Peter MacNicol

Peter MacNicol

Highest Rated: 84% 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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 77% Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright Dewey Ottoman (Voice) - 2013
34% 54% Battleship U.S. Secretary of Defense (Character) $65.2M 2012
67% 76% Game Change Rick Davis (Character) - 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
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ponder Heart Uncle Daniel (Character) - 2001
60% 56% Recess: School's Out Fenwick (Voice) $36.7M 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pooch and the Pauper Liberty (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 63% Olive, the Other Reindeer Unknown (Character) - 1999
2% 24% Baby Geniuses Dan (Character) $27.1M 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
77% 63% Addams Family Values Gary Granger (Character) $45.7M 1993
40% 47% Housesitter Marty (Character) $58.1M 1992
No Score Yet 58% Hard Promises Stuart (Character) $277.7K 1991
No Score Yet 75% By Dawn's Early Light Sedgwick (Character) - 1990
54% 61% Ghostbusters II Janosz Poha (Character) $110.4M 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Blue Note Jack Solow (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nick, al rojo vivo Unknown (Character) - 1987
17% 26% Heat Cyrus Kinnick (Character) $2.4M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Bull Joe Kovacs (Character) - 1986
78% 85% Sophie's Choice Stingo (Character) - 1982
84% 63% Dragonslayer Galen (Character) - 1981

TV

Credit
56% 58% All Rise Judger Albert Campbell (Guest Star) 2020-2021
81% 82% The Big Bang Theory Doctor Wolcott (Guest Star) 2018
93% 89% Veep Jeff Kane (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 90% American Dad Old Man Hanson (Guest Voice) 2016 2014
29% No Score Yet Gigi Does It Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
95% 90% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 2015 2013
34% 36% CSI: Cyber Asst. Dep. Dir. Simon Sifter (Character) 2015
86% 82% The Mindy Project Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Necessary Roughness Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
84% 77% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2010-2011
No Score Yet 91% Numb3ers Prof. Larry Fleinhardt (Character),
Writer
2005-2010
100% 97% The Spectacular Spider-Man Dr. Otto Octavius (Guest Voice) 2008-2009
87% 84% 24 Tom Lennox (Character) 2007
86% 90% Boston Legal Dr. Sydney Field (Guest Star) 2006
61% 70% Ally McBeal John Cage (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star),
Director,
Writer
1997-2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ally Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1995-1998
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Powers That Be Unknown (Character) 1992-1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1989

QUOTES FROM Peter MacNicol CHARACTERS

Carrie says: Danger!

Dan says: What?

Robin says: What?

Carrie says: Whit has a twin brother called Sly, he's the one that's been here the last two days.

Rick Davis says: Listen, I too wish that the American people would choose the future Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Jefferson, but unfortunately, that's not the way it works anymore. Now it takes movie-star charisma to get elected President, and Obama and Palin, that's what they are - they're stars.

Janosz Poha says: Everything you are doing is bad, i want you to know this.

Janosz Poha says: Everything you are doing is bad, I want you to know this.

Renfield says: My God! What are you doing to the furniture?