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Peter Coyote

Lowest Rated:   0% Written in Blood (2002)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
47% 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
56% 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
14% 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
No Score Yet 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
52% 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
48% 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
22% 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
62% Kika
  • Nicholas
1993
63% 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
82% Jagged Edge
  • Thomas Krasny
1985
44% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • Senator Ted McCreary
  • 2015
No Score Yet Perception
2012-2015
  • James
  • 2015
  • 2014
36% Intelligence
2014
  • Leland Strand
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Dust Bowl
2012
  • Narrator
  • 2012
57% Law & Order: LA
2010-2011
  • DA Hardin
  • 2011
No Score Yet Prohibition
2011
  • Narrator
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2011
No Score Yet Deadwood
2004-2006
  • Gen. Crook
  • 2011
  • 2004
89% FlashForward
2009-2010
  • Dave Segovia
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Narrator
  • 2009
  • 2007
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Ned Quinn
  • 2008
No Score Yet POV
1988
  • Narrator
  • Voice
  • 2008
  • 2001
No Score Yet Brothers & Sisters
2006-2011
  • Prof. Mark August Mark August
  • 2007
No Score Yet Nature
1982
  • Narrator
  • Voice
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Narrator
  • 1999
  • 1995
No Score Yet Avonlea
1990-1996
  • Rodney Penhallow
  • 1995
  • 1993
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Actor
  • 1986

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