Peter Gallagher

Actor, Singer
An accomplished stage and screen performer, with piercing blue eyes, thick black hair and strong, handsome features, dominated by full, pouty lips, Peter Gallagher received his training at Tufts University and ... Read more »
Born: 08/18/1955 in Armonk, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (96)

Hello, My Name Is Doris 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Covert Affairs 2002 - 2003, 2010 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fallen Angels 1992 - 1993, 2002 - 2003, 2010 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1992 - 1993, 1997 - 1998, 2002 - 2003, 2010 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kroll Show 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Whitney 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

How I Met Your Mother 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You 2012 (Movie)

Paul Sveck (Actor)

Step Up: Revolution 2012 (Movie)

Mr. Anderson (Actor)

Burlesque 2010 (Movie)

Vince (Actor)

Conviction 2010 (Movie)

Barry Scheck (Actor)

Rescue Me 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Adam 2009 (Movie)

Marty Buchwald (Actor)

Californication 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shark 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Gathering 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

GasHole 2007 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

The O.C. 2002 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

VH1 Big in '05 Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The O.C.: Obsess Completely 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome To The OC: A Day in the Life 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina 2004 (Movie)

The Mole King (Actor)

How to Deal 2003 (Movie)

Len Martin (Actor)

Page to Screen 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Host

The Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Deeds 2002 (Movie)

Chuck Cedar (Actor)

Family Guy 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Perfume 2001 (Movie)

Guido (Actor)

Protection 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Center Stage 2000 (Movie)

Jonathan Reeves (Actor)

The New Batman/Superman Adventures 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

The Wizard of Photography 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

Buddy Kane (Actor)

Other Voices 1999 (Movie)

Jordin (Actor)

The House on Haunted Hill 1999 (Movie)

Blackburn (Actor)

The Secret Lives of Men 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Brave New World 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Skidmarks 1998 (Movie)

Johnny Scardino (Actor)

Cannes Man 1997 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

The Man Who Knew Too Little 1997 (Movie)

James Ritchie (Actor)

The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The West 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Last Dance 1996 (Movie)

John Hayes (Actor)

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday 1996 (Movie)

David Lewis (Actor)

The Underneath 1995 (Movie)

Michael Chambers (Actor)

While You Were Sleeping 1995 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Mother's Boys 1994 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle 1994 (Movie)

Alan Campbell (Actor)

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

Vic Tenetta (Actor)

Malice 1993 (Movie)

Dennis Riley (Actor)

Short Cuts 1993 (Movie)

Stormy Weathers (Actor)

Watch It 1993 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

News Anchor Dan Riley (Actor)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Larry Levy (Actor)

Late For Dinner 1991 (Movie)

Bob Freeman (Actor)

The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez 1991 (Movie)

Matt (Actor)

Milena 1990 (Movie)

Polak (Actor)

Tune in Tomorrow... 1990 (Movie)

Richard Quince (Actor)

I'll Be Home For Christmas 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1989 (Movie)

John Milaney (Actor)

High Spirits 1988 (Movie)

Brother Tony (Actor)

Long Day's Journey Into Night 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Knife 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

My Little Girl 1987 (Movie)

Kai (Actor)

Dreamchild 1985 (Movie)

Jack Dolan (Actor)

A Different Twist 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Summer Lovers 1982 (Movie)

Michael Papas (Actor)

The Idolmaker 1979 (Movie)

Caesare (Actor)

A Tale of Two Wives (TV Show)

Actor

An Inconvenient Woman (TV Show)

Actor

Brave New World (Movie)

Bernard Marx (Actor)

Brotherhood of Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Cafe Society (TV Show)

Actor

Center Stage: Turn it Up (TV Show)

Actor

Cupid & Cate (TV Show)

Actor

Private Contentment (TV Show)

Actor

Skag (TV Show)

Actor

Terrible Joe Moran (TV Show)

Actor

The Feast of All Saints (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Debate (TV Show)

Actor

The Murder of Mary Phagan (TV Show)

Actor

The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (TV Show)

Voice

The War Boys (Movie)

(Actor)

Titanic (TV Show)

Actor

Togetherness (Tv Show)

Actor

True Betrayal (TV Show)

Actor

Virtual Obsession (TV Show)

Actor

White Mile (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

("Memories are Made of This") (Song Performer)

The Idolmaker 1979 (Movie)

("Baby" "However Dark the Night" "It's Never Been Tonight Before") (Performer)

