Chris Ruppenthal

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Chris Ruppenthal
John Christian Ruppenthal

(1955-06-01) June 1, 1955 (age 64)
ResidenceHollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materA.B. Harvard University; M.A. USC Film School
OccupationTelevision Writer/Producer, Teacher
Years active1980–present
Known forQuantum Leap, The Outer Limits, Moonlighting

Chris Ruppenthal (born John Christian Ruppenthal on June 1, 1955) is an American television and film writer based in Hollywood, California.

Life and career[edit]

Born and raised in Coral Gables, Florida, Ruppenthal received an A.B. Degree from Harvard University in 1976 where he was an Editor of the Harvard Lampoon as well as a member of The Delphic Club and The Hasty Pudding where he performed in three of the famous Hasty Pudding travesty musicals. Following Harvard he worked for a time in New York City in advertising before moving to California to pursue a writing career. He received an M.A. degree from the USC Film School.[1][2]

Amongst his vast resume as a television producer, Ruppenthal has served as a producer/co-producer for the NBC-TV series Quantum Leap, as co-executive producer of The Outer Limits and Silk Stalkings (which he also wrote scripts for) TV series, also as supervising producer of ABC-TV's Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (of also he wrote episodes for), CBS-TV's Touched by an Angel, Harts of the West and Covington Cross; and has writing credits for Blade: The Series, Avalon: Beyond the Abyss, NBC's The Pretender, FOX-TV's The X-Files, CBS-TV's Touched by an Angel, Harts of the West, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Covington Cross, ABC-TV's Moonlighting, Sledge Hammer! and Max Headroom.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Ruppenthal currently resides in Los Angeles, where he continues to write for television and Works for LAUSD at Berendo Middle Schoolin (the Pico-Union District)and the UCLA Extension School.[3]


Year Show/Credit Role Notes/Episodes
2006 Blade: The Series Writer 1 episode, "Sacrifice"
1998-2000 The Outer Limits Writer, Co-Executive Producer,
Supervising Producer
7 episodes
1999 Avalon: Beyond the Abyss Writer TV Movie
1997 The Pretender Writer, Teleplay 2 episodes
1996-1997 Silk Stalkings Writer, Co-Executive producer 6 episodes
1995-1996 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Writer, Producer 6 episodes as writer
22 episodes as producer
1994 The X-Files Writer 2 episodes
1994 Touched By An Angel Writer, Supervising Producer 11 episodes as producer
2 episodes as writer
1993 Harts of the West Writer, Supervising Producer 1 episode as producer,

2 as writer

1992 Covington Cross Writer, Supervising Producer 3 as writer, 13 as producer
1993 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Writer 1 episode, "Socrates' Sister"
1989-1990 Quantum Leap Writer, Co-Producer, Director 64 as producer
10 as writer
1989 Moonlighting Writer, Teleplay 3 episodes
1988 Max Headroom Writer 1 episode, "Baby Grobags"
1987 Sledge Hammer! Writer, Story/Teleplay 4 episodes


  1. ^ Chris Ruppenthal on IMDb
  2. ^ a b "Chris Ruppenthal biography". Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  3. ^ "Your Instructors: Chris Ruppenthal". Retrieved April 25, 2016.

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