Richard Shepard

Richard Shepard

Richard Shephard is the director of Extreme Aggressor and The Fight.


Richard Shepard was born and raised in New York City. He attended New York University’s film school but did not graduate because he failed his required science class; however he became good friends with actress Maura Tierney.

In the course of his career, Shepard has written, directed and produced six independent features, written numerous screenplays for the studios, directed Emmy-winning television and once fired Shelley Winters.

Shepard won both the 2007 Emmy Award and Directors Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Directing for the pilot of Ugly Betty. He also helmed the pilot episode of Criminal Minds and has directed the spin-off backdoor episode. Shepard is currently in production on the pilot ZIP.

Shepard’s latest film, The Hunting Party premiered at the Venice Film Festival. His previous feature, The Matador premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Prior to that, Shepard wrote, produced, and directed the indie thrillers Oxygen and Mercy. He also produced the 2001 Sundance Dramatic Competition entry Scotland P.A. Shepard also appears nude in the film as a streaker.

When Shepard was 24, he co-wrote and directed the romantic comedy The Linguini Incident. Unfortunately, said Shepard, the 1991 romantic comedy was neither romantic nor very funny.

Director CreditsEdit

  • In the Motherhood - It Takes a Village Idiot (2009) TV episode
  • Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009)
  • 30 Rock - Episode 210 (2008) TV episode
  • Bad Mother's Handbook (2008) (TV)
  • The Hunting Party (2007)
  • Ugly Betty - Pilot (2006) TV episode
  • Criminal Minds - Extreme Aggressor (2005) and The Fight (2010) TV episodes. (Pilot for the main series and backdoor pilot for the spin-off respectively)
  • The Matador (2005)
  • Class Warfare (2001) (TV)
  • Mexico City (2000)
  • Oxygen (1999) (TV)
  • The Royale (1996) (TV)
  • Remember WENN (1996) TV series (unknown episodes)
  • Mercy (1995)
  • Inside Out IV (1992) (V) (episode Three On A Match)
  • The Linguini Incident (1991)
  • Inside Out (1991) (V) (episode My Better Half)
  • Cool Blue (1990) (V)

Writer CreditsEdit

  • The Hunting Party (2007) (written by)
  • The Matador (2005) (written by)
  • Mexico City (2000) (writer)
  • Oxygen (1999) (writer)
  • Below Utopia (1997) (story)
  • Mercy (1995) (writer)
  • Inside Out IV (1992) (V) (segment "Three On A Match")
  • The Linguini Incident (1991) (writer)
  • Cool Blue (1990) (V) (writer)

Producer CreditsEdit

  • I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009)
  • Scotland, P.A. (2001)
  • Mexico City (2000)
  • Oxygen (1999)
  • Mercy (1995)

Actor CreditsEdit

  • Scotland, P.A. (2001) - McStreaker