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Chris Ruppenthal
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Chris Ruppenthal served as a producer/co-producer for the "QL" TV series. also writing ten episodes.
Personal Information
Birthname: John Christian Ruppenthal
Gender: Male
Born: (1955-06-01) June 1, 1955 (age 67)
Birthplace: Coral Gables, FL, U.S.
Career information
TV producer/director/screenwriter
Years active: 1980-present
Appears on/involved with: Quantum Leap (TV series)
Job on series
  • Producer, 64 in series
  • Writer, 10 in series
  • Appeared as: Joshua Ray in "The Boogieman" (Season 3)

    John Christian "Chris" Ruppenthal (born June 1, 1955) served as a producer/co-producer of 64 Quantum Leap episodes, and also wrote ten in the series. He also played the part of leapee Joshua Ray in "The Boogieman" in Season 3 (episode #5).


    Born and raised in Coral Gables, Florida, Chris received an A.B. Degree from Harvard University in 1976 where he was an Editor of the Harvard Lampoon as well as a member of The Delphic Club and The Hasty Pudding Club, where he performed in three of the famous Hasty Pudding travesty musicals.

    Following graduation from Harvard, he worked for a time in New York City in advertising before moving to California to pursue a writing career. He received an M.A. degree from the USC Film School.[1][2]

    Amongst his vast resume as a television producer, Ruppenthal has served as a co-executive producer of The Outer Limits and Silk Stalkings (which he also wrote scripts for) TV series, also as supervising producer of ABC-TV's Lois and Clark: the New Adventures of Superman (of also he wrote episodes for), CBS-TV's Touched by an Angel, Harts of the West and Covington Cross. He also has writing credits for Blade: The Series, Avalon: Beyond the Abyss, NBC's The Pretender, FOX-TV's The X-Files, CBS-TV's Touched by an Angel, Harts of the West, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., Covington Cross, ABC-TV's Moonlighting, Sledge Hammer! and Max Headroom.[2]

    Episodes written by Chris[]

    1. "Good Morning, Peoria" (Season 2)
    2. "Animal Frat" (Season 2)
    3. "Freedom" (Season 2)
    4. "The Curse of Ptah-Hotep" (Season 2)
    5. "Glitter Rock" (Season 3)
    6. "One Strobe Over The Line" (Season 3)
    7. "The Boogieman" (Season 3)
    8. "Hurricane" (Season 4)
    9. "The Last Gunfighter" (Teleplay with Sam Rolfe) (Season 4)
    10. "Roberto!" (Season 4)

    Episode directed[]

    Personal life[]

    Ruppenthal currently resides in Los Angeles, where he continues to write for television and Works for LAUSD at Berendo Middle School in (the Pico-Union District)and the UCLA Extension School.


    1. IMDb logo.png Chris Ruppenthal at the Internet Movie Database
    2. 2.0 2.1 Chris Ruppenthal biography. QuantumLeapPodcast.com. Retrieved on April 25, 2016.

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