Exclusive: Once Upon a Time Crowns Richard Schiff as Snow White's Royal Father

Having previously served under President Bartlet, Richard Schiff will soon lord over a dominion of his own — on Once Upon a Time.

TVLine has learned exclusively that the Emmy-winning West Wing alum will guest star on ABC’s fantastical freshman series as the Enchanted Forest’s King Leopold, who also happens to be Snow White’s father.

Once Upon a Time First Look at Episode 2

While I shan’t reveal much more here, fairy tale enthusiasts can probably predict who this king will be wed to when we meet him in Episode 11. But what you very well might not know is what character’s somewhat tragic (yet thoroughly romantic) backstory he will figure into.

Schiff’s most recent TV credits include The Cape, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and an upcoming episode of NBC’s Up All Night (playing the father of another pretty princess, Christina Applegate).

Once Upon a Time will re-air its pilot this Sunday at 7/6c, leading into Episode 2 at 8 pm.

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  1. kt says:

    TOBY!!! I’m so happy right now. lol

  2. alr says:

    Yea!! I love this news! Loved watching Richard Schiff on The West Wing!

  3. Patricia says:

    YAY!!! He is such a diverse actor..can’t wait until that episode!!

  4. newsjunkie247 says:

    It’s Bartlet, not Bartlett….

  5. Kelly says:

    Whoo hoo! I love seeing West Wingers back on my TV. He’ll be a fantastic addition to a show I already think is great.

  6. Ben says:

    This show just keeps getting more exciting.

  7. Randi says:

    I love this show!!!

  8. emily says:

    i have missed him so much. i would watch anything he’s in. really. i watched the cape.

    • Gusar says:

      Haha. But when I think about it, he was by far the best part of The Cape, and one of the extremely few good things about the show that was otherwise quite bad. He really is awesome.

  9. Alice says:

    Toby! I kind of am more excited to see if he pops up in Storybrook (I can’t remember if her father dies in the fairy tale or not),.

  10. OUAT Fanatic says:

    Thanks for updating us on what’s going on on Once Upon a Time – my new & only TV addiction.

  11. Justin says:

    Sounds good to me!

  12. Steph says:

    Love! Love! Love! Oh and did I say LOVE!?!?! Now I feel like watching “Mr Willis of Ohio”.

  13. timelord says:

    most annoying character ever

  14. Michelle says:

    Episode 11? ABC only ordered 12 to start with. I wonder how long ABC will wait before deciding to order the back half of the season. Maybe if the ratings hold up this week?

  15. Tracy says:

    I love this show.

  16. Maggie says:

    So excited! He is going to be on the Adam Carolla podcast this Monday. I can’t wait to hear what he has to say about the show!