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Anthony Heald

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Anthony Heald
Years active1983–present
Robin Herskowitz
(m. 1985)

Anthony Heald is an American character actor known for portraying Hannibal Lecter's jailer, Dr. Frederick Chilton, in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Red Dragon (2002), and for playing vice principal Scott Guber in David E. Kelley's Boston Public (2000–2004). Heald also had a recurring role as Judge Cooper on Kelley's The Practice and Boston Legal.[note 1] He had a prominent role as a troubled psychic in The X-Files episode "Closure".

Early life and education[edit]

Heald was born in New Rochelle, New York, the son of an editor. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1971.[citation needed]


Heald has worked extensively on Broadway and has been twice nominated for the Tony Award for his work as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes (1988) and Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! (1995). He also appeared in McNally's The Lisbon Traviata (1989), Inherit the Wind (1998), Deep Rising (1998), and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (1991).

Heald recorded over 60 audio books/books on tape, including works as varied as Where the Red Fern Grows, The New York Times bestsellers such as The Pelican Brief (in the film adaptation of which he also played a villainous lawyer), Jurassic Park and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Moby-Dick, several works by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, as well as a sizable number of titles in the Star Wars audio book library.

He made brief appearances in Miami Vice ("The Prodigal Son"), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006 film), and the Cheers series finale "One for the Road". He later appeared on the Cheers spin-off Frasier in a recurring role. He appeared in Unaccompanied Minors as a distressed, Christmas-hating airport employee.

Personal life[edit]

Heald lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his wife Robin (daughter of violist Karen Tuttle[2]) and children Zoe and Dylan. He has converted to Judaism, his wife's faith. He regularly performs in productions of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. During the 2010 season of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Heald played Shylock in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Silkwood 2nd Doctor at Union Meeting
1984 Teachers Narc
The Beniker Gang Mr. Uldrich
1987 Outrageous Fortune Agent Weldon
Happy New Year Dinner Guest
Orphans Man in Park
1990 Postcards from the Edge George Lazan
1991 The Silence of the Lambs Dr. Frederick Chilton
The Super Ron Nessim
1992 Whispers in the Dark Paul
1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer Fighting Parent
The Ballad of Little Jo Henry Grey
The Pelican Brief Marty Velmano
1994 The Client FBI Agent Larry Trumann
1995 Kiss of Death Jack Gold
Bushwhacked Reinhart Bragdon
1996 A Time to Kill Dr. Wilbert Rodeheaver
1998 Deep Rising Simon Canton
1999 8mm Daniel Longdale
2000 Proof of Life Ted Fellner
2002 Red Dragon Dr. Frederick Chilton
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand FBI Mystique Interrogator
Accepted Dean Richard Van Horne
2020 Alone Robert


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Miami Vice Commander René Episode: "The Prodigal Son"
Spenser: For Hire The Doorman Episode: "No Room at the Inn"
1986 Fresno Kevin Kensington 6 episodes
Tales from the Darkside Englebert Ames Episode: "Comet Watch"
Kay O'Brien Bert Hammond Episode: "Behind Closed Doors"
Guiding Light Mallory Episode: #1.10055
A Case of Deadly Force Dave O'Brian TV movie
1987 Crime Story Rojer Jankowski Episode: "The Battle of Las Vegas"
1990 Against the Law Grainger Episode: "Where the Truth Lies"
1991 CBS Schoolbreak Special Dr. Gil Morris Episode: "Abby, My Love"
1991, 1994 Law & Order Councilman Spencer Talbert / Ian O'Connell Episodes: "The Troubles" (1991) and "Virtue" (1994)
1993 Class of '96 Professor Davis Episode: "They Shoot Baskets, Don't They"
Cheers Kevin Episode: "One for the Road"
1994 Ghostwriter Harold Wentwood Episode: "A Crime of Two Cities: Part One"
Murder, She Wrote Bob Kendall Episode: "To Kill a Legend"
Under Suspicion Martin Fox 2 episodes
1995 One Life to Live Quilligan Episode: #1.6998
New York News Episode: "You Thought the Pope Was Something"
1996 Poltergeist: The Legacy Damon Ballard Episode: "Sins of the Father"
1997 Cosby President's Aide Episode: "Guess Whose President Is Coming to Dinner"
Liberty! The American Revolution Philip Vickers Fithian 6 episodes
2000 The X-Files Harold Piller Episode: "Closure"
Frasier Corkmaster Episode: "Whine Club"
2000–2001 The Practice Judge Wallace Cooper / Scott Guber 3 episodes
2000–2004 Boston Public Scott Guber 81 episodes
2002 Benjamin Franklin Jonathan L. Austin 3 episodes
2004 Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman Simon (uncredited) TV movie
2005 Numbers Walt Merrick Episode: "Pilot"
NCIS Guyman Purcell Episode: "An Eye for an Eye"
According to Jim Reverend Steven Episode: "Wedding Bell Blues"
2005–2008 Boston Legal Judge Harvey Cooper 8 episodes
2006 Crossing Jordan Attorney McBride Episode: "The Elephant in the Room"
The Closer Howard Pierce Episode: "Heroic Measures"
2013 Monday Mornings Mitch Tompkins 4 episodes
2014 Sam & Cat Dr. Slarm Episode: "#SuperPsycho"
2024 A Man in Full Judge Taylor 4 episodes


  1. ^ The character was named "Wallace Cooper" on The Practice but "Harvey Cooper" on Boston Legal.


  1. ^ Davis, Jim (April 3, 1999). "All the world's a stage, but this one is home". Mail Tribune. Medford, Oregon. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  2. ^ Fox, Margalit (December 27, 2010). "Karen Tuttle, Spirited Violist and Teacher, Dies at 90". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  3. ^ Hughley, Marty (June 5, 2010). "Seasoned by Broadway and Hollywood, actor Anthony Heald reaches new peaks at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 15, 2017.

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