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Richard Herd Jr. (born September 26, 1932) is an American actor in television and film. He is well known in the science fiction community for his role in the 1983 NBC miniseries V and the 1984 sequel V: The Final Battle, as John, the Visitors' Supreme Commander. Other major genre roles include recurring parts on the NBC series seaQuest DSV as Admiral William Noyce, on Star Trek: Voyager as Admiral Owen Paris, the father of Tom Paris, and as George Costanza's boss Mr. Wilhelm on Seinfeld. In two guest appearances on Quantum Leap, he played children's show host "Captain Galaxy" (Moe Stein), a would-be time traveler, and a miner named Ziggy Ziganovich. Herd has appeared at a number of fan conventions on the basis of his science fiction roles[1].

Richard Herd
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Richard Herd, 2005
Richard Herd Jr.

(1932-09-26) September 26, 1932 (age 86)
Years active1970–present
Amilda Cuddy
(m. 1954; div. 1955)

Dolores Wozadlo
(m. 1957; div. 19??)
Patricia Herd
(m. 1980)


Early lifeEdit

Herd was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Katherine and Richard Herd Sr., who was a train engineer.[2]


He made his film debut in Hercules in New York (1970). Herd's first major film role was in the thriller The China Syndrome alongside Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon and Michael Douglas, where he played the character Evan McCormack, the corrupt Chairman of the California Gas & Electric Board. This role helped make him well known outside the United States.

In addition to science fiction, he was a regular as Captain Dennis Sheridan on T. J. Hooker from 1982 to 1983 (he continued to appear on the series sporadically until 1984), and appeared on Seinfeld as Mr. Wilhelm, George Costanza's boss at the Yankees. Guest appearances included M*A*S*H, The Rockford Files, The Feather and Father Gang, Golden Girls, Starsky and Hutch, Quantum Leap, The A-Team, Midnight Caller, Hart to Hart, NYPD Blue, Pacific Blue, and JAG.

In 2012 he played the character Judge Paul Landsman in the TV series CSI: Miami episode titled "Rest in Pieces".[3] Herd portrayed Roman Armitage in Get Out (2017).


Richard was inducted into the National Broadcaster Hall of Fame for his work in Old Time Radio[4].

Herd served as the 3rd National Vice President of the Screen Actors Guild.


Voice rolesEdit


  1. ^ Richard Herd Interview at
  2. ^ "Richard Herd Biography (1932-)". Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Richard Herd". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  4. ^ Richard Herd biography at

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