Peter Horton

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Peter Horton
Horton in 1988
Born (1953-08-20) August 20, 1953 (age 70)
EducationUniversity of California, Santa Barbara (BA)
Occupation(s)Actor, director
Years active1964–present
(m. 1981; div. 1988)
Nicole Deputron
(m. 1995)

Peter Horton (born August 20, 1953) is an American actor and director. He played Professor Gary Shepherd on the television series Thirtysomething from 1987 until 1991.

Early life and education[edit]

Horton was born in Bellevue, Washington, to a father who worked in the shipping business.[citation needed] He attended Redwood High School in Marin County, California, and Principia College in Illinois.[1] He later attended University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition.[2]


During his run on Thirtysomething, People magazine named him one of the "50 Most Beautiful People." Horton acted in television shows including St. Elsewhere, The White Shadow, Dallas, Eight Is Enough, In Treatment and The Geena Davis Show, played the lead in the short-lived series Brimstone, and played Crane McFadden in the one-season series (1982–1983) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He played Jacob in the 1982 feature film Split Image, Father Mahoney in the 1986 feature film Where the River Runs Black, Roy Fox in the 1996 film Two Days in the Valley, and played Burt in the 1984 Stephen King movie Children of the Corn. He had a minor role in Cameron Crowe's Seattle romantic comedy, Singles. He played Harry Landers in the "Hospital" skit from Amazon Women on the Moon opposite wife Michelle Pfeiffer, whom he had previously directed in the ABC Afterschool Special One Too Many in 1985. Horton also appeared in the 1997 TV movie version of the Jon Krakauer book Into Thin Air: Death on Everest, playing Scott Fischer, the leader of the disastrous 1996 climb on Mount Everest. He was also in the movie Sideout (1990) as Zach Barnes, a down and out ex-volleyball champ. As a director he has worked on several television series including The Shield, Thirtysomething, The Wonder Years, Once and Again, and directed the pilot for Grey's Anatomy as well as pilots for Class of '96, Birdland, Dirty Sexy Money, The Philanthropist and Reconstruction. He directed the 1990 film for television Extreme Close-Up as well as the 1995 feature film The Cure. As a producer he produced Reconstruction (which he co-created), Lone Star, The Philanthropist, The Body Politic (which he also co-created), Grey's Anatomy, Six Degrees and Murder Live (for which he wrote the story).

He appeared in Who Killed the Electric Car? and is on the board of directors of the Environmental Alliance.[3]

As of 2010 Horton is an executive producer and director of Grey's Anatomy on ABC, and produced and directed NBC's The Philanthropist. In 2015, he signed a deal with Universal TV.[4] His production company is Pico Creek Productions.[5] Horton co-created the 2015 series American Odyssey.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In the late 1970s, Horton dated actress Valerie Harper.[7] Horton has been married twice. His first marriage was to Michelle Pfeiffer, whom he met in Milton Katselas's acting class.[8] The couple married in 1981. Of their relationship, Pfeiffer reflected, "I broke one of my own Ten Commandments never to date an actor, especially one you study with. Then I married one!"[9] The couple divorced in 1988. The divorce was amicable, with Horton saying both his and Pfeiffer's devotion to their careers affected the marriage.[10]

He has been married to Nicole Deputron since 1995 and the couple have two children, Lily (b. 1999) and Ruby (b. 2002).



Year Title Role Notes
1980 Serial Cult Member 4
1980 Fade to Black Joey
1982 Split Image Jacob
1984 Children of the Corn Burt
1986 Where the River Runs Black Father Mahoney
1987 Amazon Women on the Moon Harry Landers
1990 Side Out Zack Barnes
1992 Singles Jamie
1995 The Baby-Sitters Club Patrick
1996 2 Days in the Valley Roy Foxx
1997 The End of Violence Brian
1998 T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous Dr. Donald Hayden
2004 The Dust Factory Lionel
2005 Happy Endings Ted the Urologist Uncredited
2005 The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie Peter Horton
2018 Family Charlie


Year Title Role Notes
1979 The White Shadow Raymond Collins Episode: "One of the Boys"
1979 Kaz Ron Episode: "Trouble on the South Side"
1979 Dallas Wayne 2 episodes
1979 The Runaways Sam Barnard Episode: "Throwaway Child"
1979 She's Dressed to Kill Tony Smith Television film
1979 Eight Is Enough Marty / Eric 2 episodes
1981 Miracle on Ice Jack O'Callahan Television film
1981 Freedom Bill
1981 Flamingo Road Scott Episode: "The Victim"
1982–1983 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Crane McFadden 22 episodes
1983 St. Elsewhere Barry Dorn Episode: "Lust Et Veritas"
1983 Choices of the Heart Doug Television film
1983 Sawyer and Finn Tom Sawyer
1987–1991 Thirtysomething Gary Shepherd 85 episodes
1993 Class of '96 Professor Hartman Episode: "Pilot"
1994 Children of the Dark Jim Harrison Television film
1994 The Gift Joe
1996 Death Benefit Steven Keeney
1996 Crazy Horse George Armstrong Custer
1997 Murder Live! Lt. Clay Maloney
1997 Gun Jack Keyes Episode: "Columbus Day"
1997 Into Thin Air: Death on Everest Scott Fischer Television film
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Documentary Director Episode: "We Have Cleared the Tower"
1998–1999 Brimstone Ezekiel Stone 13 episodes
2000–2001 The Geena Davis Show Max Ryan 22 episodes
2003 Karen Sisco Ray Nicolette Episode: "The One That Got Away"
2003 Thoughtcrimes Dr. Michael Welles Television film
2003, 2004 Line of Fire Nick Brustin 2 episodes
2004 While I Was Gone Eli Mayhew Television film
2004 LAX Alex Episode: "Abduction"
2007 Six Degrees Guy at Lunar Eclipse Episode: "A Simple Twist of Fate"
2007 Brothers & Sisters Warren Salter Episode: "Unaired Pilot"
2008 In Treatment Zack Episode: "Sophie: Week Nine"
2010 Life Unexpected Grant Cassidy Episode: "Father Unfigured"
2012 CSI: NY Cade Conover Episode: "2,918 Miles"
2018 New Amsterdam Cardiologist Episode: "Pilot"


  1. ^ "Peter Horton Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved July 6, 2013.
  2. ^ McKerrow, Steve (April 21, 1995). "Director Peter Horton pays one last visit to childhood in 'The Cure' One for the Boys". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved October 26, 2021.
  3. ^ "Homepage 2020". Youth Environmental Archived from the original on September 3, 2005.
  4. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (September 18, 2015). "Universal TV Extends First-Look Deal with Peter Horton". Variety. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  5. ^ Otterson, Joe (January 13, 2018). "NBC Orders Bellevue Hospital Drama to Pilot". Variety. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  6. ^ "'American Odyssey': Three Ordinary People, One Thrill-Filled Plot". Retrieved April 25, 2022.
  7. ^ Actress Valerie Harper and actor Peter Horton attend the Seventh Annual American Film Institute (AFI) Lifetime Achievement Award Salute to Alfred Hitchcock on March 7, 1979 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.. Getty Images
  8. ^ D. Thompson, Pfeiffer: Beyond the Age of Innocence, London, Warner Books, 1995, p. 45.
  9. ^ Thompson, Pfeiffer, p. 47.
  10. ^ Thompson, Pfeiffer, pp. 92-3.

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