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Born in Dallas, Texas, Christopher Rich began performing in plays while attending high school in the Rio Grande Valley, urged by a teacher to channel in Rowdy tendencies into acting rather than protesting the Vietnam War. He contiuned performing and studing acting at the University of Texas and later at Cornell University, where he received a master's degree in theater arts.
Rich moved to New York and began performing on stage highlighted by playing Dionysus in The Bacchae on Broadway, and in many off-Broadway and regional productions. In order to raise funds for plays he was producing, he joined the cast of Another World, playing Alexander Sandy Cory for the next four years.
He moved to Los Angeles and appeared in many television series, mostnotably joining the lowded ensemble cast on Murphy Brown and being a series regular on The George Carlin Show.
On the big screen, Rich starred in The Joy Luck Club as Tamlyn Tornita's husband, John Millus', Vietnam War movie Flight of the Intruder with Danny Glover and William Dafoe, and the independant art film Prisoners of Inertia with Amanda Plummer.
Rich has appeared in numerous television movies, with credits including Going Home opposite Jason Robards in one of his last performances. He played a villian in and served as a producer for The Gambler IV, which marked his first project with Reba star Reba McEntire and solidifed their friendship. He also starred in and produced, In the Line of Duty: Manhunt in the Dakotas with Rod Steiger.
Rich currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Eva Halina, a former Miss Poland and Olypic gymnast at the 1980 Moscow Olypics. When not working, he enjoys collecting fine wines, playing golf and collecting and reading books.