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[Peter Gallagher][Peter Gallagher][Peter Gallagher]

Peter Gallagher

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One of America's most respected actors, Peter Gallagher has starred on stage, on television and in film, delivering stellar performances with every role he tackles.

Gallagher, born in New York City and raised in Armonk, NY, developed an interest in 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 of "Grease," and in "The Corn Is Green." He wowed audiences with his performance as the charismatic Sky Masterson in Jerry Zak's Tony-winning 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 Doll's Life" and a Clarence Derwent Award for Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing," directed by Mike Nichols. He returned to Broadway in November 2001 in an acclaimed Royal National Theatre production of "Noises Off." In the fall of 2002 he starred in "The Exonerated," directed by Bob Balaban, winner of the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play and the 2003 Lucille Lortel Award and Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience.

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 Pictures" "Center Stage," directed by Nicholas Hytner. He was last seen co-starring in the Adam Sandler box office smash, "Mr. Deeds."

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 Altman.

Gallagher first teamed with Soderbergh on the 1989 feature, "sex, lies and videotape," earning him international critical acclaim. Six years later, Soderbergh wrote the lead role in "The Underneath" expressly for Gallagher. He was recently seen in New Line Cinema's "How To Deal," starring as Mandy Moore's somewhat eccentric disc jockey father.

Gallagher's other television work includes the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning miniseries "The Murder of Mary Phagan," "An Inconvenient Woman," "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial," "Cupid and Cate," "Brave New World" and the series "The Secret Lives of Men." For PBS, Gallagher starred in "Guys and Dolls: Off The Record" which documented the recording of the cast album, an English television production of "The Big Knife" by Clifford Odets; "Private Contentment" by Reynolds Price; Peter Sellars' silent film "The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez"; and Oxygen's film "A Tale of Two Wives."

Gallagher is active in many charities, including the Alzheimer's Association, Actors Fund, Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, The Help Group and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Gallagher and his family live in Los Angeles and New York.

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