Peter MacNicol

Highest Rated: 86% Dragonslayer (1981)
Lowest Rated: 2% Baby Geniuses (1999)
Birthday: Apr 10, 1954
Birthplace: Not Available
Upon graduating from the University of Minnesota, Peter MacNicol traveled the length and breadth of the U.S. as a regional repertory actor. In his first film, Dragonslayer (1981), MacNicol essayed one of his few leading-man roles as Galen, a hapless assistant sorcerer who makes good. His most celebrated film assignment was as Stingo, the innocent-bystander narrator of Sophie's Choice. Most of the time, MacNicol has been seen in comical, sycophantic roles, such as the easily demonized Janocz in Ghostbusters II (1989) and the unctuous camp counselor in Addams Family Values (1993). On television, Peter MacNicol starred in the brief Norman Lear political lampoon The Powers That Be (1992) and co-starred as Alan Birch on the CBS medical drama Chicago Hope (1994).MacNicol continued to play small but indelible roles in a variety of small but indelible films throughout the mid-'90s. There was 1992's underrated Housesitter with Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin; acclaimed director Mel Brooks' Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995); and a starring role opposite cult comedian Rowan Atkinson in 1997's Bean. Despite his respectable feature-film success, however, MacNicol wouldn't get solid mainstream recognition until the 1997 debut of Ally McBeal. The show featured MacNicol as John Cage, an immensely insecure but highly gifted lawyer whose lovable, if over-sensitive, nature tugged at the heartstrings of Ally (Calista Flockhart) and television audiences alike. MacNicol remained a lead character on the show from 1997 to 2002, and was able to participate not just as an actor, but also as a director, screenwriter, and amateur karaoke singer. No longer the affable John Cage, MacNicol could be seen assigning Jamie Foxx the unpleasant task of letting his employees know of a rapidly approaching downsizing in 2004's Breakin' All the Rules. Recurring roles on Numbers and 24 as well as voice work in such animated shows as Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, The Batman, The Spectacular Spider-Man helped MacNicol maintain a high profile in the following years, and in 2012 he could be seen as the Secretary of Defense in the big-budget game board adaptaion Battleship.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Tangled Before Ever After Nigel the Advisor 2017
No Score Yet Scooby-doo! Stage Fright Actor 2013
34% Battleship Secretary of Defense $65.2M 2012
68% Game Change Rick Davis 2012
No Score Yet Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild Bickle 2006
31% Breakin' All the Rules Philip Gascon $11.9M 2004
No Score Yet Balto II: Wolf Quest Muru 2002
61% Recess: School's Out Fenwick $34.9M 2001
No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection Daniel Ponder 2001
No Score Yet Olive, the Other Reindeer Fido 1999
2% Baby Geniuses Dan 1999
No Score Yet The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue Narrator 1998
No Score Yet Silencing Mary Dean Lawrence Dixon 1998
41% Bean David Langley 1997
No Score Yet Mojave Moon Tire Repairman 1997
11% Dracula - Dead and Loving It Renfield 1995
24% Radioland Murders Son Writer 1994
No Score Yet Roswell Lewis Rickett 1994
74% Addams Family Values Gary Granger 1993
37% Housesitter Marty 1992
No Score Yet Hard Promises Stuart 1992
No Score Yet By Dawn's Early Light Sedgewick 1990
53% Ghostbusters 2 Janosz Poha 1989
No Score Yet American Blue Note Jack 1989
20% Heat Cyrus Kinnick 1986
77% Sophie's Choice Stingo 1982
86% Dragonslayer Galen 1981

TV

CREDIT
81% The Big Bang Theory
2007
Doctor Wolcott
  • 2018
No Score Yet Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
2000-2018
Voice
  • 2018
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
93% Veep
2012
Jeff Kane
  • 2017
  • 2016
95% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
2013
Professor Elliot Randolph
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
34% CSI: Cyber
2015-2016
Simon Sifter Stavros Sifter
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
86% The Mindy Project
2012-2017
Rabbi Adler
  • 2014
No Score Yet Necessary Roughness
2011-2013
Dr. Gunner
  • 2013
57% Fairly Legal
2011-2012
  • 2011
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Dr. Phil Stark Phil Stark Dr. Stark
  • 2011
  • 2010
86% 24
2001-2014
Tom Lennox Thomas Lennox
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
Screenwriter Larry Fleinhardt Dr. Larry Fleinhardt
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2006
  • 2005
96% Justice League Unlimited
2004-2006
Voice
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Batman
2004-2008
Voice
  • 2004
No Score Yet Boston Public
2000-2005
Director
  • 2002
61% Ally McBeal
1997-2002
Screenwriter Director John Cage
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Chicago Hope
1994-2000
Alan Birch
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
  • 1994
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Guest Mario
  • 1993
No Score Yet Harvey Birdman, Attorney General
2018
Voice
100% The Spectacular Spider-Man
2008-2009
Voice

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