Richard Riehle
Born (1948-05-12) May 12, 1948 (age 74)
EducationUniversity of Notre Dame (BA)
University of Minnesota (MFA)
Years active1977–present

Richard Riehle (born May 12, 1948) is an American character actor. He portrayed Walt Finnerty on Grounded for Life (2001–2005) and The Warden on The Young and the Restless (2007). He also appeared in over 200 films, including Glory (1989), The Fugitive (1993), Casino (1995), Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) and Office Space (1999).

Life and career

Riehle was born on May 12, 1948, in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, the son of Mary Margaret (née Walsh), a nurse, and Herbert John Riehle (1921–1961), an assistant postmaster.[1] He attended the University of Notre Dame and then went on to complete an MFA at University of Minnesota.[2] He began acting at the Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester and was doing regional theatre in the Pacific Northwest when he got his very first film role in the John Wayne film Rooster Cogburn.[2]

His television credits include Quantum Leap; Roseanne; Murder, She Wrote; L.A. Law; Ally McBeal; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Chicago Hope; Diagnosis: Murder; Sabrina the Teenage Witch; The West Wing; ER; Married to the Kellys; Tremors; Boston Legal; Grounded for Life (45 episodes), and The Young and the Restless. Riehle has also guest-starred on three of the six Star Trek television series.



