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Peter Riegert

Peter Riegert
Peter Riegert in 1979 at the première of The Rose
Born (1947-04-11) April 11, 1947
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Alma mater The State University of New York (The University at Buffalo)
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, director
Years active 1975–present

Peter Riegert (born April 11, 1947) is an American FX series Damages (2007)


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Stage 2.1
    • Film 2.2
    • TV 2.3
    • Director and writer 2.4
    • Voice work 2.5
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Early life

Riegert was born in The Bronx, the son of Lucille, a piano teacher, and Milton Riegert, a food wholesaler.[1] Riegert grew up in Hartsdale, New York, and was raised in a nonobservant Jewish household.[2] He graduated from Ardsley High School in 1964 and later from the University at Buffalo. He worked at a number of jobs, including teaching, waiting tables, and social worker before settling on acting as a career.



He made his Broadway debut in the musical Dance with Me. Other Broadway credits include The Old Neighborhood, An American Daughter, The Nerd, and Censored Scenes From King Kong. Off-Broadway he has appeared in Road to Nirvana, The Birthday Party, Isn't It Romantic, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and A Rosen by Any Other Name.


Year Movies As
1978 National Lampoon's Animal House Donald "Boon" Schoenstein
1979 Americathon McMerkin
1979 The Rose Herbie
1979 Chilly Scenes of Winter Sam Magurie
1983 Local Hero MacIntyre
1986 News at Eleven Eric Ross
1987 The Stranger Dr. Harris Kite
1988 Crossing Delancey Sam Posner
1989 W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult W Eugene Smith
1990 A Shock to the System Robert (Bob) Benham
1991 Oscar Aldo
1991 The Runestone (Fanducci)
1993 Gypsy Herbie
1993 Barbarians at the Gate Peter Cohen
1994 The Mask Lt. Mitch Kellaway
1995 The Infiltrator Rabbi Cooper
1995 An Element of Truth Sidney
1997 Face Down Lieutenant Cooper (Coop)
1997 North Shore Fish Porker
1998 The Baby Dance Richard Luckman
1998 The Scandalous Me: Jacqueline Susann Story Irving Mansfield
2001 Bojangles Marty Forkins
2004 King of the Corner Leo Spivak
2004 Mystery Dance Alan Baker
2010 The Stranger Dr Harris Kildee
2011 The Hit List Bill Grieber
2011 Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (himself)
2011 We Bought a Zoo Delbert McGinty
2013 At Middleton Boneyard Sims
2016 American Pastoral Lou Levov


Riegert made his Damages. He also appears in a recurring role of Judge Harvey Winter in CBS's The Good Wife. He is currently appearing in Dads as David Sachs, the father of Eli Sachs, played by Seth Green.

Director and writer

Riegert made his screenwriting and directorial debuts with By Courier, based on a short story by O. Henry. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film and won him the Festival Award for Best First Feature at the Marco Island Film Festival.

Riegert directed and co-wrote King of the Corner, a 2004 film featured at the Newport Film Festival. It stars Peter Riegert and Isabella Rossellini, and includes Eric Bogosian, Dominic Chianese, Beverly D'Angelo and Rita Moreno.

Voice work

Riegert narrated the audiobook of Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union, which was nominated for a 2008 Audie Award in literary fiction. He narrated the audiobook of The Voyage of the Narwhal, a mid-19th century romance with the Arctic,[3] and also read the stories of Raymond Carver.

He was also the narrator for The First Basket, a documentary film on professional basketball's influence on Jewish culture.[4]


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  2. ^ "I was aware of being Jewish and I don't mean that in a small way"
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