Peter Berg

Actor, Screenwriter, Director
As a multi-faceted actor, writer and director, Peter Berg moved with ease from theater to film to television and back again. After making a name for himself primarily as an actor first and foremost, especially with his ... Read more »
Born: 03/11/1964 in New York City, New York, USA


Actor (35)

Ballers 2015 (Tv Show)


State of Play 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)


Battleship 2012 (Movie)

JPJ 2nd Gunner (Actor)

Chicago Hope 1994 - 2000, 2006 - 2012 (Tv Show)


Prime Suspect 1994 - 1999, 2006 - 2012 (Tv Show)


Dinner For Five 2001 - 2008 (TV Show)


Lions for Lambs 2007 (Movie)

Lieutenant Colonel Falco (Actor)

Smokin' Aces 2007 (Movie)

"Pistol" Pete Deeks (Actor)

Collateral 2004 (Movie)

Richard Weidner (Actor)

Corky Romano 2001 (Movie)

Paulie Romano (Actor)

Dill Scallion 1999 (Movie)

Nate Clumson (Actor)

Fallen Angels 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)


The Naked Truth 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)


Cop Land 1997 (Movie)

Joey Randone (Actor)

Girl 6 1996 (Movie)

Caller No 1--Bob (Actor)

The Great White Hype 1996 (Movie)

Terry Conklin (Actor)

Across the Moon 1995 (Movie)

Lyle (Actor)

The Last Ride 1994 (Movie)

Clem (Actor)

The Last Seduction 1994 (Movie)

Mike Swale (Actor)

Aspen Extreme 1993 (Movie)

Dexter Rutecki (Actor)

Fire in the Sky 1993 (Movie)

David Whitlock (Actor)

A Midnight Clear 1992 (Movie)

Bud Miller (Actor)

Crooked Hearts 1991 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Late For Dinner 1991 (Movie)

Frank Lovegren (Actor)

Genuine Risk 1990 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Going Overboard 1989 (Movie)


Heart of Dixie 1989 (Movie)

Jenks (Actor)

Miracle Mile 1989 (Movie)

Band Member (Actor)

Race For Glory 1989 (Movie)

Chris Washburn (Actor)

Shocker 1989 (Movie)

Jonathan Parker (Actor)

Never on Tuesday 1988 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

Tale of Two Sisters 1988 (Movie)

Gardener (Actor)

A Case For Murder (TV Show)

Director (14)

Lone Survivor 2013 (Movie)


Battleship 2012 (Movie)


On Freddie Roach 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


Friday Night Lights 1994 - 1999, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)


30 for 30 2009 (Tv Show)


Trauma 2009 (Tv Show)


Virtuality 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)


Hancock 2008 (Movie)


The Kingdom 2007 (Movie)


Friday Night Lights 2004 (Movie)


The Rundown 2003 (Movie)


Very Bad Things 1998 (Movie)


Breakthrough (Tv Show)


Hancock 2 (Movie)

Producer (11)

The Leftovers 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hercules 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Lone Survivor 2013 (Movie)


Battleship 2012 (Movie)


Wonderland 1994 - 2000, 2006 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Brad Meltzer's Decoded 1994 - 1999, 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Segment Producer

Hope For Your Home 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Associate Producer

PU-239 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lars and the Real Girl 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (5)

Lone Survivor 2013 (Movie)


The Losers 2010 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Kingdom 2007 (Movie)

(Story By)

Friday Night Lights 2004 (Movie)


Very Bad Things 1998 (Movie)

Art Department (1)

Slam Dance 1987 (Movie)

property assistant (Assistant Props)
Music (1)

Very Bad Things 1998 (Movie)

("Walls Come Down") (Song)


As a multi-faceted actor, writer and director, Peter Berg moved with ease from theater to film to television and back again. After making a name for himself primarily as an actor first and foremost, especially with his regular series role as Dr. Billy Kronk on the acclaimed drama, "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000), Berg furthered his aspirations as a writer-director with the ill-received black comedy, "Very Bad Things" (1998). Undeterred by the awful critical reaction and poor box office totals of his first film, Berg continued to develop as an artist, eventually being hailed for his third feature, "Friday Night Lights" (2004). Not artistically satisfied, he developed the feature into a critically acclaimed series in 2006, earning numerous awards and nominations, firmly distancing himself from his disastrous directing debut. Though the series "Friday Night Lights" (NBC, 2006- ) failed to attract a large audience - at least in the eyes of the network - both fans and critics alike campaigned to keep the show on air, despite constant rumors whether or not it was on the verge of cancellation. For Berg, both the film and show established him as a gifted talent from which many more exceptional projects were expected.


