Actor Peter Weller is studying to receive his doctorate in art history at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The RoboCop star is finishing up his graduate degree at the prestigious college and the 65 year old, who plays Starfleet Admiral Marcus in new movie Star Trek Into Darkness, reveals he presented his thesis to faculty members on the same day as his latest Los Angeles film premiere (14May13).
He tells New York Magazine, "I filed it in October (13), but one of the most beautiful days I ever had in my life was the other day, when I had to present 45 minutes of my dissertation in front of most of the European history department at UCLA - on the very day that Star Trek premiered.
"I had to take the day off from directing an episode of (U.S. TV series) Longmire and fly in. Thank God for Paramount (Pictures), 'cause they sent the car early to take us to UCLA first.
"My presentation is 50 pages of the dissertation - 45 slides. This is a very nerve-racking thing, because they can fry you. The bureaucracy of academia makes the movie business look like Mary Poppins, man; the movie business by comparison is cream cheese.
"So, I stand up, my beautiful wife is there. And I have a Star Trek white light experience before I start talking. All the pressure lifts. It's like I've been lifted into a parallel world. I do this thing, and it's fantastic, and the questions afterward are fantastic. I go out, on cloud nine, right to the Star Trek premiere."
Widowed only a year, Longmire is a man in psychic repair that buries his pain behind a brave face and dry wit. Struggling since his wife's death and at the urging of his daughter, Longmire knows that the time has come to turn his life around. With the help of a female deputy new to the department, he becomes reinvigorated about his job and committed to running for re-election. When an ambitious young deputy decides to run against him for sheriff, Longmire feels betrayed but remains steadfast in his dedication to the community.
Episode 2. The Dark Road
(AIR DATE 06/10/2012)
When an exotic dancer shows up dead on Longmire's territory, Longmire and his team quickly recognize that the victim is from out of town. As the investigation continues, it becomes evident that her Amish-like roots play a major role in the murder. Meanwhile, Cady develops an unexpected relationship that could stir up controversy in their small town.
Episode 3. A Damn Shame
(AIR DATE 06/17/2012)
The Stewart family barn goes down in flames with the owner and his beloved, award-winning horses inside. Longmire believes this is more than a planned suicide. Through his unconventional and old-fashioned approach, Longmire and his team soon realize that things are not what they seem and the Stewart family's long-buried secrets are the key to solving the investigation.
Episode 4. The Cancer
(AIR DATE 06/24/2012)
A fisherman discovers two dead bodies, including a teen from the Cheyenne reservation.
Episode 5. Dog Soldier
(AIR DATE 07/01/2012)
A Cheyenne foster child becomes missing and the search becomes very urgent after a sex offender is reported to be on the loose.
Episode 6. The Worst Kind of Hunter
(AIR DATE 07/08/2012)
A body is found in the woods mauled by a bear and Walt believes that the bear was provoked to attack. He and the team must find both the bear and the person who used it as a murder weapon.
Episode 7. 8 Seconds
(AIR DATE 07/15/2012)
Henry gives some of his his tracking skills to another murder investigation involving a dead gas-station owner, a missing woman and a very dangerous cult.
Episode 8. An Incredibly Beautiful Thing
(AIR DATE 07/22/2012)
Walt investigates the murder of a gas station owner who tried to assist a young woman who seemed to be in danger.
Episode 9. Dogs, Horses and Indians
(AIR DATE 08/05/2012)
Walt's is feeling betrayed when he finds out about Cady and Branch's affair and his investigation of the death of a Tribal Council President becomes complicated by politics.
Episode 10. Unfinished Business
(AIR DATE 08/12/2012)
Walt is forced to deal with his wife's death when a detective from Denver arrives in town. Meanwhile, he investigates the murders of some teenage boys that were acquitted from changes of the rape of a developmentally disabled girl.
After a prison escape gone awry, Walt urgently pursues a serial killer and his fellow escapees who have taken hostages up a mountain. Facing an impending storm with very limited resources, Walt's mettle is put to the test. Hypothermic hallucinations force him to face his past.
Episode 2. Carcasses
(AIR DATE 06/03/2013)
When a body is found in a compost heap, the victim's history of abusive behavior leads to a varied list of suspects. Walt and the team must cross county lines to track down the killer. Branch looks into Cady's abrupt departure from Absaroka.
Episode 3. Death Came In Like Thunder
(AIR DATE 06/10/2013)
Walt and the team explore Absaroka's Basque community when a shepherd and his dog are found dead. Branch walks a thin line in his alliance with Jacob Nighthorse. Meanwhile, Cady looks to Detective Fales for answers about her mother's death
Episode 4. The Road to Hell
(AIR DATE 06/17/2013)
A cattle heist sends the team on an urgent search for the missing livestock and driver as well as the thieves. Walt is concerned by Vic's fearful behavior when she receives a mysterious bouquet of flowers.
Episode 5. Party's Over
(AIR DATE 06/24/2013)
The sale of illegal prescription drugs appears to be connected to a teenager's death. Cady returns home while Henry catches up with a former flame.
Episode 6. Tell It Slant
(AIR DATE 07/01/2013)
Walt is tipped off to the murder of a supposed psychic by the Contrary Warrior, a Cheyenne who does the opposite of what people expect. While deciphering his backwards clues, Walt must also deal with a public debate against Branch.
Episode 7. Sound and Fury
(AIR DATE 07/08/2013)
Walt and the team work to prevent a murder when Henry overhears an unhappy husband trying to order a hit on his wife; a former cop from Philadelphia arrives in Durant.
Episode 8. The Great Spirit
(AIR DATE 07/15/2013)
When a wild horse is found dragging a dead body, Walt discovers evidence of an illegal rodeo at a local farm. Detective Fales comes to town to talk to Henry.
Episode 9. Tuscan Red
(AIR DATE 07/29/2013)
Following an explosion on the reservation and the discovery of a charred dead body, Walt is bombarded with public confrontation as the Cheyennes blame the blast on gas leaked from fracking by Newett Energy. Meanwhile, Branch reconnects with Cady and uncovers information that could help him in the election.
Episode 10. Election Day
(AIR DATE 08/05/2013)
On Election Day, a terrible accident puts things in perspective for Walt and Branch. Emotions run high as the team races to find the hit-and-run-driver.
Episode 11. Natural Order
(AIR DATE 08/12/2013)
Walt investigates the death of a game warden.
Episode 12. A Good Death Is Hard to Find
(AIR DATE 08/19/2013)
Walt receives a severed finger at the station that is linked to both a new murder and a 20-year-old armed robbery; Vic confides in Walt when she believes that she is being stalked.
Episode 13. Bad Medicine
(AIR DATE 08/26/2013)
Walt and Branch team up when an apparent suicide is connected to Cady's accident. Meanwhile, Detective Fales returns with warrants, forcing Walt and Henry to face what happened in Denver.