Ron Rifkin (born Saul M. Rifkin; October 31, 1939) is an American actor. He is 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.
Rifkin in 2014
Saul M. Rifkin
October 31, 1939
New York City, U.S.
Iva Rifkin (m. 1966)
Rifkin was born Saul M. Rifkin in New York City, New York, to Miriam and Herman Rifkin, who was born in Russia. He is the oldest of three children. He was raised as an Orthodox Jew and remains Jewishly engaged though he left Orthodoxy at the age of 32. His wife, Iva Rifkin, owns a fashion design business.
In 2001, his association with Touchstone Television began when he played a ruthless intelligence agent Arvin Sloane in Alias, opposite Jennifer Garner. Until 2011, he played second-in-command businessman Saul Holden on Brothers & Sisters, opposite Sally Field. He also played Bonnie Franklin's second boyfriend 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. 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 following 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 following 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-life 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-television 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 has made guest appearances on a number of series, including Barnaby Jones in the episode titled, “Counterfall”(02/04/1975).; The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Sex and the City, The Bob Newhart Show, The Good Wife, ER as Doctor Carl Vucelich, Law & Order, A Nero Wolfe Mystery, Falcon Crest as Dr. Hal Lantry, Soap, Hill Street Blues, and The Outer Limits, for which he received a CableACE nomination and SMASH as a Tony Award presenter
He currently portrays Defense Attorney Marvin Stan Exely on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as a recurring character. He also starred in Limitless as Brian Finch's father Dennis Finch and appears in Gotham as Father Creel.
- The Devil's 8 (1969) as Stewart Martin
- Flareup (1969) as Sailor
- Awake and Sing! (TV Movie - 1972) as Sam Feinschreiber
- Silent Running (1972) as Marty Barker
- Bachelor-at-Law (TV Movie - 1973) as Assistant District Attorney
- The Suicide Club (TV Movie - 1974)
- The Dream Makers (TV Movie - 1975) as Herb
- The Night That Panicked America (TV Movie - 1975) as Mercury Theatre Player
- The Sunshine Boys (1975) as TV floor manager
- The Rockford Files as Warren (1976) Season 3 Episode 11 The Trouble with Warren
- In the Glitter Palace (TV Movie - 1977) as Roger
- Husbands and Wives (TV Movie - 1977) as Ron Cutler
- A Question of Guilt (TV Movie - 1978) as Asst. DA Verrell
- Rabbit Test (1978) as Dr. Briscoe
- The Big Fix (1978) as Randy
- Mrs. R's Daughter (TV Movie - 1979) as Joseph Barron
- The Chosen (1981) as Baseball Coach
- The Day the Bubble Burst (TV Movie - 1982)
- Another Woman's Child (TV Movie - 1983) as Barry Stein
- The Sting II (1982) as Eddie
- Kidco (1984) as George Tuskie
- The Ratings Game (TV Movie - 1984) as TV Director
- Do You Remember Love (1985) as Gerry Kaplan
- Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 (1987) as Allen Ginsberg
- Three Hotels (TV Movie - 1990)
- JFK (1991) as Mr. Goldberg/Spiesel
- Husbands and Wives (1992) as Rain's Analyst
- Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) as Sy
- Wolf (1994) as Doctor Ralph
- WSH: The Myth of the Urban Myth (TV Movie - 1994) as Professor Pulling
- Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995) as Eli Garfield
- Norma Jean & Marilyn (TV Movie - 1996) as Johnny Hyde
- The Substance of Fire (1996) as Isaac Geldhart
- I'm Not Rappaport (1996) as Feigelbaum
- L.A. Confidential (1997) as District Attorney Ellis Loew
- The Negotiator (1998) as Commander Grant Frost
- Drop Back Ten (2000)
- Boiler Room (2000) as Judge Marty Davis
- Flowers for Algernon (TV Movie - 2000) as Dr. Jonah Strauss
- Keeping the Faith (2000) as Larry Friedman
- Deliberate Intent (TV Movie - 2000) as Howard Siegel
- The Warden (TV Movie - 2001) as Judge Faschbinder
- Sam the Man (2001) as Richard
- The Majestic (2001) as Kevin Bannerman - Peter's Attorney
- Tadpole (2002) as Professor Tisch
- Dragonfly (2002) as Charlie Dickinson
- The Sum of All Fears (2002) as Secretary of State Sidney Owens
- Just a Kiss (2002) as Dr. Fauci
- Pulse (2006) as Dr. Waterson
- Peep World (2010) as Henry Meyerwitz
- The Words (2012) as Timothy Epstein
- True Memoirs of an International Assassin (2016) as Amos aka The Ghost
- They Shall Not Perish (2017)
- A Star Is Born (2018) as Carl
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8. Demetria Fulton; previewed Rifkin on Barnaby Jones, episode titled “Counterfall”(02/04/1975).