Peter Coyote

Birthday: Oct 10, 1941
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, USA
There are several theories as to why Peter Cohon chose the stage name of Peter Coyote; for his part, the actor is reluctant to discuss an event that apparently was the end result of an evening's experimentation with controlled substances. In the late 1960s, Coyote quit his job as a dockworker to "turn on, tune in and drop out." With hair so long that he could sit on it (by his own admission), Coyote was a "fringie" with such varied organizations as the Grateful Dead and the Hell's Angels, and also worked for a while with a guerilla mime group. After years of deprivation, Coyote dropped back into society in 1975, accepting a job as a drama teacher at a public school. Rapidly approaching middle age, Coyote entered films with 1980's Die Laughing. Throughout the 1980s, he alternated between good guys, villains, and a vaguely defined stereotype known as "loser boyfriends." As the vengeful public prosecutor in The Jagged Edge (1985), Coyote turns out not to be the film's principal heavy; even so, we leave the picture disliking his character more than anyone else's. Leading roles came his way in such films as Exposure (1991), but even here he could not completely escape an aura of slime (his ostensibly heroic character burrows through the seamy underside of Rio in search of a prostitute's murderer). One of Coyote's few unconditionally "nice" roles was as the enigmatic scientist Keys in the champion moneymaker E.T. (1982). In the late 1990s, Coyote published Sleeping Where I Fall, a candid memoir of his years as a cultural drop out. In 1992 Roman Polanski tapped him to play the lead in his psycho-sexual black comedy Bitter Moon, and he continued to work steadily in a variety of projects after that such as Kika, Buffalo Girls, Patch Adams, and Sphere. With his deep, distinctive voice he became an in demand narrator for documentaries. He had a small but memorable turn in Erin Brokovich, and was cast in Brian De Palma's Femme Fatale. He was in the teen drama A Walk to Remember, and the Polish brothers cast him in their 2003 film Northfork. Although his big-screen appearances began to dwindle, he remained one of the most ubiquitous narrators of non-fiction films of various types.


Highest Rated Movies



73% Rory's Way (The Etruscan Smile) Professor 2019
38% The Remarkable Life of John Weld Narrator 2018
No Score Yet Bearer of the Morning: The Life of Te Ata Thompson Fisher Actor 2018
No Score Yet The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science Actor 2018
No Score Yet 1 Mile to You Principal Umber 2017
No Score Yet Managing Risk in a Changing Climate Actor 2017
No Score Yet A Daring Journey: From Immigration to Education Actor 2016
75% Good Kill Langley 2015
No Score Yet No Deposit Actor 2015
No Score Yet Americana Ben 2015
86% The Price of Fame (La rançon de la gloire) Actor 2015
No Score Yet Girl On The Edge Hank Taylor 2015
No Score Yet Unexpected Justice: The Rise of John Paul Stevens Actor 2015
No Score Yet Rise Above The Mark Actor 2014
No Score Yet Secrets of the Wild Panda Narrator 2014
No Score Yet Angel Azul Actor 2014
50% Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary Actor $36.3K 2013
No Score Yet Haight Ashbury: The Beat of a Generation Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Ghost Army Narrator 2013
No Score Yet Kennesaw: One Last Mountain Actor 2013
No Score Yet Journey Of Hanuman Actor 2013
50% Hemingway & Gellhorn Maxwell Perkins 2012
No Score Yet For the Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival Actor 2012
No Score Yet Cut Poison Burn Narrator 2011
36% Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology Narrator $13.8K 2011
No Score Yet The Gundown Thomas Morgan 2011
