Peter Gallagher

Peter Gallagher

Highest Rated: 100% Palm Springs (2020)

Lowest Rated: 9% Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2012)

Birthday: Aug 19, 1955

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

A handsome, brooding actor equally at home in mainstream Hollywood fare and in American independent projects -- as well as on the theatrical stage -- Peter Gallagher was born August 19, 1955, in Armonk, NY. While attending Tufts University, he spent his summers appearing with area theater groups, and after graduating in 1977, he acted on Broadway in a revival of Hair. Gallagher then starred as Danny Zuko in Grease, a performance which led to his portrayal of a '50s-era pop singer in his film debut, 1980's The Idolmaker. Summer Lovers followed two years later, but proved such a miserable experience that Gallagher fled Hollywood to return to the stage. He won a Theatre World Award that same year for his work in the Broadway musical A Doll's Life, and earned a Clarence Derwent Award in 1984 for his turn in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing.In 1985, Gallagher returned to film in the Dennis Potter-scripted Dreamchild, followed in 1987 by My Little Girl. After garnering a Tony nomination for his work in a controversial revival of Long Day's Journey into Night, he enjoyed his motion picture breakthrough as an adulterous attorney in Steven Soderbergh's influential 1989 debut sex, lies, and videotape. The performance earned Gallagher considerable credibility within the independent filmmaking community, but his next several efforts were more mainstream productions like 1990's Tune in Tomorrow and the television drama Love and Lies. However, a subsequent turn in Peter Sellars' 1991 avant-silent The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez brought acclaim from art-house audiences, and with a lead role in Robert Altman's 1992 comeback The Player, Gallagher's stock rose even higher. That same year, the actor wowed theater audiences with his portrayal of Sky Masterson in the Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls, a widely praised production that also starred Nathan Lane.Over the following years, Gallagher split his time between edgier material (Tim Robbins' Bob Roberts, Altman's Short Cuts, and Soderbergh's The Underneath) and lighter, glossier projects (Malice, While You Were Sleeping, and To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday). In 1999, he gave smarm a good, or at least convincing, name, starring as a sleazy physician in The House on Haunted Hill, a remake of William Castle's 1958 horror classic, and as a similarly repugnant real estate salesman in American Beauty. Gallagher would spend the following years enjoying particular fame in the realm of TV, starring on such successful shows as The O.C., Californication, Rescue Me, and Covert Affairs. Gallagher would also remain active in film, however, in movies like Burlsesque and Conviction.


Highest Rated Movies



100% Palm Springs Actor 2020
17% After Ken Scott 2019
31% A Bad Moms Christmas Amy's Father $72.1M 2017
25% Literally, Right Before Aaron Orson Schwartzman 2017
No Score Yet Center Stage: On Pointe Jonathan Reeves 2016
85% Hello, My Name is Doris Willy Williams $14.5M 2016
9% Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You Paul 2012
42% 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 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
42% 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
30% House on Haunted Hill Donald 1999
87% 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
79% 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
50% 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
25% Summer Lovers Michael Pappas 1982
89% The Idolmaker Caesare 1980
No Score Yet Skag Actor 1979


89% Grace and Frankie
Nick 2020
75% Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
Mitch 2020
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Deputy Chief William Dodds Deputy Chief Dodds Chief Dodds Chief William Dodds Guest 2019
79% The Gifted
Benedict Ryan 2018
94% New Girl
Gavin 2016
90% Togetherness
Larry 2016
94% The Good Wife
Ethan Carver 2015
93% Covert Affairs
Arthur Cambell Arthur Campbell 2014
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
Guest 2013
83% How I Met Your Mother
Professor 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
Guest 2012
19% Whitney
Vince 2012
89% Rescue Me
Father Phil 2010
57% Californication
Dean Stacey Koons Stacy Koons Dean Stacy Koons Dean Koons 2009
52% Shark
Frank Bell 2008
72% The O.C.
Sandy Cohen Sanford "Sandy" Cohen 2007
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Guest 2005
No Score Yet Mystery!
Little Bernard 2003
71% Family Guy
Voice 2001
No Score Yet Great Performances
Performer 2001
No Score Yet American Experience
Voice 2000
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
Chris Rawls 1998
No Score Yet American Playhouse
38% The Secret Lives of Men


James Ritchie says: Am I talking to an actor now or a human being?

Hawkins says: Neither, sir. I'm a policeman.

Lucy Eleanor Moderatz says: You give up your seat every day in the train.

Peter Callaghan says: Well... But that's not heroic

Lucy Eleanor Moderatz says: It is to the person who sits in it.

Saul Tuttle says: I couldn't love you anymore if you were my own son. But the fact of the matter is, you're... well you're a putz.

Peter Callaghan says: Is there a point to this?

Peter Callaghan says: Remember the squirrels?

Jack Callaghan says: Don't even say it.

Peter Callaghan says: First, I knocked them out of their nest with a rock.

Jack Callaghan says: Peter!

Peter Callaghan says: Then I saved them.

Jack Callaghan says: You suck!

Peter Callaghan says: I suck, or the outfit sucks?

Jack Callaghan says: It's a toss-up.

Ashley Bartlett Bacon says: Peter Callahan is engaged to me. I object to this wedding!

Priest says: Get in line

Ashley's Husband says: And I object to your objection.

Mary Callaghan says: Who's that?

Peter Callaghan says: Ashley's husband.

Midge says: You proposed to a married woman?

Peter Callaghan says: Yes. And I'm in a coma when my brother makes a play for my- sort of my fiancée.

Chuck Cedar says: Information is good.. Now will you please stop soaking your ass.

Chuck Cedar says: As soon as that moron goes back to Cowpie Falls, you are out of here on your fat, Puerto Rican ass.

Caroline Burnham says: That was exactly what I needed .. the royal treatment, so to speak .. Ugh! I was so stressed out! Ahhh .. ah ... ah! (laughs)

Buddy Kane says: You know what I do when I feel like that?

Caroline Burnham says: What?

Buddy Kane says: I fire a gun .. oh yeah, I go to this little firing range downtown and I .. just pop of a few rounds.

Caroline Burnham says: I've never fired a gun before.

Buddy Kane says: Well you've got to try it .. nothing makes you feel more powerful .. well, almost nothing.

Tess says: Tell me a lie.

Vince says: I need your fabulous sewing skills.

Tess says: Tell me a new lie.

Vince says: I don't love you.

Buddy Kane says: Man... You are one twisted f*ck.

Lester Burnham says: Nope. I'm just an ordinary guy with nothing to lose.

Buddy Kane says: In order to be successful, one must project an image of success at all times.

Buddy Kane says: [Carolyn is having sex in a motel room with the Real Estate King] Do you like getting nailed by the King?

Caroline Burnham says: Yes, your majesty!