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Peter Gallagher



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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Center Stage: On Pointe
  • Jonathan Reeves
2016
83% Hello, My Name is Doris
  • Willy Williams
2016
9% Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
  • Paul
2012
42% Step Up Revolution
  • Mr. Anderson
2012
36% Burlesque
  • Vince
2010
67% Conviction
  • Barry Scheck
2010
64% Adam
  • Marty Buchwald
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
49% The Flying Scotsman
  • Producer
2006
28% How to Deal
  • Len Martin
2003
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina
  • The Mole King
2002
22% Mr. Deeds
  • Chuck
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 Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Titanic
  • Wynn Park
1996
14% To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
  • David Lewis
1996
29% Last Dance
  • John Hayes
1996
57% 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
57% 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
100% 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
98% Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  • John Millaney
1989
17% 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
0% Summer Lovers
  • Michael Pappas
1982
88% The Idolmaker
  • Caesare
1980
No Score Yet Skag
  • Actor
1979

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet How I Met Your Mother
2005-2014
  • Professor
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The O.C.
2003-2007
  • Sandy Cohen Sanford "Sandy" Cohen
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Deputy Chief William Dodds Deputy Chief Dodds Chief Dodds Chief William Dodds
93% New Girl
2011
  • Gavin
90% Togetherness
2015-2016
  • Larry
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer
  • Actor
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Ethan Carver
51% Californication
2007-2014
  • Dean Stacey Koons Stacy Koons Dean Stacy Koons Dean Koons
90% Covert Affairs
2010-2014
  • Arthur Cambell Arthur Campbell
No Score Yet Rescue Me
2004-2011
  • Father Phil
21% Whitney
2011-2013
  • Vince

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