March 18, 1960|
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||May 22, 2004
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Lori Gebers (1998–2004)|
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 unseen traffic accident. Biggs' final film appearance was in We Interrupt This Program, a short film released as a companion piece to the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead on DVD. (In that short film, Biggs' Babylon 5 costar, Bruce Boxleitner, is heard as the voice of the President of the United States.) He was also frequently guest starring on Tremors: The Series as a local scientist. An episode of the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh, entitled "The Gary Grill", in which Biggs appeared as a guest star (with Gary Coleman), was dedicated in his memory on October 17, 2004 and was also his final television appearance.
He was married to Lori Gebers from August 1, 1998 until Biggs' death in 2004. 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.
- Richard Biggs at the Internet Movie Database
- Death Announcement by J. Michael Straczynski (Straczynski created Babylon 5)
- Richard Biggs Memorial Video by John E. Hudgens
- Richard Biggs at Find a Grave