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Anthony Heald

Dr. Frederick Chilton - The Silence of the Lambs - Red Dragon
Aassistant Principal Scott Guber - Boston Public

Philip Anthony Mair Heald, known professionally as Anthony Heald is a Jewish American actor known for portraying Hannibal Lecter's jail nemesis, Dr. Frederick Chilton in The Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon, and for playing assistant principal Scott Guber in David E. Kelley's Boston Public. Anthony Heald also had a recurring role as Judge Cooper on Kelley's The Practice and Boston Legal.[1] Anthony Heald was born August 25, 1944.

Personal life

Anthony Heald was born in New Rochelle, New York, the son of an editor.[3] Anthony Heald attended Michigan State University, from which Anthony Heald graduated in 1971. Anthony Heald lives in Ashland, Oregon, where Anthony Heald regularly performs in productions of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and lives with Anthony Heald's wife Robin and daughter, Zoe. During the 2010 season, Anthony Heald, who is Jewish (having converted to Judaism), played Shylock in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.[4][5]


Anthony Heald has worked extensively on Broadway and has been twice nominated for the Tony Award for Anthony Heald's work in Anything Goes (1988) and Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! (1995). Anthony Heald also appeared in McNally's The Lisbon Traviata (1989) with Nathan Lane, Deep Rising (1998) and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (1991) with Lane, Christine Baranski, and Swoosie Kurtz. In addition to Anthony Heald's work on stage, screen and film, Anthony Heald has recorded over 60 audio books/books on tape, including works as varied as Where the Red Fern Grows, New York Times bestsellers such as The Pelican Brief, Jurassic Park and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, several works by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, as well as a sizable number of titles in the Star Wars audio book library. Anthony Heald also had brief appearances in the second season of Miami Vice ("The Prodigal Son"), the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand, and the Cheers final episode, "One for the Road". Anthony Heald later appeared in the Cheers spin-off Frasier as the outgoing "Corkmaster" of Frasier and Niles' wine club.[2]

Anthony Heald also appeared in Unaccompanied Minors as a distressed, Christmas-hating airport employee.


  1. ^ The character was named "Wallace Cooper" on The Practice but "Harvey Cooper" on Boston Legal.
  2. ^ Frasier Season 7, Episode 17 - "Whine Club"
  3. ^ Anthony Heald Biography (1944-)
  4. ^ Medford Mail Tribune article on Merchant of Venice and Antisemitism
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