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Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, drug dealer, cab driver, pizza maker

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Peter Greene rapidly established himself as the screen villain of the 1990s with a host of characterizations in both dark melodramas and spry comedies. His pale-faced image was forever emblazoned in the consciousness of moviegoers who saw him as Zed, the security guard playing "eenie, meenie, moe" while sodomizing Ving Rhames in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" (1994). Greene had made his first feature film in a starring role for neophyte writer-director Nick Gomez in "Laws of Gravity" (1992), in which he was a petty criminal trying to sell some handguns and torn by loyalties. In 1993, he gave a haunting performance as a schizophrenic trying to meet his daughter in "Clean, Shaven". Greene was a gang member in "Judgment Night" (also 1993) and Dorian Tyrel, the creepy night club owner whom Jim Carrey flushes down the toilet in "The Mask" (1994). Since the release of "Pulp Fiction" gave him high notice, Greene has played the fence in "The Usual Suspects" and a terrorist in "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory" (both 1995) and Halle Berry's blackmailer in the thriller "The Rich Man's Wife" (1996). Behind the scenes, however, Greene was battling his own demons. In a profile published in the November 1996...

Peter Greene rapidly established himself as the screen villain of the 1990s with a host of characterizations in both dark melodramas and spry comedies. His pale-faced image was forever emblazoned in the consciousness of moviegoers who saw him as Zed, the security guard playing "eenie, meenie, moe" while sodomizing Ving Rhames in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" (1994). Greene had made his first feature film in a starring role for neophyte writer-director Nick Gomez in "Laws of Gravity" (1992), in which he was a petty criminal trying to sell some handguns and torn by loyalties. In 1993, he gave a haunting performance as a schizophrenic trying to meet his daughter in "Clean, Shaven". Greene was a gang member in "Judgment Night" (also 1993) and Dorian Tyrel, the creepy night club owner whom Jim Carrey flushes down the toilet in "The Mask" (1994). Since the release of "Pulp Fiction" gave him high notice, Greene has played the fence in "The Usual Suspects" and a terrorist in "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory" (both 1995) and Halle Berry's blackmailer in the thriller "The Rich Man's Wife" (1996).

Behind the scenes, however, Greene was battling his own demons. In a profile published in the November 1996 issue of PREMIERE, the lanky blond actor with piercing blue eyes revealed that he had run away from home at the age of 15. Living on the streets of NYC, he drifted into drug use and eventually drug dealing. Barely escaping from dealers who attempted to kill him, Greene hid out in theaters and drifted into acting, eventually excelling at portraying villains, all the while ingest various drugs from cocaine to heroin. Greene has admitted to attempting suicide in March 1996. Shortly thereafter, he sought treatment for his addictions.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Das Kind (2012)
3.
 Earthling (2010)
4.
5.
 End Game (2006)
6.
 Pinion (2005)
7.
 Gentleman Bandit, The (2002) Manny Breen
8.
 Nobody's Baby (2001) Vern
9.
 Shadow Hours (2000) Detective Steve Andrianson
10.
 Blue Streak (1999) Deacon
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Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Raised in New Jersey
1979:
Dropped out of high school and moved to NYC (date approximate)
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Began working as a drug courier; lived on the streets of NYC
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Taken in by an NYU professor who later died of a drug overdose
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Began dealing drugs in downtown clubs in Manhattan; his partner and roommate Kenny was later murdered
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Married a former beauty contestant who acted as translator for some of Greene's drug transactions
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Greene was nearly killed when a safe house was firebombed by Colombian drug dealers from whom he had scammed drugs
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Began studying acting
1992:
Made feature film debut in starring role, "Laws of Gravity"
1993:
Starred in "Clean, Shaven"
1994:
Played villainous roles in both "Pulp Fiction" and "The Mask"
1995:
Played terrorist in "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory"
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Education

Mountclair High School: Mountclair , New Jersey -

Notes

Not to be confused with the independent film producer of the same name.

"I think a lot of actors who are very emotional and intense seem to play the same characters over and over, but Peter's range is enormous. It would be a shame if he gets typecast." --Lodge Kerrigan, director of "Clean, Shaven" in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, November 8, 1995

"You need a role for which you're given some responsibility. Otherwise, it's not worth a goddamn thing." --Peter Greene in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, November 8, 1995

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wife:
Elisabetha Nunez. Married c. 1984; moved to Florida when Greene ran into trouble with drug dealers in NYC; separated since the late 1980s.

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brother:
John Green. Stockbroker. Younger.
sister:
Mary Anne Green. Nurse. Younger; is married.

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