The West Wing's Richard Schiff Joins ABC Drama Pilot The Good Doctor

Richard Schiff Cast The Good Doctor ABC Drama Pilot

Richard Schiff is trading the Oval Office for the OR.

The Emmy-winning star of The West Wing has joined the cast of ABC’s medical drama pilot The Good Doctor as a series regular, per our sister site Deadline. Schiff will play Dr. Ira Glassman, the president of a prestigious hospital who advocates for the hiring of Dr. Shaun Murphy (Bates Motel‘s Freddie Highmore), a young doctor with Savant syndrome. Glassman has mentored Murphy from a young age, and wants him to join the hospital’s pediatric surgical unit.

House creator David Shore penned the pilot for The Good Doctor — based on a South Korean series — with Seth Gordon (The Goldbergs) set to direct. Plus, Hawaii Five-0 star Daniel Dae Kim is onboard as an executive producer.

Schiff is still best known as communications director Toby Ziegler on NBC’s The West Wing; he earned three Emmy nominations for the role, winning in 2000. More recently, he had multi-episode stints on Showtime’s The Affair, HBO’s Ballers and WGN America’s Manhattan.

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