Richard Masur

Richard Masur

Masur at the premiere of Air America in 1990
President of the Screen Actors Guild
In office
Preceded by Barry Gordon
Succeeded by William Daniels
Personal details
Born (1948-11-20) November 20, 1948
New York City, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s) Fredda Weiss (1976–2004; divorced)
Eileen Henry (2004–present)
Occupation Actor

Richard Masur is an American actor who has appeared in more than 80 movies. From 1995 to 1999, he served two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). Masur currently sits on the Corporate Board of the Motion Picture & Television Fund.[1]

Life and career

Masur was born in New York City, to a high school counselor mother, Claire Masur and a pharmacist father.[2] He attended P.S. 28, Walt Whitman Junior High School, and Roosevelt High School in Yonkers. He is the brother of Judith Masur and the husband of Eileen Henry. Masur is Jewish.[3][4]

Masur studied acting at The Yale School of Drama and appeared on stage before acting in movies and television shows during the 1970s. He appeared on an episode of The Waltons as well as in an episode of All in the Family in late 1974 and had recurring roles in Rhoda from 1974 to 1978; One Day at a Time from 1975 to 1976; Hot l Baltimore in 1975; and the pilot to an NBC sitcom, Bumpers, in 1977. In 1981, Masur played the role of a child molestor armed with a camera in the television film Fallen Angel. His next project was the 1982 horror/sci-fi The Thing, as the dog handler, Clark. The film has acquired a significant cult following in the years since its release, and Masur occasionally reunites with former The Thing cast members for Q&A panels at fan conventions.

Masur played the father to Corey Haim's character in 1988's License to Drive and was part of the ensemble cast of the 1990 TV miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's It.

Masur played the role of a character modeled after Jewish-American spy Jonathan Pollard in the film Les Patriotes (The Patriots) (1994), by French director Éric Rochant.

In January 2006, Masur began appearing as a recurring character on the soap opera All My Children. He has also appeared in guest spots on many TV shows, including M*A*S*H, All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hawaii Five-O, The Waltons, Happy Days, Picket Fences, Matlock, Murphy Brown and Law & Order.

Masur played the role of Martin Stone in the off-Broadway play Dust.



  1. Motion Picture and Television Fund website
  2. Richard Masur Biography (1948-)
  3. Elkin, Michael (December 4, 2008). "A Drama of the 'Dust' Might". Jewish Exponent. Philadelphia.
  4. Horwitz, Simi (February 7, 2008). "Mike Leigh 'Comes Out': In 'Two Thousand Years,' the Auteur Tackles Ethnicity, Religion, and Politics". Back Stage West, volume 15 issue 6, p.15.
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