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Leon Rippy Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jan 1, 0001
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

A veteran actor with a charming drawl, South Carolina native Leon Rippy began his acting career in the early '80s, making very minor appearances in very big films, like a store clerk in [[Feature~V10301~The Color Purple~thecolorpurple]] and an FBI agent in [[Feature~V17438~Firestarter~firestarter]]. Rippy would continue to appear in several projects over the coming years, often taking on a number of roles every year. He notably played a prosecutor in 1988's [[Feature~V24352~Illegally Yours~illegallyyours]], and an Army sergeant in 1990's [[Feature~V33250~Moon 44~moon44]], one of seven collaborations Rippy would make with director [[Performer~P88961~Roland Emmerich~rolandemmerich]]. The '90s would find the actor just as active as ever, appearing in the usual plethora of movies and TV shows, including high-profile appearances in 2000's [[Feature~V186753~The Patriot~thepatriot]] and on the series [[Feature~V175463~Walker, Texas Ranger~walkertexasranger[tvseries]]]. The new millennium would bring even more prominent work for the now silver-haired actor, with a starring role on the HBO western series [[Feature~V304854~Deadwood~deadwood[tvseries]]], which Rippy would appear on from 2004 to 2006. He soon took on another starring role on the police drama [[Feature~V400986~Saving Grace~savinggrace[tvseries]]] with [[Performer~P34013~Holly Hunter~hollyhunter]], playing Earl, a tough-talking, tobacco-spitting messenger from God. Although he was away from screens for nearly a half-decade after Saving Grace came to an end, he returned in the Johnny Depp project The Lone Ranger. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

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