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Besides writing plays, Robert Schenkkan has also acted in them. His stage debut came in Chicago as Captain Tim in Tobacco Road (1975), and his Off-Broadway debut came as Wayne Blossom, Jr., in Last Days at the Dixie Girl Cafe in 1979. His other New York City appearances include The Taming of the Shrew at the Equity Library Theatre (1977) and G. R. Point at the Playhouse Theatre (1979). Outside of New York City, Schenkkan appeared in Write Me a Murder (Buffalo, New York, 1981), A Full Length Portrait of America and SWOP (both in Louisville, Kentucky, 1981), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and All the Way Home at the Kenyon Theatre Festival in Ohio.
Schenkkan has also written for and acted in films. His cinema credits include roles in Act of Vengeance (1974), Sanctuary of Fear (1979), the Texas Voice in Places in the Heart (1984), Sweet Liberty (1986), The Bedroom Window (1987), Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987), and Pump Up the Volume (1990). His first television appearance was in the National Broadcasting Company’s (NBC’s) Father Brown, Detective (1979), followed by the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) film Murder in Cowetta County (1980), the CBS miniseries George Washington (1983), Kane and Abel (CBS, 1984), Nutcracker (CBS, 1987), and several episodes of The Twilight Zone (CBS). He also appeared as Lieutenant Commander Dexter Remmick in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Episodes 19 and 25 (1988). He edited Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck (1966), Peer Gynt (1966), and co-translated Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler (1975). He wrote the teleplay for The Long Ride Home (TNT, 2001) and adapted The Kentucky Cycle for Kevin Costner for a Home Broadcasting Office (HBO) miniseries. With Christopher Hampton, he wrote the screenplay for a film adaptation of Graham Greene’s The Quiet American (2002).