Peter Sagal in 2012
January 31, 1965 |
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, United States
|Occupation||Playwright, screenwriter, actor, and radio host|
|Spouse(s)||Beth (Albrecht) Sagal (3 children)|
Peter Sagal (born January 31, 1965) is an American playwright, screenwriter, actor, and host of the National Public Radio game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, and the PBS special, Constitution USA with Peter Sagal.
Life and career 
Sagal is originally from Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. He currently resides in Oak Park, Illinois. Sagal attended Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also was a contestant on Jeopardy! in April 1988, but finished second in his only game.
Sagal is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine's "True-Life Tales" column, beginning with a column entitled "He Goes Down Looking," which appeared in the August 6, 2006 issue. He was also a guest movie critic on the television show Ebert & Roeper in the December 2, 2006, episode. He has a column about running equipment in Runner's World and has also written for the Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, and other publications. His book The Book of Vice: Very Naughty Things (and How to Do Them) was published in October 2007 by HarperCollins.
In April 2007, his play Denial received its New York premiere at the Metropolitan Playhouse on the Lower East Side. The play, which portrays a Jewish lawyer who represents a Holocaust denier, has also been recorded by the L.A. Theatre Works company. Sagal is also credited as co-writer of the movie Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.
Sagal is a marathon runner who completed the 2007 Boston Marathon. He ran a portion of the Chicago Marathon in 2011. He was present and near the explosions in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
Sagal is married to Beth (Albrecht) Sagal; they have three daughters.
- "Constitution USA with Peter Sagal". PBS. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
- Peter Sagal, National Public Radio. Accessed February 27, 2011. "A native of Berkeley Heights, N.J., he attended Harvard University and subsequently squandered that education while working as a literary manager for a regional theater, a stage director, an actor, an extra in a Michael Jackson video, a travel writer, an essayist, a ghost writer for a former adult film impresario and a staff writer for a motorcycle magazine."
- "Peter Sagal". J!Archive. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
- "The Book of Vice By Peter Sagal". HarperCollins. Retrieved 2007-10-16.
- "Denial". nytheatre.com. Retrieved 2009-10-14.
- Public Radio Exchange. Accessed on 2/18/12 at: http://www.prx.org/pieces/74136-denial#description
- "Act Three:Wait Wait...Don't Film Me". This American Life. Chicago Public Media. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
- "Peter Sagal: The Power of Racing, The Joy of Running". Retrieved 2012-01-07.
- Helliker, Kevin (2011-11-05). "Fleet of Foot and Blissfully Bold, Freeloaders at the Marathon Wear Fake Bibs—but Win No Prizes". Retrieved 2012-01-07.
- "@petersagal "Guided my man William to a 4:04. A great race. Was a hundred yards beyond line when explosions happened. We’re fine."".
- Peter Sagal at the Internet Movie Database
- Peter Sagal's Weekly Column at AMCtv.com
- "He Goes Down Looking"
- New York Times Review of "Denial"
- Peter Sagal Interview on Fresh Air.
- An interview with Peter Sagal on The Marketplace of Ideas
- Tweet mentioning his birthday on 31 January 2012