Peter Onorati lived a completely non-showbiz life before throwing himself into acting--but since then he appeared consistently on United States television, from the late-1980s drama "Civil Wars" to the late-2000s sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris". Onorati's large, sturdy frame made him a natural at football, but following his stint as an NCAA all-conference wide receiver his career on the field fell apart; Onorati returned to college for his MBA and then started a career at the Ford Motor Company and later at McCall's magazines. But Hollywood was calling, and his Italian good looks quickly landed him small parts in Martin Scorsese's Mafia masterpiece "Goodfellas" and the Meryl Streep-Shirley MacLaine vehicle "Postcards from the Edge". After appearing briefly in Steven Bochco's musical mega-flop "Cop Rock", Onorati landed a lead opposite Mariel Hemingway in the divorce-centric prime-time legal drama "Civil Wars" in the early 1990s. This only lasted two seasons, though, and his career never picked up steam afterwards; the actor had lead parts in dramas and sitcoms that went nowhere. Undiscouraged, Onorati built a career on short character arcs and one-off appearances in popular prime-time shows--with macho, sexy turns as a murderous cuckold on "Desperate Housewives" and an amorous wrestling instructor on "Sex and the City".