Christopher Rich (actor)

Christopher Rich Wilson
Born Christopher Rich Wilson
(1953-09-16) September 16, 1953
Dallas, Texas
Spouse(s) Nancy Frangione (1982 - 1996; divorced)
Ewa Jesionowska (aka Eva Halina Rich) (2003 - present) 2 children

Christopher Rich Wilson (born September 16, 1953, in Dallas, Texas) is an American actor, best known for his roles on Murphy Brown and Reba.


Rich first became popular playing the role of Alexander "Sandy" Cory on the daytime drama Another World from 1981 to 1985. He also starred in the short-lived 1987–1988 series The Charmings as Prince Eric Charming, with Caitlin O'Heaney, Judy Parfitt and Paul Winfield.

In 1990, Rich played the role of popular cartoon character Archie Andrews in the TV film Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again. The film was based on the characters of Archie Comics. Rich then appeared in the 1993 film The Joy Luck Club.

During the 90s, Rich had guest appearances in several television shows like Renegade, The Nanny, Suddenly Susan, and ER, among others. He also had recurring roles in The George Carlin Show (as Dr. Neil Beck), Murphy Brown (as Miller Redfield), and Nash Bridges (as Agent David Katz).

In 2001, Rich joined the cast of Reba playing Brock Hart, the ex-husband of the title character (played by Reba McEntire). Rich stayed in the show until the end of the series in 2007.

During this time, Rich also had a recurring role on Boston Legal playing attorney Melvin Palmer. After that, he also played Bree's book publisher Bruce on two episodes of ABC's Desperate Housewives.

He also played Mel's father in the TV series Melissa & Joey.

Personal life

Rich attended the University of Texas and received a master's degree in theater arts from Cornell University. He was married to Another World co-star Nancy Frangione from 1982 until 1996. He is currently married to his second wife (since 2003), Ewa Jesionowska, a finalist of Miss Poland 1985, and a former gymnast who participated at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. Rich has fraternal twin daughters with Jesionowska, Lily and Daisy Rich, and an adopted daughter with Frangione, Mariel Rich.


Year Title Role Notes
1981–1985 Another World Sandy Cory
1983 First Time, TheThe First Time Stud with Sports Car
1985 Recovery Room, TheThe Recovery Room Dr. Russell Sears TV movie
1987 Sweet Surrender Vaughn Parker Episode: "Where There's a Will..."
1987–1988 Charmings, TheThe Charmings Eric Charming 19 episodes
1989 Prisoners of Inertia Dave
1989 Hound Town Napoleon (voice) TV movie
1989 Baywatch Derrick Benton Episode: "The Drowning Pool"
1989–1997 Murphy Brown Miller Redfield 22 episodes
1990 Empty Nest John Episode: "Complainin' in the Rain"
1990 Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again Archie Andrews TV movie
1990 ABC Afterschool Special Episode: "Testing Dirty"
1990 In the Line of Duty: A Cop for the Killing IA Officer #3 TV movie
1990 Married People Ned Episode: "To Live and Drive in New York"
1991 Flight of the Intruder Lt. Morgan 'Morg' McPherson
1991 Babes Episode: "11 Angry Men and Charlene"
1991 In the Line of Duty: Manhunt in the Dakotas Scott Faul TV movie
1991 Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw, TheThe Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw Lute Cantrell TV movie
1992 Sibs 4 episodes
1993 Almost Home Jim Morgan Episode: "Winner Take Millicent"
1993 Dream On Mark Episode: "A Midsummer Night's Dream On"
1993 Joy Luck Club, TheThe Joy Luck Club Rich
1993 Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., TheThe Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Doc McCoy Episode: "A.K.A. Kansas"
1994 Babylon 5 Crew Member Episode: "Born to the Purple"
1994–1995 George Carlin Show, TheThe George Carlin Show Dr. Neil Beck 27 episodes
1995 Nanny, TheThe Nanny Kurt Jacobs Episode: "A Fine Friendship"
1995 Client, TheThe Client Dan Goodwin Episode: "The Way Things Never Were"
1996 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Mr. Jones Episode: "The Impossible Mission Episode"
1996 Renegade Ted Fisher Episode: "No Place Like Home"
1996 The Louie Show Bob Episode: "A Brush with Bob"
1996 Hope and Gloria Dr. Ben Shipley Episode: "Tainted Love"
1996 Nash Bridges Special Agent David Katz Episode: "'Till Death Do Us Part"
1997 Nash Bridges Special Agent David Katz Episode: "Lost and Found"
1997 Critics and Other Freaks Sandy
1998 Alright Already Lowell Episode: "Again with the Astronaut"
Episode: "Again with the White House"
1998 Suddenly Susan Rep. Francis Shafer Episode: "A Tale of Two Pants: Parts 1 & 2"
1998 The Tony Danza Show Kyle Wentworth Episode: "Sue You"
1998 Nash Bridges Special Agent David Katz Episode: "The Tourist"
1999 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Matt Episode: "Divorce, Downbeat and Distemper"
1999 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch John Episode: "Love Means Having to Say You're Sorry"
2000 ER Ron Perth Episode: "Be Patient"
2000 Going Home Jack TV movie
2001 Lone Gunmen, TheThe Lone Gunmen Jefferson Episode: "Three Men and a Smoking Diaper"
2001–2007 Reba Brock Hart 119 episodes
2003 Seventh Veil
2005–2008 Boston Legal Attorney Melvin Palmer 6 episodes
2007 Wedding Bells, TheThe Wedding Bells Johnny Kad Episode: "Fools in Love"
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Coach Jimmy Miller Episode: "Bloodsport"
2009 Desperate Housewives Bruce Episode: "Crime Doesn't Pay"
2010 Episode: "We All Deserve to Die"
2010–2015 Melissa & Joey Russell Burke 8 episodes
2011 My Freakin' Family Gary TV movie, pre-production
2011 Shake It Up Mayor Episode: "Shake It Up, Up & Away"
2012 Happily Divorced Kenneth Episode: "The Reunion"
2014 Charlie's Club: Find Him. Bring Him In. Superior Episode: "We Need Charlie!"[1]


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