Robert Picardo

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Picardo at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con
Robert Alphonse Picardo

(1953-10-27) October 27, 1953 (age 68)
EducationYale University (BA)
Years active1975–present
Linda Pawlik
(m. 1984; div. 2014)

Robert Alphonse Picardo (born October 27, 1953) is an American actor. He is known for his portrayals of Dr. Dick Richards on ABC's China Beach; the Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH), also known as The Doctor, on Star Trek: Voyager; the Cowboy in Innerspace, Coach Cutlip on The Wonder Years (for which he received an Emmy nomination); and as Richard Woolsey in the Stargate television franchise. Picardo is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Planetary Society.

Early life[edit]

Picardo was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Joe Picardo. Robert is of Italian heritage, with his father's family originating from Montecorvino Rovella, Salerno, and his mother's parents originally from Bomba in Abruzzo. He graduated from William Penn Charter School in 1971 and originally entered Yale University as a pre-medical student, but opted to act instead. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in drama from Yale University.[1]

Picardo is an accomplished singer. While he was at Yale University, he was a member of the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus, the second longest running undergraduate a cappella group in the United States. Also while at Yale, he had a major role in the 1973 European premiere production of Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" in Vienna, conducted by John Mauceri. The production was televised by ORF and broadcast on PBS during the 1970s. His singing has also been incorporated into his role in Star Trek: Voyager.

After earning his degree, he enrolled at the Circle in the Square Professional Theater Workshop. He waited tables for a few years until his theatrical work started to take off around 1976. His first breaks were appearing in the David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and with Diane Keaton in The Primary English Class.[2]

In 1977, Picardo made his Broadway debut. He appeared in Gemini (1977) and Tribute (1978).

During the 1988–1991 television seasons, Picardo was simultaneously seen on the ABC Vietnam series China Beach in the role of Dr. Dick Richard, and the ABC series The Wonder Years in the role of Coach Cutlip. He is among a small group of television actors to achieve notice on two television series at the same time.


Picardo at ComicCon, 2008.

Picardo made his feature film debut as Eddie Quist, the serial killer werewolf in the Joe Dante film The Howling (1981). He also had a recurring role in the sitcom Alice and played a doctor on an episode of The Golden Girls. He played a number of roles in Dante's family science fiction film Explorers (1985), and later appeared in Dante's The 'Burbs, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Matinee, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Small Soldiers and Innerspace. Picardo often plays roles under layers of prosthetic latex, having also played the swamp-dwelling Meg Mucklebones in Ridley Scott's film Legend. He also had a small role as a funeral director in John Landis's Amazon Women on the Moon. He voices Pfish in two Pfish & Chip shorts as seen on Cartoon Network's What-A-Cartoon! Show. Picardo also portrays the voice and face of the robotic Johnny Cab in Total Recall. He appeared in one episode of ER in 1995 as Abraham Zimble (Season 2 - Episode 6, "Days Like This").

In 1993, Picardo had a brief role as Joe "The Meat Man" Morton, a butcher and neighbor to Tim Allen's character on the sitcom Home Improvement.

In 2001, he guest starred in the 7 Days episode "Revelation", purporting to be a time traveler from seven years in the future.

In 2007, he played Principal White in Ben 10: Race Against Time. In 2007, he starred in the independent feature film by director Russ Emanuel, P.J., alongside John Heard and Vincent Pastore.[3] He also starred in Russ Emanuel's Chasing the Green in 2008, with William Devane, Jeremy London and Ryan Hurst.

Picardo appeared on Kojak in a 1977 episode, E-Ring, as a media rep in The Pentagon, as an enraged father in Cold Case, and as a police officer in CSI: NY. He was a recurring guest star in two episodes of Season 7 of Smallville.

Away from acting, from 1999 to 2015, Picardo was a member of the Board of Directors' Advisory Council of The Planetary Society; beginning in 2015, he was elected to the Board of Directors itself.[4]

Other career highlights include performing in Leonard Bernstein's Mass during its European debut tour, performing with the Yale University Society of Orpheus & Bacchus a cappella singing group as an undergraduate, and appearing in dozens of other television and film roles, including the film Our Last Days as Children.

