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Stan Kirsch

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Stan Kirsch
Born July 15, 1968 in New York, New York, USA
Died January 11, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA from suicide by hanging
Notable Roles Richie Ryan in Highlander
Notable Episodes



Although versatile actor Stan Kirsch is best known as Richie Ryan on Highlander, he started his career at age 4 as a Campbell soup kid. When his parents decided it would be better for him not to pursue a career as a child actor, he left the entertainment business behind to pursue an education. After graduating magna cum laude from Duke University, Stan was drawn back into acting. He has played such diverse roles as an abusive husband on Family Law, a wistful would-be suitor on Love Boat: The Next Wave, a Washington newspaper reporter on First Monday and a military lawyer on JAG.

In 2004, Stan made his debut as a screenwriter, director and producer (Stan also appears in the film) with the comedy short Straight Eye: The Movie is available on DVD.

Although his teaching and coaching activities keep him busy, Stan plans to continue acting and hopes to branch out into directing in the future.


Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Highlander Richie Ryan 1992–1997 1 2 3 4 5

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Friends Ethan 1x22 - The One with the Ick Factor May 4, 1995
JAG Ens. Frank Cody 1x17 - Black Ops April 10, 1996
Highlander Richie Ryan 6x13 - Not to Be May 16, 1998
The Love Boat: The Next Wave Vince 2x18 - Prom Queen May 14, 1999
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Chipper Dunn 3x06 - Episode 25 June 30, 2000
Family Law Rick Quinn 2x10 - Generations December 11, 2000
JAG Lieutenant Ferrari 6x18 - Liberty March 27, 2001
First Monday David Dahl 1x05 - Family Affairs February 8, 2002

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Shallow Ground Stuart Dempsey
Deep Rescue Kevin
Straight Eye: The Movie Sonny
The Flunky Sammy Bestone
The Sky's on Fire
Shark in a Bottle Punk #1
Home Song Kent Arens
Fast Forward Matt
Please, God, I'm Only Seventeen Steve
Driven To You
Reason Thirteen


  • Stan's first role was at age four as a Campbell's Soup Kid on a television commercial.

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