Ron Rifkin

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Saul M. Rifkin

(1939-10-31) October 31, 1939 (age 81)
Years active1966–present
Iva Rifkin
(m. 1966)

Ron Rifkin (born Saul M. Rifkin; October 31, 1939) is an American actor best known for his roles as Arvin Sloane on the spy drama Alias , Saul Holden on the drama Brothers & Sisters , and District Attorney Ellis Loew in L.A. Confidential .


Personal life

Saul M. Rifkin was born in New York City, New York, to Miriam and Herman Rifkin, who was born in Russia. He is the oldest of three children. [1] He was raised as an Orthodox Jew and remains Jewish though he left Orthodoxy at the age of 32. [2] [3] [4] [5] His wife, Iva Rifkin, owns a fashion design business. [6] [ unreliable source? ]


In 2001, Rifkin's association with Touchstone Television began when he played intelligence agent Arvin Sloane in Alias, opposite Jennifer Garner. From 2006 to 2011, he played second-in-command businessman Saul Holden on Brothers & Sisters, opposite Sally Field. He also played Bonnie Franklin's second boyfriend Nick on One Day at a Time .

Rifkin has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in film, on stage, and in television. His association with writer Jon Robin Baitz has been especially fruitful. [7] In 1991, his performance in Baitz's play The Substance of Fire won him the Obie, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, and Drama-Logue awards for Best Actor. The next year, he performed in Baitz's Three Hotels, for which he received a second Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk nomination. In 1996, he starred in the film version of Substance; in 2002, he appeared in the Baitz play Ten Unknowns at Boston's Huntington Theatre; in 2004, he starred in his play The Paris Letter at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, a role he reprised the next year at the Laura Pels Theatre in New York City, and appeared in the ABC drama series Brothers & Sisters, which Baitz created, as a character named Saul, Rifkin's real name.

Rifkin received a 1998 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for the Broadway revival of Cabaret . Additional theatre credits include David Hirson's Wrong Mountain, Arthur Miller's Broken Glass , Ivan Turgenev's A Month in the Country , and Neil Simon's Proposals .

Rifkin's extensive film credits include Silent Running (1972), The Sunshine Boys (1975), The Big Fix (1978), JFK (1991), Husbands and Wives (1992), Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), Wolf (1994), L.A. Confidential (1997), The Negotiator (1998), Boiler Room (2000), Keeping the Faith (2000), The Majestic (2001), Dragonfly (2002), The Sum of All Fears (2002), and Pulse (2006).

On television, Rifkin has appeared in numerous made-for-TV movies and miniseries, had regular roles on The Rockford Files , One Day at a Time , Husbands, Wives & Lovers , The Trials of Rosie O'Neill , and Alias , and made guest appearances on a number of series, including Barnaby Jones , The Mary Tyler Moore Show , Sex and the City , The Bob Newhart Show , The Good Wife , ER , Law & Order , A Nero Wolfe Mystery , Falcon Crest , Soap , Hill Street Blues , Smash , and The Outer Limits , for which he received a CableACE nomination.

Rifkin is the reader for a number of audiobooks, including Lois Lowry's The Giver , Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Sang Spell, and Jerry Spinelli's Milkweed .

He currently portrays Defense Attorney Marvin Stan Exely, a recurring character on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit . He also starred in Limitless as Brian Finch's father Dennis Finch and appears in Gotham as Father Creel.

On October 1, 2020, a short film, Daddy, was uploaded on Christian Coppola's YouTube channel in which Rifkin stars alongside Dylan Sprouse. In the film, "after the death of his wife, an 80-year-old man checks into The Plaza Hotel to celebrate their first anniversary apart, hiring a male escort to take her place."



1969 The Devil's 8 Stewart Martin
1969 Flareup Sailor
1972 Silent Running Marty Barker
1972 Fuzz Cop guarding the Mayor's MansionUncredited
1975 The Sunshine Boys TV floor manager
1978 Rabbit Test Dr. Briscoe
1978 The Big Fix Randy
1981 The Chosen Baseball Coach
1982 The Sting II Eddie
1984 Kidco George Tuskie
1991 JFK Mr. Goldberg/Spiesel
1992 Husbands and Wives Rain's Analyst
1993 Manhattan Murder Mystery Sy
1994 Wolf Doctor Ralph
1995 Last Summer in the Hamptons Eli Garfield
1996 The Substance of Fire Isaac Geldhart
1996 I'm Not Rappaport Feigelbaum
1997 L.A. Confidential District Attorney Ellis Loew
1998 The Negotiator Commander Grant Frost
2000Drop Back Ten
2000 Boiler Room Judge Marty Davis
2000 Keeping the Faith Larry Friedman
2001 Sam the Man Richard
2001 The Majestic Kevin Bannerman - Peter's Attorney
2002 Tadpole Professor Tisch
2002 Dragonfly Charlie Dickinson
2002 The Sum of All Fears Secretary of State Sidney Owens
2002 Just a Kiss Dr. Fauci
2006 Pulse Dr. Waterson
2010 Peep World Henry Meyerwitz
2012 The Words Timothy Epstein
2016 True Memoirs of an International Assassin Amos AKA The Ghost
2017 They Shall Not Perish Henry Morgenthau Sr.
2018 A Star Is Born Carl
2018DaddyMr. SmithShort film
2020 Minyan JosefFeature film