Picardo performed the voice of Loki in the Xbox 360 video game Too Human. In 2009, he also appeared in Pushing Daisies, Chuck and Castle. Also in 2009, he played the lead role in the independent psychological thriller film Sensored. In 2010, Picardo had a cameo in the final episode of Persons Unknown, as a member of "the program"'s governing board. Picardo also voices Robert McNamara in Call of Duty: Black Ops in campaign and in the 'Zombie mode' after completing campaign on the one map, "FIVE". Picardo appeared in four episodes of The Mentalist from 2012 through 2013 as Jason Cooper, a lieutenant of cult leader Bret Styles.

Picardo also appeared on a season 6 episode of Supernatural titled "Clap Your Hands if You Believe", as a leprechaun.

In May 2014, Cartoon Hangover announced Picardo as a guest voice actor in the second season of Bravest Warriors, in the episode "The Parasox Pub".

In 2017, Picardo played Lt. Kitan's father Prof. Ildis Kitan in the first season episode of The Orville titled "Firestorm", and reprised the role in the 2019 episode "Home" together with John Billingsley who played Doctor Phlox in Star Trek: Enterprise.

Picardo appeared as himself in an episode of Schooled.[5]

Star Trek[edit]

From 1995 to 2001, he played the role of the Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH) in the television series Star Trek: Voyager. Before being accepted for this role, Picardo initially auditioned for the role of Neelix.[1] He later also directed two episodes.

He played additional copies of the role of the EMH in the 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact and the 1997 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Doctor Bashir, I Presume?" He also played Dr. Lewis Zimmerman, the creator of the EMH, in episodes of Deep Space Nine and Voyager.

In 2002, Picardo authored The Hologram's Handbook, published by Pocket Books.

In 2007 and 2008, Star Trek: The Music was a multi-city tour with John de Lancie. Picardo and de Lancie narrated around the orchestral performance, explaining the history of the music in Star Trek.

In 2015, Picardo reprised the role of Dr. Lewis Zimmerman in the pilot episode of the fan series Star Trek: Renegades.[6]


In 2004, he began playing the recurring role of International Oversight Advisory (IOA) member Richard Woolsey in both Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. His first appearance in those series was in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Heroes (Part 2)".

On February 5, 2008, it was announced that Picardo would be joining the regular cast of Stargate Atlantis full-time for the series' fifth and final season. He took over the role of mission commander of the Atlantis Expedition.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1980 The Dream Merchants Mark Kessler Television movie
1981 The Howling Eddie Quist
1983 Get Crazy Connell O'Connell
1984 Oh, God! You Devil Joe Ortiz
1985 Legend Meg Mucklebones
1985 Explorers Starkiller Voice and actor
1986 Back to School Giorgio
1987 Munchies Bob Marvalle
1987 The Man Who Fell to Earth Agent Morse Television movie
1987 Innerspace The Cowboy
1987 Bates Motel Dr. Goodman Television movie
1987 Amazon Women on the Moon Rick Raddnitz
1988 976-EVIL Mark Dark
1988 Dead Heat Lieutenant Herzog
1988 Jack's Back Dr. Carlos Battera
1989 Loverboy Reed Palmer
1989 The 'Burbs Joe
1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch Forster Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
1990 Total Recall Johnnycab Voice and image
1991 Motorama Jerry The Policeman
1993 Matinee Howard, the Theater Manager
1994 Wagons East Ben Wheeler
1994 Revenge of the Nerds IV Chad Penrod
1994 VR.5 VR Engineer
1996 Star Trek: First Contact Emergency Medical Hologram
1998 Small Soldiers Ralph Quist
2003 Looney Tunes: Back in Action Acme VP, Rhetorical Questions
2006 A.I. Assault Doctor John Foster
2007 Ben 10: Race Against Time Principal White Television movie
2008 P.J. Stan Jamison
2009 Sensored Wade
2009 Chasing the Green Dave Foxx
2010 Monsterwolf Stark Television movie
2010 Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus Admiral Calvin
2011 The Captains Himself
2011 Beethoven's Christmas Adventure Smirch Television movie
2011 Morlocks Colonel John Wichita Television movie
2012 Atlas Shrugged: Part II Dr. Robert Stadler
2012 The Legends of Nethiah Grandpa
2010 The Candidate Carl Tucker Short film
2014 Age of Tomorrow General Magowan
2014 Restoration of Paradise Narrator Documentary
2014 Don't Blink Man in Black
2014 Morganville: The Series Oliver YouTube series
2015 Occupants Dr. Alan Peterson
2015 The Meddler Cos
2016 Hail, Caesar! Rabbi
2017 The Assassin's Apprentice Pete
2021 To Meet the Faces You Meet[8] Admiral Gillette announced


