitor Unknown (Character) 1997-1998
57% No Score Yet Gun Unknown (Character) 1997
No Score Yet 8% Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1993 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
No Score Yet 85% Quantum Leap Sheriff Taggart (Guest Star) 1990
92% 89% Star Trek: The Next Generation L.Q. "Sonny" Clemons (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Russ Tolson (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet North and South, Book II Sanders (Guest Star) 1986