Peter Segal

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Peter Segal
Peter Segal WonderCon2008.jpg
Segal promoting Get Smart at WonderCon
Born 1962 (age 52–53)
United States
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1991–present

Peter Segal (born 1962) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and actor.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Segal grew up in New York, where his father was head of publicity at MGM. In the 1970s, Segal and his family moved to Los Angeles. Segal attended the University of Southern California, where he double majored in Broadcast Journalism and English.[2]

Segal graduated from the USC School of Cinema and Television.[3][4]


Segal began his career writing and directing television, earning eight Emmy Awards. In 2002, he created the NBC sitcom Hidden Hills (2002-2003). In 1995, he formed his production company, Callahan Filmworks, along with long-time producing partner Michael Ewing.[4]

Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult[edit]

Segal made his feature film directorial debut in 1994 with Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, starring Leslie Nielsen and George Kennedy.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Tommy Boy[edit]

Segal went on to direct Chris Farley in his most memorable film, Tommy Boy (1995).[3][4][5][6][8][10][11] The film also stars David Spade, and it is considered a "now-iconic cult classic."[12]

My Fellow Americans[edit]

Segal directed the critically acclaimed comedy film, My Fellow Americans (1996), starring Jack Lemmon, James Garner and Lauren Bacall.[3][4]

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps[edit]

Segal directed the blockbuster comedy, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000), starring Eddie Murphy.[3][4]

Anger Management[edit]

Segal directed with Adam Sandler for the first time in Anger Management (2003), which also starred Jack Nicholson.[2][4][10][12][13][14][15] When asked by the BBC who was the most famous person in his contacts book, Segal replied, "I have to say, it's very obvious now, it's Jack Nicholson. I've kept his number on my speed dial just so I can show it to friends. I could call him up out of the blue, but I'm worried he might say 'Pete who?'"[3]

50 First Dates[edit]

Segal collaborated with Sandler again in 50 First Dates (2004), which also starred Drew Barrymore.[3][4][10][13][14][16][17][18][19]

The Longest Yard[edit]

Segal collaborated with Sandler for the third time in The Longest Yard (2005), a remake of the 1974 film of the same name.[2][3][11][13][18] The film has become the second highest grossing sports comedy in history.[4]

Get Smart[edit]

After directing three of Sandler's films, Segal's next film became Get Smart (2008). It is an adaptation of the '60s television series of the same name that was created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. Segal stated in an interview with AMC that he loved the show so much as a kid. The film starred Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin and Terence Stamp.[2][4][5][6][7][8][10][11][12][13][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24]

Grudge Match[edit]

Segal's most recent film project was Grudge Match (2013), which starred Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger and Jon Bernthal.[2][9][10][12][14][20][24][25][26][27][28]

Upcoming projects[edit]


It was reported on November 2014 that Segal will be directing Goblins for Disney.[13][19][21][23]

Personal life[edit]

When asked by the BBC if he believed in God, Segal replied, "I do. I'm very spiritual and I'm Jewish by faith. I'm not a practising Jew, I'm more of a recreational Jew. I celebrate the holidays and I try to inform my kids about their heritage because I think we all at some point have to defend our heritage and if they get picked on I want them to know why."[3]



  1. ^ "Peter Segal". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Tinkham, Chris (24 December 2013). "Peter Segal: Ringside View". Under the Radar. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Russell, Jamie (24 September 2014). "No.14: Peter Segal". BBC Online. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Comedy@SCA Presents: Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard - An Evening with Steve Carell and Peter Segal". USC School of Cinematic Arts. 18 November 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "Veteran Comedy Director Peter Segal Announced as Hershey(R)'s Take 5(R) Film Contest Judge; ``Taste and Believe and Win $10,000". The Hershey Company. 12 June 2006. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c Miller, Neil (2 August 2007). "INTERVIEW: GET SMART DIRECTOR PETER SEGAL". Film School Rejects. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Douglas, Edward (28 July 2007). "Comic-Con Exclusive: Peter Segal on Shazam!". Superhero Hype!. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c Neuman, Clayton (23 June 2008). "Masters of SciFi – An Interview with Get Smart Director Peter Segal". Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Topel, Fred (24 December 2013). "Exclusive Interview: Peter Segal on Grudge Match and Shazam". CraveOnline. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d e Lesnick, Silas (23 December 2013). "Interview: Director Peter Segal Steps Into the Ring for Grudge Match". Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c "‘Get Smart’ Director Peter Segal To Helm ‘Captain Marvel’ Movie". 24 November 2008. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c d Norton, Damen (23 January 2014). "HeyUGuys Interview: Grudge Match Director Peter Segal On New Orleans and.. Johnny Quest?". Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c d e Paur, Joey. "Disney Hires Peter Segal to Direct GOBLINS". Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  14. ^ a b c Romano, Nick (26 December 2013). "'Shazam' Movie No Longer Fits Into the Planned DC Universe, Says Director Peter Segal". ScreenCrush. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  15. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (15 September 2014). "Peter Segal To Direct & Executive Produce MTV’s Ken Jeong Comedy Pilot". Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  16. ^ a b Khouri, Andy (23 February 2012). "Warner Bros. Wants the ‘Get Smart’ Guy to Make a ‘Bleach’ Movie". Comics Alliance. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  17. ^ a b Raup, Jordan (22 February 2012). "Warner Bros. Revives ‘Bleach’ Adaptation With ‘Get Smart’ Director Peter Segal". Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  18. ^ a b c Miller, Rob (7 August 2013). "Live-Action ‘Jetsons’ Movie Gets ‘Smart’ New Director". Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  19. ^ a b c Grace, Whitney (24 November 2014). "Peter Segal Tapped by Disney to Direct ‘Goblins’". Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  20. ^ a b Weintraub, Steve "Frosty" (24 December 2013). "Director Peter Segal Talks GRUDGE MATCH, Casting De Niro and Stallone, and More; Reveals What Happened With SHAZAM and GET SMART 2". Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  21. ^ a b Anderson, Derek (19 November 2014). "‘Get Smart’ Director Peter Segal to Helm Disney’s ‘Goblins’". Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  22. ^ Pearson, Ben (24 May 2012). "'Get Smart' Director Peter Segal to Build 'The Machine' with Vin Diesel". Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  23. ^ a b Fleming, Jr., Mike (19 November 2014). "Peter Segal To Direct Children’s Tale ‘Goblins’ For Disney". Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  24. ^ a b Romano, Paul (23 December 2013). "Director Peter Segal Looks Back On Scrapped SHAZAM Movie". Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  25. ^ Larson, Jared (31 December 2013). "DIRECTOR PETER SEGAL TALKS SHAZAM ON THE BIG SCREEN". IGN. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  26. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (24 December 2013). "Director Blames SHAZAM Movie Delays On SUPERMAN". Newsarama. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  27. ^ Williams, Caleb (23 December 2013). "Director Peter Segal Talks Cancelled Captain Marvel's 'SHAZAM' Movie". Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  28. ^ Shwayder, Maya (17 December 2013). "Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro in Fighting Form at ‘Grudge Match’ Premiere". Variety. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 

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