Peter Strauss

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Peter Strauss
Strauss in 1976
Peter Lawrence Strauss

(1947-02-20) February 20, 1947 (age 76)
Occupation(s)Actor, producer
Years active1969–present
Beverly Baker Paulding
(m. 1973; div. 1979)
Nicole Fons
(m. 1983; div. 1994)
(m. 1998)

Peter Lawrence Strauss[1] (born February 20, 1947) is an American television and film actor, known for his roles in several television miniseries in the 1970s and 1980s. He is an Emmy winner and five-time Golden Globe Awards nominee.[2]

Early life[edit]

Strauss was born in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, the son of Warren B. Strauss, a German-born wine importer.[1][3] His family was Jewish.[4][5] Strauss graduated from the Hackley School in 1965 and Northwestern University in 1969.


He won an Emmy Award[6] for his role on the 1979 made-for-television movie The Jericho Mile, and he starred in a television remake of the classic 1946 film Angel on My Shoulder in 1980.[7] In 1985, he played Abel Roznovski in the miniseries Kane & Abel based on Jeffrey Archer's book.[8] His other noted television miniseries credits include starring roles in Rich Man, Poor Man, its sequel Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, and Masada. Strauss played Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. in the 1977 TV movie Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy. In 1973, he portrayed Stephen Linder, Mary Richards' suave younger boyfriend in The Mary Tyler Moore Show fourth-season episode, "Angels in the Snow."

Strauss starred in the films Soldier Blue (1970) and Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983), and has appeared in several others. He portrayed Justin, the Rats of NIMH's captain of the guard, in 1982's The Secret of NIMH. Strauss starred as an abused husband in the television movie Men Don't Tell, alongside Judith Light. In 2005, he played the U.S. President in the thriller XXX: State of the Union alongside Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson, Scott Speedman and Willem Dafoe. He was the voice of Moses in the animated series K10C: Kids' Ten Commandments. He starred in the short-lived series Body & Soul as Dr. Isaac Braun in 2002. He provided the voice for Stoker Van Rotten in both the 1990s and 2006 versions of Biker Mice from Mars.

Personal life[edit]

Strauss married Rachel Ticotin on December 31, 1998. Strauss runs a successful citrus production business[9] and is on the advisory board of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. He sold a ranch property to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.[10] The ranch has since been acquired by the National Park Service as the Peter Strauss Ranch.[11]


Year Title Genres Role Episode
1969 Hail, Hero! Feature film Frank Dixon
1970 The Young Lawyers Television series Stuart "The Two Dollar Thing"
1970 Soldier Blue Feature film Honus Gent
1971–1975 Medical Center Television series Lloyd Halloran / Tom Desmond 2 episodes
1971 Sergeant Klems Feature film Sergeant Otto Josef Klems
1972–1975 The Streets of San Francisco Television series Bobby Jepsen / Lou Kovic Jr. / Martin Novack 3 episodes
1972 The Trial of the Catonsville Nine Feature film Thomas Lewis "Angels in the Snow"
1972 Young Dr. Kildare Television series Reverend Teller "By This Sign"
1973 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Television series Stephen "Angels in the Snow"
1973 The Man Without a Country Television film Arthur Danforth
1974 Barnaby Jones Television series Clay Wakefield "The Last Contract"
1974 Cannon Television series Dave Nordorff / Reverend Will Two episodes
1974 Judgement: The Court Martial of the Tiger of Malaya – General Yamashita Television film Lawyer
1974 Hawaii Five-O Television series Tom Morgan "Death with Father"
1975 Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan Television film Ben Jacobs
1976–1977 Rich Man, Poor Man Book II Television miniseries Rudy Jordache 26 episodes

Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film

1976 The Last Tycoon Feature film Wylie
1976 Rich Man, Poor Man Television miniseries Rudy Jordache 13 episodes

Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

1977 Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy Television film Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.
1979 The Jericho Mile Television film Larry 'Rain' Murphy Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
1980 Angel on My Shoulder Television film Eddie Kagel
1981 Masada Television miniseries Eleazar Ben Yair 4 episodes

Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

1981 A Whale for the Killing Television film Charles Landon
1982 The Secret of NIMH Animated film Justin (voice)
1983 Heart of Steel Television film Emory Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1983 Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone Feature film Wolff
1985 Kane & Abel Television miniseries Abel Rosnovski Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1985 Tender Is the Night Television miniseries Dick Diver
1986 Penalty Phase Television film Judge Kenneth Hoffman
1986 Under Siege Television film John Garry
1987 Proud Men Television film Charley MacLeod, Jr.
1989 Peter Gunn Television film Peter Gunn
1989 Brotherhood of the Rose Television miniseries Saul Grisman
1990 83 Hours 'Til Dawn Television film Wayne Stracton
1991 Flight of Black Angel Television film Col. Matt Ryan, Callsign Ringleader
1992 Trial: The Price of Passion Television film Warren Blackburn
1992 Fugitive Among Us Television film Max Cole
1993 Men Don't Tell Television film Ed MacAffrey Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1994 Reunion Television film Sam Yates
1994 Batman: The Animated Series Television series Dr. Steven Carlyle (voice) "House and Garden"
1994 The Yearling Television film Ezra 'Penny' Baxter
1994 Thicker Than Blood: The Larry McLinden Story Television film Larry McLinden
1995 Nick of Time Feature film Brendan Grant
1995 Texas Justice Television film T. Cullen Davis
1996–1997 Moloney Television series Dr. Nicholas Moloney / Nick Moloney 26 episodes
1996 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Television series Lab Guard (voice) "Nemesis"
1996 Keys to Tulsa Feature film Chip Carlson
1996 The Incredible Hulk Television series Walter Langkowski (voice) "Man to Man, Beast to Beast"
1996 Adventures from the Book of Virtues Television series King Dionysius (voice) "Friendship"
1996 Duckman Television series Narrator (voice) "Pig Amok"
1996 In the Lake of the Woods Television film John Waylan
1996 Biker Mice from Mars Television series Stoker (voice) 2 episodes
1998 My Father's Shadow: The Sam Sheppard Story Television film Sam Sheppard
1999 Joan of Arc Television miniseries La Hire
1999 Seasons of Love Television miniseries Thomas Linthorne
2000 A Father's Choice Television film Charlie 'Mac' McClain
2001 Strange Frequency Television series Ben Stanton "Don't Stop Believing"
2001 Murder on the Orient Express Television film Mr. Samuel Ratchett
2002 Body & Soul Television series Dr. Isaac Braun 14 episodes
2003 Strange Frequency 2 Television film Ben Stanton "Don't Stop Believin"
2003 111 Gramercy Park Television film Turk Karnegian
2003 Kids' Ten Commandments: Toying with the Truth Video short Moses (voice)
2003 Kids' Ten Commandments: The Rest Is Yet to Come Video short Moses (voice)
2003 Kids' Ten Commandments: The Not So Golden Calf Video short Moses (voice)
2003 Kids' Ten Commandments: A Life and Seth Situation Video short Moses (voice)
2003 Kids' Ten Commandments: Stolen Jewels, Stolen Hearts Video short Moses (voice)
2004 Law & Order Television series Dr. Paul Cedars "Coming Down Hard"
2005 Killer Instinct Television series Robert Hale "Who's Your Daddy"
2005 XXX: State of the Union Feature film President James Sanford
2006 Biker Mice from Mars Television series Stoker / Night Shift / High Commander (voice) 5 episodes
2006 The Way Television film Hutch
2007 Dirty Sexy Money Television series Dutch George "The Watch"
2007 License to Wed Feature film Mr. Jones
2008–2010 Tracey Ullman's State of the Union Television series Narrator 13 episodes
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Television series Kevin Burton "Locum"
2010 Royal Pains Television series Graham Barnes "Comfort's Overrated"
2010 Jack's Family Adventure Television film Wild Bill Cohen
2014 Sugar Daddies Television film Grant Zager
2016 Drawing Home Feature film Russell Robb Sr.
2018 Operation Finale Feature film Lotar Hermann
2020 Grey's Anatomy Television series Daniel Schwartz "The Last Supper"


  1. ^ a b "Jane Friedman Bride of A. D. - P. L. Strauss Weds Beverly B. Paulding Roscann Pate Bride Mrs. Pat Jacob Is Wed Richard A. Steinberg". The New York Times. January 22, 1973. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  2. ^ "Peter Strauss". The Golden Globes.
  3. ^ Armstrong, Aurora Mackey (September 20, 1990). "MUSIC: The Peter in 'Peter and the Wolf'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 29, 2022.
  4. ^ Kelly, David (May 29, 2001). "The Life of a Cowboy Is Knowing the Ropes". Los Angeles Times. pp. B1, 11. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  5. ^ "Strauss Tackles Mountainous Masada". The Nevada Daily Mail. April 7, 1981. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  6. ^ "Peter Strauss - Awards and Nominations". Television Academy. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Angel on My Shoulder (1980)". Turner Classic Movies. WarnerMedia. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Kane & Abel (1985)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  9. ^ Michaelson, Judith (February 24, 1996). "Strauss Is Ready for Phase 2 of His Career". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  10. ^ Heeger, Susan (September 29, 1996). "Back at the Ranch". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 10, 2020.
  11. ^ Smith, Doug (July 6, 1987). "Peter Strauss Ranch Joins U.S. Park Chain". Los Angeles Times.
  • Demetria Fulton; preview of Peter Strauss in Barnaby Jones; episode “The Last Contract” (12/31/1974).

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