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Kojak Thomas Rindone 2 episodes "Kojak's Days Pt1 & Pt2"
1979 Taxi Philip Polevoy Episode: "Nardo Loses Her Marbles"
1982 Silver Spoons Louis Morgan Pilot Episode
1982–1984 Alice Officer Maxwell 8 episodes
1986 Benson Richard Alan Tracy Episode: "Reel Murder: Part 1"
1986 Hardcastle and McCormick Manny Episode: "Brother, Can You Spare a Crime?"
1986 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Randall Skylar Episode: "Three Little Spies"
1986 Amazing Stories Tony Sepulveda Episode: "Boo!"
1986 The Golden Girls Dr. Revell Episode: "The Operation"
1987–1991 L.A. Law Lawyer John Dunphy, Lawyer Joe Dumphy 2 episodes
1987 21 Jump Street Ralph Buckley Episode: "Gotta Finish the Riff"
1987 St. Elsewhere Eli Muzzy Episode: "Weigh In, Weight Out"
1988–1991 The Wonder Years Coach Cutlip 15 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Specialty Player
1988–1991 China Beach Dr. Dick Richard 54 episodes
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series (1990–91)
1989 Newhart Terry Episode: "The Little Match Girl"
1992 CBS Schoolbreak Special Paul Lance Episode: "Two Teens and a Baby"
1992–1993 Dinosaurs Clerk / Muse / Ted (voice) 3 Episodes
1993 Home Improvement Joe Morton 2 episodes
1993 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Puel Episode: "The Orb Scholar"
1993 Batman: The Animated Series[9] Eddie G. (voice) Episode: "The Man Who Killed Batman"
1993 Tales from the Crypt Frank Bobo Episode: "Til Death Do We Part"
1994 Rebel Highway Mr. Ed Cahn Episode: "Runaway Daughters"
1995–2001 Star Trek: Voyager The Doctor, Dr. Lewis Zimmerman 166 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
1995 ER Abraham Zimble, Mobile Notary Episode: "Days Like This"
1995–1997 The Cartoon Cartoon Show Pfish (voice) 2 episodes
1997 Early Edition Doctor Episode: "Faith"
1997 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Dr. Lewis Zimmerman, Emergency Medical Hologram Episode: "Doctor Bashir, I Presume?"
1998 The Outer Limits Emmet Harley Episode: "Sarcophagus"
1998 Cow and Chicken[9] President / Puppet President / Narrator (voice) Episode: "101 Uses for Cow and Chicken/Intelligent Life?/I.M. Weasel: Tree Story"
1999 Ally McBeal Barry Philbrick Episode: "Love's Illusions"
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command[9] Professor Reddschift (voice) Episode: "First Missions"
2001 7 Days Major Michael McGrath Episode: "Revelation"
2001 Frasier Mr. Koechner Episode: "Bully for Martin"
2001 The Weakest Link Himself Episode: "Star Trek: Weakest Link Edition
2002 Crossing Jordan Father Bruno Casnelli Episode: "Miracles & Wonders"
2002 The Practice Dr. Edmunds Episode: "Neighboring Species"
2002–2003 Justice League[9] Amazo / Blackhawk (voice) 4 episodes
2003–2004 The Lyon's Den Detective Nick Traub 7 episodes
2003 Sabrina, The Teenage Witch Bob Jacobs 3 episodes
2004–2007 Stargate SG-1 Richard Woolsey 7 episodes
2004 The West Wing E. Bradford Shelton Episode: "The Supremes"
2004 Justice League Unlimited[9] Amazo (voice) 2 episodes
2005–2006 E-Ring Larry Kincaid 4 episodes
2005 The 4400 Trent Appelbaum Episode: "Weight of the World"
2006 Ben 10[9] Leader Alien (voice) Episode: "The Big Tick"
2006 Eve Professor Dawson Season 3 Episode 17
2006 The O.C. Bill Merriam Episode: "The Pot Stirrer"
