Peter Riegert - Slipping into every role!

Peter Riegert - Slipping into every role!

First Published: May 2001
Peter Riegert | "The Good Wife" (2012) [a]

Peter Riegert | "The Good Wife" (2012) [a]

John Belushi, Tom Hulce, Tim Matheson, Stephen Furst, Bruce McGill, Peter Riegert, James Widdoes | "Animal House" (1978) [b]
John Heard, Peter Riegert | "Head Over Heels" (1979)
Peter Riegert, Nancy Morgan | "Americathon" (1979)
Burt Lancaster, Peter Riegert | "Local Hero" (1983)
Peter Riegert, Christopher Rozycki | "Local Hero" (1983)
David Mowat, Peter Riegert,  Jimmy Yuill | "Local Hero" (1983)
Bert Lancaster, David Mowat, Peter Riegert,  Jimmy Yuill, Jenny Seagrove | "Local Hero" (1983)
Claudia Cardinale, Greta Scacchi, Peter Riegert | "A Man in Love" (1987)
Peter Coyote, Peter Riegert | "A Man in Love" (1987)
Amy Irving, Peter Riegert | "Crossing Delancey" (1988)
Peter Riegert | "A Shock to the System" (1990) [c]
Peter Riegert | "Oscar" (1991)
Sylvester Stallone, Chazz Palminteri, Richard Foronjy, Peter Riegert, Joey Travolta, Paul Greco | "Oscar" (1991)
Peter Riegert | "The Runestone" (1991)
Peter Riegert, Pamela Reed | "Passed Away" (1992) [d]
Peter Riegert, Josh Charles | "Sports Night" (1998)
Ted Danson, Peter Riegert | "Damages" (2007)
Peter Riegert, Nick Thurston | "White Irish Drinkers" (2010) [e]
Peter Riegert | "The Good Wife" (2012)
Seth Green, Peter Riegert | "Dads" (2013)

Peter Riegert's unfailing ability to slip effortlessly into almost any role, be it dramatic, comedic, or musical, has enabled him to work continuously in films, television and on stage for over four decades.

Riegert marked time in a series of jobs from teaching eighth grade to waiting tables before he decided he wanted to pursue a career as an actor. Soon after settling on show business, the Bronx native joined the improvisational comedy troupe, War Babies.

He obtained his Equity card playing Chico Marx in the stage musical "Minnie's Boys" and went on to appear in several theatrical productions, including the 1976 Off-Broadway hit "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" by David Mamet.

Riegert has appeared memorably in more than 30 films, including the recently SAG and Oscar-awarded "Traffic", the classic "Local Hero", opposite Burt Lancaster, the memorable romantic comedy "Crossing Delancey" and the perennial comedy favorite, "Animal House". He also starred in the "The Mask", opposite Jim Carrey, "Passed Away", "Oscar", opposite Sylvester Stallone, "Object Of Beauty" and "A Man In Love", We Bought a Zoo", and "American Pastoral" among many others.

Riegert most recently appeared in several episodes of the new Kathy Bates driven TV series, "Disjointed", as well as "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", "Dads", "The Good Wife" and multiple episodes of "One Tree Hill", "Damages" and . He starred in Showtime's "Bojangles", opposite Gregory Hines, and in the 2001 season's first several episodes of "The Sopranos". He will next be seen this month in the new ABC drama "The Beast". Riegert has appeared in many made-for-TV movies including, "The Baby Dance", "North Shore Fish" and "Face Down". Other cable features include "The Infiltrator" "Gypsy", opposite Bette Midler, and "Barbarians At The Gate", opposite James Garner, among many others. On network television, Riegert was featured in the infamous final episode of "Seinfeld" and the movies "Jacqueline Susann, The Element Of Truth", "Mystery Dance", "Ellis Island", and the comedy series "Middle Ages".

On Broadway, Riegert has starred in David Mamet's "The Old Neighborhood",  "An American Daughter", "The Nerd", "Censored", "Scenes From King Kong" and "Dance With Me", and on the off-Broadway stage in "Road To Nirvana", "The Birthday Party", "Isn't It Romantic", "Sexual Perversity In Chicago" and "A Rosen By Any Other Name".

His experience as an actor--as well as his pre-acting career as a social worker--sustained him in his directorial debut of the short film "By Courier", based on an 0'Henry short story. Legendary jazz musician Al Cooper composed the music for the film which was honored in 2001 with an Academy Award as Best Live Action Short Film.