Year Title Role Notes
1977 Joyride The Bartender
1987 Rachel River Merv
1989 Black Rain IA Detective Crown
Glory Kendric, The Quartermaster
1991 Shadows and Fog Roustabout
Fried Green Tomatoes Reverend Scroggins
1992 Prelude to a Kiss Jerry Blier
The Public Eye Officer O'Brien
Of Mice and Men Carlson
Hero Robinson
1993 Body of Evidence Detective Griffin
Free Willy Wade
The Fugitive Old Guard
A Dangerous Woman John, Drycleaner Owner
1994 Iron Will Burton
Lightning Jack Marcus
Holy Matrimony Greeson
1995 Casino Charlie Clark
Stuart Saves His Family Judge
Jury Duty Principal Beasley
Dominion Larry
Killer: A Journal of Murder Warden Quince
Lone Justice 2 Mayor
1996 Executive Decision Air Marshal George Edwards
Too Fast Too Young Sergeant
The Fan Shopkeeper
Driven Leo
Last Resort Phil Billingsley
Ghosts of Mississippi Tommy Mayfield
1997 Trading Favors Highway Patrolman
One Eight Seven Walter
Cold Night Into Dawn Gerald
One of Our Own Burt Herchak
A River Made to Drown In Heavyset Man
Dilemma Captain Ross
1998 Desperate Measures Warden Ed Fayne
Mercury Rising Edgar Halstrom
The Odd Couple II The Sheriff
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Dune Buggy Driver Cameo
Lethal Weapon 4 Coast Guard Officer
The Lesser Evil Detective Smitts
Judas Kiss Security Guard
Richie Rich's Christmas Wish Sergeant Mooney
Mighty Joe Young Commander Gorman
1999 The Arrangement Detective Bert Hershak
Kill the Man Mr. Ellias
Office Space Tom Smykowski
Blink of an Eye Main Prison Guard
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo Bob Bigalow
2001 The Fluffer Sam Martins
Say It Isn't So Sheriff Merle Hobbs
Crash Point Zero [fr] Alan Douglas
Joe Dirt Car Dealer
Bandits Lawrence Fife
The Socratic Method Professor Myers
The Gristle Starnes
2002 Ken Park 'Murph'
Time Changer Dr. Wiseman
2003 The Hebrew Hammer Santa Claus
Beethoven's 5th Vaughn Carter
2004 Death and Texas Prison Warden
Home on the Range Sheriff Sam Brown (voice)
Palindromes Dr. Dan
Mysterious Skin Charlie
2005 Neo Ned Officer Pendleton
The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green Hat Sister
Wedding Crashers Funeral Guest Uncredited
The 12 Dogs of Christmas Mayor Nobel Doyle
2006 The Lost Bill Richmond
Intellectual Property Detective Rees
Hot Tamale Sheriff Pinkham
Hatchet Jim Permatteo
The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell The Narrator / Paranormal Historian
Down the P.C.H. Ricky
National Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2 Captain Bunkley
Little Big Top Bob
The Darkroom Emilio
Price to Pay Hooper
Midnight Clear Tommy
Fierce Friend Phone Tech
Domestic Import Sam, The Mailman
2007 Smiley Face Mr. Spencer
The Memory Thief Judaica Store Clerk
Choose Connor Grant Miller
The Man from Earth Dr. Will Gruber
Spinning into Butter Paul Meyers
My Father John Parker
A Plumm Summer Art Bublin
Wasting Away Colonel South
Resurrection Mary Detective Mahoney
Big Stan Judge
Desperate Escape Croaker Norge
2008 The Last Word Man At Gorge
Red Sam Berry
Hindsight Peter
The Temerity of Zim Mr. Brown Short film
Green Flash Herb
Your Name Here Literary Agent Lipschitz
Audie & the Wolf Michael Ludlow
Bait Shop Gus
Necessary Evil Captain Parsons
2009 Stellina Blue Dr. Helfenstein
Nowhere to Hide Toley
Messengers 2: The Scarecrow Jude Weatherby
Project Solitude Frederick Sterling
Halloween II Buddy, The Night Watchman
Play Dead Truck Driver
The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu Mr. Snodgrass
2010 Growth Larkin Holberman
5 Star Day Jim, The Plumber
Spork Clyde
BoyBand Principal Collins
Miss Nobody Leonard Ormsby
Screwball: The Ted Whitfield Story Joe Francia, The Umpire
1,001 Ways to Enjoy the Missionary Position Charlie
The Search for Santa Paws Santa Claus
Lights Out Harold
Killer by Nature Warden Upton
Darnell Dawkins: Mouth Guitar Legend Hal 'Howlin' Hal' Halsby
2011 The Back-up Bride Sonny Spur
Bridesmaids Bill Cozbi
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer The Ringmaster
Chillerama Cecil Kaufman Segment: "Zom-B-Movie"
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Santa Claus
Black Velvet The Sheriff
Finding Hope Sheriff Avery Short film
2012 Treasure Buddies Thomas Howard
Extracted Father Riley
Waterwalk Jim T.
FDR: American Badass! Senator Bronson
Last Call Harold
Bad Ass Father Miller
The Watermen Belvin Lee Smith
3 Days of Normal Chief Dale Nickens
Stitch in Time Norman Stitch
Dead Man's Burden Hank 'Three Penny Hank'
BearCity 2: The Proposal Gabe
Breathless Deputy Cole
2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D Farnsworth
Blue Dream Ted Sellers
Lonely Boy Mr. Fitz
Girl Meets Boy Raymond
Lionhead Bronowitz, The Lawyer
The Secret Village[3] Paul
Coffee, Kill Boss Vincent Brutsi
Mischief Night The Trucker
Friend Request Frank
Munchausen The Doctor Short film
2014 The Scribbler Officer O'Reilly
There's Always Woodstock Mr. Harmon
Gone Doggy Gone Stan Janson
In Your Eyes Mr. Padgham
Lovesick The Father
Friended to Death Dan
The Cabining Sarge
Transformers: Age of Extinction The Landlord
One Week Vacation Kevin Winters Short film
The Turtle's Head Detective Bing Shooster Short film
The Three Dogateers Santa
Pilot Error Roy Grimm
2015 Amnesiac The Postman
Primrose Lane Officer Braggs
Roommate Wanted Dr. Hoffman
Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant The Bartender
Contracted: Phase II Deuce Gelman
Daddy Al Rubin
Sex, Death and Bowling Father Joe
Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves Sheriff Ryan
Dementia Sam
Jimmy's Jungle Grandpa Bell
2016 Pee-wee's Big Holiday Dan
Fear, Inc. Bill
Medal of Victory Ted Crump
Citrus Springs George
Last Man Club Grady
Heels Calvin Lackey
Schlep Uncle Bill
2017 Miyubi Grandfather Short film
Swing State Tom Fleischman
Breaking Legs Principal Bater
Nowhere, Michigan Martin
Pitching Tents Grandpa
20 Weeks Keenan
You Have a Nice Flight Bob
The Meanest Man in Texas Mr. Kilpatrick
Aquarians Father Rob
Golden Vanity The Radio Announcer
Delight in the Mountain Judge George Hinton
2018 Bad Apples Principal Dale
For the Hits Grandpa George
Bullitt County The Mister
Hyde Park Clarence Potts
Fishbowl California Glen
PawParazzi Bobby
West of Hell Mr. Braxton
Living Room Coffin Nate
The Invisible Mother Archie
Randy's Canvas Professor Hausdorff
The Acorn Mr. Ives Short film
Puppy Star Christmas Santa Claus
2019 Limbo Phil
Chase Turley
15 Minutes at 400 Degrees John Short film
3 from Hell Sheriff Wolfe
The Incredible Enzo The Magician Short film
What's Buried in the Backyard Allen Palms Post-production
Made Vicious Lawyer Justice Post-production
2021 Destination Marfa Skeeter DVD, Amazon, and VUDU


Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Other Side of Hell Tattooed Man Television film
1989 My Two Dads Ed Steinbauer Jr. Episode: "Say Goodnight, Gracie"
1989 Dragnet Oliver Brady Episode: "Nouveau Gypsies"
1989 Falcon Crest George Beeker Episode: "Payback"
1989 Cross of Fire Duvall Television film
1989 Cast the First Stone Dickson Television film
1989, 1990 Quantum Leap Clifford Vargas / Lt. Lannon 2 episodes
1989, 1992 Murder, She Wrote Sergeant Devon O'Malley / Aaron 2 episodes
1989–1993 L.A. Law Roger Beekman / Edmund Clancy 3 episodes
1990 Nasty Boys Gardner Episode: "The Good, the Bad, and the Nasty"
1990 His & Hers Mr. Mueller Episode: "Dueling Therapists"
1990 People Like Us Anthony Feliciano Television film
1990 Broken Badges Unknown character Episode: "Pilot"
1990–1991 Ferris Bueller Principal Ed Rooney 13 episodes
1991 Father Dowling Mysteries L.A. Detective Miller Episode: "The Malibu Mystery"
1991 The Golden Girls Detective Parres Episode: "Never Yell Fire in a Crowded Retirement Home: Part 1"
1991 Keeper of the City Captain Walder Television film
1992 Civil Wars Richard Sturdevant Episode: "Whippet 'Til It Breaks"
1992 Roseanne Mr. Evans Episode: "Lies"
1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation Batai Episode: "The Inner Light"
1992 On the Air Dr. Winky 2 episodes
1993 For Their Own Good Dave Butler Television film
1993 Shaky Ground Henry McCallister Episode: "Love Thy Neighbor]"
1993 Sirens Irving Chattle Episode: "Keeping the Peace"
1993 Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life Judge Longley 4 episodes
1993 Perry Mason: The Case of the Killer Kiss Mort Aberdine Television film
1994 Shadow of Obsession Applegate Television film
1994 Gambler V: Playing for Keeps Frank Dimaio Television film
1995 Get Smart Mr. Winters Episode: "Pilot"
1995 Trial by Fire Fred Cobb Television film
1995 Too Something Unknown character Episode: "The Candidate"
1996 The Client Sergeant Phil Rucker Episode: "Motherless Child"
1996 Terminal Security Chief Television film
1996 Murder One Pat Ferguson Episode: "Chapter Twenty-Three"
1996 Kirk Dr. Arthur Bacanovic 2 episodes
1996 The Single Guy Mr. Van Wagner Episode: "Best Man"
1996, 1999 Diagnosis: Murder Deputy Sheriff Harmon Tolliver / Dustin Woods 2 episodes
1997 Men Behaving Badly Stranger Episode: "The Odds Couple"
1997 High Incident Roy Episode: "Knock, Knock"
1997 Perversions of Science Gorn Episode: "People's Choice"
1997 Ally McBeal Jack Billings 2 episodes
1997 The Visitor Principal Shinagel Episode: "Fear of Flying"
1997 The Practice Mr. Holt Episode: "Sex, Lies, and Monkeys"
1997 Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest Jack Ogden Television film
1998 Brooklyn South Donald Jarman Episode: "Tears on My Willow"
1998 The Pretender Graham Hawkes Episode: "Indy Show"
1998 The Pentagon Wars General Vice Television film
1998 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Merrick Episode: "Becoming: Part 1"
1998 When the Bough Breaks II: Perfect Prey Detective Bevlan Television film
1998 The Ransom of Red Chief Narrator / Sheriff 'T-Bone' Yankum Television film
1998 Mr. Murder John Wexel Television film
1998 Chicago Hope Milo Schwarz Episode: "Sarindipity"
1998 Maggie The Frog (voice) Episode: "The Greatest Story Ever Toad"
1998 Home Improvement Detective Roberts Episode: "Bewitched"
1998 Route 9 Agent Wallace Television film
1998 Columbo Sergeant Degarmo 2 episodes
1999 Hard Time: The Premonition Capt. Waters Television film
1999 Au Pair Sam Morgan Television film
1999 Hard Time: Hostage Hotel Capt. Waters Television film
2000 Star Trek: Voyager Seamus Driscol 2 episodes
2000 City of Angels Dr. Whitney Episode: "Ax and You Shall Receive"
2000 Providence Simon, Inspector Episode: "The Storm"
2000 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Jedediah Episode: "The Wild, Wild Witch"
2000 Any Day Now Unknown character Episode: "Nothing Personal"
