Peter Strauss

Actor, Producer, Citrus farmer
Classically handsome leading man Peter Strauss first garnered acclaim on the seminal TV miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" (ABC, 1976), and went on to become one of the most bankable actors in made-for-television movies ... Read more »
Born: 02/20/1947 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (63)

Sugar Daddies 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack's Family Adventure 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Tracey Ullman's State of the Union 2007 - 2010 (TV Show)

Narrator

License to Wed 2007 (Movie)

Mr. Jones (Actor)

XXX: State of the Union 2005 (Movie)

President James Sanford (Actor)

Body & Soul 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Hotel 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Strange Frequency 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth Navigators 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Seasons of Love 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Incredible Hulk & Friends 1996 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Keys to Tulsa 1997 (Movie)

Chip Carlson (Actor)

Moloney 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Enchanted New Mexico 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Nick of Time 1995 (Movie)

Brendan Grant (Actor)

Reunion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Texas Justice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC's 40th Anniversary Special 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Yearling 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Men Don't Tell 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Fugitive Among Us 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Trial: The Price of Passion 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Journey to the Forgotten River 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Majdanek 1944 1986 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Tender Is The Night 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Under Siege 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Spacehunter 1983 (Movie)

Wolff (Actor)

The Secret of Nimh 1982 (Movie)

of Justin (Voice)

Angel on My Shoulder 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Rich Man, Poor Man: Book II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Attack on Terror 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Tycoon 1975 (Movie)

Wylie (Actor)

The Trial of the Catonsville Nine 1971 (Movie)

Lewis (Actor)

Hail, Hero! 1969 (Movie)

Frank Dixon (Actor)

Soldier Blue 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

83 Hours 'Til Dawn (TV Show)

Actor

A Father's Choice (TV Show)

Actor

A Whale For the Killing (TV Show)

Actor

Angel on My Shoulder (Movie)

Eddie Kagel (Actor)

Brotherhood of the Rose (TV Show)

Actor

Flight of Black Angel (TV Show)

Actor

Heart of Steel (TV Show)

Actor

In the Lake of the Woods (TV Show)

Actor

Joan of Arc (TV Show)

Actor

Kane & Abel (TV Show)

Actor

Masada (TV Show)

Actor

Penalty Phase (TV Show)

Actor

Peter Gunn (TV Show)

Actor

Proud Men (TV Show)

Actor

Rich Man, Poor Man (TV Show)

Actor

The Jericho Mile (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Without a Country (TV Show)

Actor

The Way They Were (TV Show)

Actor

The Yearling (Movie)

Ezra "Penny" Baxter (Actor)

Uprising (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Classically handsome leading man Peter Strauss first garnered acclaim on the seminal TV miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" (ABC, 1976), and went on to become one of the most bankable actors in made-for-television movies for decades to come. A milestone in television history, "Rich Man, Poor Man" paved the way for such epic literary adaptations as "Roots" (ABC, 1977) and "Shogun" (NBC, 1980). Although his breakout performance led to roles in features, including "The Last Tycoon" (1976), he would find far more success and accolades for his work in small screen efforts like the critically-acclaimed "The Jericho Mile" (ABC, 1979). However, it would be the format of the miniseries which would bear the most fruit for Strauss in such productions as the historical docudrama "Masada" (ABC, 1981), and another multi-parter based on a best-selling series of novels, "Kane & Abel" (CBS, 1985). The lead role in the short-lived drama series "Moloney" (CBS, 1996-97) was balanced out with work on more reliable projects like the TV movie "My Father's Shadow: The Sam Sheppard Story" (CBS, 1998) and the occasional supporting turn in features, including the comedy "License to Wed" (2007). In a career that spanned more than four decades, Strauss maintained a reputation as an always reliable presence in an impressive array of material that covered virtually every genre imaginable.

Relationships

Justin Strauss

Son

Beverly Paulding

Wife

Walter Strauss

Father

Nicole Strauss

Wife
divorced

Tristan Strauss

Son
born c. 1985 injured in a snowboarding accident in 1999

Rachel Ticotin Actor

Wife
Married December 31, 1998 in NYC

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois 1969

Milestones

1989

Starred in NBC miniseries "Brotherhood of the Rose"

1985

Starred in CBS miniseries "Kane and Abel"

1981

Became TV producer with "A Whale for the Killing"; also starred

1981

Starred in miniseries "Masada"; earned Emmy nomination

1979

Starred in "The Jericho Mile", an ABC TV-movie written and directed by Michael Mann; earned Emmy as Best Actor

1976

TV series debut, reprising role of Rudy Jordache in the ABC drama "Rich Man, Poor Man--Book II"

1976

Became a TV star as Rudy Jordache in ABC miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man"; earned first Emmy nomination

1973

TV-movie debut, "The Man Without a Country"

1969

First lead role in a feature, "Soldier Blue"

1968

L.A. stage debut in "The Dance Next Door" at the Mark Taper Forum

1968

Made film debut in "Hail, Hero!"

Made first stage appearances with the Croton Shakespeare Festival in "As You Like It"

Raised in Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Returned to weekly TV in title role of the CBS drama series "Moloney"

Bonus Trivia

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Strauss has something in common with Will Rogers. Both have public parks named after them in the Los Angeles area. The Peter Strauss Ranch is a 64-acre property located west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains. The property was bought by Strauss in the 70s, and on which he lived for six years before turning it over to the U.S. Department of the Interior as a national park.

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