2006–2009 Stargate Atlantis Richard Woolsey 20 episodes
2007 The Closer Mr. Sheffield Episode: "Saving Face"
2007 CSI: NY Sheriff Benson Episode: "Boo"
2008 Smallville Edward Teague 2 episodes
2009–2010 Castle Dr. Clark Murray 2 episodes
2009 Chuck Dr. Howard Busgang (Perseus) Episode: "Chuck Versus the Lethal Weapon"
2010 Justified Karl Hanselman Episode: "The Collection"
2010 Supernatural Wayne Whittaker/Leprachaun Episode: "Clap Your Hands If You Believe"
2011 Stargate Universe Richard Woolsey Episode: "Seizure"
2011 No Ordinary Family Vice-principal Nance Episode: "No Ordinary Animal"
2011 United States of Tara Dr. Smolow Episode: "Bryce Will Play"
2012 Body of Proof Henry Episode: "Cold Blooded"
2012 Austin and Ally Dr. Grant Episode: "Successes & Setbacks"
2012 Femme Fatales Hieronymus Hawks Episode: "Bad Science"
2012 Hawaii Five-0 FBI Agent Episode: "The Promise"
2012–2013 The Mentalist Jason Cooper 4 episodes
2013 Jessie Cyril Lipton Episode: "To Be Me or Not to Be Me"
2014 Bones Dr. Lawrence Rozran Episode: "The Heiress in the Hill"
2014–2018 Bravest Warriors Puddingtown / Eyeball (voice) 7 Episodes
2015 Star Trek: Renegades Dr. Lewis Zimmerman Episode: "Pilot"
2016 Lucifer Yuri Episode: "Lady Parts"
2017 Salem Mr. Stoughton Episode: "Night's black agents"
2017 Justice League Action Two-Face (voice) Episode: "Double Cross"
2017–2019 The Orville Ildis Kitan 2 episodes
2019 Dickinson Ithamar Conkey 4 episodes
2019 Schooled Himself Episode: "Money for RENT"[5]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force Emergency Medical Hologram N/A
2008 Too Human Loki N/A
2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops Robert McNamara Also mo-cap
2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Erik Breighner Also mo-cap
2014 Star Trek Online The Doctor Voice role
2015 Call of Duty: Black Ops III Sebastian Krueger, Shadow Man Also mo-cap for Krueger
2015 Fallout 4 Alan Binet / Vault-Tec Scientist Voice role
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Shadow Man Voice in "Blood of The Dead" Zombies Map
TBA Hellraid Adon

Audio narrations[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2019 Homefront: An Expeditionary Force Audio Drama Special Unknown Picardo is one of many narrators that feature in Craig Alanson's award winning Expeditionary Force's spin off series.


Year Title Artist Notes
1970/2011 Leslie Bricusse / Dominik Hauser Featuring Robert Picardo - Scrooge (Music From The 1970 Motion Picture) Himself
Basic Bob - Parodies Travesties Anomalies Himself
Extreme Bob: More Parodies, Travesties, Anomalies Himself


  1. ^ a b "Robert Picardo". Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  2. ^ "Biography -".
  3. ^ Russ Emanuel. "P.J.: A Journey of the Heart - A Russ Emanuel Film".
  4. ^ "Robert Picardo". Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Schooled: Money for RENT (1/23)". Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  7. ^ Sumner, Darren (February 5, 2008). "Robert Picardo joins Atlantis cast". GateWorld. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  8. ^ "Robert Picardo, Others Join 'To Meet the Faces You Meet' Film Cast". Creepy Kingdom. September 12, 2020. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Robert Picardo - 23 Character Images". Behind The Voice Actors.

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