Biography

An accomplished stage and screen performer, with piercing blue eyes, thick black hair and strong, handsome features, dominated by full, pouty lips, Peter Gallagher received his training at Tufts University and apprenticed at the Boston Shakespeare Company. After appearing in the touring company of "Grease" and subsequently in the Broadway production, he went on to rack up numerous stage credits, including the American premiere of "Another Country" (1982), the short-lived musical "A Doll's Life" (also 1982) and a small role as Glenn Close's lover in Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing" (1984). He won praise and a Tony nomination as Edmund Tyrone (alongside Jack Lemmon and Kevin Spacey) in Jonathan Miller's controversial production of "Long Day's Journey Into Night", presented in 1987 on Broadway, London's West End and cable TV. In 1992, he triumphed as Sky Masterson in the successful revival of "Guys and Dolls". More recently, he made a memorable Joey opposite Patti LuPone in the four-day run of City Center Encores' "Pal Joey" in 1995. He and LuPone also reteamed for a one-night only benefit staging of "Annie Get Your Gun" (1998).

Relationships

Catherine Gallagher

Daughter
born in July 1993

James Gallagher

Son
born c. 1990

Paula Harwood

Wife
married c. 1982

EDUCATION

Tufts University

Boston , Massachusetts 1977

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley , California
spent a semester studying Marxist theory

Actors Studio

New York , New York
studied with Robert Lewis

New England Conservatory of Music

Boston , Massachusetts
studied for one summer

Milestones

2010

Guest-starred as a priest counseling Denis Leary's character on FX's "Rescue Me"

2009

Joined the cast of Showtime's "Californication" as a university dean

2009

Co-starred opposite Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne in the drama "Adam"

2003

Cast as attorney Sandy Cohn, on the Fox drama "The O.C."

2003

Cast as Mandy Moore's dad in "How To Deal"

2001

Starred on Broadway in the revival of "Noises Off"

2000

Had leading role in Showtime original movie "The Last Debate"

2000

Played an imperious dance teacher in "Center Stage"

1999

Played an odious real estate agent in "American Beauty"

1999

Appeared in the Showtime original "Brotherhood of Murder"

1998

Appeared in the NBC miniseries "Brave New World"

1998

Co-starred in the ABC sitcom "The Secret Lives of Men"

1996

Starred a widower still mourning for his dead wife in "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday"

1996

Had featured role in the CBS miniseries "Titanic"

1995

Reteamed with Soderbergh for "The Underneath"

1993

Co-starred in Altman's "Short Cuts"

1992

Played Sky Masterson in successful Broadway revival of "Guys and Dolls"

1992

Starred as the ambitious studio executive Larry Levy in "The Player", directed by Altman

1990

Offered a chilling turn as a murder suspect in the ABC movie "True Betrayal"

1989

Breakthrough film role in "sex, lies, videotape", directed by Steven Soderbergh

1988

Portrayed Leo Frank in the NBC miniseries "The Murder of Mary Phagan"

1988

Co-starred in the CBS remake of "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial", directed by Robert Altman

1987

Reprised stage role of Edmund Tyrone in Showtime production of "Long Day's Journey Into Night"

1984

Had small supporting role in the Broadway production of Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing"

1982

Co-starred in short-lived Broadway musical, "A Doll's Life"

1982

First film in a lead role, "Summer Lovers"

1980

TV-movie debut, "Skag" (NBC); also regular on the short-lived series

1980

Feature film debut as a singer in "The Idolmaker"

1978

Broadway acting debut as Danny Zuko in "Grease"

1977

Signed to co-star in the Broadway revival of "Hair" but was released from his contract when cast in the lead of the touring production of "Grease"

Worked with local theater troupes every summer, including the Boston Shakespeare Company, while attending university

Bonus Trivia

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"Everything he does is a little off-center. He'll find just the right part, and I think it'll be comedy. He's Cary Grant. It's just that he's been hampered by his handsomeness. He's so goddamn good-looking it makes you sick."---Robert Altman on Gallagher's style quoted in US, October 1993.

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"I always thought that if you do good work in small roles, then larger ones would follow. But maybe it will take 20 years rather than 10 for it to happen that way for me."---Gallagher on why he has not achieved movie stardom in The New York Times, October 24, 1993.

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"Peter can humanize a character so you don't agree with what he's doing, but you don't condemn him either."---director Steven Soderbergh quoted in "He's So Good at Playing the Bad Boy", New York Newsday, April 24, 1995.

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Q. How do you view your career?Peter Gallagher: Every 10 minutes or so it seems so-and-so is the next big thing. When you're young, it breaks your heart to be the one left out. You think, what do you have to do? I don't take it personally anymore. I'm not a household name, but I feel like I've been blessed to participate in movies like 'sex, lies and videotape' and 'The Player' that will survive.---From US, December 1997.

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"I find when people are talented, they have more in common with people three times their age who are also talented than they do with people who just happen to share the same number of years. It really has to do with how they view the world, and the particular gifts they were endowed with."---Gallagher to Venice Magazine, October 2004.

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