You probably know who Richard Riehle is even if you don't know his name. The character actor has appeared in more than 350 projects, and has been working for over 40 years; Free Willy is just one in a very long list of supporting roles.
He stumbled into acting his senior year of college as a way to finish out the credits he needed to graduate and wound up going to grad school for drama. His big break came as the Quartermaster in Glory opposite Matthew Broderick, and from there, he's made a career out of being the burly, mustached supporting character in a long list of shows and films that includes The West Wing, Ally McBeal, The Fugitive, Martin Scorsese's mob drama Casino, Lethal Weapon 4, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, and even as Ed Rooney in a TV series adaptation of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. He also romanced Jill Clayburgh as car mechanic Bill Cozbi in Kristen Wiig's hit 2011 comedy Bridesmaids and had a memorable turn in the cult comedy Office Space as lovable IT guy Tom Smykowski.
Riehle continues to keep busy both on camera and onstage, where he's appeared both off and on Broadway. It doesn't look like he's slowing down anytime soon, with more than a dozen projects in development. "When I work, I feel great," he told his alumni magazine, "that doesn't ever have to stop."