No Score Yet Didi Hollywood Michael Stein 2011
No Score Yet Green Fire: Aldo Leopold And A Land Ethic For Our Time Aldo Leopold 2011
No Score Yet What If Cannabis Cured Cancer Narrator 2011
No Score Yet This is Not a Movie CEO of Propaganda 2011
No Score Yet Last Will Judge Garner 2010
No Score Yet Call Of Life Actor 2010
No Score Yet White Water, Black Gold Actor 2010
No Score Yet The Harimaya Bridge Albert Tunney 2010
No Score Yet The Story of Bonnie and Clyde Actor 2010
No Score Yet Huxley on Huxley Narrator 2010
No Score Yet RECLAIMING Their VOICE: The Native American Vote in New Mexico & Beyond Actor 2010
No Score Yet Lords Of Nature: Life In A Land Of Great Predators Narrator 2009
No Score Yet The Lena Baker Story (Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story) Elliot Arthur 2009
No Score Yet With One Voice Narrator 2009
No Score Yet Beef State Narrator 2009
17% All Roads Lead Home Hock 2008
54% Stealing America: Vote by Vote Narrator 2008
No Score Yet $5 a Day (Five Dollars a Day) Bert 2008
No Score Yet Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief President Sterling 2008
No Score Yet National Geographic: Guns in America Narrator 2008
No Score Yet Adopt a Sailor Richard 2008
No Score Yet T. Rex Walks Again Actor 2008
No Score Yet Congo Bush Pilots Actor 2008
91% Strange Culture Robert Ferrell 2007
60% Resurrecting the Champ Epstein $3M 2007
No Score Yet Soldiers of Conscience Narrator 2007
60% Fog City Mavericks Narrator 2007
33% A Little Trip to Heaven Frank 2007
No Score Yet The Trips Festival Narrator 2007
No Score Yet One Man, One Cow, One Planet Narrator 2007
95% Commune Actor 2006
0% Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil U.S. President 2006
73% a/k/a Tommy Chong Actor 2006
No Score Yet The Damnedest, Finest Ruins Actor 2006
No Score Yet Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis Uncle Charles 2005
No Score Yet Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave Uncle Charles 2005
No Score Yet Deepwater Herman Finch 2005
97% Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room Narrator $3.9M 2005
No Score Yet Koursk: Un sous-marin en eaux troubles (Kursk: A Submarine in Troubled Waters) Narrator 2004
No Score Yet Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election Actor 2004
No Score Yet Shadow of Fear Congressman Henderson 2004
No Score Yet Oil on Ice Actor 2004
76% Bon Voyage Alex Winckler $2.3M 2004
63% The Grand Role (Le Grand Rôle) Rudolph Grichenberg 2004
50% The Hebrew Hammer J.J.L Chief 2003
56% Northfork Eddie $1.3M 2003
No Score Yet Out of the Blue - The Definitive Investigation of the UFO Phenomenon Actor 2003
No Score Yet Out of the Blue Narrator 2003
49% Femme Fatale Watts $6.6M 2002
100% Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election Narrator 2002
No Score Yet A Time for Dancing William 2002
No Score Yet Purpose Bernard 2002
27% A Walk to Remember Rev. Sullivan $41.1M 2002
0% Written in Blood John Traveller 2002
50% Suddenly Naked Lionel Heathcote 2001
No Score Yet Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey Narrator 2001
No Score Yet Jack the Dog Alfred Stieglitz 2001
No Score Yet Founding Fathers Actor 2000
No Score Yet More Dogs Than Bones Darren Cody 2000
No Score Yet Red Letters Dennis Burke 2000
84% Erin Brockovich Kurt Potter 2000
No Score Yet In the Light of Reverence Actor 2000
No Score Yet Rome: Power & Glory Actor 2000
No Score Yet Emperor of Hemp Narrator 2000
No Score Yet Top of the World Doc/'The Butcher' 1999
No Score Yet Execution of Justice Harvey Milk 1999
15% Random Hearts Cullen Chandler 1999
No Score Yet Last Call Xuave 1999
44% The Basket Martin Conlon 1999
No Score Yet National Geographic Actor 1999
22% Patch Adams Bill Davis 1998
No Score Yet Route 9 Sheriff Dwayne Hogan 1998
No Score Yet Terminal Justice Actor 1998
