Rif Hutton

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Rif Hutton
Born (1962-11-28) November 28, 1962 (age 54)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Bridget Hoffman (2001-present) source: [1][2]

Rif Hutton (born November 28, 1962) is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his recurring role as Dr. John Welch in the comedy-drama series Doogie Howser, M.D., appearing in that series from 1990 up to its conclusion in 1993. From 1997 to 2001, he appeared in a recurring role as Lt. Cmdr. Alan Mattoni on the series JAG. Hutton is also notable for playing Russ Beeler, a fictional owner of a KFC establishment, appearing in a number of KFC commercials in the early to mid 1990s.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Hutton was born in San Antonio, Texas, and was raised in East Orange, New Jersey. He moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s to pursue an acting career. He went to many auditions in his early years, but soon found himself broke and homeless, getting assistance from friends.[4]

Hutton went on to guest star in a number of notable television series including The Jeffersons, Night Court, L.A. Law, Married... with Children, Hunter, Wings, Murphy Brown, The Larry Sanders Show, Getting By, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Family Matters, and Cold Case among others.[1]

Hutton also appeared in stage productions in the Los Angeles area as well as working as a voice actor.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Hutton has been married twice. His first marriage was to a woman named Pat, an actress and stand-up comedian.[4] His second was to actress Bridget Hoffman in 2001.[1][2]

It is also reported in 2000 that he was engaged to actress Telma Hopkins.[5][6] In 1993–94, Hutton had played Hopkins' love interest in a few episodes of her sitcom Getting By.


  1. ^ a b c d Rif Hutton Biography, Film Reference
  2. ^ a b "Rif Hutton". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved September 2, 2016. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources. 
  3. ^ Stuart Elliott (1992-05-19). "THE MEDIA BUSINESS: ADVERTISING; KFC's Very Real Problems May Be Solved in Lake Edna - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  4. ^ a b LIBBY SLATE (1993-01-23). "Actor Rif Hutton Has Fun Growing With 'Doogie Howser, M.D.' - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  5. ^ "Family Matters: 1989-1998 - Family Matters, Where Are They Now?, Darius McCrary, Jaleel White, Jomarie Payton, Reginald VelJohnson, Telma Hopkins". People. 2000-06-26. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  6. ^ "The Telma Hopkins Picture Pages". Superiorpics.com. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 

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