Peter Sagal

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Peter Sagal
Peter Sagal in 2012
Born (1965-01-31) January 31, 1965 (age 51)
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, United States
Occupation Playwright, screenwriter, actor, radio host
Spouse(s) Beth Albrecht (divorced)
Children 3

Peter Sagal (born January 31, 1965) is an American playwright, screenwriter, actor, and host of the National Public Radio game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, and the PBS special Constitution USA with Peter Sagal.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Sagal was born in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, to Jewish parents. Sagal attended Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also was a one-time contestant on Jeopardy! in April 1988, in which he placed second.[2]

Sagal is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine's "True-Life Tales" column, beginning with a column entitled "He Goes Down Looking," which appeared in the August 6, 2006, issue. He was also a guest movie critic on the television show Ebert & Roeper in the December 2, 2006, episode. He has a column about running in Runner's World and has also written for the Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, and other publications. His book The Book of Vice: Very Naughty Things (and How to Do Them) was published in October 2007 by HarperCollins.[3]

In April 2007, his play Denial received its New York premiere at the Metropolitan Playhouse on the Lower East Side.[4] The play, which portrays a Jewish lawyer who represents a Holocaust denier, has also been recorded by the L.A. Theatre Works company.[5] Sagal is also credited as co-writer of the movie Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.[6]

Sagal is a marathon runner who completed the 2007 Boston Marathon. He ran a portion of the Chicago Marathon in 2011.[7][8] He was present near the site of the bombing that occurred during the 2013 Boston Marathon.[9][10]

Sagal's brother, Doug, is the rabbi at Temple Emanuel-El in Westfield, New Jersey.[11][12] Sagal is divorced from Beth Albrecht.


  1. ^ "Constitution USA with Peter Sagal". PBS. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  2. ^ "Peter Sagal". J!Archive. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Book of Vice By Peter Sagal". HarperCollins. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  4. ^ "Denial". Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  5. ^ "PRX". Retrieved February 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Act Three:Wait Wait...Don't Film Me". This American Life. Chicago Public Media. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Peter Sagal: The Power of Racing, The Joy of Running". Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  8. ^ Helliker, Kevin (2011-11-05). "Fleet of Foot and Blissfully Bold, Freeloaders at the Marathon Wear Fake Bibs—but Win No Prizes". Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  9. ^ "@petersagal "Guided my man William to a 4:04. A great race. Was a hundred yards beyond line when explosions happened. We're fine."". 
  10. ^ "Keep Going". The Moth. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-29. 
  11. ^ "Built to Last?". CONSTITUTION USA with Peter Sagal. May 28, 2013. PBS. 
  12. ^ Sagal, Peter (January 15, 2012). "Happy Birthday to the Grand Rabbi of Westfield, NJ". Retrieved May 28, 2013. 

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