Richard Lineback

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Richard Lineback
Born (1952-02-04) February 4, 1952 (age 64)
Frankfurt, Germany
Other names Richard D. Lineback
Occupation Actor
Years active 1975 - present

Richard D. Lineback (born February 4, 1952) is an American actor. He has performed in character roles in such blockbuster films as Speed, Twister and Varsity Blues. He played Deputy Dodd in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning.

Lineback has appeared in many roles on the stage, with leads that include Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, C.C. Showers in The Diviners, for which he won the Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Actor, and the title role in Mister Roberts.

He has also appeared in numerous guest appearance roles for television, including Romas in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Selin Peers in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Kessick in Star Trek: Enterprise. He also appeared in the role as Rev. Vernon Canty in two episodes of JAG.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Frankfurt, Germany, the son of Carl Mayo Lineback (1922–2004) and Dorothy Anne Darnall (1923–2008). His siblings are Robert B. Lineback (born 1953) and Carol A. Lineback (born 1955). His father was a physician and an officer in the U.S. Army assigned to the 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt. When he retired from active military service, in 1965, Dr. Lineback relocated with his family to Austin, Texas, where he established a private practice.[1]

Richard Lineback graduated from John H. Reagan High School in Austin, Texas, in 1970. While in high school, he appeared in several student theatrical productions. After high school, he attended the University of Texas at Austin.[2] He moved to Los Angeles, California, where he pursued an acting career.


In 1975, Lineback joined the Colony Theatre Company, in Burbank, and was in the cast of the play The Grass Harp. Among the many productions he has appeared in, his roles include Eugene Gant in Look Homeward, Angel, Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, C.C. Showers in The Diviners, for which he won the Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Actor, Dan White in Execution of Justice, and the title role in Mister Roberts.

His film debut was in the role as Steve Estes in the biopic/drama Joni (1980), the story of Joni Eareckson. He played Larry in the western/drama Hard Country (1981) with Jan-Michael Vincent and Kim Basinger. Lineback then played Deputy Dodd in the slasher/horror film Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985).

His numerous television guest appearances include roles in episodes of The Love Boat, M*A*S*H, The Waltons, Crazy Like a Fox, T. J. Hooker, Knight Rider, Matlock, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Hunter, China Beach, Dallas, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, NYPD Blue, Touched by an Angel, Star Trek: Enterprise and JAG. He also played the role as Billy in the Incident In a Small Jail segment of the television film Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985). He also played scheming businessman Wally Butler in the 1986 TV film Return to Mayberry.

Lineback played the role as Al LeFauve in the world premiere stage production of Baby Dance, co-starring Linda Purl and Stephanie Zimbalist, at the Pasadena Playhouse, for which he was nominated for the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Actor. He later reprised the role at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, in Massachusetts, and the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven.

In the film Natural Born Killers (1994), Lineback's character, Sonny, was the first redneck to be shot to death by the murderous couple, Mickey Knox (played by Woody Harrelson) and Mallory Knox (played by Juliette Lewis). In Twister (1996), his character Mr. Thornton (Jo Harding's father) was the victim of a raging tornado. He played an FBI special agent, McMurphy, in the crime/thriller The Jackal (1997) with Bruce Willis, Richard Gere and Sidney Poitier.

Lineback recreated his role as Al LeFauve for the Showtime film The Baby Dance (1998) co-starring Stockard Channing and Laura Dern. In the horror film The Ring (2002) with Naomi Watts and Martin Henderson, Lineback played the innkeeper.

He resides in Los Angeles.


Title Release Genre Role
Joni 1980 Biopic/Drama Steve Estes
Hard Country 1981 Western/Drama Larry
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning 1985 Slasher/Horror Deputy Dodd
Stewardess School 1986 Action/Comedy Sgt. Striker
Beyond the Next Mountain 1987 Adventure/Drama Mr. Young Man
Sommersby 1993 Mystery/Romance Timothy Fry
Speed 1994 Action/Thriller Sergeant Norwood
Natural Born Killers 1994 Crime Sonny
Twister 1996 Action/Adventure Mr. Thornton
Tin Cup 1996 Comedy/Romance Curt
After the Game 1997 Drama/Mystery Slim, the Bartender
The Jackal 1997 Crime/Thriller FBI Special Agent McMurphy
Hush 1998 Drama/Thriller Hal Bentall
Meet the Deedles 1998 Comedy Mr. Crabbe
Varsity Blues 1999 Comedy/Sport Joe Harbor
Ready to Rumble 2000 Comedy/Sport Mr. Boggs
The Ring 2002 Horror/Thriller Innkeeper

TV Roles[edit]

Title Aired Genre Role
"M*A*S*H" 1979 Comedy Private Eddie Scala
Riding for the Pony Express 1980 Western Willy Gomes
Gideon's Trumpet 1980 Drama Lester Wade
Death Ray 2000 1981 Action/Fantasy U.S. Army enlisted man
Johnny Belinda 1982 Drama Dan
M*A*S*H 1982; episode: Trick or Treatment Comedy Pvt. Scala
Ghost Dancing 1983 Drama Brian
Fatal Vision 1984 Drama MP Captain
Return to Mayberry 1986 Comedy Wally Butler
Inherit the Wind 1988 Drama Sillers
Blind Vengeance 1990 Drama Edwin "Ed" Rentzell
Woman with a Past 1992 Drama Wayne
Somebody's Daughter 1992 Crime/Drama Fielder
The Stand 1994 Horror/Fantasy Poke
The Baby Dance 1998 Drama Al LeFauve
The King of Texas 2002 Western/Drama Warnell
McBride: Dogged 2007 Mystery Frank Sinclair


  1. ^ Austin American-Statesman, Feb. 11, 2004, Obituary of Carl Mayo Lineback.
  2. ^ "Richard Lineback – Deputy Dodd". Friday the 13th Films. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 

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