Emmett Berg Actor

Born in November 1999

Larry Berg


Sally Berg

Co-founded a youth group named Catalog for Giving and worked at a psychiatric hospital when Berg was growing up

Mary Berg


Elizabeth Rogers

Together from c. 1987 married from 1993-1997

Estella Warren Actor


Estrella Warren

Ended relationship in January 2006, after four years together


The Taft School

Watertown , Connecticut
A private coeducational prep school

Macalester College

Saint Paul , Minnesota 1984
Intended to play college hockey before discovering acting



Helmed and produced the sci-fi action feature "Battleship"


Wrote the screenplay adaptation of the comic book "The Losers"


Directed Will Smith in the comedy superhero film "Hancock'


Helmed "The Kingdom," starring Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman as U.S. government agents sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in Saudi Arabia; also co-wrote screenplay


Co-starred with Ryan Reynolds and Jeremy Piven in the action-comedy "Smokin' Aces"


Co-starred in Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs"


Executive-produced the NBC series based on his feature film "Friday Night Lights"; also wrote and directed the pilot episode for which he received an Emmy nomination


His production company Film 44 scored a first-look deal with Universal Pictures


Directed the high school football themed film drama "Friday Night Lights"


Played a cop opposite Tom Cruise's bad guy in the thriller "Collateral"


Directed The Rock and Seann William Scott in "The Rundown"


Guest starred as SD-6 Agent Noah Hicks on the Fox drama "Alias"


Cast in featured role in the comedy "Corky Romano"


Executive produced and created the ABC series "Wonderland"; wrote and directed pilot episode


Feature directorial debut, "Very Bad Things"; also scripted and co-wrote the song "Walls Come Down"; Christian Slater starred and executive produced


Portrayed tempermental macho man cop Joey Randone in James Mangold's "Cop Land"


Played a sexual deviant travelling around the desert calling from his car in Spike Lee's "Girl 6"


Cast as a punch-drunk former pugilist dragged out of retirement by Samuel L. Jackson in "The Great White Hype"


Joined the cast of the CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope" as a recurring character; became a regular for the 1995-96 season; also wrote two episodes and directed one


Authored the one-act play "Miles and Mickey" that debuted in Los Angeles, CA


Sold first script (co-wrote with Michael Schiffer), "Furious George"


Portrayed paralyzed pro football player Dennis Byrd in the Fox TV movie "Rise & Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story"


Landed breakthrough screen role as the hapless victim of femme fatale Linda Fiorintino in "The Last Seduction"; first aired on HBO before its theatrical release


Co-starred in "Fire in the Sky," a film based on true events surrounding the supposed alien abduction of Travis Walton


Appeared as a platoon-mate of Ethan Hawke in "A Midnight Clear"


First film lead, Wes Craven's "Shocker"


TV-movie debut, "Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story" (CBS)


Made feature debut in "Miracle Mile"


Made TV acting debut on the crime drama "The Equalizer" (CBS)


Moved to Los Angeles and got a job as a production assistant for Trans World International

Raised in Chappaqua, NY

Appeared in local theater productions after attending college in Minnesota

Bonus Trivia


About seeing the first cut of "Very Bad Things" (1998): "I was sick to my stomach. It was three hours, and I couldn't talk for about a day and a half afterwards. I didn't know where to begin. And my editor, who was fantastic, Stan Lebenthal, calmed me down and got me on my feet, and together we started attacking each scene. All these things that you hear – 'editing is the greatest part, you really find the movie in the editing room' – are all true. It's by far the most fun part of making the movie." – Berg quoted in Filmmaker magazine, Fall 1998


On Las Vegas as the inspiration for his directorial debut "Very Bad Things" (1998): "I couldn't help but notice these packs of white, suburban, middle-to upper-middle-class men roaming around the city, with just the look of real trouble in their eyes. I always felt like Vegas was kind of a lock that opened up a cage that allowed various different demon monsters to come charging out of men – things that men generally keep inside as they're going through the course of their normal lives."And I started wondering what might happen if you took a group of fairly normal people, going through life in as normal a way as one could theoretically imagine and you put them in this big pot of oil and turn up the flame."It was a situation ripe for satire, and I was trying to make a satire, certainly not something that's meant to be taken literally." – Berg quoted to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 22, 1998


About his research at Bellevue for "Wonderland" (2000): "Spending time at a psychiatric hospital, one is forced to take a long, hard look into the mirror and wonder why it is that neurotransmitters are functioning in a way that allows me to button my shirt properly and put my napkin in my lap for dinner. There were many times when I started feeling like I was cracking up after eight hours at Bellevue." – Berg to Talk Magazine, March 2000


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