2001 The West Wing Off. Jack Sloan 2 episodes
2001–2005 Grounded for Life Walt Finnerty 45 episodes
2002 The Laramie Project Henderson Trial Judge Television film
2002 ER Mandrake Patient Episode: "A Hopeless Wound"
2002 Another Pretty Face Hilton March Television film
2003 Fillmore! Leo Grant (voice) Episode: "Masterstroke of Malevolence"
2003 Tremors Helmut Krause Episode: "The Key"
2003 Monster Makers Det. Brennan Television film
2003–2004 Married to the Kellys Uncle Dave 10 episodes
2004 MNTSB: The Crash of Flight 323 Ernie Wilson Television film
2004 Star Trek: Enterprise Dr. Jeremy Lucas 2 episodes
2005 Detective Father Uxbridge Television film
2005 Boston Legal Dr. Barry Glouberman Episode: "The Ass Fat Jungle"
2006 George Lopez Eddie Carter Episode: "It's a Cliffhanger, by George"
2006 All of Us Sergeant Nelson Episode: "Police... Open Up"
2007 7th Heaven Crossroads Mayor Episode: "Inked"
2007 American Body Shop Bishop Thomas K. O'Banyon Episode: "The Bishop and the Pawn"
2007 The Young and the Restless Warden McQueen 10 episodes
2008 Our First Christmas Santa Television film
2008–2011 Poor Paul Grandpa Paul / Big Chief Malcolm Roaring Boar 10 episodes
2009 Psych Army Johnson Episode: "Earth, Wind and... Wait for It"
2009 Better Off Ted Bob Episode: "Get Happy"
2010 Funny or Die Presents Jerry / Mayor Episode: "Episode Five"
2010, 2011 Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Ellen's Grandfather / Mayor 2 episodes
2011 Kickin' It Mr. Coburn Episode: "The Great Escape"
2012 Lake Effects Chairman McCarren Television film
2012 The Client List Jim Richardson Episode: "Games People Play"
2012 Men at Work Gus Episode: "Wake and Bake"
2012 The League Santa Claus Episode: "A Krampus Carol"
2013 The Mindy Project George Menken Episode: "Mindy's Brother"
2013 Modern Family Norman Episode: "The Future Dunphys"
2013, 2018 Drunk History James Roche / Ralph Himmelsbach 2 episodes
2013 Mob City Sergeant Kuzyk Episode: "Red Light"
2013–2014 The Legend of Korra Bumi / Additional characters (voice) 17 episodes
2014 Maron David Anthony, Sr. Episode: "The Mom Situation"
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Umpire Bill Kessel Episode: "Nick Offerman Wears a Green Flannel Shirt & Brown Boots"
2014 Mystery Girls Walt Episode: "Haunted House Party"
2014 Mom John Episode: "Chicken Nuggets and a Triple Homicide"
2014 Two and a Half Men Santa Episode: "Family, Bublé, Deep-Fried Turkey"
2015 Black-ish Solomon Episode: "Big Night, Big Fight"
2015 The Soul Man Larry Episode: "Tell It Like It Isn't"
2015 Axe Cop Science Corp Scientist / Secret President Larry / Tutukaka Male (voice) 2 episodes
2015–2017 NCIS Walt Osorio 2 episodes
2016 Major Crimes Mr. Lutz Episode: "Skin Deep"
2016 The Real O'Neals Father Bernard Episode: "The Real Move"
2016–2018 The Middle Sheriff Dugan Episode: "Roadkill"
2017 Love at First Glance Wally Moore Television film
2017 Real Rob Kyle Episode: "Priorities"
2017 Superior Donuts Murray Episode: "Flour Power"
2017 Mr. Student Body President Principal Episode: "Last Year"
2017 In the Rough Duke 'Chopper' McNeil 7 episodes
2018 Another Period Congressman Episode: "Congress"
2018 Corporate Hubert Episode: "Society Tomorrow"
2018 A Very Nutty Christmas Dosselmeyer Television film
2019 Now Apocalypse Neil Episode: "The Downward Spiral"
2019 American Housewife Gerald Episode: "Field Trippin'"
2020 Fuller House Uncle Monty Episode: "Family Business"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom Chief Technician Robert 'Pliers' Sykes


  1. ^ Richard Riehle Biography (1948–)
  2. ^ a b "Richard Riehle on his long career and short mustache, including the few times he shaved it off". Film. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  3. ^ Smith, Jenn (October 20, 2013). "'Secret Village' coming soon to Little Cinema at Berkshire Museum". The Berkshire Eagle. Retrieved May 13, 2014.