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Peter Gallagher

Highest Rated:   100% Dreamchild (1985)
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Birthplace:   New York, New York, USA
Lead actor with saturnine good looks and intense, brooding dark eyes, Peter Gallagher studied at Tufts University outside Boston, working every summer with local theater groups. After graduating in 1977, he landed a singing and dancing role in the Broadway revival of the rock musical Hair; this led to the lead role of Danny Zuko in the Broadway revival of another rock musical, Grease. Having played a '50s-type in Grease, he got a similar role in his debut film, The Idolmaker (1980), leading to top billing in his second movie, Summer Lovers (1982), an empty-headed film that prompted him to go back to the stage for a few more years. In 1986 he played Jack Lemmon's alcoholic son in Jonathan Miller's Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, for which he received a Tony nomination. He also performed (again opposite Lemmon) in the TV movie The Murder of Mary Phagan, cast as an accused murderer; this part led to a central role in Robert Altman's TV movie version of The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1988). In movies, his big break came in the acclaimed comedy of manners sex, lies and videotape (1989), which led to much better roles in films, including that of Tim Robbins's rival studio power-player in Robert Altman's The Player (1992).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
30% A Bad Moms Christmas
  • Amy's Father
$72.1M 2017
26% Literally, Right Before Aaron
  • Orson Schwartzman
2017
No Score Yet Center Stage: On Pointe
  • Jonathan Reeves
2016
83% Hello, My Name is Doris
  • Willy Williams
$14.5M 2016
9% Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
  • Paul
2012
43% Step Up Revolution
  • Mr. Anderson
$35.1M 2012
36% Burlesque
  • Vince
$39.5M 2010
67% Conviction
  • Barry Scheck
$6.8M 2010
65% Adam
  • Marty Buchwald
$2.2M 2009
No Score Yet The War Boys
  • Slater Welch
2009
60% Center Stage: Turn It Up
  • Jonathan Reeves
2008
No Score Yet Gas Hole
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet GasHole
  • Narrator
2008
50% The Flying Scotsman
  • Producer
$78.8k 2006
27% How to Deal
  • Len Martin
$14.2M 2003
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina
  • The Mole King
2002
22% Mr. Deeds
  • Chuck
$126.3M 2002
No Score Yet The Feast of All Saints
  • Philippe Ferronaire
2001
No Score Yet Virtual Obsession
  • Dr. Joe Messenger
2001
No Score Yet Protection
  • Ted
2001
11% Perfume
  • Guido
2001
43% Center Stage
  • Jonathan
2000
No Score Yet Cupid & Cate
  • Harry
2000
No Score Yet Other Voices
  • Jordin
2000
No Score Yet My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet The Last Debate
  • Tom Chapman
2000
No Score Yet Brotherhood of Murder
  • Bob Mathews
1999
28% House on Haunted Hill
  • Donald
1999
88% American Beauty
  • Buddy Kane
1999
No Score Yet Brave New World
  • Bernard Marx
1998
No Score Yet Johnny Skidmarks
  • Johnny Scardino
1998
No Score Yet Host
  • Actor
1998
41% The Man Who Knew Too Little
  • James Ritchie
1997
No Score Yet Path to Paradise: World Trade Center Bombing
  • John Anticev
1997
No Score Yet Trial of Adolf Eichmann
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Titanic
  • Wynn Park
1996
14% To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
  • David Lewis
1996
32% Last Dance
  • John Hayes
1996
59% The Underneath
  • Michael Chambers
1995
80% While You Were Sleeping
  • Peter Callahan
1995
No Score Yet Cafe Society
  • Jack Kale
1995
74% Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table)
  • Alan Campbell
1994
No Score Yet White Mile
  • Jack Robbins
1994
56% The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Vic Tenetta
1994
95% Short Cuts
  • Stormy Weathers
1993
59% Malice
  • Riley
1993
56% Watch It
  • John
1993
43% Mother's Boys
  • Robert
1993
97% Bob Roberts
  • News Anchor Dan Riley
1992
98% The Player
  • Larry Levy
1992
58% Late for Dinner
  • Bob Freeman
1991
57% Mortal Thoughts
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet An Inconvenient Woman
  • Philip Quennell
1991
45% Tune in Tomorrow... (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter)
  • Richard Quince
1990
96% Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  • John Millaney
1989
29% High Spirits
  • Brother Tony
1988
No Score Yet The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial
  • Lt. Cdr. Challee
1988
No Score Yet The Murder of Mary Phagan
  • Leo Frank
1988
No Score Yet My Little Girl
  • Kai
1987
No Score Yet Long Day's Journey into Night
  • Edmund Tyrone
1987
100% Dreamchild
  • Jack Dolan
1985
29% Summer Lovers
  • Michael Pappas
1982
88% The Idolmaker
  • Caesare
1980
No Score Yet Skag
  • Actor
1979

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
78% The Gifted
2017
  • Benedict Ryan
  • 2018
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Deputy Chief William Dodds Deputy Chief Dodds Chief Dodds Chief William Dodds
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2001
94% New Girl
2011
  • Gavin
  • 2016
90% Togetherness
2015-2016
  • Larry
  • 2016
  • 2015
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Ethan Carver
  • 2015
93% Covert Affairs
2010-2014
  • Arthur Cambell Arthur Campbell
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
83% How I Met Your Mother
2005-2014
  • Professor
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2012
20% Whitney
2011-2013
  • Vince
  • 2012
  • 2011
88% Rescue Me
2004-2011
  • Father Phil
  • 2010
57% Californication
2007-2014
  • Dean Stacey Koons Stacy Koons Dean Stacy Koons Dean Koons
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
52% Shark
2006-2008
  • Frank Bell
  • 2008
71% The O.C.
2003-2007
  • Sandy Cohen Sanford "Sandy" Cohen
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
  • Guest
  • 2005
  • 2003
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
  • Little Bernard
  • 2003
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2001
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer
  • Actor
  • 2001
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • 2000
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
  • Chris Rawls
  • 1998
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
  • Actor
  • 1982

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