Peter Riegert Biography (1947-)

Born April 11, 1947, in the Bronx, New York, NY; son of Milton (a food wholesaler) and Lucille (a piano teacher) Riegert. Addresses: Agent: John S.Kelly, Bresler, Kelly and Associates, 11500 West Olympic Blvd., Suite 352, Los Angeles, CA 90064; (voice work) Special Artists Agency, 9465 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 890, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Birth Details
April 11, 1947
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Donald "Boon" Schoenstein, Animal House (also known as NationalLampoon's "Animal House"), Universal, 1978
  • Eric McMurkin, Americathon, United Artists, 1979
  • Sam Maguire, Chilly Scenes of Winter (also known as Head over Heels), United Artists, 1979
  • Jason Cooper, National Lampoon Goes to the Movies (also known as National Lampoon's "Movie Madness"), United Artists, 1981
  • Mac MacIntyre, Local Hero, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Walter Giammanca, Le grand carnaval (also known as The Big Carnival), Carthago Films, 1983
  • Tim, The City Girl, Moon Pictures, 1984
  • Dr. Harris Kite, Cudzoziemka (also known as The Stranger and El extrano), Columbia, 1987
  • Michael Pozner, Un homme amoureux (also known as A Man in Love and Un uomo innamorato), Gaumont, 1987
  • Sam Posner, Crossing Delancey, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Baby Elroy as an adult, That's Adequate, Southgate Entertainment,1989
  • Eric, Oltre l'oceano (also known as Beyond the Ocean), Medusa Distribuzione, 1990
  • Robert Benham, A Shock to the System, Corsair Pictures, 1990
  • Aldo, Oscar, Buena Vista, 1991
  • Larry, The Object of Beauty, Avenue Entertainment, 1991
  • Captain Gregory Fanducci, The Runestone, Hyperion Pictures, 1992
  • Peter Syracusa, Passed Away, Buena Vista, 1992
  • Marius Fisher, Utz, First Run Features/Castle Rock Productions, 1993
  • Doctor, White Man's Burden (also known as Bleeding Hearts and Fatal Destiny), Savoy Pictures, 1994
  • Lieutenant Mitch Kellaway, The Mask, New Line Cinema, 1994
  • Dad Dunlap, Pie in the Sky, Fine Line Features, 1995
  • Steve, Coldblooded (also known as The Reluctant Hitman), IRS Releasing, 1995
  • Mel Feynman, Infinity, First Look Pictures, 1996
  • Minor, Hi-Life, Lions Gate Films, 1998
  • Attorney Michael Adler, Traffic (also known as Traffic--Die Macht des Kartells), USA Films, 2000
  • Barry, In the Weeds, Moonstone Entertainment, 2000
  • Dr. Peters, Passion of Mind, Paramount Classics, 2000
  • Larry, How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog, Artistic License, 2000
  • C-Scam, Landscape Films, 2000
  • Leo Spivak, King of the Corner (also known as The Pursuit of Happiness), Pursuit Films, 2004
  • Appeared in the short film A Director Talks about His Film.
  • Film Director and Producer
  • By Courier (short film), Two Tequila Productions, 2000
  • King of the Corner, Pursuit Films, 2004
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Walter Cooper, Middle Ages, CBS, 1992
  • Ted Fisher, The Beast, ABC, 2001
  • State assemblyman Ronald Zellman, a recurring role, The Sopranos,HBO, 2001-2002
  • Miniseries
  • Jacob Rubinstein/Jake Rubin, Ellis Island, CBS, 1984
  • Movies
  • Eric Ross, News at Eleven, CBS, 1986
  • Herbie, Gypsy (musical), CBS, 1993
  • Peter Cohen, Barbarians at the Gate, HBO, 1993
  • Rabbi Cooper, The Infiltrator, HBO, 1995
  • Sidney Wiltz, An Element of Truth, CBS, 1995
  • Porker, North Shore Fish, Showtime, 1996
  • Lieutenant Coop Cooper, Face Down, Showtime, 1997
  • Irving Mansfield, Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story (alsoknown as Jacqueline Susann, la scandaleuse), USA Network, 1998
  • Richard Luckman, The Baby Dance, Showtime, 1998
  • Stan, Jerry and Tom (also known as Tom and Jerry), Showtime, 1999
  • Marty Forkins, Bojangles, Showtime, 2001
  • Rabbi, Club Land, Showtime, 2001
  • Decker, Bleacher Bums (also known as The Cheap Seats), Showtime, 2002
  • Mel, Surrender Dorothy, CBS, 2006
  • Specials
  • Table Settings, HBO, c. 1983
  • Richard M. Nixon, "Concealed Enemies," American Playhouse, PBS, 1984
  • W. Eugene Smith, "W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult," American Masters (also known as American Masters: W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult), PBS, 1989
  • Himself, Burt Lancaster: Daring to Reach, Arts and Entertainment,1996
  • Himself, Burt Lancaster, American Movie Classics, 1997
  • Himself, Behind the Movies: Animal House, NBC, 2001
  • Himself, Unseen Untold: National Lampoon's "Animal House," Spike TV, 2003
  • Zeb, "Back When We Were Grownups," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 2004
