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Also Known As: Peter Cohon, Rachmil Pinchus Ben Mosha Cohon Died:
Born: October 10, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: voice actor, actor, director, playwright, mime, author, dock worker, public school acting teacher, sold bird feathers

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A handsome actor who has made a career playing dark, seductive, often intellectually complex characters, Peter Coyote also has leant his distinctive voice--which sounds as if it has been delicately scratched with sand--as narrator of numerous documentary programs. As a leading man and screen villain, Coyote is best recalled as the object of the competition between Shelley Long and Bette Midler in "Outrageous Fortune" (1987) and as the emotionally abusive expatriate in Roman Polanski's "Bitter Moon" (1994), a role considered by some to be based on Polanski himself.

A handsome actor who has made a career playing dark, seductive, often intellectually complex characters, Peter Coyote also has leant his distinctive voice--which sounds as if it has been delicately scratched with sand--as narrator of numerous documentary programs. As a leading man and screen villain, Coyote is best recalled as the object of the competition between Shelley Long and Bette Midler in "Outrageous Fortune" (1987) and as the emotionally abusive expatriate in Roman Polanski's "Bitter Moon" (1994), a role considered by some to be based on Polanski himself.

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 Gundown, The (2011)
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 Adopt a Sailor (2009)
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 $5 a Day (2008)
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Raised in Englewood, NJ and on his family's farm in Pennsylvania
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Appeared on stage with the Magic Theatre, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe, in the 1960s
1967:
Stage directing debut, "The Minstrel Show" with the San Francisco Actors Workshop
1969:
Moved to London
1975:
After a long hiatus, returned to acting in a San Francisco production of Paul Sills' "Story Theatre"
1976:
Served as co-chair of the California Arts Council
1978:
Made first screen appearance in "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
1980:
Made TV longform debut in "Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story" (NBC)
1980:
Originated the role of Austin in Sam Shepherd's "True West" in San Francisco
1982:
Played first major feature film role as Keys, the scientist on the trail of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"
1987:
Was love object of Shelley Long and Bette Midler in "Outrageous Fortune"
1987:
Began active second career as a documentary narrator with "The Grizzlies" for National Geographic/PBS
1992:
Appeared in Roman Polanski's "Bitter Moon"
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Played role of Jake in Old Globe pre-Broadway tryout of Neil Simon's "Jake's Women"
1994:
Published critically-acclaimed short story "Carla's Story"
1996:
Played doomed husband of Ann-Margret in NBC miniseries "Seduced By Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story"
1996:
Narrated "The West" for Ken Burns/PBS
1998:
Co-starred with Dustin Hoffman and Sharon Stone in "Sphere" for Barry Levinson
1998:
Narrated the Oscar-nominated short documentary "A Place in the Land"
1998:
Had featured role in "Patch Adams"
2000:
Selected as the "voice of the Oscars"; serving as announcer for the annual telecast
2000:
Played Larisa Oleynik's father in "A Time for Dancing"
2001:
Co-starred with Sissy Spacek in the Lifetime movie "Midwives"
2002:
Cast in the thriller feature "Femme Fatale"
2003:
Featured in the holiday comedy "The Hebrew Hammer"
2003:
Cast opposite GĂ©rard Depardieu in "Bon voyage"
2005:
Narrated the documentary film "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room"
2005:
Joined the cast of ABC's "Commander in Chief" as a Vice-Presidential nominee
2007:
Had a four episode turn as Sally Field's disreputable boyfriend in "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC)
2010:
Played the District Attorney in "Law & Order: Los Angeles" (NBC)
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Education

San Francisco Actors Workshop: San Francisco , California -
Grinnell College: Grinnell , Iowa - 1964
San Francisco State University: San Francisco , California - 1964

Notes

He has an official website at www.petercoyote.com

Coyote received a 1993 Pushcart Prize for the short story "Carla's Story", a chapter from the novel in progress "The Freefall Chronicles"

Although Coyote has never confirmed, he is said to have chosen his adult surname after kicking his drug addiction with the companionship of a coyote puppy. Coyote has said that the shine of the coyote's coat and the glean of the pup's teeth made him realize how beautiful healthy life could be.

"I have a low tolerance for boredom. There's more to life than 10 per cent of the gross and million dollars per picture". Peter Coyote in TV GUIDE, October 24, 1987.

"I've always been a writer. Acting is the way I make my living. The terrible thing about acting is that it's not a sole occupation. Writing is something I can do by myself." --Peter Coyote in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, May 27, 1994.

"My perceptions are informed by an arena that's larger than my career. Obviously I would love to succeed. I would love to be a powerful megalopolis superstar and have all these offers and production deals. But I'm not going to bend, flip, staple or roll one inch to do it. It's either going to happen according to my own way of being or not happen at all." --Peter Coyote

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wife:
Stephanie Coyote. Second wife.

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