PETER MACNICOL Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Peter MacNicol                                                                   
Born: 10 April 1954 Dallas, Texas                                                     
Peter MacNicol (born April 10, 1954 in Dallas, Texas) is an Emmy Award winning         
American actor.                                                                       
MacNicol was raised in Texas as the youngest of five children. MacNicol began         
his career studying at the University of Dallas and continued at the University       
of Minnesota. While in Minnesota, he performed in two seasons at the Guthrie           
Theater. A New York talent agent spotted him and told him to make a move to           
Manhattan. Shortly thereafter, he was cast in the off-Broadway play, Crimes of         
the Heart. The production eventually moved to Broadway, and MacNicol won the           
Theatre World Award. It was also during this production that a casting agent           
noticed him and called him in to read for his eventual role in Sophie's Choice.       
In 1987, he starred in the Trinity Repertory Company's original production of         
the stage adaptation of "All the King's Men." This adaptation was developed with       
the consultation of the author himself.                                               
Among his other stage credits is the Broadway production of Black Comedy/White         
Lies, MacNicol also has further extensive classical repertory theater background,     
including the New York Shakespeare Festival in which he played title roles in         
Richard II and Romeo and Juliet, and appeared in Twelfth Night, Rum and Coke and       
Found a Peanut.                                                                       
MacNicol's past work demonstrates the broad dramatic and comedic spectrum of his       
talent. On film, he has appeared as the naive Southern writer who fell in love         
with Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice; the strange museum curator in Ghostbusters       
II and the summer camp director in Addams Family Values. Other film credits           
include HouseSitter and American Blue Note.                                           
MacNicol is best known among television viewers for his Ally McBeal performance       
as eccentric attorney John Cage, for which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding       
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2001. He currently stars in the drama           
NUMB3RS as physicist Dr. Larry Fleinhardt, and had a popular role as Tom Lennox       
in the sixth season of the hit Fox show 24. MacNicol has begun to record as           
Doctor Octopus for the first season of The Spectacular Spider-Man, which will         
premiere on The CW in late 2007 or early 2008. In addition, this year Peter has       
written a script entitled Salvation on Sand Mountain and is attached to the           
project as an executive producer and director.                                         
MacNicol joined the picket line at FOX Studios in support of the Writers Guild         
of America strike and participated in the Nov. 9th rally.                             
He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife of 20 years who runs The Corie       
Williams Scholarship Fund, a non-profit foundation that provides scholarships         
for inner-city children in Los Angeles.