Peter Haskell

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Peter Haskell
Born Peter Abraham Haskell
(1934-10-15)October 15, 1934
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died April 12, 2010(2010-04-12) (aged 75)
Northridge, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1964–2009
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, 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, Vega$, B. J. and the Bear, Charlie's Angels, The A-Team, Matlock, 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 a recurring role in Garrison's Gorillas, and was featured in Rich Man, Poor Man Book II and The Cracker Factory.[5]

In 1990s, Haskell appeared on Matlock, Frasier, Columbo: Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health, JAG, The Closer, MacGyver and Cold Case. He played Sullivan, the CEO of Playpals Toys, in David Kirschner's Child's Play 2 (1990) and Child's Play 3 (1991).[5]

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 on his Facebook page the day of his death but did not specify the cause of death.[6]


  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. 
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  4. ^ "The Love Nest". Lortel Archives. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Peter Haskell at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ a b "Veteran television actor Peter Haskell dies at 75". April 14, 2010. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 

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