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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 11, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, waitress, restaurant hostess

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A scene-stealing role as an aspiring mobster in the comedy "The Whole Nine Yards" (2000) put actress Amanda Peet on the map, even though she spent years prior to that studying with one of the premier drama coaches in New York. She would return to drama in a number of notable films including Stephen Gaghan's political thriller "Syriana" (2005), but before being a part of that critical favorite, she suffered innumerable castings as one dimensional girlfriends and objects of desire in low budget sex comedies and big budget flops like "Saving Silverman" (2001). Her reputation became more favorable when she charmingly held her own opposite Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton in "Something's Gotta Give" (2003) and was tapped by Woody Allen for "Melinda Melinda" (2005). When her regular gig as a network president on Aaron Sorkin's highly anticipated series "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 2006-07) proved short-lived, the maturing actress was fortunate to still find herself increasingly in demand for high-profile feature film work that required strong, beautiful, intelligent women who could hold their own with the boys.

A scene-stealing role as an aspiring mobster in the comedy "The Whole Nine Yards" (2000) put actress Amanda Peet on the map, even though she spent years prior to that studying with one of the premier drama coaches in New York. She would return to drama in a number of notable films including Stephen Gaghan's political thriller "Syriana" (2005), but before being a part of that critical favorite, she suffered innumerable castings as one dimensional girlfriends and objects of desire in low budget sex comedies and big budget flops like "Saving Silverman" (2001). Her reputation became more favorable when she charmingly held her own opposite Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton in "Something's Gotta Give" (2003) and was tapped by Woody Allen for "Melinda Melinda" (2005). When her regular gig as a network president on Aaron Sorkin's highly anticipated series "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 2006-07) proved short-lived, the maturing actress was fortunate to still find herself increasingly in demand for high-profile feature film work that required strong, beautiful, intelligent women who could hold their own with the boys.

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 Trust Me (2013)
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 Identity Thief (2013)
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 Quantum Quest (2012)
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 Please Give (2010)
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 2012 (2009)
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1994:
Filmed independent drama "Grind" (released 1997)
1995:
Landed short stint on ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live"
1995:
Appeared on NBC's "Law & Order"
1996:
Played Jennifer Aniston's sister in Edward Burns directed comedy "She's The One"
1996:
Featured in romantic comedy "One Fine Day"
1997:
Appeared on NYC-set sitcoms "Spin City" (ABC) and "Seinfeld" (NBC)
1997:
Played a young teacher who takes a special interest in an abused child in CBS TV movie "Ellen Foster"
1998:
Played a young woman struggling with her HIV positive diagnosis in "Touch Me"
1998:
Acted in New Year's Eve-set ensemble "1999"
1998:
Acted in ensemble feature "Origin of the Species"
1999:
Appeared in "Simply Irresistible" with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sean Patrick Flanery
1999:
First series lead, playing Jacqueline 'Jack' Barrett on The WB drama series "Jack & Jill"
2000:
Featured opposite Bette Midler in Jacqueline Susann biopic "Isn't She Great"
2000:
Cast as an aspiring hit woman in "The Whole Nine Yards," co-starring Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry
2000:
Played female lead in dating comedy "Whipped"
2002:
Acted opposite Ben Affleck in "Changing Lanes"
2003:
Cast in thriller "Identity"
2003:
Played love interest of Jack Nicholson and daughter of Diane Keaton in Nancy Meyers' "Something's Gotta Give"
2004:
Re-teamed with Matthew Perry for "The Whole Ten Yards"
2005:
Cast in Woody Allen's "Melinda and Melinda," a comedic storyline which was one of two (one comic and one tragic) that revolved around central character of Melinda
2005:
Starred in off-Broadway drama "This Is How It Goes"
2005:
Played Matt Damon's wife in geopolitical thriller "Syriana," based on real-life memoirs of CIA agent Robert Baer
2006:
Again collaborated with Matthew Perry to play a network executive on NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"
2006:
Made Broadway debut in "Barefoot in the Park" opposite Patrick Wilson
2007:
Co-starred with Zach Braff and Jason Bateman in comedy "The Ex"
2007:
Co-starred with John Cusack in "The Martian Child"
2008:
Played an FBI agent in Chris Carter's "The X-Files: I Want to Believe"
2009:
Re-teamed with Cusack, as ex-spouses in Roland Emmerich's disaster film "2012"
2010:
Joined ensemble cast for Nicole Holofcener's "Please Give"
2010:
Co-starred with Jack Black in modern-day remake of "Gulliver's Travels"
2012:
Guest starred on CBS legal drama "The Good Wife"
2013:
Cast opposite Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in "Identity Thief"
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Education

Friends Seminary: New York , New York - 1990
Columbia University: New York , New York - 1995

Notes

"For the life of me, I couldn't get a part [at Columbia], so it was a good taste of what was to come. It broke me in for the real world."---Peet on acting in college, quoted in USA TODAY, December 13, 1996.

"I am a relationship person. Some people are comfortable being alone. They don't panic. They see it as a bit of freedom and a time to be explorative," says Peet. "Whatever the opposite of that is, I am."---Peet quoted to People, April 21, 2005.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Brian Van Holt. Actor. Acted together in the feature "Whipped" (2000); separated in late 2001.
companion:
David Benioff. Screenwriter. Dating as of early 2003.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Charles Peet. Attorney. Divorced from Peet's mother in 1990.
mother:
Penny Peet. Social worker. Divorced from Peet's father.

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