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Cast Info - Peter
Gallagher, who grew up in Armonk,
New York, developed an interest for acting as a teenager starring in school
plays and musicals. After graduating from Tufts University, he made his
professional stage debut in the 1977 revival of Hair, followed by a starring
role in the Broadway production Grease.
The segue from stage to film began in 1980 with Gallagher's feature film debut
in Taylor Hackford's The Idolmaker. Many film roles have followed including;
Dreamchild, Bob Roberts, Watch It, The Hudsucker Proxy, the comedy hit While You
Were Sleeping, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, Cafe Society, Johnny Skidmarks,
and The Man Who Knew Too Little. Gallagher was also seen in the Oscar-winning
film American Beauty and Sony Picture's Center Stage, directed by Nicholas
Having enjoyed extensive film work with directors/producers/writers Robert
Altman and Steven Soderbergh, Gallagher was featured in Altman's highly
acclaimed film, The Player, followed by Short Cuts and Mrs. Parker and the
Vicious Circle, features that were directed and produced respectively by Mr.
Gallagher's most recent work with Soderbergh is the neo-noir film The
Underneath. Their teaming on the 1989 feature, Sex, Lies and Videotape earned
Gallagher international critical acclaim. Six years later, Soderbergh expressly
wrote the lead role in The Underneath for Gallagher.
In November 2001, Gallagher starred in the Showtime mini-series, Feast of All
Saints, based on the novel by Anne Rice. It is set in nineteenth-century New
Orleans and depicts the story of the Free People of Colour, a dazzling yet
damned class caught between the world of white privilege and black oppression.
Gallagher most recently co-starred with Adam Sandler and Winona Ryder in
Columbia Pictures/New Line Cinema's Mr. Deeds for director Steve Brill. He stars
in Alliance Atlantis' Protection, opposite Stephen Baldwin, which tells the
story of a Mafia hit man from New York who is forced into the witness protection
program after giving up his boss to the Feds. He also stars in Perfume for Lions
Gate along with Jeff Goldblum, Omar Epps, Paul Sorvino, and Rita Wilson.
Perfume, written and directed by award winning director Michael Rymer is an
improvisational film about people trapped in the machinery that make up the
fashion business which was in competition at Sundance Film Festival. He recently
wrapped production for New Line Cinema's How to Deal slated for Winter 2003
release in which he stars opposite Mandy Moore and Allison Janney.
Gracing the stage on a regular basis, Gallagher returned to Broadway on
November 1, 2001 in Noises Off opposite Patti Lupone. He wowed audiences with
his performance as the charismatic Sky Masterson in Jerry Zak's Tony nominated
revival of the Broadway musical Guys and Dolls. In 1986 Gallagher earned a Tony
Award nomination for his highly acclaimed performance opposite Jack Lemmon in
Long Day's Journey Into Night. He received further acclaim with a Theatre World
Award for the Harold Prince production of A Dolls Life and a Clarence Derwent
Award for Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, directed by Mike Nichols. He also
appeared at New York's City Center in the musical revival, Pal Joey with Patti
On television, Gallagher most recently starred in the highly rated CBS/Hallmark
Hall of Fame Special, Cupid & Cate. Gallagher's other credits include the Emmy
and Peabody Award-winning miniseries The Murder of Mary Phagan, The Caine Mutiny
Court Martial which was Gallagher's first experience working with Robert Altman,
Brave New World and the series The Secret Lives of Men. For PBS, Gallagher
starred in both Cliff Odets' production of The Big Knife and Peter Sellars'
silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez.
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