Peter Coyote Biography (1942-)

Original name, Peter Cohon; born October 10, 1942, in Colver, PA (some sources say New York, NY); son of Morris Cohon (an investment banker); married Marilyn McCann, 1975 (divorced, January 1998); married Stefanie Pleet (a locationmanager), 1998; children: (first marriage) one daughter, one son. Addresses: Agent: Endeavor, 9701 Wilshire Blvd., 10th Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Manager: Untitled Entertainment, 8436 West Third St., Suite 650, Los Angeles, CA 90048.; Contact: c/o Official International Peter Coyote Fan Club,3425 Knox Place, Bronx, NY 10467-2009.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, writer
Birth Details
October 10, 1942
Colver, Pennsylvania, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Universal, 1978
  • Davis, Die Laughing, Warner Bros., 1980
  • Young David, Tell Me a Riddle, Filmways, 1980
  • Staff Sergeant Crawford Poole, Southern Comfort, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981
  • The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper, Universal, 1981
  • Breach of Contract, 1982
  • Porter Reese, Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (also known as Timerider), Sunn Classic, 1982
  • Steele, Endangered Species, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982
  • Rex, Out (also known as Deadly Drifter), Zone Productions,1982
  • Keys, E. T.: The Extraterrestrial (also known as E. T. andE. T. the Extra-Terrestrial: The 20th Anniversary), Universal, 1982
  • Stanley, Stranger's Kiss, Orion, 1983
  • Parker Stone, Slayground, Universal, 1983
  • Norton Baskin, Cross Creek, Universal, 1983
  • Arthur Blue, Heartbreakers, Orion, 1984
  • Lieutenant Ringwald, The Legend of Billie Jean, TriStar, 1985
  • Himself, Troupers, Icarus Films, 1985
  • Narrator, Contrary Warriors: A Film of the Crow Tribe, RattlesnakeProductions, 1985
  • Thomas Krasny, Jagged Edge, Columbia, 1985
  • Narrator, Kerouac, the Movie (documentary), October Films, 1985
  • Narrator, A Question of Power, 1986
  • Michael Sanders, Outrageous Fortune, Buena Vista, 1987
  • Photographer, Stacking (also known as Season of Dreams), Spectrafilm, 1987
  • Steve Elliot, A Man in Love (also known as Un homme amoreuxand Un uomo innamorato), Gaumont, 1987
  • Lieutenant Sharpe/Larry, Heart of Midnight, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1989
  • Narrator, Downwind/Downstream, Bullfrog Films, 1989
  • Himself, Flashing on the Sixties: A Tribal Document, 1990
  • Henry Tobel, The Man Inside (also known as L'affaire Walraff), New Line Cinema, 1990
  • Peter Mandrake, Exposure (also known as High Art, KnifeFighter, and A Grande Arte), Miramax, 1991
  • Edward Warren, Crooked Hearts, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Pathe, 1991
  • Nicholas, Kika, CiBy 2000/October Films, 1993
  • Narrator, The Peyote Road, 1993
  • Oscar, Bitter Moon (also known as Lunes de fiel), Fine Line, 1994
  • Henry Warburton, That Eye, the Sky, 1994
  • (Uncredited) Paul, Moonlight and Valentino, 1995
  • Police Lieutenant Henry Dexter, Seeds of Doubt, 1996
  • Don Bresler, Unforgettable, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1996
  • Himself, The Making of "E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial" (also known as E. T.: The Extra Terrestrial--A Look Back; documentary), 1996
  • Bill Davis, Patch Adams, Universal, 1998
  • Captain Harold C. Barnes, Sphere, Warner Bros., 1998
  • Narrator, Quartzites Fall, 1998
  • Xuave, Last Call, 1998
  • Martin Conlon, The Basket, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1999
  • Cullen Chandler, Random Hearts, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1999
  • Narrator, Emperor of Hemp, UFO Central Home Video, 1999
  • Kurt Potter, Erin Brockovich, Universal, 2000
