Peter Haskell

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Peter Haskell
Peter Abraham Haskell

(1934-10-15)October 15, 1934
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
DiedApril 12, 2010(2010-04-12) (aged 75)
Northridge, California, United States
Years active1964–2009
Spouse(s)Annie Compton (1960–1974)
Dianne Tolmich (1974–2010)

Peter Abraham Haskell (October 15, 1934 – April 12, 2010)[1] was an American actor who worked primarily in television.[2]

Early years[edit]

Haskell was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Rose Veronica (née Golden) and geophysicist Norman Haskell.[1] He attended Browne & Nichols and later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Harvard University following a two-year stint in the United States Army where he rose to the rank of Private First Class[3]


Haskell's plan to study at Columbia Law School was derailed when he was cast in the off-Broadway play The Love Nest, with James Earl Jones and Sally Kirkland.[4] The play closed after only 13 performances but led to his being cast in an episode of Death Valley Days.[citation needed]

Guest appearances on The Outer Limits, Dr. Kildare, Combat!, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Ben Casey, The Fugitive, The F.B.I. The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Big Valley, Mannix, Medical Center, The Streets of San Francisco, Barnaby Jones, Cannon, Vega$, B. J. and the Bear, Charlie's Angels, The A-Team, Hunter, Matlock, Cold Case, (World's End) and Booker followed.

He was later a regular on the soap operas Search for Tomorrow and Ryan's Hope, and the primetime series Bracken's World. He had recurring roles in Garrison's Gorillas and Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, and was featured in TV movies, such as The Eyes of Charles Sand (1972), The Phantom of Hollywood (1974), The Night They Took Miss Beautiful (1977), Superdome (1978), Mandrake (1979) and The Cracker Factory (1979).[5]

His film appearances include the title role in The Legend of Earl Durand (1974), Riding the Edge (1989) and Robot Wars (1993), though he will be best remembered for playing Mr. Sullivan, the CEO of Playpals Toys, in David Kirschner's Child's Play 2 (1990) and Child's Play 3 (1991).[5] His other TV roles in the 1990s included Matlock, Frasier, Columbo: Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health, JAG, The Closer, MacGyver and Cold Case.

Personal life[edit]

Haskell was married to Annie Compton from 1960 until their 1974 divorce. In 1974, he married Dianne Tolmich.[6]

His daughter Audra reported his death the day of his death but did not specify the cause of death.[6] Haskell reportedly died of a heart attack.[7][8]


Year Title Role Notes
1966 Passages from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake Shem
1974 Christina Simon Bruce
1974 The Legend of Earl Durand Earl Durand
1982 Forty Days of Musa Dagh Maris Durand
1989 Riding the Edge Dean
1990 Child's Play 2 Mr. Christopher Sullivan
1991 Child's Play 3
1993 Robot Wars Rooney


  1. ^ a b Profile,; accessed June 27, 2015.
  2. ^ "Peter Haskell, prolific actor who starred in TV's 'Bracken's World', dies at 75". The Los Angeles Times. April 19, 2010. p. AA6. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  3. ^ Chen, Roselle (2010-04-20). "Actor Peter Haskell Dead at 75". Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  4. ^ "The Love Nest". Lortel Archives. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Peter Haskell on IMDb
  6. ^ a b "Veteran television actor Peter Haskell dies at 75". April 14, 2010. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  7. ^ "Peter Haskell : Biography". Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  8. ^ "Peter Haskell". Retrieved 2017-05-29.

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