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|Born||February 4, 1952 (age 62)
|Other names||Richard D. Lineback|
|Years active||1975 - present|
Richard D. Lineback (born February 4, 1952) is an American actor. He has performed in character roles in such blockbuster films as Speed, Twister and Varsity Blues. He played Deputy Dodd in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning.
Lineback has appeared in many roles on the stage, with leads that include Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, C.C. Showers in The Diviners, for which he won the Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Actor, and the title role in Mister Roberts.
He has also appeared in numerous guest appearance roles for television, including Romas in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Selin Peers in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Kessick in Star Trek: Enterprise. He also appeared in the role as Rev. Vernon Canty in two episodes of JAG.
He was born in Frankfurt, Germany, the son of Carl Mayo Lineback (1922–2004) and Dorothy Anne Darnall (1923–2008). His siblings are Robert B. Lineback (born 1953) and Carol A. Lineback (born 1955). His father was a physician and an officer in the U.S. Army assigned to the 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt. When he retired from active military service, in 1965, Dr. Lineback relocated with his family to Austin, Texas, where he established a private practice.
Richard Lineback graduated from John H. Reagan High School in Austin, Texas, in 1970. While in high school, he was appeared in several student theatrical productions. After high school, he attended the University of Texas at Austin. He moved to Los Angeles, California, where he pursued an acting career.
In 1975, Lineback joined the Colony Theatre Company, in Burbank, and was in the cast of the play The Grass Harp. Among the many productions he has appeared in, his roles include Eugene Gant in Look Homeward, Angel, Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, C.C. Showers in The Diviners, for which he won the Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Actor, Dan White in Execution of Justice, and the title role in Mister Roberts.
His film debut was in the role as Steve Estes in the biopic/drama Joni (1980), the story of Joni Eareckson. He played Larry in the western/drama Hard Country (1981) with Jan-Michael Vincent and Kim Basinger. Lineback then played Deputy Dodd in the slasher/horror film Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985).
His numerous television guest appearances include roles in episodes of The Love Boat, M*A*S*H, The Waltons, Crazy Like a Fox, T. J. Hooker, Knight Rider, Matlock, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Hunter, China Beach, Dallas, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, NYPD Blue, Touched by an Angel, Star Trek: Enterprise and JAG. He also played the role as Billy in the Incident In a Small Jail segment of the television film Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985).
Lineback played the role as Al LeFauve in the world premiere stage production of Baby Dance, co-starring Linda Purl and Stephanie Zimbalist, at the Pasadena Playhouse, for which he was nominated for the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Actor. He later reprised the role at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, in Massachusetts, and the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven.
In the film Natural Born Killers (1994), Lineback's character, Sonny, was the first redneck to be shot to death by the murderous couple, Mickey Knox (played by Woody Harrelson) and Mallory Knox (played by Juliette Lewis). As Mr. Thornton in Twister (1996) with Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton, Lineback was the first farmer to be killed by a raging tornado in that film. He played an FBI special agent, McMurphy, in the crime/thriller The Jackal (1997) with Bruce Willis, Richard Gere and Sidney Poitier.
Lineback recreated his role as Al LeFauve for the Showtime film The Baby Dance (1998) co-starring Stockard Channing and Laura Dern. In the horror film The Ring (2002) with Naomi Watts and Martin Henderson, Lineback played the innkeeper.
He resides in Los Angeles.
|Friday the 13th: A New Beginning||1985||Slasher/Horror||Deputy Dodd|
|Stewardess School||1986||Action/Comedy||Sgt. Striker|
|Beyond the Next Mountain||1987||Adventure/Drama||Mr. Young Man|
|Natural Born Killers||1994||Crime||Sonny|
|After the Game||1997||Drama/Mystery||Slim, the Bartender|
|The Jackal||1997||Crime/Thriller||FBI Special Agent McMurphy|
|Meet the Deedles||1998||Comedy||Mr. Crabbe|
|Varsity Blues||1999||Comedy/Sport||Joe Harbor|
|Ready to Rumble||2000||Comedy/Sport||Mr. Boggs|
|Riding for the Pony Express||1980||Western||Willy Gomes|
|Gideon's Trumpet||1980||Drama||Lester Wade|
|Death Ray 2000||1981||Action/Fantasy||U.S. Army enlisted man|
|Fatal Vision||1984||Drama||MP Captain|
|Return to Mayberry||1986||Comedy||Wally Butler|
|Inherit the Wind||1988||Drama||Sillers|
|Blind Vengeance||1990||Drama||Edwin "Ed" Rentzell|
|Woman with a Past||1992||Drama||Wayne|
|The Baby Dance||1998||Drama||Al LeFauve|
|The King of Texas||2002||Western/Drama||Warnell|
|McBride: Dogged||2007||Mystery||Frank Sinclair|