Robert Picardo

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Robert Picardo
Robert Picardo by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Picardo at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
Born(1953-10-27) October 27, 1953 (age 60)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
EducationYale University
Alma materWilliam Penn Charter School
Years active1975–present
ReligionCatholicism [1]
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Robert Picardo
Robert Picardo by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Picardo at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
Born(1953-10-27) October 27, 1953 (age 60)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
EducationYale University
Alma materWilliam Penn Charter School
Years active1975–present
ReligionCatholicism [1]

Robert Picardo (born October 27, 1953) is an American actor. He is best known for his portrayals of Dr. Dick Richards on ABC's China Beach, the Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH), also known as The Doctor, on UPN's Star Trek: Voyager, The Cowboy in Innerspace, Coach Cutlip on The Wonder Years (where he received an Emmy nomination), Ben Wheeler in Wagons East, and as Richard Woolsey in the Canadian-American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe.

Early life[edit]

Robert Picardo (nickname: Bob) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Joe Picardo. Robert is of Italian heritage, with his father's family originating from Montecorvino Rovella, Salerno and his mother's parents originally from Bomba in Abruzzo.[2] Picardo claims that one of the highlights of his life was visiting both ancestral towns with his daughters and his brother Joe in the summer of 2011.[citation needed]

He graduated from William Penn Charter School in 1971 and originally entered Yale University as a pre-medical student, but opted to act instead. He ended up graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Drama from Yale University.[3]

Picardo is an accomplished singer. While he was at Yale University, he was a member of The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus, the second longest running undergraduate a cappella group in the United States.

After his degree, he enrolled at the Circle in the Square Professional Theater Workshop. He waited tables for a few of years until his theatrical work started to take off around 1976. His first break was appearing in the David Mamet play “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” and with Diane Keaton in “The Primary English Class.” [4]

In 1977, he made his Broadway debut. He appeared in Gemini (1977) and Tribute (1978).

During the 1988-1991 television seasons, Picardo was simultaneously seen on the ABC Vietnam series China Beach in the role of Dr. Dick Richard, as well as the ABC series The Wonder Years in the role of Coach Cutlip, and is among a small group of television actors to achieve notice on two television series at the same time.


Picardo made his feature film debut as Eddie Quist, the serial killer werewolf in the Joe Dante film The Howling (1981). He also had a recurring role in the sitcom Alice. He played a number of roles in Dante's family science fiction film Explorers (1985), and later appeared in Dante's The 'Burbs, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Matinee, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Small Soldiers and Innerspace as the Cowboy. Picardo often plays roles under layers of prosthetic latex, having also played the swamp dwelling Meg Mucklebones in Ridley Scott's film Legend. He also had a small role as a funeral director in John Landis's Amazon Women on the Moon. He voices Pfish in two Pfish & Chip shorts as seen on Cartoon Network's What-A-Cartoon! Show. Picardo also portrays the voice of the robotic Johnny Cab in Total Recall. He appeared in one episode of ER in 1995 as Abraham Zimble (Season 2 - Episode 6 "Days Like This").

In the early 1990s, Picardo had a brief role as Joe "The Meat Man" Morton, a butcher and neighbor to Tim Allen's character on the popular sitcom Home Improvement.

From 1995 to 2001, he played the role of the Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH) and Emergency Command Hologram (ECH) in the television series Star Trek: Voyager. Before being accepted for this role, Picardo initially auditioned for the role of Neelix.[5] He later also directed two episodes. He also played additional versions of the role of the EMH in the 1996 motion picture Star Trek: First Contact and the 1997 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Doctor Bashir, I Presume?". In 2001, he guest starred in 7 Days episode "Revelation", purporting to be a time traveler from seven years in the future. In 2004, he began playing the recurring role of International Oversight Advisory (IOA) member Richard Woolsey in both Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, where he became a regular in the fifth season. His first appearance in those series was in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Heroes (Part 2)".

In 2007, he played Principal White in Ben 10: Race Against Time. In 2007, he starred in the independent feature film by director Russ Emanuel, "P.J.", alongside John Heard and Vincent Pastore.[6] He also more recently starred in Russ Emanuel's "Chasing the Green" (2008), alongside William Devane, Jeremy London and Ryan Hurst. In 2007 and 2008, Star Trek: The Music was a multi-city tour with John de Lancie. Picardo and de Lancie narrated around the orchestral performance, explaining the history of the music in Star Trek.

Picardo has also appeared on Kojak in a 1977 episode, E-Ring as a media rep in The Pentagon, as an enraged father in Cold Case, and as a police officer in CSI: NY. He also appeared as a recurring guest star in two episodes of Season 7 of Smallville. Away from acting, Picardo is a member of the Board of Directors' Advisory Council of The Planetary Society, where he has served since the late 1990s. In 2002, Picardo authored the book The Hologram's Handbook, published by Pocket Books. Other career highlights include performing in Leonard Bernstein's Mass in D during its European debut tour, performing with the Yale University Society of Orpheus & Bacchus a cappella singing group as an undergraduate, and appearing in dozens of other television and film roles, including the film Our Last Days as Children. On February 5, 2008, it was announced that Picardo would be joining the regular cast of Stargate Atlantis full-time for the series' fifth and final season. He will be taking over the role of mission commander of the Atlantis Expedition.[7] Recently, Picardo performed the voice of Loki in the Xbox 360 video game Too Human. In 2009, he also appeared in Pushing Daisies, Chuck and Castle. Also in 2009, he played the lead role in the independent psychological thriller film Sensored. In 2010, Picardo had a cameo in the final episode of Persons Unknown, as a member of "the program"'s governing board. Picardo also voices Robert McNamara in Call of Duty: Black Ops in campaign and in the 'Zombie mode' after completing campaign on the one map, "FIVE". In 2012, Picardo appeared in a season 4 episode of The Mentalist as Jason Cooper, a lieutenant of cult leader Bret Styles.

