Rick Hoffman

Richard Edward Hoffman (born June 12, 1970) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Jerry Best in The Bernie Mac Show (2002-2005), Chase Chapman in Samantha Who? (2007-2009), and Louis Litt in the legal drama series Suits.

Rick Hoffman
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Hoffman in 2013
Born (1970-06-12) June 12, 1970 (age 50)[1]
EducationUniversity of Arizona
Years active1997–present

Early lifeEdit

Hoffman was born in New York City and grew up in Roslyn Heights, New York. Hoffman was raised Jewish.[2] He graduated from The Wheatley School in Old Westbury, New York, before attending the University of Arizona. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles, California, to start an acting career.


Hoffman was cast in his first role, as a security guard in Conspiracy Theory, in 1997. He had some other small roles until he received a main role as Freddie Sacker on Darren Star's short-lived Wall Street series The $treet[3] in 2000, which was pulled from the airwaves after seven episodes, but which allowed him to quit his job waiting tables and move back to New York. His later TV roles include Terry Loomis on the short-lived Steven Bochco law drama Philly[4] in 2001–2002, Jerry Best in The Bernie Mac Show (2002–2005),[5] Patrick Van Dorn on the John Stamos comedy Jake in Progress (2004–2005)[5] and Chase Chapman on the ABC comedy Samantha Who? (2007–2009). In 2011, he landed a starring role as Louis Litt in the USA Network series Suits, which ran until 2019. His TV/film work includes The Day After Tomorrow, Blood Work, Hostel, Cellular and The Condemned. He has also appeared as a guest in CSI: Miami, Chuck, The Pretender, Law & Order: SVU, NCIS, Crossing Jordan, Without a Trace, The Practice, CSI:NY, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Shark, Lie to Me, Monk and The Mentalist.

Personal lifeEdit

Hoffman is from New York City. His first child, a son, was born in December 2014.



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Conspiracy Theory Security Guard
1998 Lethal Weapon 4 Police Officer
2002 Blood Work James Lockridge
2004 The Day After Tomorrow New York Businessman Uncredited[citation needed]
Our Time Is Up Gay Man Short film
Cellular Lawyer
2005 Jake in Progress Patrick Van Dorn
Hostel American Businessman
2007 Smiley Face Angry Face
The Condemned Goldy
Hostel: Part II American Businessman Flashback
Postal Mr. Blither
2014 Locker 13 Armando


Year Title Role Notes
2000 The $treet Freddie Sacker
2001–2002 Philly Terry Loomis
2002–2005 The Bernie Mac Show Jerry Best 10 episodes
2002 Andy Richter Controls the Universe Arnich
2002 Crossing Jordan Phil Berman episode: "As If by Fate"
2003, 2009 CSI: Miami Bruno Gomez/Darren Ripley 2 episodes
2004 The Practice D.A. Harvey Clarke 3 episodes
Monk Agent Kohlms Episode: "Monk Meets the Godfather"
2005 CSI: NY Dr. Miles Feldstein 1 episode
2006 Commander in Chief Lance Addison 2 episodes
American Dad! Caroler #1 / John Hinkley (voice) Episode: "The Best Christmas Story Never Told"
2007 Chuck Agent Scary Episode: "Chuck Versus the Sandworm"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Michael Raykirk Episode: "Cockroaches"
Shark Sam Harris Episode: "Here Comes the Judge"
2007–09 Samantha Who? Chase Chapman Recurring role, 9 episodes
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Gary Lesley Episode: "Closet"
Las Vegas Scott Noel Episode: "2 on 2"
NCIS Kelvin Ridgeway Episode: "In the Zone"
Leverage Alan Hoss Episode: "The Two-Horse Job"
2009 Knight Rider Christopher Stevens 2 episodes
Lie to Me Peters Episode: "The Best Policy"
2010 Better Off Ted Veridian Foundation Head Episode: "Mess of a Salesman"
Human Target Shelly Episode: "Ilsa Pucci"
The Mentalist Christopher Lynch Episode: "Red Letter"
Numb3rs Award Show Producer Episode: "And the Winner is..."
2011–2019 Suits Louis Litt Main role (134 episodes)
2016 Ballers NFL PA Rep Episode: "Most Guys"
2019 Pearson Louis Litt Guest star (1 episode)
2020 Billions Dr. Swerdlow Recurring Role


  1. ^ "Today in history". ABC News. Associated Press. June 12, 2014.
  2. ^ "Calling all 'Suits' fans: We have some potentially devastating news for you". Now To Love. Retrieved 10 February 2018. I have just from being your typical Jewish kid from Long Island
  3. ^ The $treet – TV.com
  4. ^ [https://web.archive.org/web/20120924113214/http://movies.msn.com/movies/movie/philly-tv-series/ Archived 2012-09-24 at the Wayback Machine Philly [TV Series] (2001) – Overview – MSN Movies]
  5. ^ a b Rick Hoffman at IMDb

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