1966 Gidget MelEpisode: "Love and the Single Gidget"
1970 Room 222 Ralph FiskEpisode: "Ralph"
1970 The Interns FergusonEpisode: "Mondays Can Be Fatal"
1972 Awake and Sing! Sam FeinschreiberTV movie
1972 The Sandy Duncan Show WarrenEpisode: "Doctor New"
1972 Young Dr. Kildare Harry FlickerEpisode: "No More Than a Bad Cold"
1973Bachelor-at-LawAssistant District AttorneyTV movie
1973 Adam's Rib Asst. Dist. Atty. Roy Mendelsohn13 episodes
1973 Insight John BaileyEpisode: "Reunion"
1974 Get Christie Love! NormandEpisode: "Get Christie Love!"
1974 The Bob Newhart Show Jeff BoggsEpisode: "Mind Your Own Business"
1974 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Marty DyerEpisode: "To Keep and Bear Arms"
1974The Suicide ClubTV Movie
1974 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Ed SchroederEpisode: "A New Sue Ann"
1974 The ABC Afternoon Playbreak TonyEpisode: "Oh, Baby, Baby, Baby..."
1975 The Dream Makers HerbTV Movie
1975 Barnaby Jones Snipper WilcoxEpisode: "Counterfall"
1975 Cannon Paul GoldbergEpisode: "The Deadly Conspiracy: Part 1"
1975 The Night That Panicked America Mercury Theatre PlayerTV Movie
1975 Kojak Rick LeveneEpisode: "No Immunity for Murder"
1975 When Things Were Rotten Prince John 9 episodes
1975–1976 The Rockford Files Tom Robertson / Warren Weeks2 episodes
1976 Doc GaryEpisode: "A Little Bit of Soap"
1976 Medical Center Danny ArmbrusterEpisode: "Life, Death and Mrs. Armbruster"
1977In the Glitter PalaceRogerTV Movie
1977 McMillan & Wife Aaron LeacockEpisode: "Have You Heard About Vanessa?"
1977Husbands and WivesRon CutlerTV Movie
1977 Family Dr. GrantEpisode: "Acts of Love: Part 2"
1977 The Tony Randall Show BentenEpisode: "Walter Screws Up"
1977 Rafferty Dr. BakersmithEpisode: "Walking Wounded"
1978A Question of GuiltAssistant District Attorney VerrellTV Movie
1978 Columbo LutherEpisode: "Make Me a Perfect Murder"
1978 Husbands, Wives & Lovers Ron Willis10 episodes
1978 Soap Dr. Kanter3 episodes
1978Greatest Heroes of the BibleBeseleel4 episodes
1979 Alice EricEpisode: "Sweet Charity"
1979 The Mary Tyler Moore Hour Artie Miller11 episodes
1979Mrs. R's DaughterJoseph BarronTV Movie
1979 Salvage 1 Reporter Mike FlanneryEpisode: "Diamond Volcano"
1980 Knots Landing Stan Lesser2 episodes
1980–1981 One Day at a Time Nick Handris16 episodes
1982The Day the Bubble BurstTV Movie
1983Another Woman's ChildBarry SteinTV Movie
1983 The Winds of War Mark HartleyEpisode: "The Storm Breaks"
1983 Ryan's Four Episode: "Ryan's Four"
1983 Faerie Tale Theatre The SquireEpisode: "Sleeping Beauty"
1983 Falcon Crest Dr. Hal Lantry9 episodes
1984 Hill Street Blues Monty DiMairEpisode: "Ratman and Bobbin"
1984 The Ratings Game TV DirectorTV Movie
1984–1991 American Playhouse Leonard / Samuel Roth2 episodes
1985 Evergreen SollyEpisode #1.1
1985 Do You Remember Love Gerry KaplanTV Movie
1986 The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible Mordecai (voice)Episode: "Queen Esther"
1986 Dress Gray Maj. Consor2 episodes
1987 Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 Allen Ginsberg TV Movie
1990Three HotelsTV Movie
1990–1992 The Trials of Rosie O'Neill Ben Meyer34 episodes
1990–1992 Law & Order Alex Drakos / Defense Attorney Phillip Nevins2 episodes
1992 ScreenPlay Teddy WeinfeldEpisode: "Buying a Landslide"
1993 Room for Two Jack Weissman3 episodes
1994WSH: The Myth of the Urban MythProfessor PullingTV Movie
1995 Fallen Angels Frank BarsalyEpisode: "Red Wind"
1995–1996 ER Dr. Carl Vucelich9 episodes
1996 Norma Jean & Marilyn Johnny Hyde TV Movie
1997 Leaving L.A. Dr. Neil Bernstein6 episodes
1997–1998 The Outer Limits Dr. Martin Nodel2 episodes
2000 Flowers for Algernon Dr. Jonah StraussTV Movie
2000 Deliberate Intent Howard SiegelTV Movie
2001The WardenJudge FaschbinderTV Movie
2001 A Nero Wolfe Mystery Nikola Miltan / Attorney Perry Helmar3 episodes
2001–2006 Alias Arvin Sloane 103 episodes
2002 Sex and the City Julian FisherEpisode: "A 'Vogue' Idea"
2006–2011 Brothers & Sisters Saul Holden 95 episodes
2009 American Masters NarratorEpisode: "Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About"
2011–2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Defense Attorney Marvin Exley6 episodes
2013 Touch IsaacEpisode: "Leviathan"
2013 Smash HimselfEpisode: "The Tonys"
2014 Mind Games Ted SandersEpisode: "Pilot"
2015 The Good Wife Spencer RandolphEpisode: "Winning Ugly"
2015–2016 Gotham Father Creal5 episodes
2015–2016 Limitless Dennis Finch12 episodes
2016 Elementary Wayne VachsEpisode: "Worth Several Cities"
2018 Blindspot Rob DonnellyEpisode: "Deductions"
2018–2019 New Amsterdam Dean Peter Fulton7 episodes

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