Cliff Emmich

Tubby and engaging character actor Cliff Emmich was born on December 13, 1936 in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Los Angeles. His father Clifford was a popular exotic car dealer whose celebrity customers included Clark Gable, Gary Cooper and Ozzie Nelson. Following graduation from John Muir High School, Emmich served in the air force for four years as a photo technician. Cliff first began acting on stage. Veteran character actor Keenan Wynn advised Emmich to enroll at the Pasadena Playhouse. Cliff studied at the Pasadena Playhouse for eight months. Emmich then toured the country with the American Repertory Players and spent a summer performing in summer stock at the Pink Garter Theatre in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He made his film debut in Gaily, Gaily (1969). Cliff gave a superb performance as arrogant country singer Rip Torn’s loyal, but long-suffering chauffeur Chicago in the outstanding indie drama gem Payday (1973). Other memorable roles are a coroner in the fantastic Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973), a sexist jerk business executive who insults Yvette Mimieux at the very start of the excellent redneck exploitation winner Jackson County Jail (1976), a bumbling small town deputy in Barracuda (1978), very likable as ill-fated hospital security guard Mr. Garrett in Halloween II (1981), an asylum doctor in the trashy Hellhole (1985), and a small town sheriff in Digital Man (1995). Among the many TV shows Cliff has done guest spots on are Crossing Jordan (2001), Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), Nash Bridges (1996), Coach (1989), Baywatch (1989), Murder, She Wrote (1984), Knots Landing (1979), Night Court (1984), Hunter (1984), Riptide (1984), Simon & Simon (1981), CHiPs (1977), Knight Rider (1982), The Incredible Hulk (1977), Vega$ (1978), Fantasy Island (1977), Happy Days (1974), Little House on the Prairie (1974) (this is one of Emmich’s favorite parts), Charlie’s Angels (1976), Baretta (1975), Police Woman (1974), and Starsky and Hutch (1975). He’s a member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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