Leon Rippy

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Leon Rippy
Born (1949-10-30) October 30, 1949 (age 67)
Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present

Leon Rippy (born October 30, 1949) is an American actor. Active on screen since 1983, Rippy has appeared in numerous films and recurring roles on television. He is best known for his roles as Earl the Angel on the series Saving Grace, saloon owner Tom Nuttall on the series Deadwood and militiaman John Billings in The Patriot (2000).

Early life[edit]

Rippy was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He developed a love for theater while in Rock Hill High School and in college.


Rippy's acting career developed through appearances in regional theatrical productions. He founded and operated two theatre companies.[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] At one time he was regarded as an accomplished ballet dancer.[1]

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

His television appearances include a guest role on Star Trek: The Next Generation ("The Neutral Zone"); Quantum Leap; Walker, Texas Ranger; Werewolf; Leverage Six Feet Under; and Deadwood, a HBO series in which he played Tom Nuttall. Rippy co-starred in the TNT crime drama series Saving Grace. He 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 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: The Next Generation 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 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 Creede / 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 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
2016 11.22.63 Harry Dunning 2 episodes


  1. ^ a b 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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