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Richard James Biggs II (March 18, 1960 – May 22, 2004) was an American television and stage actor, known for his roles on the television series Days of Our Lives and Babylon 5.

Richard Biggs
Richard Biggs.jpg
Richard Biggs at a B5-Event in
Stuttgart, Germany, 2000.
Born(1960-03-18)March 18, 1960
DiedMay 22, 2004(2004-05-22) (aged 44)[1]
OccupationActor
Years active1985–2004
Spouse(s)
Lori Gebers
(m. 1998; his death 2004)
Children2

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Early lifeEdit

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Biggs attended the University of Southern California on scholarship, studying theatre.[1] He briefly taught at a Los Angeles high school before landing his first major television role, that of Dr. Marcus Hunter on the soap opera Days of Our Lives.[1]

Biggs was diagnosed with hearing problems when he was 13, and was partially deaf in one ear, completely deaf in the other.[1] He frequently used his celebrity status to raise money for the Aliso Academy,[2] a private school in Rancho Santa Margarita, California that serves deaf children.[3][4]

CareerEdit

From 1987 until 1994, Biggs played the role of Dr. Marcus Hunter on the soap opera Days of Our Lives.[5][6]

He appeared as Dr. Stephen Franklin on the hit science fiction series Babylon 5 (1994–1998), reprising the role in the final aired episode of the spin-off show, Crusade ("Each Night I Dream of Home").[6]

After Babylon 5, he played roles on Any Day Now[5][6] and Strong Medicine,[6][7] as well as the recurring role of Clayton Boudreaux on the soap opera Guiding Light.[6][7]

Biggs' stage credits include The Tempest, Cymbeline and The Taming of the Shrew.[8]

At the time of his death, he was a regular on the television series Strong Medicine; following his death, his character was killed in an off-screen traffic accident.[7][9] He also frequently guest starred as a local scientist on Tremors: The Series.[3] Biggs' final film appearance was in We Interrupt This Program, a short film also featuring Biggs' Babylon 5 costar, Bruce Boxleitner, released as a companion piece to the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead on DVD.[3] His final television appearance was as a guest star on a 2004 episode of the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh, entitled "The Gary Grill" portraying an FBI agent, which was dedicated to his memory.[5][6][3]

AwardsEdit

Personal lifeEdit

He married Lori Gebers on August 1, 1998. They had two children, Richard James III and Hunter Lee.[1]

DeathEdit

Biggs collapsed at his home in Los Angeles, and died at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center of complications stemming from aortic dissection on May 22, 2004.[1]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Walk Like a Man Salesman
1988 Miracle Mile Brian Jones
2001 Ablaze Garrison

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Woo, Elaine (May 28, 2004). "Richard Biggs, 44; Television Actor Known for Featured Roles in 'Babylon 5,' 'Days of Our Lives'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 28, 2004.
  2. ^ Green, Michelle Erica. "Richard Biggs: Any Day Now, Back To Babylon". www.littlereview.com. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Richard Biggs". sharetv.com. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Aliso Academy For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing". TaxExemptWorld.com. November 3, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Stanton, Barry W. (January 4, 2018). "What Happened to Richard Biggs? – 2018 Update". Gazette Review. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Richard Biggs". IMDb. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c "Richard Biggs". Metacritic. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  8. ^ "Richard Biggs Biography (1961-)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  9. ^ "Fractured". Strong Medicine. Season 5. Episode 5.
  10. ^ "'Days of Our Lives' named favorite soap opera". Point Pleasant Register. 55 (40). Associated Press. February 17, 1993. p. 8. Retrieved November 9, 2018 – via Google News.

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