Richard Lineback
American actor
Richard Lineback
Richard D. Lineback is an American actor. He has performed in character roles in such blockbuster films as Speed, Twister and Varsity Blues. He played Deputy Dodd in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning. Lineback has appeared in many roles on the stage, with leads that include Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, C.C. Showers in The Diviners, for which he won the Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Actor, and the title role in Mister Roberts.
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TELEVISION REVIEW; Lear in the Wild West, With a Ranch to Divide
NYTimes - over 14 years
Just about everything in ''King Lear'' depends on the first scene. When Lear, the elderly monarch with a kingdom to divide, asks his three daughters to declare their love for him to ''earn'' their inheritances, there has to be good reason for the youngest, Cordelia, to refuse to play the game. If not, the hate and death and destruction that follow
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FILM REVIEW; When Only the Quarterback Is Cool
NYTimes - about 18 years
West Canaan, Tex., the setting of ''Varsity Blues,'' a crisply directed but entirely predictable all-American morality tale, is a small town that eats, sleeps and breathes football. For the last 22 years, the Coyotes, the local high school team, have won the district championship. Those victories have elevated the team's mean, hard-driving coach
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TV WEEKEND; Hard Bargain: Buying a Baby, Selling a Soul
NYTimes - over 18 years
Stockard Channing does not look at home in a Louisiana trailer park. Which is a point ''The Baby Dance'' wants to make. There she is, as Rachel Luckman, a well-dressed Hollywood executive, making her way through the trash-strewn yards, fending off barking dogs, avoiding the stares of half-naked men who are working on a car. Finally she reaches the
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FILM REVIEW; At Least The Horses Are Sane
NYTimes - almost 19 years
If ''Hush'' is any indication of the future path of Jessica Lange's movie career, it won't be long before she is wielding a bloody ax and bellowing like a lunatic in the kind of psycho-killer romp associated with the cinematic twilights of Bette Davis and Tallulah Bankhead. To give those Grand Guignol camp fests their due, at least they exuded a
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SUNDAY VIEW; Magicians of a Thousand and One Nights
NYTimes - over 25 years
Whether or not you should drop by the Broadhurst Theater for "Andre Heller's Wonderhouse" can be determined fairly easily by your answers to the following questions: 1) Do you continue to miss "The Ed Sullivan Show" and believe that Sunday night has never been the same since it went off the air? 2) Do you have no notion whatsoever of retiring and
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SUNDAY VIEW; Magicians of a Thousand and One Nights
NYTimes - over 25 years
Whether or not you should drop by the Broadhurst Theater for "Andre Heller's Wonderhouse" can be determined fairly easily by your answers to the following questions: 1) Do you continue to miss "The Ed Sullivan Show" and believe that Sunday night has never been the same since it went off the air? 2) Do you have no notion whatsoever of retiring and
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Review/Theater; A Couple Try to Buy What They Can't Make
NYTimes - over 25 years
Any chronic theatergoer is sooner or later asked, "What is the worst play you've ever seen?" There is no answer, of course, but if pressed to the wall, I might be tempted to start such a discussion with "The Wayward Stork," a short-lived farce of 25 years ago in which the late, great comedian Bob Cummings, his hair all but aflame with red dye,
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Review/Theater; Two Disparate Couples Know Pain of Adoption
NYTimes - almost 26 years
The usefulness of theater as a forum for contemporary issues is confirmed by "The Baby Dance," Jane Anderson's play about problems of adoption. The fact that the work (at Long Wharf Theater) is flawed does not decrease one's interest in the arguments raised. It is a play that audiences will take home with them; it might provoke disagreement, as do
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THEATER; Babies, Sisterhood and Economics
NYTimes - almost 26 years
A COUPLE of years ago, four women -- two actresses, one director and one playwright -- sat around, talking about an idea for a play. "What's on your mind?" and "What keeps you awake?" were among the questions the director asked. One actress said she wondered what would happen if women from extremely disparate economic backgrounds were thrust into a
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THE GUIDE
NYTimes - almost 26 years
GUBERNATORIAL ROLE Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. will appear on Thursday evening with the Connecticut Opera Company as an American naval officer in Act I of "Madame Butterfly," his favorite opera. He is not required to sing but will play the role of the best man at the wedding of Lieutenant Pinkerton to Madame Butterfly. The performance, which begins
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EVANGELICAL 'JONI'
NYTimes - almost 34 years
BILLY GRAHAM appears briefly in ''Joni,'' which opens today at the Bombay Cinema and which was made by World Wide Pictures, an arm of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. So ''Joni'' is a frankly proselytizing film, one that tells the story of Joni Eareckson, who after a devastating accident managed to reaffirm her Christian faith. Miss
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Lineback
    THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 34
    He also played scheming businessman Wally Butler in the 1986 TV film Return to Mayberry.
    More Details Hide Details Lineback played the role as Al LeFauve in the world premiere stage production of Baby Dance, co-starring Linda Purl and Stephanie Zimbalist, at the Pasadena Playhouse, for which he was nominated for the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Actor. He later reprised the role at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, in Massachusetts, and the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven. In the film Natural Born Killers (1994), Lineback's character, Sonny, was the first redneck to be shot to death by the murderous couple, Mickey Knox (played by Woody Harrelson) and Mallory Knox (played by Juliette Lewis). In Twister (1996), his character Mr. Thornton (Jo Harding's father) was the victim of a raging tornado. He played an FBI special agent, McMurphy, in the crime/thriller The Jackal (1997), with Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, and Sidney Poitier.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 23
    In 1975, Lineback joined the Colony Theatre Company, in Burbank, and was in the cast of the play The Grass Harp.
    More Details Hide Details Among the many productions he has appeared in, his roles include Eugene Gant in Look Homeward, Angel, Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, C.C. Showers in The Diviners, for which he won the Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Actor, Dan White in Execution of Justice, and the title role in Mister Roberts. His film debut was in the role as Steve Estes in the biopic/drama Joni (1980), the story of Joni Eareckson. He played Larry in the western/drama Hard Country (1981) with Jan-Michael Vincent and Kim Basinger. Lineback then played Deputy Dodd in the slasher/horror film Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985). His numerous television guest appearances include roles in episodes of The Love Boat, M*A*S*H, The Waltons, Crazy Like a Fox, T. J. Hooker, Knight Rider, Matlock, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Hunter, China Beach, Dallas, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, NYPD Blue, Touched by an Angel, Star Trek: Enterprise and JAG. He also played the role as Billy in the Incident In a Small Jail segment of the television film Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1970
    Age 18
    Richard Lineback graduated from John H. Reagan High School in Austin, Texas, in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details While in high school, he appeared in several student theatrical productions. After high school, he attended the University of Texas at Austin. He moved to Los Angeles, California, where he pursued an acting career.
  • 1965
    Age 13
    When he retired from active military service, in 1965, Dr. Lineback relocated with his family to Austin, Texas, where he established a private practice.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Age 0
    Born on February 4, 1952.
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