Picardo also appeared on a season 6 episode of Supernatural entitled "Clap Your Hands if You Believe" as a leprechaun.

In May 2014, Cartoon Hangover announced Robert Picardo as a guest voice actor in the second season of Bravest Warriors, in the episode "The Parasox Pub".


1977KojakThomas RindoneTelevision
1981The HowlingEddie Quist
1981AliceOfficer MaxwellTelevision
1983Get CrazyConnell O'Connell
1985LegendMeg Mucklebones
1985ExplorersStarkiller / Wak / Wak and Neek's FatherVoice and Actor
1986Amazing StoriesTony Sepulveda1 Episode (Boo!)
1986The Golden GirlsDr. Revell1 Episode (The Operation)
1987Amazon Women on the MoonRick Raddnitz
1987InnerspaceThe Cowboy
198721 Jump StreetRalph Buckley1 Episode
1988The Wonder YearsCoach Cutlip15 episodes, 1988-1991
1988China BeachDr. Dick Richard61 episodes, 1988-1991
1988976-EVILMark Dark
1988Dead HeatLieutenant Herzog
1988Jack's BackDr. Carlos Battera
1989LoverboyReed Palmer
1989NewhartTerry1 Episode (The Little Match Girl)
1989The 'BurbsJoe
1990Gremlins 2: The New BatchForster
1990Total RecallJohnnycabVoice and image
1991MotoramaJerry The Policeman
1993Home ImprovementJoe "The Meat Man" Morton
1993The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.Puel
1994Wagons EastBen Wheeler
1994Revenge of the Nerds IVChad Penrod
1994VR.5VR Engineer
1995 - 2001Star Trek: VoyagerThe Doctor, directed two episodes ("Alter Ego" and "One Small Step")170 episodes
1996Star Trek: First ContactEmergency Medical Hologram
1997Star Trek: Deep Space NineDr. Lewis Zimmerman"Doctor Bashir, I Presume?"
1998Small SoldiersRalph
20017 DaysMajor Michael McGrathTelevision
2001FrasierMr. Kechner1 episode Season 9 episode 11 "Bully for Martin"
2002Justice LeagueAmazo6 episodes, 2002-2004
2003The Lyon's DenDetective Nick Traub7 episodes, 2003–2004
2003Sabrina, The Teenage WitchBob Jacobs1 episode Season 7 episode 18 "Spellmanian Slip"
2004Stargate SG-1Richard Woolsey7 episodes, 2004-2007
2004The West WingE. Bradford Shelton1 episode, "The Supremes"
2005E-RingLarry Kincaid4 episodes, 2005-2006
2005The 4400Trent AppelbaumTelevision
2006Stargate AtlantisRichard Woolsey20 episodes, 2006-2009
2007Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndSingapore TownsfolkVideo game, Voice
2007The CloserMr. SheffieldTelevision
2007Ben 10: Race Against TimePrincipal WhiteTV movie
2007CSI: NYSheriff BensonTelevision
2008SmallvilleEdward Teague2 episodes
2009CastleDr. Clark Murray2 episodes, 2009-2010
2009ChuckDr. Howard Busgang (Perseus)Television
2010JustifiedKarl HanselmanTelevision
2010SupernaturalWayne Whittaker/LeprachaunTelevision
2010MonsterwolfStarkTV movie
2010Mega Shark Versus CrocosaurusAdmiral Calvin
2010Call of Duty: Black OpsRobert McNamara (voice)Video game
2011Stargate UniverseRichard WoolseyTelevision
2011No Ordinary FamilyVice-principal NanceTelevision
2011The CaptainsHimself
2011United States of TaraDr. Smolow1 episode, season 3, episode 9 "Bryce Will Play"
2011MorlocksColonel John WichitaTV movie
2012Body of ProofHenry1 episode, 2012
2012The MentalistJason CooperEpisode: "His Thoughts Were Red Thoughts", 2012
2012Austin and AllyDr. GrantEpisode: "Successes & Setbacks", 2012
2012Call of Duty: Black Ops IIErik BreighnerVideo game, voice
2012Atlas Shrugged: Part IIDr. Floyd Ferris
2013The MentalistJason CooperEpisode: "Red Barn", 2013
2013JessieCyril LiptonEpisode: "To Be Me or Not to Be Me", 2013
2013Star Trek: RenegadesDr. Lewis Zimmerman
2013The CandidateCarl TuckerShort film
2014Age of TomorrowGeneral Macallenmovie


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