  • Dennis Burke, Red Letters, New City Releasing, 2000
  • Detective Darren Cody, More Dogs than Bones, Dream Entertainment,2000
  • William, A Time for Dancing, East of Doheny, 2000
  • Alfred Stieglitz, Jack the Dog, 2001
  • Narrator, Voices of Sierra Tarahumara (documentary), University ofCalifornia's Center for Media and Independent Learning, 2001
  • Lionel Heathcote, Suddenly Naked (also known as Mise a nu),Pantheon Entertainment LLC, 2001
  • Himself, E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial: 20th Anniversary Celebration, Universal Studios Home Video, 2002
  • Himself, The E. T. Reunion, 2002
  • Narrator, Hollywood's Magical Island: Catalina, 2003
  • Reverend Sullivan, A Walk to Remember, Warner Bros., 2002
  • Bernard Elias, Purpose, Lakeshore Entertainment, 2002
  • Bruce Watts, Femme Fatale, Warner Bros., 2002
  • John Traveller, Written in Blood, Buena Vista Home Video, 2002
  • Eddie, Northfork, Paramount Classics, 2003
  • Chief Blooomenbergansteinthal, The Hebrew Hammer, Strand Releasing, 2003
  • Alex Winkler, Bon voyage, Sony Pictures Classics, 2003
  • Rudolph Grichenberg, Le grand role, 2004
  • Congressman Henderson, Shadow of Fear, Nu Image, 2004
  • Herman Finch, Deepwater, 2004
  • Film Work
  • Director, Crimes of Opportunity, 1998
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Narrator, National Geographic Explorer, 1985
  • Narrator, The Pacific Century, PBS, 1992
  • Narrator, American Cinema, PBS, 1995
  • Narrator, The Color of War, The History Channel, 2001
  • Ryland, The 4400, USA Network, 2004
  • Also appeared in Up and Coming, PBS.
  • Miniseries
  • Courtney Taylor, Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (also known asAlcatraz and Clarence Carnes), NBC, 1980
  • George Bolen, The People vs. Jean Harris, NBC, 1981
  • William Bradfield, Jr., Echoes in the Darkness, CBS, 1987
  • Buffalo Bill Cody, Buffalo Girls, CBS, 1995
  • Ruben Borchardt, Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story (also known as Seduced by Madness), NBC, 1996
  • Narrator, The West, PBS, 1996
  • Voice of Thomas Jefferson, Founding Fathers (documentary), The History Channel, 2000
  • Narrator, The American Frontier: Decisive Battles (documentary), The History Channel, 2000
  • Movies
  • Wynn Thomas, Isabel's Choice, CBS, 1981
  • Frank Mitchell, Best Kept Secrets, ABC, 1984
  • Anthony Ristelli, Scorned and Swindled, CBS, 1984
  • Max Knickerbocker, The Blue Yonder (also known as Time Flyer), The Disney Channel, 1985
  • Matt Townsend, Child's Cry, CBS, 1986
  • Sam Fischetti, Sworn to Silence, ABC, 1987
  • Slick Henderson, Baja Oklahoma, HBO, 1988
  • Richmond Flowers, Sr., Unconquered, CBS, 1989
  • Miles Sutherland, Act of Will, 1989
  • Matt, Living a Lie, NBC, 1991
  • Frank Macguire, A Seduction in Travis County (also known as Blind Judgment), CBS, 1991
  • Frank Nordhall, Keeper of the City, Showtime, 1992
  • Colonel Andrew Case, Breach of Conduct (also known as Tour of Duty), USA Network, 1994
  • Deacon Vivyan, Terminal Justice (also known as Cybertech PD), HBO, 1995
  • Michael, Dalva, ABC, 1996
  • Doc "the Butcher," Top of the World (also known as Cold Cash and Showdown), HBO, 1997
  • Gene Gere, Road Ends (also known as Safe House), Cinemax, 1997
  • Dr. Arthur Lefcourt, Murder in My Mind, CBS, 1997
  • Detective Roos, Indiscreet, HBO, 1998
  • Jim Bowie, Two for Texas, TNT, 1998
  • Sheriff Dwayne Hogan, Route 9, HBO, 1998
  • Dennis "Denny" Traynor, A Murder on Shadow Mountain, CBS, 1999
  • Harvey Milk, Execution of Justice, Showtime, 1999
  • Don Wigulow, The Wednesday Woman, CBS, 2000
  • Stephen Hastings, Midwives, Lifetime, 2001
  • Dr. Ringold, Phenomenon II, ABC, 2003
  • Also appeared in Golden Gate; In the Child's Best Interest.
