Peter Haskell

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Peter Haskell
Born Peter Abraham Haskell
(1934-10-15)October 15, 1934
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died April 12, 2010(2010-04-12) (aged 75)
Northridge, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1964–2009
Spouse(s) Annie Compton (1960–1974)
Dianne Tolmich (1974–2010)

Peter Abraham Haskell (October 15, 1934 – April 12, 2010)[1] was an American actor who worked primarily in television.[2]

Early years[edit]

Haskell was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Rose Veronica Golden and geophysicist Norman Abraham Haskell.[1] He attended Browne & Nichols and later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Harvard University following a two-year stint in the United States Army.


Haskell's plan to study at Columbia Law School was derailed when he was cast in the off-Broadway play The Love Nest with James Earl Jones and Sally Kirkland.[3] The play closed after only 13 performances but led to his being cast in an episode of Death Valley Days.

Guest appearances on The Outer Limits, Dr. Kildare, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Ben Casey, The Fugitive, The F.B.I. The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Big Valley, Mannix, Medical Center, The Streets of San Francisco, Barnaby Jones, Vega$,B. J. and the Bear, Charlie's Angels, The A-Team, Matlock, and Booker followed. He later was a regular on the daytime soap operas Search for Tomorrow and Ryan's Hope and the prime time drama Bracken's World, had a recurring roles in Garrison's Gorillas, and was featured in the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man Book II and the television movie The Cracker Factory with Natalie Wood and Murder She Wrote.

In 1990s, Haskell appeared on Matlock, Frasier, Columbo: Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health, JAG, The Closer, MacGyver and Cold Case.

He played Sullivan, the CEO of Playpals Toys, in David Kirschner's Child's Play 2 (1990) and Child's Play 3 (1991).

Personal life[edit]

Haskell was married to Annie Compton from 1960 until their 1974 divorce. In 1974, he married Dianne Tolmich.[4] Haskell's daughter reported his death on his Facebook page the day the actor died. She did not immediately post the cause of death.[4]


  1. ^ a b Film Reference biography for Peter Haskell
  2. ^ "Peter Haskell, prolific actor who starred in TV's 'Bracken's World,' dies at 75". The Los Angeles Times. April 19, 2010. p. AA6. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Love Nest". Lortel Archives. 
  4. ^ a b "Veteran television actor Peter Haskell dies at 75". April 14, 2010. 

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