  • (In archive footage) Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses, ComedyCentral, 2004
  • (In archive footage) Live from New York: The First 5 Years of SaturdayNight Live, NBC, 2005
  • Awards Presentations
  • Himself, The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, IndependentFilm Channel, 2001
  • Episodic
  • Groucho Marx, Feelin' Good, PBS, 1974
  • Igor, "Change Day," M*A*S*H, CBS, 1977
  • Igor, "War of Nerves," M*A*S*H, CBS, 1977
  • Gus Rosenthal as an adult, "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty," TheTwilight Zone, CBS, 1985
  • Bill, "The Hit List," Trying Times, PBS, 1989
  • Jerold Dixon, "Deceit," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1996
  • Kimbrough, "The Finale: Part 1," Seinfeld, NBC, 1998
  • Jay Rydell, "The Cut Man Cometh," Sports Night, ABC, 2000
  • Defense attorney, "Shrunk," Law & Order (also known as Law& Order Prime), NBC, 2003
  • Voice of Max Weinstein, "When You Wish upon a Weinstein," Family Guy (animated; also known as Padre de familia and Padre del familia), Fox, 2003
  • Chauncey Zeirko, "Conscience," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order's Sex Crimes, Law & Order: SVU, and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2004
  • Chauncey Zeirko, "Lowdown," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit(also known as Law & Order's Sex Crimes, Law & Order: SVU, and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2004
  • Chauncey Zeirko, "Sick," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order's Sex Crimes, Law & Order: SVU,and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2004
  • Chauncey Zeirko, "Design," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order's Sex Crimes, Law & Order: SVU, and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2005
  • Appeared as Marshall Rifkin in LateLine, NBC and Showtime.
  • Pilots
  • Alan Baker, Mystery Dance, ABC, 1995
  • Stage Appearances
  • Honey Boy, Dance with Me (musical), Mayfair Theatre, New York City, 1975-76
  • Danny Shapiro, Sexual Perversity in Chicago/The Duck Variations, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1976-77
  • S. Vogel, Sauvage Sagar, and Vincenzo Chiaruggi, Censored Scenes fromKing Kong (musical), Princess Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Sunday Runners in the Rain, New York Shakespeare Festival, PublicTheatre, Anspacher Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Marty Sterling, Isn't It Romantic?, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • Key Exchange, Westwood Playhouse (later known as the Geffen Playhouse), Los Angeles, 1982
  • Table Settings, c. 1983
  • Marty, La Brea Tarpits, Workshop of the Players Art Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • Sandy, A Hell of a Town, Westside Arts Theatre Upstairs, New YorkCity, 1984
  • The Cherry Orchard, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1985
  • Festival of Original One-Act Comedies, Manhattan Punch Line Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • The Spanish Prisoner, New Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, 1985
  • Barney Rosen, A Rosen by Any Other Name, American Jewish Theatre,New York City, 1986
  • Goldberg, The Birthday Party, Classic Stage Company, Classic StageCompany Theatre, New York City, 1987
  • Axel Hammond, The Nerd, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1987-88
  • Goldberg, The Birthday Party, and prisoner, Mountain Language (double-bill), Classic Stage Company, Classic Stage Company Theatre, 1989
  • Jerry, Road to Nirvana, Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1991
  • Walter Abrahmson, An American Daughter, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1997
  • Bobby Gould, The Old Neighborhood (consists of The Disappearance of the Jews, Jolly, and Deeny), Booth Theatre, New York City, 1997-98
  • Celebration [and] The Room (double-bill), American Conservatory Theater, Geary Theater, San Francisco, CA, 2001
  • Appeared in Call Me Charlie, The Performing Garage, New York City;and as Chico Marx, Minnie's Boys (musical), Playhouse in the Park, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Stage Work
  • Director, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, CA, 2006
  • Videos
  • Himself, The Yearbook: An "Animal House" Reunion, Universal Studios Home Video, 2000
  • Donald "Boon" Schoenstein, Where Are They Now? A Delta Alumni Update, Universal, 2003
  • Audiobooks
  • Andrea Barrett, The Voyage of the Narwhal, Random House, 1999
  • Screenplays
  • By Courier (short film), Two Tequila Productions, 2000

Further Reference


    • Playbill, November 19, 1997

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