More Ron Rifkin Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for The Majestic)Ron Rifkin is the award-winning veteran of stage, screen and television. Moviegoers know his work as the devious police commander in F. Gary Gray's thriller, The Negotiator, and the smarmy district attorney in Curtis Hanson's Academy Award winning drama, L.A. Confidential.
His 30-year career on the big screen includes roles in such features as Boiler Room, Keeping the Faith, I'm Not Rappaport, Last Summer in the Hamptons, Wolf, JFK, The Sting II, The Chosen, The Big Fix, The Sunshine Boys, Silent Running, Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives and Manhattan Murder Mystery, the just-completed Dragonfly, The Sum of all Fears and The Substance of Fire, in which he recreated his award-winning stage role from the acclaimed drama by Jon Robin Baitz.
For that mesmerizing stage performance, he received several acting honors, including off-Broadway's Obie, the Drama Desk Award, the Lucille Lortel Award and a DramaLogue prize for the West Coast presentation. The New York City native reunited with Baitz a year later in another off-Broadway triumph, Three Hotels, again winning a Lucille Lortel Award and another Drama Desk nomination. More recently, Rifkin conquered Broadway with a Tony Award for his supporting performance in the 1998 revival of Cabaret.
His theatre credits also include Wrong Mountain, Arthur Miller's Broken Glass and The American Clock, Neil Simon's Proposals, Turgenev's A Month in the Country, Chekov's Three Sisters, and Rosenbloom, Afternoon Tea, Scandalous Memories, Cross Country, Ice, Gethsemane Springs, Ghetto, Detective Story, Tally's Folly, Nothing Sacred, The Tenth Man, The Art of Dining, The Goodbye People, Come Blow Your Horn and Temple. He recently starred in Light Up the Sky at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. He has been a long-standing member of the famed Actors Studio (where he studied with Lee Strasberg) and another New York theatre troupe, the Naked Angels.
Television audiences are also familiar with his co-starring roles on the series The Trials of Rosie O'Neill, One Day at a Time and his recurring role of Dr. Vucelich on NBC's hit drama, ER. Currently, he co-stars in the hit ABC series, Alias.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "The Majestic" (08-Feb-2003)