Richard Schiff of ‘West Wing’ chimes in about political fiction vs. reality

Sep 6, 2012

Patt Morrison with West Wing Actor Richard Schiff

KPCC’s Patt Morrison poses with actor Richard Schiff, who portrayed the character “Toby Ziegler” on the popular television series “The West Wing.” This photo was taken in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 6, 2012 during the Democratic National Convention. Credit: Jasmin Tuffaha

Actor Richard Schiff, better known to “West Wing” fans as Toby Ziegler, is always being asked about politics. “I get interviewed all the time [about politics] and I don’t know why. It’s kind of the equivalent of asking Anthony Edwards to do your surgery,” he told the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call. He must hold politics close to his heart or he wouldn’t have signed up to work on an upcoming politics-based web series called “Chasing the Hill.” In the series, Schiff will portray a political campaign consultant and will be reunited with former “West Wing” co-star Melissa Fitzgerald.


How accurately does Hollywood portray politics on screen? Is the line between political fiction and reality being increasingly blurred?


Richard Schiff, actor, received an Emmy Award for his work on NBC’s political drama West Wing

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