I.O.A. representative Richard Woolsey is a stodgy bureaucrat who is as surprised as anyone when he is chosen to succeed Colonel Carter as commander of Atlantis.
The Return: Part 2

The Return: Part 2





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Robert Picardo


Richard Woolsey

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Robert Picardo ("Bob") graduated from the William Penn Charter School. He entered Yale University as a pre-med student, not knowing that he would someday portray doctors in two television series: first as Dr. Dick Richard on the ABC drama China Beach, and then as The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager.

While at Yale, Bob landed a role in Leonard Bernstein's Mass, a musical theater piece originally commissioned for the 1971 opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 1974, armed with a B.A. in Drama from Yale, he enrolled at the Circle in the Square Professional Theater Workshop (fellow alumni include Kevin Bacon and Ken Olin). He waited tables for a couple of years, and then his theatrical work prospered (in 1976) when he appeared in the David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and with Diane Keaton in The Primary English Class.

In 1977, Bob made his Broadway debut in the leading role of the comedy hit Gemini with Danny Aiello. He went on to co-star with Jack Lemmon in Bernard Slade's Tribute in 1978 on Broadway and in a west coast run which brought him to Los Angeles, where he decided to try his hand at film and television.

His work in theater also includes Beyond Therapy and Geniuses at the Los Angeles Public Theater, The Normal Heart at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, for which he won a Drama-Logue Award, A Class Act at the Pasadena Playhouse and On the Twentieth Century, for which Bob was nominated for an Ovation Award.

The awards and recognition continued as Bob became involved in television. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as Mr. Cutlip on the ABC series The Wonder Years. Furthermore, Bob was awarded the Viewers For Quality Television Founder's Award for his outstanding performances in The Wonder Years and as military surgeon Dr. Dick Richard on China Beach.

Bob's extensive television work has included a starring role opposite Helena Bonham-Carter in NBC's movie-of-the-week Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald, the HBO movie White Mile, and the NBC mini-series Deadly Matrimony.

He has had recurring roles on Stargate SG-1, E-Ring, The Lyon's Den, Home Improvement, L.A. Law, and Alice, and he has guest-starred in such series as Castle, Chuck, Pushing Daisies, The Closer, Cold Case, CSI: New York, Smallville, The Masters of Horror, The Dead Zone, The Practice, Frasier, Crossing Jordan, Seven Days, Ally McBeal, Outer Limits, Early Edition, ER, Tales From The Crypt, Amazing Stories, Benson, and Taxi.

Bob has appeared in two dozen feature films, many directed by Joe Dante. He recently starred in Sensored. He can also be seen in Universal Signs and P.J.

Bob proudly sits on the advisory board of the Planetary Society, the world's largest space-interest group dedicated to inspiring the public with the adventure and mystery of space exploration. He also volunteers on the advisory board of the San Gabriel Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife Linda, and his two daughters, Nicky and Gina, and dogs Buddy and Lola. He is a fine – though slightly overrated - chef.