MacNicol at Eagle Base, November 14, 2001
|Born||Peter C. MacNicol
April 10, 1954
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|Other names||Peter Johnson|
|Years active||1981 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Martha Sue Cumming (m. 1986)|
Peter C. MacNicol (born April 10, 1954) is an Emmy Award-winning American actor. He may be best known in films for his roles of Janosz Poha in Ghostbusters II, Stingo in Sophie's Choice, Thomas Renfield in Dracula: Dead and Loving It, and David Langley in Bean. For television he is best known for the roles of the eccentric lawyer John Cage in the FOX comedy-drama Ally McBeal, as Tom Lennox in the sixth season of action-thriller 24, Alan Birch in the Medical drama Chicago Hope, and as physicist Dr. Larry Fleinhardt on the CBS crime drama NUMB3RS.
Early life 
MacNicol was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, the youngest of five children of Barbara, a homemaker, and John MacNicol, a corporate executive who became an Episcopal priest later in life. MacNicol began his career studying at the University of Dallas and University of Minnesota. While in Minnesota, he performed in two seasons at the Guthrie Theater. A New York talent agent spotted him and told him to make a move to Manhattan.
MacNicol was cast in the off-Broadway play, Crimes of the Heart. The production eventually moved to Broadway, and he won the Theatre World Award. It was also during this production that a casting agent noticed him and called him in to read for his eventual role in Sophie's Choice. In 1981 he landed the starring role in his first film, Dragonslayer, opposite Sir Ralph Richardson. In 1987, he starred in the Trinity Repertory Company's original production of the stage adaptation of All the King's Men, which first appeared at the Dallas Theater Center. This adaptation was developed with the consultation of the author himself.
Among his other stage credits is the Broadway production of Black Comedy/White Lies. He has further extensive classical repertory theater background, including the New York Shakespeare Festival in which he played title roles in Richard II and Romeo and Juliet, and appeared in Twelfth Night, Rum and Coke and Found a Peanut.
On film, he played the naive Southern writer who fell in love with Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice; the museum curator Janosz Poha in Ghostbusters II and camp director Gary Granger alongside future NUMB3RS costar David Krumholtz in Addams Family Values. Other film credits include HouseSitter and American Blue Note.
In 1994 MacNicol had a prominent role as Alan Birch for the first season and less than half of the second season of Chicago Hope before departing to take on a role on the TV series Ally McBeal which was also created by David E. Kelley the same person who created Chicago Hope. However, he did return for one final guest appearance in episode five of the show's fifth season.
MacNicol is known by television viewers for his Ally McBeal performance as eccentric attorney John Cage, for which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2001. He also starred in the drama NUMB3RS as physicist Dr. Larry Fleinhardt, and had a role as Tom Lennox in the sixth season of the hit Fox show 24. MacNicol reprised his role as Lennox in the film 24: Redemption. He also played a hotel receptionist in one episode of Cheers titled "Look Before You Sleep".
MacNicol has lent his voice to several comic book supervillains: Dr. Kirk Langstrom/Man-Bat in The Batman, David Clinton/Chronos in Justice League Unlimited, Dr. Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus in The Spectacular Spider-Man, X The Eliminator in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law and the Mad Hatter in the video game Batman: Arkham City. He also voiced Firefly in G.I. Joe: Renegades.
In addition, this year, MacNicol has written a script entitled Salvation on Sand Mountain and is attached to the project as an executive producer and director.
Personal life 
MacNicol resides in Los Angeles with his wife, who runs the Corie Williams Scholarship Fund, a non-profit foundation that provides scholarships for inner-city children in Los Angeles.
|1986||American Blue Note||Jack Solow|
|1989||Ghostbusters II||Dr. Janosz Poha|
|1993||Addams Family Values||Gary Granger|
|1994||Radioland Murders||Son Writer|
|1995||Dracula: Dead and Loving It||Thomas Renfield|
|1998||The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue||Narrator (voice)||Video|
|2001||Recess: School's Out||Fenwick|
|2002||Balto II: Wolf Quest||Muru||Video|
|2004||Breakin' All the Rules||Philip Gascon|
|2005||Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild||Troopmaster (voice)||Video|
|2012||Battleship||Secretary of Defense|
|1984||Faerie Tale Theatre||Martin||Episode: The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers|
|1990||By Dawn's Early Light||Sedgwick||TV Movie|
|1992||The Powers That Be||Bradley Grist|
|1994–1998||Chicago Hope||Alan Birch||31 episodes
Nominated— Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1995, 1996)
|1997–2002||Ally McBeal||John Cage||103 episodes
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1999, 2000)
|2003–2007||Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law||X the Eliminator / Customer / Employee / Guard / Mr. Felder (voice)||14 episodes|
|2004–2007||Danny Phantom||Sidney Poindexter||Special Guest|
|2004–2008||The Batman||Dr. Kirk Langstrom (voice)||3 episodes|
|2005||Justice League Unlimited||Chronos (voice)|
|2005–2010||NUMB3RS||Dr. Larry Fleinhardt||94 episodes|
|2006||Boston Legal||Dr. Sydney Field||"Race Ipsa"|
|2007||24||Tom Lennox||24 episodes|
|2008||24: Redemption||Tom Lennox||TV Movie|
|2008–2009||The Spectacular Spider-Man||Doctor Octopus (voice)||12 episodes|
|2010||Ben 10: Ultimate Alien||Oliver / Forever Knight #1 / Mr. Webb (voice)||2 episodes|
|2010–2011||Grey's Anatomy||Dr. Robert Stark||7 episodes|
|2011||Young Justice||Amazo / MONQI / Professor Ivo (voice)||2 episodes|
|2011||G.I. Joe: Renegades||Firefly (voice)||1 episode|
|2011||Fairly Legal||Judge Smollet||1 episode Season 1:7 "Coming Home"|
|2012||Game Change||Rick Davis||TV movie|
|2013||Necessary Roughness||Dr. Gunner||2 episode|
|Video game appearances|
|2008||Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law||X the Eliminator|
|2011||Batman: Arkham City||Mad Hatter|
- "Film Reference bio". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-03-07.
- "Exclusive: Peter MacNicol Joins Grey’s Anatomy". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 1, 2010.
|Awards and achievements|
Jason Alexander; Julia Louis-Dreyfus; Michael Richards; Jerry Seinfeld
|Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
for Ally McBeal
Dan Butler; Peri Gilpin; Kelsey Grammer; Jane Leeves; John Mahoney; David Hyde Pierce