Peter Segal

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Not to be confused with NPR personality Peter Sagal
Peter Segal
Peter Segal WonderCon2008.jpg
Segal promoting Get Smart at WonderCon
Born 1962 (age 52–53)
United States
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1991–present

Peter Segal (born 1962) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and actor.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Segal grew up in New York, where his father was head of publicity at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In the 1970s, Segal and his family moved to Los Angeles. Segal attended the University of Southern California, where he double majored in Broadcast Journalism and English.[2]

Segal graduated from the USC School of Cinema and Television.[3][4]


Segal began his career writing and directing television, earning eight Emmy Awards. In 2002, he created the NBC sitcom Hidden Hills (2002-2003). In 1995, he formed his production company, Callahan Filmworks, along with long-time producing partner Michael Ewing.[4]

Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult[edit]

Segal made his feature film directorial debut in 1994 with Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, starring Leslie Nielsen and George Kennedy.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Personal life[edit]

When asked by the BBC if he believed in God, Segal replied, "I do. I'm very spiritual and I'm Jewish by faith. I'm not a practising Jew, I'm more of a recreational Jew. I celebrate the holidays and I try to inform my kids about their heritage because I think we all at some point have to defend our heritage and if they get picked on I want them to know why."[3]



  1. ^ "Peter Segal". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Tinkham, Chris (24 December 2013). "Peter Segal: Ringside View". Under the Radar. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Russell, Jamie (24 September 2014). "No.14: Peter Segal". BBC Online. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Comedy@SCA Presents: Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard - An Evening with Steve Carell and Peter Segal". USC School of Cinematic Arts. 18 November 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Veteran Comedy Director Peter Segal Announced as Hershey(R)'s Take 5(R) Film Contest Judge; ``Taste and Believe and Win $10,000". The Hershey Company. 12 June 2006. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Miller, Neil (2 August 2007). "INTERVIEW: GET SMART DIRECTOR PETER SEGAL". Film School Rejects. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Douglas, Edward (28 July 2007). "Comic-Con Exclusive: Peter Segal on Shazam!". Superhero Hype!. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Neuman, Clayton (23 June 2008). "Masters of SciFi – An Interview with Get Smart Director Peter Segal". Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Topel, Fred (24 December 2013). "Exclusive Interview: Peter Segal on Grudge Match and Shazam". CraveOnline. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 

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