Richard Marcus

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Richard Marcus
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1979–2009

Richard Marcus is an American actor and producer who is best known for his roles in St. Elsewhere, Tremors, and The Pretender.


Richard Marcus' first role was on the television show The White Shadow, guest starring in two episodes. He worked steadily throughout the 1980s, and landed a recurring role (as Ralph, the Bird-Man) on the acclaimed NBC drama St. Elsewhere, for which he received an Emmy nomination.

He continued to act into the 1990s, and in 1996, he starred as Dr. William Raines on the television series The Pretender. He reprised his role in two television movies in 2001. Since The Pretender, Marcus has continued to act regularly, including guest starring in two episodes of 24 in 2005.


Marcus did not begin his career as an actor. His first brush with the big screen came as associate producer for Parasite, starring Demi Moore.


Title Format # of episodes Character Year(s)
The White Shadow Series 2 episodes Benny/ Writer 1979-1980
Hill Street Blues Series 1 episode Blind Man 1981
The Being Film - Joe the Lab Assistant 1983
Hollywood Beat Series 1 episode 1985
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Series 1 episode Levy 1985
Enemy Mine Film - Arnold 1985
Deadly Friend Film - Harry Pringle 1986
St. Elsewhere Series 7 episodes Ralph 1982-1986
Desperado TV Movie - Emmett, Deputy/Jailer 1987
Jake and the Fatman Series 1 episode 1988
Jesse TV Movie - Ray Butler 1988
Highway to Heaven Series 1 episode Baldwin 1989
Tremors Film - Nestor Cunningham 1990
L.A. Law Series 1 episode Ray Breecher 1990
Superboy Series 1 episode Max Von Norman 1991
Space Rangers Series 1 episode Bashad 1993
And the Band Played On TV Movie - Reporter 1993*
Melrose Place Series 2 episodes Roger Lacey 1993
Dune 2000 Video Game - Edric O 1998
The Pretender Series 45 episodes Dr. William Raines 1996-2000
The Pretender 2001 TV Movie - Dr. William Raines 2001
The Pretender: Island of the Haunted TV Movie - Dr. William Raines 2001
24 Series 2 episodes Forbes 2005
Hawthorne Series 3 episodes Mr. Fleming 2009


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