Legendary character actor Richard Riehle has often been cast as corrupt characters whose bravado melts in the face of adversity. He spent over 15 years working in repertory theaters in Oregon, Alaska, Arizona and elsewhere, in addition to teaching acting in Northern California and at the University of Washington. Riehle ventured to Broadway in 1985 and beginning a career as a working character player. After debuting in "Execution of Justice", he remained in New York and often worked with the Classic Stage Company and the Public Theatre.
Riehle made his TV debut with a bit role in "The Other Side of Hell" (NBC, 1978) and his first regular series role was as Mr. Rooney, the smarmy principal in the short-lived TV version of "Ferris Bueller" (NBC, 1990-91). He was a juror alongside Jasmine Guy in the TV-movie "A Killer Among Us" (NBC, 1990) and has worked steadily in TV longforms since, including "A Stranger in Town" (CBS, 1995), in which he was a sheriff skeptical of Jean Smart's past.
Roles in the movies Black Rain and Glory (both 1989) and the miniseries "Cross of Fire" (NBC, 1989) convinced him to move to Los Angeles. It was his part in Glory that actually put Riehle on the potential casting lists in Hollywood; he was featured only in one scene as a quartermaster sneeringly denying the "Negro" soldiers shoes while bathing in his own corruption. Riehle has appeared in over 300 TV series and films including Bandits, Joe Dirt, Say it Isn’t So, Office Space, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Mighty Joe Young, Lethal Weapon 4, The Odd Couple II, Mercury Rising, Casino, Jury Duty, The Fugitive, Body of Evidence and Executive Decision just to name a few, and he’s probably played Santa Claus more than any other living film actor.