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: 03/10/1964 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (38)

State of Play 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

Battleship 2012 (Movie)

JPJ 2nd Gunner (Actor)

Californication 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Actor

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

Actor

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

Actor

Entourage 2008, 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dinner For Five 2001 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Lions for Lambs 2007 (Movie)

Lieutenant Colonel Falco (Actor)

Smokin' Aces 2007 (Movie)

"Pistol" Pete Deeks (Actor)

Collateral 2004 (Movie)

Richard Weidner (Actor)

Alias 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Corky Romano 2001 (Movie)

Paulie Romano (Actor)

Dill Scallion 1999 (Movie)

Nate Clumson (Actor)

Fallen Angels 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Naked Truth 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

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)

(Actor)

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)

Actor
Director (12)

Lone Survivor 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Battleship 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

On Freddie Roach 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Director

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

Director

30 for 30 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Virtuality 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Director

Hancock 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The Kingdom 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Friday Night Lights 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

The Rundown 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Very Bad Things 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Hancock 2 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (12)

Ballers 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Leftovers 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hercules 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Lone Survivor 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Battleship 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

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

Segment Producer

The Lazy Environmentalist 2010 (Tv Show)

Associate Producer

Trauma 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive 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)

(Screenplay)

The Losers 2010 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

The Kingdom 2007 (Movie)

(Story By)

Friday Night Lights 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Very Bad Things 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Art Department (1)

Slam Dance 1987 (Movie)

property assistant (Assistant Props)
Music (1)

Very Bad Things 1998 (Movie)

("Walls Come Down") (Song)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Emmett Berg Actor

Son
Born in November 1999

Larry Berg

Father

Sally Berg

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

Mary Berg

Sister
Younger

Elizabeth Rogers

Wife
Together from c. 1987 married from 1993-1997

Estella Warren Actor

Companion

Estrella Warren

Companion
Ended relationship in January 2006, after four years together

EDUCATION

The Taft School

Watertown , Connecticut
A private coeducational prep school

Macalester College

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

Milestones

2012

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

2010

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

2008

Directed Will Smith in the comedy superhero film "Hancock'

2007

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

2007

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

2007

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

2006

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

2005

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

2004

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

2004

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

2003

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

2002

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

2001

Cast in featured role in the comedy "Corky Romano"

2000

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

1998

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

1997

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

1996

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

1996

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

1995

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

1995

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

1995

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

1994

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

1994

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

1993

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

1992

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

1989

First film lead, Wes Craven's "Shocker"

1988

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

1988

Made feature debut in "Miracle Mile"

1986

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

1985

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

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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

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"I have very little desire to be a movie star. Robert Mitchum said it once – it's just not a man's job. There's something tremendously unsatisfying about it. You make a lot of money, you have a lot of opportunities, you get to sleep with a lot of very beautiful women, you get free food at restaurants. But you service other people's visions. Your privacy is stripped from you. People perceive you as something you're not. It's not half as interesting as going off and thinking up stories to tell." – Berg to Movieline magazine, November 1998

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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

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"I write some pretty twisted sh*t. I like to have some people around me who are a little older, a little more conservative, and let them pull me back. I know that, left to my own devices, the stuff that really entertains me and that I really enjoy is probably not fit for mass human consumption." – Berg quoted in Time Out New York, Nov. 26-Dec. 3, 1998

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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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