  • Specials
  • "Bread," The Booth, PBS, 1985
  • Narrator, "The Grizzlies," National Geographic Special, PBS, 1987
  • Himself, Sgt. Pepper: It Was Twenty Years Ago Today (documentary),PBS, 1987
  • Narrator, "African Odyssey," National Geographic Special, PBS, 1988
  • Narrator, Return of the Wolves (documentary), PBS, 1989
  • Narrator, Ocean of Wisdom (documentary), PBS, 1990
  • Host, The New Range Wars (documentary), TBS, 1991
  • Voice of Abraham Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln: A New Birth of Freedom(documentary), PBS, 1992
  • Narrator, "Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey," American Masters(documentary), PBS, 1992
  • Narrator, "Orson Welles: What Went Wrong?," Crazy about the Movies(documentary), Cinemax, 1992
  • Voice, Earth and the American Dream, HBO, 1993
  • The History of Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 6 (documentary; also known as My Generation), syndicated, 1995
  • Narrator, "Cyclone!," National Geographic Specials, NBC, 1995
  • Narrator, The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies (documentary), 1995
  • Narrator, Edison's Miracle of Light, PBS, 1995
  • Narrator, 21st Century Jet: The Building of the 777 (documentary),PBS, 1996
  • Narrator, Cheating Death: Catastrophes Caught on Tape, Fox, 1997
  • Host, Close Call: Cheating Death II, Fox, 1997
  • Narrator, The Secrets of 007: The James Bond Files, CBS, 1997
  • Narrator, The World's Scariest Police Chases, Fox, 1997
  • Narrator, Video Justice: Crime Caught on Tape, Fox, 1997
  • Narrator, When Disasters Strike II, Fox, 1997
  • Narrator, Still Missing (documentary), 1997
  • Narrator, Frontier: Legends of the Old Northwest (documentary), The History Channel, 1998
  • Narrator, Titanic: Breaking New Ground (documentary), Fox, 1998
  • Narrator, "Nature," John Denver: Let This Be a Voice, PBS, 1998
  • Narrator, National Geographic: The Battle for Midway (documentary), 1998
  • Interviewee, Roman Polanski: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1998
  • Narrator, Storm of the Century, NBC, 1998
  • Narrator, Avalanche: The White Death (documentary), NBC, 1998
  • Book Tour TV, 1998, Free Preview Weekend, HBO, 1998
  • Sphere Specials & Interviews, 1998
  • Narrator, Hoover Dam (documentary), PBS, 1999
  • Narrator, Rome: Power and Glory, The Learning Channel, 1999
  • Voice of Urban Renewal, Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco--The Fillmore (documentary; also known as The Fillmore), 1999
  • Narrator, The Battle of Midway (documentary), TBS, 1999
  • Narrator, The History of Sex (documentary), The History Channel, 1999
  • Voice of John Wesley Powell, Lost in the Grand Canyon (documentary), PBS, 1999
  • Narrator, Search for the Submarine I-52 (documentary), NBC, 1999
  • Narrator, Sled Dogs: An Alaskan Epic (documentary), PBS, 1999
  • Announcer, The 72nd Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2000
  • Narrator, Frontier: The Decisive Battles (documentary), 2000
  • Interviewee, Roman Polanski: Reflections of Darkness (documentary), 2000
  • Narrator, In the Light of Reverence (documentary), PBS, 2001
  • Narrator, Natural Connections (documentary), PBS, 2001
  • Narrator, Sex in the 20th Century (documentary), The History Channel, 2001
  • Himself, Polanski y los ojos del mal, 2002
  • Voice of Thomas Jefferson, Founding Brothers (documentary), The History Channel, 2002
  • E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial 20th Anniversary Special, NBC, 2002
  • Narrator, Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election, 2002
  • Himself and narrator, Seth Eastman: Painting the Dakota (documentary), 2002
  • Narrator, The Shape of Life, PBS, 2002
  • Narrator, Out of the Blue, Sci-Fi Channel, 2003
  • Pilots
  • The 4400, USA Network, 2004
  • Episodic
