Peter Bartlett (actor)

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Peter Bartlett
Born (1942-08-28) August 28, 1942 (age 73)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1964–present

Peter Bartlett (born August 28, 1942) is an American-born actor.

With appearances on shows such as Law & Order and films such as Meet the Parents, Bartlett portrayed Nigel Bartholomew-Smythe on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live. He had portrayed this role from 1991 until the soap's cancellation in 2012. In 2009, he began portraying Nigel's English cousin Neville. In 2004 he appeared on Broadway playing the role of Pluto in The Frogs, the Stephen Sondheim -Burt Shevelove -Nathan Lane adaptation which played at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center. His lively performance was well received by critics and audiences, and Stephen Sondheim has stated that Mr. Bartlett's delivery of the line, "Get out of town!" (preserved on the original cast recording by PS Classics) was a highlight of the show, and starred in the 2009 Disney film The Princess and the Frog as a valet named Lawrence. He recently starred on Broadway in The Drowsy Chaperone as Underling, the butler. He opened to highly favorable reviews in the Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" on March 3, 2013 playing the Prince's calculating Regent, Sebastian.

Since 1993, the openly gay Bartlett has been frequently associated with the plays of gay playwright Paul Rudnick, beginning with the latter's off-Broadway success Jeffrey, and continuing through The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, and The Naked Truth.[1]



Year Show Role Notes
1969 A Patriot for Me Shepherdess/Hofburg Guest/Officer/Boy (u/s)/Lady of Fashion (u/s)/Ferdy (u/s)/Marie Antoinette (u/s) Oct. 6 - Nov. 15, 1969
1970 Gloria and Esperanza Ensemble Feb. 4 - Feb. 14, 1970
1969 Boom Boom Room Guy Nov. 8 - Dec. 9, 1973
Unknown Beauty and the Beast Cogsworth Replacement
1999 Voices in the Dark Hack Aug. 12 - Oct. 10, 1999
2003 Never Gonna Dance Mr. Pangborn Dec. 4, 2003 - Feb. 15, 2004
2004 The Frogs Pluto Jul. 22 - Oct. 10, 2004
2007 The Drowsy Chaperone Underling Jan. 16 - Dec. 30, 2007
2010 A Free Man of Color Count Achille Creux/Mercure Nov. 18, 2010 - Jan. 9, 2011
2013 Roders and Hammerstein's Cinderella Sebastian Mar. 3, 2013 - Jan. 3, 2015
2015 Something Rotten! Lord Clapham/Master of Justice Apr. 22, 2015 - Mar. 2, 2016
2016 She Loves Me Head Waiter Mar. 3 - May 22, 2016


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Jeffrey Casting Director
2000 Meet the Parents Animal Shelter Worker
2001 Get Well Soon Louis
2005 The Producers Kevin
2009 The Princess and the Frog Lawrence voice role


Year Title Role Notes
1991-2013 One Life to Live Nigel Bartholomew-Smythe 148 episodes
1994 The Cosby Mysteries Cigar Store Manager 1 episode
1999 Law & Order Judge Thomas Orlin 1 episode
2001 Ed Mr. Dunford 1 episode
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Ferris 1 episode
2013 The Big C Thrift Store Manager 1 episode

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1999 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told Nominated


  1. ^ Marks, Peters (16 September 2001). "THEATER; New Targets For the Muse Of Gay Wit". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 

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