Leon Rippy

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Leon Rippy
Born (1949-10-30) October 30, 1949 (age 65)
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984–present

Leon Rippy (born October 30, 1949) is an American actor.

Life and career[edit]

Rippy was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He developed a love for theatre while in high school and college. His acting career developed through appearances in regional theatrical productions. Rippy founded and operated two theatre companies, and at one time was regarded as an accomplished ballet dancer.[1] Rippy has appeared in more than seventy plays. His non-acting occupations have included working with a circus and as a foreman of a cattle ranch.[2]

Rippy has worked with Roland Emmerich on seven movies including: Moon 44 (1990), Eye of the Storm (1991), Universal Soldier (1992), Stargate (1994), The Thirteenth Floor (1999), The Patriot (2000), Eight Legged Freaks (2002), and The Alamo (2004). He also had a role in The Lone Ranger (2013).

Rippy has worked with the Estevez family on a number of occasions including: Firestarter (1984) with Martin Sheen, Maximum Overdrive (1985) with Emilio Estevez, Young Guns 2 (1990) with Emilio Estevez, Beyond the Law (1992) with Charlie Sheen, and The Arrival (1996) with Charlie Sheen.

Television appearances include a guest role on Star Trek: The Next Generation ("The Neutral Zone"), Quantum Leap, Walker, Texas Ranger, Leverage, Six Feet Under and as Tom Nuttall on the HBO series Deadwood. Rippy had a co-starring role in the TNT crime drama series, Saving Grace. He has also appeared in North and South as Sanders, and in Alcatraz as Dr. Beauregard.


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Once Upon a Murder Tommy Allen TV Miniseries
1983 Hit the Road Running Doogan
1984 Firestarter Blinded Agent
Hyperspace Roy
1984 Chain Gang
1984 Tales of the Third Dimension Freddie Segment: "The Guardians"
1985 The Color Purple Store Clerk
1985 Marie Gary Gerbitz
1985 Rockin' Road Trip Earl Reese
1986 Maximum Overdrive Brad
Raw Deal Man in Tux
King Kong Lives Will
No Mercy Man #2
1986 North and South Sanders Book II, episode #1.2
1987 The Bedroom Window Seedy Bartender
1987 Werewolf Crawford Episode: "Eye of the Storm"
1987 The Rutherford County Line aka Damon's Law
1988 Traxx Killer
Star Trek TNG L. Q. "Sonny" Clemmons Episode: "The Neutral Zone"
1988 Jesse TV Movie
1988 Track 29 Trucker
1988 Illegally Yours Prosecutor
1988 Hunter Russ Tolson Episode: "The Fourth Man"
1988 The Tracker Chub Dumont TV Movie
1988 Born to Run Joel Tv Movie
1989 Hardball (1989 TV series) Episode: "The Cleveland Indian"
1990 Loose Cannons Weskit
Moon 44 Master Sergeant Sykes
Young Guns II Robert "Bob" Ollinger
The Hot Spot Deputy Tate
1990 Quantum Leap Sheriff Taggart Episode: "Freedom - November 22, 1970"
1991 Eye of the Storm Sheriff
1991 Hard Time Romance Hugh Dean Simpson
1992 Universal Soldier Woodward
Beyond the Law Virgil
Kuffs Kane
1993 Walker, Texas Ranger Chastain / Vince Pike / Dewey Baker 4 episodes
1993 Perry Mason Tex TV Movie: The Case of the Wicked Wives
1993 Diagnosis Murder Bob Cole 2 episodes
1994 Stargate Major General W. O. West
1996 The Arrival DOD #1
1997 Still Movin Mr. Jennings
1997 The Visitor Agent Nicholas LaRue 13 episodes
1997 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Detective Boone
1997 Gun Scooter Episode: "The Hole"
1999 The Thirteenth Floor Jane's Lawyer
1999 CI5: The New Professionals Lang Episode: "Glory Days"
2000 The Patriot John Billings
2001 The Fugitive Buddy LaRue Episode: "New Orleans Saints"
2001 The Man with No Eyes Father Patrick Short Film
2002 Eight Legged Freaks Wade
2003 The Life of David Gale Braxton Belyeu
2003 Six Feet Under Daddy Episode: "Tears, Bones & Desire"
2004 The Alamo Sergeant William Ward
2004 Deadwood (TV series) Tom Nuttall 36 episodes
2006 Gridiron Gang Paul Higa
2006 Saving Grace Earl 46 episodes
2011 Leverage Jack Latimer / Mysterious Man 5 episodes
2012 Alcatraz Dr. Milton Beauregard 12 episodes
2013 Under The Dome Ollie Dinsmore 5 episodes
The Lone Ranger Collins
2014 Rectify Lezlie 2 episodes


  1. ^ Uncredited, Biography of Leon Rippy; TV.com. Retrieved 2013-02-09.
  2. ^ Uncredited, Biography of Leon Rippy; Filmbug. Retrieved 2013-02-09.

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