No Score Yet Indiscreet Roos 1998
12% Sphere Barnes 1998
No Score Yet National Geographic Explorer Narrator 1998
No Score Yet Two for Texas Jim Bowie 1998
No Score Yet Road Ends Gene Gere 1997
No Score Yet Murder in My Mind Arthur Lefcourt 1997
No Score Yet Dalva Michael 1996
No Score Yet Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story Ruben Borchardt 1996
21% Unforgettable Don Bresler 1996
No Score Yet Seeds of Doubt Actor 1996
15% Moonlight and Valentino Paul (uncredited) 1995
No Score Yet Buffalo Girls Buffalo Bill Cody 1995
No Score Yet Terminal Justice Deacon Vivyan 1995
No Score Yet National Geographic Narrator 1995
No Score Yet Breach of Conduct Col. Case 1994
No Score Yet National Geographic Actor 1993
No Score Yet Abraham Lincoln: A New Birth of Freedom Actor 1993
57% Kika Nicholas 1993
65% Bitter Moon Oscar 1992
No Score Yet The Pacific Century Actor 1992
No Score Yet Keeper of the City Frank 1992
No Score Yet Exposure Peter Mandrake 1991
No Score Yet Crooked Hearts Edward 1991
No Score Yet Flashing on the Sixties Actor 1991
20% The Man Inside Henry Tobel 1990
No Score Yet Heart of Midnight "Lt. Sharpe."/Larry 1988
No Score Yet Echoes in the Darkness William Bradfield Jr. 1987
No Score Yet Un homme amoureux (A Man in Love) Steve Elliott 1987
No Score Yet Baja Oklahoma Slick Henderson 1987
No Score Yet Stacking Photographer 1987
50% Outrageous Fortune Michael Sanchez 1987
No Score Yet Sworn to Silence Sam Fischetti 1987
No Score Yet National Geographic Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Blue Yonder Max Knickerbocker 1986
83% Jagged Edge Thomas Krasny 1985
40% The Legend of Billie Jean Ringwald 1985
100% Heartbreakers Arthur Blue 1984
No Score Yet Strangers Kiss Stanley, the Director 1984
No Score Yet Slayground Stone 1984
No Score Yet Kerouac, the Movie Narrator 1984
No Score Yet Secrets Bien Gardés Frank Mitchell 1984
64% Cross Creek Norton Baskin 1983
No Score Yet Timerider Porter Reese 1983
No Score Yet Time Rider Actor 1983
No Score Yet Out Actor 1982
No Score Yet Endangered Species Steele 1982
98% E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Keys 1982
No Score Yet Out (Deadly Drifter) Rex 1982
88% Southern Comfort Poole 1981
No Score Yet The People vs. Jean Harris Actor 1981
No Score Yet Isabel's Choice Actor 1981
No Score Yet Tell Me a Riddle Young David 1980
No Score Yet Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story Courtney Taylor 1980
No Score Yet Die Laughing Davis 1980
No Score Yet Alaska Far Away: The New Deal Pioneers of the Matanuska Colony Actor
No Score Yet Le Temps D'un Automne Actor


No Score Yet The Disappearance
Henry Sullivan
  • 2019
98% The Vietnam War
  • 2017
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
Senator Ted McCreary
  • 2015
No Score Yet Perception
  • 2015
  • 2014
38% Intelligence
Leland Strand
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Dust Bowl
  • 2012
59% Law & Order: LA
DA Hardin
  • 2011
No Score Yet Prohibition
Narrator Voice Narrator
  • 2011
78% FlashForward
Dave Segovia
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Independent Lens
  • 2009
  • 2007
No Score Yet NCIS
Ned Quinn
  • 2008
No Score Yet POV
Voice Narrator
  • 2008
  • 2001
79% Brothers & Sisters
Prof. Mark August Mark August
  • 2007
No Score Yet Commander in Chief
Warren Keating Vice President Keaton Keaton Gen. Warren Keaton Warren Keaton
  • 2006
  • 2005
95% The 4400
Dennis Ryland
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
95% Deadwood
Gen. Crook
  • 2004
No Score Yet Nature
Voice Narrator
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet American Experience
  • 1999
  • 1995
No Score Yet Avonlea
Rodney Penhallow
  • 1995
  • 1993
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
  • 1986
No Score Yet The Hitchhiker