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Richard Biggs
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Richard Biggs at a B5-Event in
Stuttgart, Germany, 2000.
Born (1960-03-18)March 18, 1960
Died May 22, 2004(2004-05-22) (aged 44)
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–2004
Lori Kay Biggs
(m. 1998)
Children 2
Parent(s) Col. Richard Biggs
Delores Biggs

Richard James Biggs II (March 18, 1960 – May 22, 2004) was an American television and stage actor, known for his roles on the television series Days of Our Lives and Babylon 5.

Early life

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Biggs attended the University of Southern California on scholarship, studying theatre. He briefly taught at a Los Angeles high school before landing his first major television role, that of Dr. Marcus Hunter on the soap opera Days of Our Lives.

Biggs was diagnosed with hearing problems when he was 13, and was partially deaf in one ear, completely deaf in the other. He frequently used his celebrity status to raise money for the Aliso Academy, a private school in Rancho Santa Margarita, California that serves deaf children.


From 1987 until 1994, Biggs played the role of Dr. Marcus Hunter on the soap opera Days of Our Lives.

He appeared as Dr. Stephen Franklin on the well-regarded science fiction series Babylon 5 (1994–1998), reprising the role in the final aired episode of the spin-off show, Crusade ("Each Night I Dream of Home").

After Babylon 5, he played roles on Any Day Now and Strong Medicine, as well as the recurring role of Clayton Boudreaux on the soap opera Guiding Light.

Biggs' stage credits include The Tempest, Cymbeline and The Taming of the Shrew.

At the time of his death, he was a regular on the television series Strong Medicine; following his death, his character was killed in an off-screen traffic accident. He also guest starred as a visiting scientist on Tremors: The Series. Biggs' final film appearance was in We Interrupt This Program, a short film also featuring Biggs' Babylon 5 costar, Bruce Boxleitner, released as a companion piece to the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead on DVD. His final television appearance was as a guest star on a 2004 episode of the Nickelodeon series Drake & Josh, entitled "The Gary Grill" portraying an FBI agent, which was dedicated to his memory. He only won one award in his career. That award was the Soap Opera Digest Award for Supporting Actor.

Personal life

He married Lori Gebers on August 1, 1998. They had two children, Richard James III and Hunter Lee.


Biggs collapsed at his home in Los Angeles, and died at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center of complications stemming from aortic dissection on May 22, 2004. He was 44 years old.



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Unnatural Causes Unknown
1987 Walk Like a Man Salesman
1988 Miracle Mile Brian Jones
1992 One Stormy Night Marcus Hunter
1995 The Alien Within Hawkes
1998 Babylon 5: In the Beginning Dr. Stephen Franklin
1998 Babylon 5: Thirdspace Dr. Stephen Franklin
1998 Forever Love Dr. Berris
1998 Babylon 5: The River of Souls Dr. Stephen Franklin
2001 Ablaze Garrison


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Three's a Crowd Bailiff Episode: "September Song"
1985 TJ Hooker Frawley Episode: "The Chicago Connection"
1986 Stingray Cabin Guard Episode: "As Far as the Eye Can See"
1986 The Twilight Zone Dr. Tomson Episode: "The Toys of Caliban"
1987-1992 Days of Our Lives Marcus Hunter
1994-1998 Babylon 5 Dr. Stephen Franklin Series regular
2001-2002 Guiding Light Clayton Boudreux 2 episodes
2004 Drake & Josh FBI agent Episode: "The Gary Grill"
2000-2004 Strong Medicine Dr. Milo Morton Recurring

See also

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