Peter MacNicol

Peter MacNicol

Highest Rated: 82% Dragonslayer (1981)

Lowest Rated: 2% Baby Geniuses (1999)

Birthday: Apr 10, 1954

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA

Veteran character actor Peter MacNicol made a name for himself with a lengthy résumé populated by roles that while outwardly submissive, often displayed unexpected flashes of inner fire. Trained on the stages of the revered Guthrie Theater and proven on Broadway, the actor's screen debut came with a starring role in the fondly remembered fantasy film "Dragonslayer" (1981). However, he truly came to the attention of both audiences and critics as the odd-man-out in the doomed triangle of the heart-wrenching drama "Sophie's Choice" (1982), opposite Kevin Kline and Oscar-winner Meryl Streep. MacNicol later gave his comic instincts free reign as the manic Dr. Janosz Poha alongside Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver in "Ghostbusters II" (1989). A brief run as a recurring character on the medical drama "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000) paved the way for a career-making role on David E. Kelley's quirky legal comedy "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002). For the six-season-run of the provocative series, MacNicol played law firm partner John Cage with equal parts eccentricity and humanity, endearing himself to fans of the show possibly more than any other character in the wacky series. Always in demand, he soon joined the successful crime drama "Numb3rs" (CBS, 2005-2010), as a theoretician assisting the FBI in solving impregnable cases. Adept at comedy and high drama, MacNicol's innumerable contributions to film and television ensured his ongoing screen presence for years to come.

Highest rated movies

24: Redemption
Sophie's Choice Addams Family Values
Game Change
Ghostbusters II Bean
Hard Promises




No Score Yet 77% Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright Dewey Ottoman (Voice) - 2013
67% 76% Game Change Rick Davis (Character) - 2012
34% 54% Battleship U.S. Secretary of Defense (Character) $65.2M 2012
80% 67% 24: Redemption Tom Lennox (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 27% Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild Troopmaster (Voice) - 2005
31% 57% Breakin' All the Rules Philip Gascon (Character) $11.8M 2004
No Score Yet 53% Balto II: Wolf Quest Muru (Voice) - 2001
60% 56% Recess: School's Out Fenwick (Voice) $36.7M 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ponder Heart Uncle Daniel (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pooch and the Pauper Liberty (Character) - 2000
2% 24% Baby Geniuses Dan (Character) $27.1M 1999
No Score Yet 63% Olive, the Other Reindeer Unknown (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 36% Silencing Mary Lawrence Dixon (Character) - 1998
44% 53% Bean David Langley (Character) $45.3M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fugitive From Justice: Underground Father Roy Dowd (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Abducted: A Father's Love Roy Dowd (Character) - 1996
11% 49% Dracula: Dead and Loving It R.M. Renfield (Character) $9.9M 1995
76% 63% Addams Family Values Gary Granger (Character) $45.7M 1993
38% 47% Housesitter Marty (Character) $58.1M 1992
40% 58% Hard Promises Stuart (Character) $277.7K 1991
No Score Yet 73% By Dawn's Early Light Sedgwick (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Blue Note Jack Solow (Character) - 1989
54% 61% Ghostbusters II Janosz Poha (Character) $110.4M 1989
17% 27% Heat Cyrus Kinnick (Character) $2.4M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nick, al rojo vivo Unknown (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Bull Joe Kovacs (Character) - 1986
78% 85% Sophie's Choice Stingo (Character) - 1982
82% 62% Dragonslayer Galen (Character) - 1981


No Score Yet 44% All Rise Judger Albert Campbell (Guest Star) 2020-2021
No Score Yet 100% Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law X the Eliminator (Voice) 2018
81% 82% The Big Bang Theory Doctor Wolcott (Guest Star) 2018
93% 91% Veep Jeff Kane (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 90% American Dad! Old Man Hanson (Guest Voice) 2014 2016
29% 50% Gigi Does It Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
95% 91% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 2013 2015
34% 36% CSI: Cyber Asst. Dep. Dir. Simon Sifter (Character) 2015
86% 84% The Mindy Project Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet 50% Necessary Roughness Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
84% 75% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2010-2011
No Score Yet 93% Numb3ers Prof. Larry Fleinhardt (Character),
100% 96% The Spectacular Spider-Man Dr. Otto Octavius (Guest Voice) 2008-2009
87% 86% 24 Thomas Lennox (Character) 2007
86% 91% Boston Legal Dr. Sydney Field (Guest Star) 2006
61% 75% Ally McBeal John Cage (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star),
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ally Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet 0% Chicago Hope Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1994
63% No Score Yet The Powers That Be Unknown (Character) 1992-1993