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Rippy also appeared in The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson and featuring Star Trek: Deep Space Nines Rene Auberjonois and Star Trek: Discoverys Jason Isaacs. Other motion pictures he has appeared in include Firestarter (1984, with Louise Fletcher and Robert Miano), The Color Purple (1985, with Whoopi Goldberg), Maximum Overdrive (1986, with John Short), The Bedroom Window (1987, with Wallace Shawn, Brad Greenquist, and Mark Margolis), Traxx (1988, with Herschel Sparber and Robert Miano), Moon 44 (1990, with Malcolm McDowell and Brian Thompson), Young Guns II (1990, with Christian Slater and Tracey Walter), Kuffs (1992, with Christian Slater, George De La Peña, and Ashley Judd), Universal Soldier (1992, with Lilyan Chauvin and Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr.), Stargate (1994, with Erik Holland, Erick Avari, and Frank Welker), and Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil (1997, alongside Bob Gunton, Anne Haney, Richard Herd, and J. Patrick McCormack).
More recently, he starred in the acclaimed HBO TV series Deadwood, alongside Jim Beaver, Brad Dourif, and Alice Krige. He also played Earl in the TNT series Saving Grace, which also starred Roger Aaron Brown, Steve Rankin, and Mark L. Taylor. He has appeared numerous times on Walker, Texas Ranger (with series regular Noble Willingham).