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Also Known As: Died:
Born: February 20, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, citrus farmer

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Sugar Daddies (2014)
3.
 License to Wed (2007)
4.
 xXx: State of the Union (2005) Cast
5.
 Hotel (2004)
6.
 Murder on the Orient Express (2001) Sam Ratchett
7.
 Father's Choice, A (2000) Charlie "Mac" Mcclain
8.
9.
 Keys to Tulsa (1997) Chip Carlson
10.
 In the Lake of the Woods (1996) John Waylan
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Raised in Croton-on-Hudson, NY
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Made first stage appearances with the Croton Shakespeare Festival in "As You Like It"
1969:
Made film debut in "Hail, Hero!"
1969:
L.A. stage debut in "The Dance Next Door" at the Mark Taper Forum
1970:
First lead role in a feature, "Soldier Blue"
1973:
TV-movie debut, "The Man Without a Country"
1976:
Became a TV star as Rudy Jordache in ABC miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man"; earned first Emmy nomination
1976:
TV series debut, reprising role of Rudy Jordache in the ABC drama "Rich Man, Poor Man--Book II"
1979:
Starred in "The Jericho Mile", an ABC TV-movie written and directed by Michael Mann; earned Emmy as Best Actor
1981:
Became TV producer with "A Whale for the Killing"; also starred
1981:
Starred in miniseries "Masada"; earned Emmy nomination
1985:
Starred in CBS miniseries "Kane and Abel"
1989:
Starred in NBC miniseries "Brotherhood of the Rose"
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Returned to weekly TV in title role of the CBS drama series "Moloney"
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Education

Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois - 1969

Notes

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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wife:
Nicole Strauss. Divorced.
wife:
Rachel Ticotin. Actor. Engaged as of March 1996; formerly married to David Caruso; married on December 31, 1998 in NYC.

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son:
Justin Strauss.
son:
Tristan Strauss. Born c. 1985; injured in a snowboarding accident in 1999.

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