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Peter MacNicol

Highest Rated:   86% Dragonslayer (1981)
Lowest Rated:   2% Baby Geniuses (1999)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
65% 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
42% 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
78% 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
No Score Yet Heat
  • Cyrus Kinnick
1986
79% Sophie's Choice
  • Stingo
1982
86% Dragonslayer
  • Galen
1981

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
91% Veep
2012
  • Jeff Kane
  • 2017
  • 2016
35% CSI: Cyber
2015-2016
  • Simon Sifter Stavros Sifter
  • 2015
92% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
2013
  • Professor Elliot Randolph
  • 2015
  • 2013
86% The Mindy Project
2012
  • Rabbi Adler
  • 2014
No Score Yet Necessary Roughness
2011-2013
  • Dr. Gunner
  • 2013
57% Fairly Legal
2011-2012
  • Actor
  • 2011
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Dr. Phil Stark Phil Stark Dr. Stark
  • 2011
  • 2010
87% 24
2001-2014
  • Tom Lennox Thomas Lennox
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Larry Fleinhardt Dr. Larry Fleinhardt
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Batman
2004-2008
  • Voice
  • 2004
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • John Cage
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
  • 1993

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