March 18, 1960|
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
May 22, 2004 (aged 44)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Lori Gebers (1998–2004; his death)|
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Biggs attended the University of Southern California on scholarship, studying theatre. He briefly taught at a Los Angeles high school before landing his first major television role, that of Dr. Marcus Hunter on the soap opera Days of Our Lives.
Biggs was diagnosed with hearing problems when he was 13, and was partially deaf in one ear, completely deaf in the other. He frequently used his celebrity status to raise money for the Aliso Academy, a private school in Rancho Santa Margarita, California that serves deaf children.
He appeared as Dr. Stephen Franklin on the hit science fiction series Babylon 5 (1994–1998), reprising the role in the final aired episode of the spin-off show, Crusade ("Each Night I Dream of Home").
At the time of his death, he was a regular on the television series Strong Medicine; following his death, his character was killed in an off-screen traffic accident. He also frequently guest starred as a local scientist on Tremors: The Series. Biggs' final film appearance was in We Interrupt This Program, a short film also featuring Biggs' Babylon 5 costar, Bruce Boxleitner, released as a companion piece to the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead on DVD. His final television appearance was as a guest star on a 2004 episode of the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh, entitled "The Gary Grill" portraying an FBI agent, which was dedicated to his memory.
He married Lori Gebers on August 1, 1998. They had two children, Richard James III and Hunter Lee.
- Woo, Elaine (May 28, 2004). "Richard Biggs, 44; Television Actor Known for Featured Roles in 'Babylon 5,' 'Days of Our Lives'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 28, 2004.