  • "All This and the Old School Tie," The Insiders, ABC, 1985
  • Alex, "Last Scene," The Hitchhiker (also known as Le voyageur), HBO, 1986
  • Adam Grant, "Shadow Play," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1986
  • Romney Penhallow, "Old Quarrels, Old Loves," Road to Avonlea, TheDisney Channel, 1990
  • Arsenio Hall, 1990
  • Entertainment Tonight, 1991, 1995
  • Narrator, "Edison's Miracle of Light," The American Experience, NBC, 1995
  • Herman Charn, "Professional Man," Fallen Angels, Showtime, 1995
  • Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, ABC, 1997, 1998
  • Roger, "The Love of Her Life," Cybill, CBS, 1997
  • Narrator, "Denali, Alaska's Great Wilderness," The Living Edens, PBS, 1997
  • Arts & Minds, Bravo, 1998
  • Narrator, "Kakadu: Australia's Ancient Wilderness," The Living Edens, PBS, 1999
  • Ross, "Secrets, Lies, and Weddings," The Division, 2002
  • The Active Opposition, WorldLink TV, 2003
  • Stage Appearances
  • The Miser, 1966
  • Pantalone, L'aimant militaire, 1967
  • Inacoma, Magic Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1977
  • The Red Snake, and True West, Magic Theatre, 1977-1978
  • Autobiography of a Pearl Diver, Magic Theatre, 1978
  • Charles the Irrelevant, Magic Theatre, 1979
  • True West, Magic Theatre, 1980
  • Jake, Jake's Women, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1989-1990
  • Also appeared in The Abduction of Kari Swenson, Baby Girl Scott, The Minstrel Show, and Olive Pits.
  • Stage Work
  • Director of Olive Pits, San Francisco Actors Workshop, San Francisco.
  • Major Tours
  • Director, The Minstrel Show, or Civil Rights in a Cracker Barrel,San Francisco Actors Workshop, U.S. cities, 1967
  • RECORDINGS
  • Taped Readings
  • Canyons by Gary Paulsen, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio, 1991
  • The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter, Audio Literature,1992
  • Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shurnryu Suzuki-roshi, Audio Literature, 1992
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, Audio Literature, 1992
  • The Book of Job, Audio Literature, 1992
  • The River by Gary Paulsen, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio, 1993
  • The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio, 1995
  • Genesis, Audio Literature, 1997
  • Zen Flesh, Zen Bones by Paul Reps, Audio Literature, 1997
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1999
  • Brian's Return by Gary Paulsen, Doubleday Dell Audio, 1999
  • Also recorded The Teaching of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda, AudioLiterature; A Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda, Audio Literature;The Enlightened Heart, Audio Literature, 1992.
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • Crimes of Opportunity, 1998
  • Also wrote the unproduced screenplays Heaven before I Die, On the Eighth Day, and Close Call.
  • Plays
  • Co-author, Olive Pits, San Francisco Actors Workshop, San Francisco.
  • Memoir
  • Sleeping Where I Fall: A Chronicle, Counterpoint Press, 1998
  • Contributor
  • Junker, Howard, ed., Strange Attraction: The Best 10 Years of Zyzzyva, University of Nevada Press, 1985
  • Hapler, Jan, ed., Dimensions of a Life, Sierra Club Books, 1991
  • Henderson, Bill, and Sybil Steinberg, eds., The Pushcart Prize XVII 1993-1994, Pushcart Press, 1993
  • Cregg, Magda, ed., Hey Lew, Clew Press, 1998
  • Other
  • (Introduction only) Gach, Gary, What Book?!: Buddha Poems from Beat toHiphop, 1998
  • Contributor to magazines and periodicals, Mother Jones, Terra Nova, San Francisco Chronicle, Steelhead, and Zyzzyva.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Tikkun, September, 1999, p. 71
    Electronic
    • Peter Coyote Official Site, http://www.petercoyote.com, April 21,2004

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