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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 11, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: actor, director, political aide, school teacher, waiter, social worker

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An engaging, low-key performer, Peter Riegert marked time in a series of jobs from teaching eighth grade to waiting tables before he decided he wanted to pursue a career as an actor. Soon after settling on show business, the Bronx native joined the improvisational comedy troupe, War Babies. He obtained his Equity card playing Chico Marx in the stage musical "Minnie's Boys" and went on to appear in several theatrical productions, including the 1976 Off-Broadway hit "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" by David Mamet.

An engaging, low-key performer, Peter Riegert marked time in a series of jobs from teaching eighth grade to waiting tables before he decided he wanted to pursue a career as an actor. Soon after settling on show business, the Bronx native joined the improvisational comedy troupe, War Babies. He obtained his Equity card playing Chico Marx in the stage musical "Minnie's Boys" and went on to appear in several theatrical productions, including the 1976 Off-Broadway hit "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" by David Mamet.

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  By Courier (2000) Director

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 Admissions (2014)
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 We Bought a Zoo (2011)
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 Oka! (2010)
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 Chosen, The (2007)
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Worked as an eighth grade teacher, social worker and political aide to Bella Abzug during her 1970 campaign
1971:
Decided to become an actor on New Year's Day
1971:
Performed with "War Babies" improvisational comedy group
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Cast as Chico Marx in a Philadelphia production of "Minnie's Boys"; obtained Equity card
1975:
Off-Broadway debut in "Dance with Me"
1976:
Appeared Off-Broadway in David Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago"
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Film debut in the short "A Director Talks About His Film"
1978:
First appearance in feature film, "National Lampoon's Animal House", playing one of the fraternity house residents
1979:
First collaboration with Joan Micklin Silver, "Chilly Scenes of Winter/Head Over Heels"
1983:
Starred opposite Burt Lancaster in "Local Hero"
1984:
TV dramatic debut as the young Richard M. Nixon in "Concealed Enemies" (PBS)
1984:
Sang and appeared in the CBS miniseries "ELlis Island"
1987:
Starred in the Broadway show "The Nerd"
1988:
Starred as a pickle salesman in love with Amy Irving's book editor in Joan Micklin Silver's "Crossing Delancey"
1989:
Portrayed noted photographer W Eugene Smith in the "American Masters" (PBS) segment "W Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult"
1992:
Series regular on "The Middle Ages", a CBS-TV drama
1993:
Received Emmy nomination for his supporting performance in "Barbarians at the Gates" (HBO)
1993:
Played Herbie opposite Bette Midler's Rose in the CBS remake of "Gypsy"
1994:
Had feature role in "The Mask" as a policman chasing Jim Carrey
1997:
Returned to the stage as co-star of the Broadway production "An American Daughter", by Wendy Wasserstein
1997:
Appeared in the Showtime TV-movie "North Shore Fish"
1997:
Returned to Broadway as star of David Mamet's "The Old Neighborhood"
1998:
Co-starred in the well-received independent film "Jerry and Tom"
2000:
Acted in "Traffic"
2000:
Joined cast of the HBO series "The Sopranos" in a recurring role
2000:
Directed the 13-minute short film "By Courier"; earned Oscar nomination for Best Short Film-Live Action
2001:
Had supporting role as a hot-tempered newsman in the ABC summer series "The Beast"
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Education

University of Buffalo: Buffalo , New York - 1966

Notes

"When I started acting, my goal was to find [the equivalent of] two people: Eugene O'Neill and Preston Sturges. [My] Sturges was Bill Forsyth, who did 'Local Hero'; unfortunately, he lives in Scotland. And with David, I thought, 'This is my guy.' I didn't know he had these two friends named Joe Mantegna and Bill Macy." --Peter Riegert quoted in In Theater, November 14, 1997.

"It never occurs to me that acting with a superstar is something to worry about. I figure the bigger, the better, because more will be demanded of me." --Peter Riegert in New York Post, April 21, 1997.

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companion:
Bette Midler. Actor, singer. No longer together.

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