Peter MacNicol

Actor, Voice actor, Director
Veteran character actor Peter MacNicol made a name for himself with a lengthy rsum populated by roles that while outwardly submissive, often displayed unexpected flashes of inner fire. Trained on the stages of the ... Read more »
Born: 04/09/1954 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (52)

24 2005 - 2007, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ally 1991 - 2007, 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1991 - 2007, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Cyber 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1991 - 2001, 2004 - 2007, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Numb3rs 2004 - 2010, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Powers That Be 1991 - 1993, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2007, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Wars: Rebels 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Mindy Project 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Necessary Roughness 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Battleship 2012 (Movie)

Secretary of Defense (Actor)

Fairly Legal 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grey's Anatomy 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Spectacular Spider-Man 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Boston Legal 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Danny Phantom: Reign Storm 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Voice

Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Breakin' All the Rules 2004 (Movie)

Philip Gascon (Actor)

This Just In 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Voice

Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Recess: School's Out 2001 (Movie)

of Fenwick (Voice)

Olive, the Other Reindeer 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Snowden's Christmas 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

The 1999 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Baby Geniuses 1999 (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

Bean 1997 (Movie)

David Langley (Actor)

Dracula: Dead and Loving It 1995 (Movie)

Renfield (Actor)

Radioland Murders 1994 (Movie)

Son Writer (Actor)

Addams Family Values 1993 (Movie)

Gary Granger (Actor)

Cheers 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hard Promises 1992 (Movie)

Stuart Coalter (Actor)

Housesitter 1992 (Movie)

Marty (Actor)

American Blue Note 1991 (Movie)

Jack Solow (Actor)

Ghostbusters II 1989 (Movie)

Janosz Poha (Actor)

Heat 1987 (Movie)

Cyrus Kinnick (Actor)

Sophie's Choice 1982 (Movie)

Stingo (Actor)

Dragonslayer 1980 (Movie)

Galen (Actor)

24: Redemption (TV Show)

Actor

Abducted: A Father's Love (TV Show)

Actor

By Dawn's Early Light (TV Show)

Actor

Game Change (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Bull (TV Show)

Actor

Roswell (TV Show)

Actor

Silencing Mary (TV Show)

Actor

The Ponder Heart (TV Show)

Actor

The Pooch and the Pauper (TV Show)

Voice
Director (2)

girls club 1991 - 2007, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Boston Public 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

Veteran character actor Peter MacNicol made a name for himself with a lengthy résumé populated by roles that while outwardly submissive, often displayed unexpected flashes of inner fire. Trained on the stages of the revered Guthrie Theater and proven on Broadway, the actor's screen debut came with a starring role in the fondly remembered fantasy film "Dragonslayer" (1981). However, he truly came to the attention of both audiences and critics as the odd-man-out in the doomed triangle of the heart-wrenching drama "Sophie's Choice" (1982), opposite Kevin Kline and Oscar-winner Meryl Streep. MacNicol later gave his comic instincts free reign as the manic Dr. Janosz Poha alongside Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver in "Ghostbusters II" (1989). A brief run as a recurring character on the medical drama "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000) paved the way for a career-making role on David E. Kelley's quirky legal comedy "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002). For the six-season-run of the provocative series, MacNicol played law firm partner John Cage with equal parts eccentricity and humanity, endearing himself to fans of the show possibly more than any other character in the wacky series. Always in demand, he soon joined the successful crime drama "Numb3rs" (CBS, 2005-2010), as a theoretician assisting the FBI in solving impregnable cases. Adept at comedy and high drama, MacNicol's innumerable contributions to film and television ensured his ongoing screen presence for years to come.

Relationships

Barbara MacNicol

Mother

Marsue Cumming

Wife
born c. 1949 married on October 11, 1986 was executive director of the 52nd Street Project, a theater program for homeless children in NYC

John MacNicol

Father

EDUCATION

University of Minnesota at Minneapolis-St Paul

Minneapolis-St Paul , Minnesota

Milestones

2012

Cast in featured role in the sci-fi action feature "Battleship"

2012

Portrayed John McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis in HBO's "Game Change"

2010

Landed recurring role on ABC medical drama "Grey's Anatomy"

2007

Joined the cast of Fox's "24" as a high-ranking government official

2005

Cast as Dr. Larry Fleinhardt on "Numb3rs" (CBS)

2003

Voiced X, the Eliminator on the animated series "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law"

2001

Appeared in the PBS production "The Ponder Heart"

1999

Voiced the title snowman in "Snowden's Christmas" (CBS) and Fido in "Olive the Other Reindeer" (Fox)

1998

Made TV directorial debut with an episode of "Ally McBeal" (Fox)

1997

Joined cast of the hit Fox series "Ally McBeal" as law firm head John 'Biscuit' Cage; earned Emmy nominations in 1999, 2000 and 2001

1997

Co-starred as a harried museum curator who mistakens a bumbling security guard (Rowan Atkinson) for an art expert in the boisterous comedy "Bean"

1995

Played Renfield to Leslie Nielsen's Transylvanian bloodsucker in Mel Brooks' spoof "Dracula: Dead and Loving It"

1994

Returned to regular series work as hospital attorney Alan Birch on the David E. Kelley-produced medical drama "Chicago Hope" (CBS); asked to leave show after only one season; Kelley had character murdered in a surprise twist

1993

Offered an hilarious turn as a peppy camp counselor (teamed on screen with Christine Baranski) in "Addams Family Values"

1993

Guest starred on "Cheers" (NBC)

1992

Made TV series debut as a regular, playing a U.S. Senator's press aide on the Norman Lear-produced sitcom "The Powers That Be" (NBC)

1989

Played a major supporting role as an art restorer with an impenetrable accent in the popular genre sequel "Ghostbusters II"

1986

TV-movie debut, "Johnny Bull" (ABC), starring Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst, and directed by Claudia Weill; developed at the National Playwrights Conference of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

1982

Landed breakthrough movie role as Stingo, a playwright enamored of the title character (Meryl Streep) in "Sophie's Choice"

1981

Feature film debut as the star of the fantasy adventure "Dragonslayer"

1980

Moved to New York City

1980

Made NYC stage debut in the off-Broadway production of Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart"; recreated role on Broadway

1963

Acted for the first time at age nine; played a statue of St. Peter in a play (date approximate)

Raised in Dallas, TX

Worked two seasons at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN

Performed at the New York Shakespeare Festival, playing the title role in "Richard II"; also appeared in "Romeo and Juliet" and "Twelfth Night"

Worked in regional theater including "Another Country" at the Long Wharf, "Tartuffe" at Alaska Rep, and "All the King's Men" at the Dallas Theater Center

Bonus Trivia

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"Acting is about covering up traces of who you are and just being the character. I think it's easier to accept people in roles if you don't know a lot about them." – MacNicol, Entertainment Weekly, June 30, 1995

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