October 30, 1949 |
Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States
Leon Rippy (born October 30, 1949) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Wade in the sci-fi comedy film Eight Legged Freaks.
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. 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. At one time he was regarded as an accomplished ballet dancer.
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; 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.
|1983||Once Upon a Murder||Tommy Allen||Miniseries|
|1983||Hit the Road Running||Doogan|
|1984||Tales of the Third Dimension||Freddie||Segment: "The Guardians"|
|1985||The Color Purple||Store Clerk|
|1985||Rockin' Road Trip||Earl Reese|
|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|
|Star Trek: The Next Generation||L. Q. "Sonny" Clemmons||Episode: "The Neutral Zone"|
|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"|
|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|
|Beyond the Law||Virgil|
|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|
- Uncredited, Biography of Leon Rippy; TV.com. Retrieved 2013-02-09.
- Uncredited, Biography of Leon Rippy; Filmbug. Retrieved 2013-02-09.