Peter Riegert

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Peter Riegert
Peter Riegert 1979.jpg
Peter Riegert in 1979 at the première of The Rose
Born (1947-04-11) April 11, 1947 (age 67)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Alma mater The State University of New York (The University at Buffalo)
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, director
Years active 1975–present

Peter Riegert (born April 11, 1947) is an American actor, screenwriter, and film director, best known for his roles as Donald "Boon" Schoenstein from Animal House, the fast talking gangster Aldo in Oscar, the tough Lt. Kellaway in The Mask, and crooked New Jersey State Assemblyman Ronald Zellman on the HBO original series The Sopranos, and "Mac" MacIntyre, in Local Hero.

Early life[edit]

Riegert was born in The Bronx, the son of Lucille, a piano teacher, and Milton Riegert, a food wholesaler.[1] Riegert grew up in Hartsdale, New York, and was raised in a nonobservant Jewish household.[2] He graduated from Ardsley High School in 1964 and later from the University at Buffalo. He worked at a number of jobs, including teaching, waiting tables, and social worker before settling on acting as a career.

Career[edit]

Stage[edit]

He made his Broadway debut in the musical Dance with Me. Other Broadway credits include The Old Neighborhood, An American Daughter, The Nerd, and Censored Scenes From King Kong. Off-Broadway he has appeared in Road to Nirvana, The Birthday Party, Isn't It Romantic, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and A Rosen by Any Other Name.

Film[edit]

Year Movies As
1978 National Lampoon's Animal House Donald "Boon" Schoenstein
1979 Americathon McMerkin
1979 The Rose Herbie
1979 Chilly Scenes of Winter Sam Magurie
1983 Local Hero MacIntyre
1986 News at Eleven Eric Ross
1988 Crossing Delancey Sam Posner
1989 W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult W Eugene Smith
1990 A Shock to the System Robert (Bob) Benham
1991 Oscar Aldo
1991 The Runestone (a Pez popping)
1993 Gypsy Herbie
1993 Barbarians at the Gate Peter Cohen
1994 The Mask Lt. Mitch Kellaway
1995 The Infiltrator Rabbi Cooper
1995 An Element of Truth Sidney
1997 Face Down Lieutenant Cooper (Coop)
1997 North Shore Fish Porker
1998 The Baby Dance Richard Luckman
1998 The Scandalous Me: Jacqueline Susann Story Irving Mansfield
2001 Bojangles Marty Forkins
2004 King of the Corner Leo Spivak
2004 Mystery Dance Alan Baker
2010 The Stranger Dr Harris Kildee
2011 The Hit List Bill Grieber
2011 Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (himself)
2011 We Bought a Zoo Delbert McGinty

TV[edit]

Riegert made his television debut as Cpl. Igor Straminsky in two episodes of M*A*S*H. He has also portrayed New Jersey State Assemblyman Ronald Zellman in The Sopranos and defense attorney Chauncey Zeirko in multiple episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He starred opposite former girlfriend Bette Midler in the television adaptation of Gypsy and was featured in the HBO drama Barbarians at the Gate (which earned him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special), the final episode of Seinfeld as an NBC executive and the television movie Back When We Were Grownups, and he voiced the character of Max Weinstein in the controversial episode "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" of Family Guy. Riegert guest starred in a Season 2 episode of Leverage as corrupt lawyer Peter Blanchard. In 2011, Riegert began a multi-episode arc on One Tree Hill as August Kellerman, Nathan's unforgiving college professor. Riegert appeared as the character George Moore in Season 1 of Damages. He also appears in a recurring role of Judge Harvey Winter in CBS's The Good Wife. He is currently appearing in Dads as David Sachs, the father of Eli Sachs, played by Seth Green.

Director and writer[edit]

Riegert made his screenwriting and directorial debuts with By Courier, based on a short story by O. Henry. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film and won him the Festival Award for Best First Feature at the Marco Island Film Festival.

Riegert directed and co-wrote King of the Corner, a 2004 film featured at the Newport Film Festival. It stars Peter Riegert and Isabella Rossellini, and includes Eric Bogosian, Dominic Chianese, Beverly D'Angelo and Rita Moreno.

Voice work[edit]

Riegert narrated the audiobook of Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union, which was nominated for a 2008 Audie Award in literary fiction. He narrated the audiobook of The Voyage of the Narwhal, a mid-nineteenth century romance with the Arctic,[3] and also read the stories of Raymond Carver.

He was also the narrator for The First Basket, a documentary film on professional basketball's influence on Jewish culture.[4]

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