Leon Rippy

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Leon Rippy
Born (1949-10-30) October 30, 1949 (age 72)
Years active1983–present

Leon Rippy (born October 30, 1949) is an American character actor. Active on screen since 1983, Rippy has appeared in numerous films and recurring roles on television. He is best known for his roles as Earl the Angel on the series Saving Grace , saloon owner Tom Nuttall on the series Deadwood and militiaman John Billings in The Patriot (2000).


Early life

Rippy was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina.


Rippy's acting career developed through appearances in regional theatrical productions. He founded and operated two theatre companies. [1] Rippy has appeared in more than seventy plays. His non-acting occupations have included working with a circus and as a foreman of a cattle ranch. [2] At one time he was regarded as an accomplished ballet dancer. [1]

Rippy has worked with Roland Emmerich on seven movies: Moon 44 (1990), Eye of the Storm (1991), Universal Soldier (1992), Stargate (1994), The Thirteenth Floor (1999), The Patriot (2000), and Eight Legged Freaks (2002). He also had roles in The Alamo (2004) and The Lone Ranger (2013).

His television appearances include a guest role on Star Trek: The Next Generation ("The Neutral Zone"), Quantum Leap , Walker, Texas Ranger , Werewolf , Leverage , Six Feet Under , and Deadwood , a HBO series in which he played Tom Nuttall. Rippy co-starred in the TNT crime drama series Saving Grace . He also appeared in North and South as Sanders, and in Alcatraz as Dr. Beauregard.


1983 Chiefs Tommy AllenMiniseries
1984 Firestarter Blinded Agent
Hyperspace Roy
Chain Gang
Tales of the Third Dimension FreddieSegment: "The Guardians"
1985 The Color Purple Store Clerk
Marie Gary Gerbitz
Rockin' Road Trip Earl Reese
1986 Maximum Overdrive Brad
Raw Deal Man in Tux
King Kong Lives Will
No Mercy Man #2
North and South SandersBook II, episode #1.2
1987 The Bedroom Window Seedy Bartender
Hit the Road RunningDoogan
Werewolf CrawfordEpisode: "Eye of the Storm"
The Rutherford County Line aka Damon's Law
1988 Traxx Killer
Star Trek: The Next Generation L. Q. "Sonny" ClemmonsEpisode: "The Neutral Zone"
JesseTV movie
Track 29 Trucker
Illegally Yours Prosecutor
Hunter Russ TolsonEpisode: "The Fourth Man"
The Tracker Chub DumontTV movie
Born to Run JoelTV movie
1989 Hardball Episode: "The Cleveland Indian"
1990 Loose Cannons Weskit
Moon 44 Master Sergeant Sykes
Young Guns II Robert Bob Olinger
The Hot Spot Deputy Tate
Quantum Leap Sheriff TaggartEpisode: "Freedom - November 22, 1970"
1991 Eye of the Storm Sheriff
Hard Time Romance Hugh Dean Simpson
1992 Universal Soldier Woodward
Beyond the Law Virgil
Kuffs Kane
1993 Perry Mason TexTV movie: The Case of the Wicked Wives
Diagnosis Murder Bob ColeEpisodes: "Vanishing Act pt. 1 & 2"
1993–2001 Walker, Texas Ranger Creede / Robert Chastain / Vince Pike / Dewey Baker4 episodes
1994 Stargate Major General W. O. West
1996 The Arrival DOD #1
1997Still MovinMr. Jennings
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Detective Boone
Gun ScooterEpisode: "The Hole"
1997–1998 The Visitor Agent Nicholas LaRue13 episodes
1999 The Thirteenth Floor Jane's Lawyer
CI5: The New Professionals LangEpisode: "Glory Days"
2000 The Patriot John Billings
2001 The Fugitive Buddy LaRueEpisode: "New Orleans Saints"
The Man with No EyesFather PatrickShort film
2002 Eight Legged Freaks Wade
2003 The Life of David Gale Braxton Belyeu
Six Feet Under DaddyEpisode: "Tears, Bones & Desire"
2004 The Alamo Sergeant William Ward
2004–2006 Deadwood Tom Nuttall29 episodes
2006 Gridiron Gang Paul Higa
2007–2010 Saving Grace Earl46 episodes
2011–2012 Leverage Jack Latimer / Mysterious Man5 episodes
2012 Alcatraz Dr. Milton Beauregard12 episodes
2013 Under The Dome Ollie Dinsmore5 episodes
The Lone Ranger Collins
2014 Rectify Lezlie2 episodes
2016 11.22.63 Harry Dunning2 episodes
2016–2017 The Blacklist Hunter4 episodes
2019 Deadwood: The Movie Tom NuttallTV movie

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Deadwood Nominated

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