Riegert adapted and directed "By Courier", employing a host of friends and well wishers in his low-budget effort. His acting experience helped him in inspiring his actors, while his social work experience came in handy in managing the ensuing chaos when both a tornado and torrential rains threatened to scuttle the production, which was planned for and only for that particular weekend in upstate New York. The film subsequently was shown successfully at the Telluride and Hamptons Film Festivals prior to earning its Oscar nod. That lead to his directing and starring in the 2004 Comedy/Drama "King of the Corner" about a man at his wits end who, through a chance encounter with a "freelance rabbi", turns his crisis into a second-chance!

Peter Riegert's advice to the aspiring actor:

It never occurs to me that acting with a superstar is something to worry about. I figure the bigger, the better, because more will be demanded of me.
--Peter Riegert in The New York Post, April 21, 1997.


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Peter Riegert's Credits
 2018 Disjointed (TV Series)
- A-A-R-Pot (2018) ... Walter
- Emperor Shennong (2018) ... Walter
- B.Y.O.P.F.U. (2018) ... Walter
- Main Street, USA (2018) ... Walter
 2017 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (TV Series)
Artie Goodman
- Kimmy and the Trolley Problem! (2017) ... Artie Goodman
- Kimmy Learns About the Weather! (2017) ... Artie Goodman
- Kimmy Does a Puzzle! (2017) ... Artie Goodman
- Kimmy Steps on a Crack! (2017) ... Artie Goodman
- Kimmy Goes to College! (2017) ... Artie Goodman
 2016 American Pastoral
Lou Levov
 2015 Show Me a Hero (TV Mini-Series)
Oscar Newman
- Episode #1.6 (2015) ... Oscar Newman
- Episode #1.5 (2015) ... Oscar Newman
- Episode #1.4 (2015) ... Oscar Newman
- Episode #1.3 (2015) ... Oscar Newman
- Episode #1.2 (2015) ... Oscar Newman
 2015 Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (TV Series)
 2014/I The Walk (Short)
Alfred Foxman
 2013-2014 Dads (TV Series)
David Sachs
- Jerk in a Box (2014) ... David Sachs
- Have a Heart... Attack! (2014) ... David Sachs
- Enemies of Bill (2014) ... David Sachs
- Warner's Got It Made (2014) ... David Sachs
- Baby Face (2014) ... David Sachs
 2013 At Middleton
Boneyard Sims
 2009-2012 The Good Wife (TV Series)
Judge Harvey Winter
- Blue Ribbon Panel (2012) ... Judge Harvey Winter
- Affairs of State (2011) ... Judge Harvey Winter
- Hi (2010) ... Judge Harvey Winter
- Bad (2010) ... Judge Harvey Winter
- Unprepared (2009) ... Judge Harvey Winter
 2011 We Bought a Zoo
Delbert McGinty
 2011 Oka!
Dr. Maguire
 2010-2011 One Tree Hill (TV Series)
Dr. August Kellerman
- The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul (2011) ... Dr. August Kellerman
- Where Not to Look for Freedom (2011) ... Dr. August Kellerman
- The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get (2011) ... Dr. August Kellerman
- Holding Out for a Hero (2011) ... Dr. August Kellerman
- The Drinks We Drank Last Night (2011) ... Dr. August Kellerman
 2010 White Irish Drinkers
 2010 The Chosen One
 2009 Love Conquers Paul
Mr. Feigenbaum
 2009 Leverage (TV Series)
Peter Blanchard
- The Lost Heir Job (2009) ... Peter Blanchard
 2008 The Response (Short)
Colonel Jefferson
 2008 Cashmere Mafia (TV Series)
Len Dinerstein
- Dog Eat Dog (2008) ... Len Dinerstein
 2007 Damages (TV Series)
George Moore / The Executive
- Because I Know Patty (2007) ... George Moore
- I Hate These People (2007) ... George Moore
- Sort of Like a Family (2007) ... George Moore
- Do You Regret What We Did? (2007) ... George Moore
- Blame the Victim (2007) ... George Moore
 2004-2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Chauncey Zeirko
- Savant (2007) ... Chauncey Zeirko
- Loophole (2007) ... Chauncey Zeirko
- Influence (2006) ... Chauncey Zeirko
- Design (2005) ... Chauncey Zeirko
- Conscience (2004) ... Chauncey Zeirko
 2006 Surrender, Dorothy (TV Movie)
 2004 Back When We Were Grownups (TV Movie)
 2004 King of the Corner
Leo Spivak
 2003 Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni Update (Video short)
