Riggle began his comedy career in 1997 in New York City while still on active duty in the Marine Corps. While Riggle has made audiences around the world laugh with his comedic talents, he also has served as a member of the United States Marine Corps. Initially joining the Marine Corps at the age of 19 in 1990, Riggle rose through the ranks and has served in various countries including Liberia, Albania, Kosovo and Afghanistan. Lieutenant Colonel Riggle recently retired from the Marine Corps Reserve and served 23 years total, 9 years active duty, 14 years in the reserves earning over 22 medals and ribbons. When not filming, writing or producing, Riggle also hosts an annual golf tournament benefiting veterans and the Semper Fi Fund. (http://invetational.com).
Like many other comedy greats Riggle got his start at Upright Citizens Brigade where he started as a student and eventually taught classes. Riggle’s efforts at UCB eventually earned him a spot on the comedy mecca, Saturday Night Live, fulfilling one of his lifelong dreams.Most recently, Riggle co-starred Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger in Open Road Films’, Midnight Sun, which opened March 23rd. Directed by Scott Speer, the romantic drama follows 17 year old Katie Price (Thorne), sheltered since childhood with a life-threatening sensitivity to sun. In a very dramatic and well-reviewed performance, Riggle plays Katie’s father, Jack, a loving and compassionate man who tries his best to give his daughter a good life.
Riggle took on his first dramatic turn opposite Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and Michael Peña in Warner Bros.’ 12 Strong. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, 12 Strong follows 12 Special Forces immediately sent to Afghanistan following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Riggle played Max Bowers, an Army Colonel who Riggle actually worked under in real life during his tour in Afghanistan from 2001-2002 when Bowers was the commanding officer of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group. 12 Strong opened January 19th.
In between both dramatic films, Riggle launched the inaugural episode of his podcast, Riggle’s Picks. Co-hosted by comedian/actress Sarah Tiana via PodcastOne, Riggle’s Picks covers the world of sports, pop culture, and comedy, and can be found wherever podcasts are available.
This March, Riggle began production on his comedic TV project, Rob Riggle’s Ski Master Academy for Crackle (Sony). In RRSMA, Riggle plays a semi-fictitious version of himself who invests all of his money into a personal watercraft academy, which he must defend at all costs. Riggle not only stars but also serves as a writer and executive producer on the project which will release later this year.
In September, Riggle co-stars Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish in Universal’s upcoming comedy, Night School, which is set to release September 28th. Night School follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the ling-shot chance they’ll pass the GED exam.
Riggle also recently wrapped production in Atlanta filming The War With Grandpa for Dimension Films, a comedy co-starring Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Jane Seymour and Christopher Walken. The plot follows a boy named Peter (Oakes Fegley) who becomes upset that he has to share a room he loves with his grandfather, so he decided to declare war in an attempt to get back.
Last year, Riggle was seen alongside Katie Holmes, Allison Janney, Common, and Bradley Whitford in Great Point Media’s A Happening of Monumental Proportions. This comedic film is the directorial debut for Judy Greer and follows a group of student at an LA school who find themselves caught up on a plot of sex, lies, and dead bodies. He also co-starred alongside Salma Hayek, Kristen Bell, Eugenio Derbez, Rob Lowe and Michael Cera in Lionsgate/Pantelion Films comedy, How To Be A Latin Lover.
On the animated side, Riggle will soon be heard in Bron Animation’s super-villain film, Henchmen, opposite Rosario Dawson, James Marsden, Thomas Middleditch, and Craig Robinson.
In 2016 Riggle co-starred Lauren Graham and Adam Pally in CBS Films’ comedy, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life and Kevin James and Andy Garcia in the Netflix feature comedy, The True Memoirs of an International Assassin. Riggle also appeared in Universal’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.
In 2015, he joined Kate Beckinsale, Robin Williams and Simon Pegg in GFM Films’ Absolutely Anything. On the animated side, Riggle lent his voice for Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 2 which grossed $467 million worldwide and featured Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Mel Brooks, David Spade and Steve Buscemi. On the streaming side, Riggle co-starred alongside
In 2014, he propelled three studio comedies over the $100 million benchmark at the box office. In November he co-starred Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Universal Pictures’ Dumb & Dumber To, the sequel to the 1994 comedy classic Dumb & Dumber, which has grossed over $169 million worldwide. In August, Riggle co-starred Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson in Twentieth Century Fox’s buddy comedy, Let’s Be Cops, which grossed over $137 million worldwide. He also co-starred Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in Sony Picture’s hit comedy, 22 Jump Street, which grossed over $331 million worldwide. 22 Jump Street was the sequel to 2012’s 21 Jump Street in which Rob also starred.
In 2012, Riggle co-starred Drew Barrymore in the Universal Pictures’ drama, Big Miracle. He also lent his vocal talents to the hit animated film, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, adapted from the beloved Dr. Seuss book, where he plays the misguided yet charismatic villain, O’Hare. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, opened at number one at the box office and went on to earn over $348 million worldwide for Universal.
While establishing his place on the big screen, Riggle has also remained a mainstay in television. He is currently a host on Fox NFL Sunday, the number one NFL pre-game show, and can also be seen on Adult Swim’s NTSF:SD:SUV:: as “President of the Navy.” Riggle also hosted the 2012 ESPY Awards which saw ratings rise 22% from 2011. Other television credits include 30 Rock, The Office, Arrested Development, Modern Family, The League and New Girl. He has also hosted awards shows including the ESPYs, and NFL Honors.
Riggle is known for his memorable characters in comedy hits like The Hangover, where he played Officer Franklin, a cop who exacts his vengeance on the groomsmen (Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms) after they steal his patrol car. He is also known for his four year stint as a correspondent on the multiple Emmy Award-winning show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has appeared in comedy classics such as Step Brothers, The Other Guys, and Going the Distance. Further proving his voice-over talents, Riggle earned an Emmy nomination in 2012 for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice.
Riggle was born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in Overland Park, Kansas. He attended Shawnee Mission South High School and went to college at the University of Kansas, where he developed his love for the Jayhawks. He graduated with a B.A. in Theater & Film and later received a Masters in Public Administration from Webster University.
He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and 2 children.