Donald 'Boon' Schoenstein
 2003 Family Guy (TV Series)
Max Weinstein
- When You Wish Upon a Weinstein (2003) ... Max Weinstein (voice)
 2001-2002 The Sopranos (TV Series)
Assemblyman Zellman / Assemblyman Ronald Zellman
- Watching Too Much Television (2002) ... Assemblyman Zellman
- Christopher (2002) ... Assemblyman Zellman
- For All Debts Public and Private (2002) ... Assemblyman Zellman
- Another Toothpick (2001) ... Assemblyman Zellman
- Employee of the Month (2001) ... Assemblyman Zellman
 2001 Bleacher Bums (TV Movie)
 2001 The Beast (TV Series)
Ted Fisher
- Travinia: Part 2 (2001) ... Ted Fisher
- Travinia: Part 1 (2001) ... Ted Fisher
- Functional Family (2001) ... Ted Fisher
- The Delivery (2001) ... Ted Fisher
- The Damage Done (2001) ... Ted Fisher
 2001 Bojangles (TV Movie)
 2001 Club Land (TV Movie)
 2000 C-Scam
 2000 Traffic
Attorney Michael Adler
 2000 In the Weeds
 2000 Sports Night (TV Series)
Jay Rydell
- The Cut Man Cometh (2000) ... Jay Rydell
 2000 Passion of Mind
Dr. Peters
 1998 Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story (TV Movie)
Irving Mansfield
 1998 Hi-Life
 1998 The Baby Dance (TV Movie)
Richard Luckman
 1998 Seinfeld (TV Series)
- The Finale (1998) ... Kimbrough
 1998 Jerry and Tom
 1997 Face Down (TV Movie)
Lt. Coop Cooper
 1997 North Shore Fish (TV Movie)
 1996 Infinity
Mel Feynman
 1996 Law & Order (TV Series)
Jerold Dixon
- Deceit (1996) ... Jerold Dixon
 1996 Pie in the Sky
Dad Dunlap
 1995 An Element of Truth (TV Movie)
Sidney Wiltz
 1995 Mystery Dance (TV Series)
Alan Baker
- Episode #1.1 (1995) ... Alan Baker
 1995 The Infiltrator (TV Movie)
Rabbi Cooper
 1995 Coldblooded
 1994 Bleeding Hearts
 1994 The Mask
Lt. Mitch Kellaway
 1993 Gypsy (TV Movie)
 1993 Barbarians at the Gate (TV Movie)
Peter Cohen
 1992 Middle Ages (TV Series)
Walter Cooper
- Forever Young (1992) ... Walter Cooper
- The Pig in the Python (1992) ... Walter Cooper
 1992 Passed Away
Peter Syracusa
 1992 Utz
Marius Fisher
 1991 The Runestone
Capt. Gregory Fanducci
 1991 Oscar
 1990 A Shock to the System
Robert Benham
 1989 Trying Times (TV Series)
- The Hit List (1989) ... Bill
 1989 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
W. Eugene Smith
- W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult (1989) ... W. Eugene Smith
 1989 That's Adequate
Adult Baby Elroy
 1988 Crossing Delancey
Sam Posner
 1987 The Stranger
Dr. Harris Kite
 1987 A Man in Love
Michael Pozner
 1986 News at Eleven (TV Movie)
Eric Ross
 1985 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Gus Rosenthal (segment "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty")
- The Beacon/One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty (1985) ... Gus Rosenthal (segment "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty")
 1984 Ellis Island (TV Mini-Series)
Jacob Rubinstein
- Episode #1.3 (1984) ... Jacob Rubinstein
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... Jacob Rubinstein
- Episode #1.1 (1984) ... Jacob Rubinstein
 1984 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Richard M. Nixon
- Concealed Enemies, Part IV: Verdict (1984) ... Richard M. Nixon
- Concealed Enemies, Part III: Investigation (1984) ... Richard M. Nixon
- Concealed Enemies, Part II: Accusation (1984) ... Richard M. Nixon
- Concealed Enemies, Part I: Suspicion (1984) ... Richard M. Nixon
 1984 City Girl
 1983 Le grand carnaval
Walter Giammanca
 1983 Local Hero
 1982 Table Settings (TV Movie)
 1982 Movie Madness
Jason Cooper ("Growing Yourself")
 1979 Americathon
Eric McMerkin
 1978 Animal House
Donald Schoenstein
 1977 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Cpl. Igor Straminsky
- Change Day (1977) ... Cpl. Igor Straminsky
- War of Nerves (1977) ... Cpl. Igor Straminsky
 1976 Isabella and the Magic Brush (Short) (voice, as Peter Riegart)

 Photo camera Credits 
[a] David M. Russell © 2012 CBS Broadcasting
[b] © 1978 - Universal Pictures
[c] Hollywood Pictures - © 1992
[d] Brigand Films - © 1990
[e] Alan Tannenbaum - © 2010 Vox Populi

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