Peter Gallagher

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Peter Gallagher
Peter Gallagher.jpg
Gallagher at the Paley Center's 6th annual Celebrity Golf Classic, Westlake Village, California - June 8, 2009
BornPeter Killian Gallagher
(1955-08-19) August 19, 1955 (age 59)
New York City, New York, United States
OccupationActor, musician, writer
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Paula Harwood (1983–present)
ChildrenKathryn Gallagher
James Gallagher
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Peter Gallagher
Peter Gallagher.jpg
Gallagher at the Paley Center's 6th annual Celebrity Golf Classic, Westlake Village, California - June 8, 2009
BornPeter Killian Gallagher
(1955-08-19) August 19, 1955 (age 59)
New York City, New York, United States
OccupationActor, musician, writer
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Paula Harwood (1983–present)
ChildrenKathryn Gallagher
James Gallagher

Peter Killian Gallagher (born August 19, 1955) is an American actor, musician and writer.[1] Since 1980, Gallagher has played roles in numerous Hollywood films. He starred as Sandy Cohen in the television drama series The O.C. from 2003 to 2007. He currently appears in a recurring role on the USA Network drama Covert Affairs, as CIA Clandestine Services Director Arthur Campbell.

Early life[edit]

Gallagher was born in New York City, New York. His mother, Mary Ann (née O'Shea), was a bacteriologist, and his father, Thomas Francis Gallagher, Jr., was an advertising executive.[2][3][4][5] Peter is the youngest of their three children. His brother is Paul Killian Gallagher and his sister is Joan Killian Gallagher. He is of Irish Catholic background[6] and was raised in Armonk, New York, where he graduated from Byram Hills High School. Gallagher graduated from Tufts University, where he had been active in theater, appearing in such shows as Stephen Sondheim's Company and singing with the all-male a cappella group the Beelzebubs.


Gallagher's debut film performance was as one of the co-stars in the 1980 film, The Idolmaker.

Gallagher appeared on Broadway with Glenn Close in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, but first achieved fame for his role in Steven Soderbergh's Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989). He also starred as Sky Masterson in the 1992 Broadway Revival of Guys and Dolls.

Gallagher played a potential career threat to Tim Robbins' studio executive in The Player (1992); the comatose fiancé of Sandra Bullock in While You Were Sleeping (1995); a real estate salesman having an affair with Annette Bening in American Beauty (1999); a media executive in Mr. Deeds (2002); and a political reporter exposing media ethics during a presidential debate in The Last Debate.

From 2003 to 2007, Gallagher starred as Sandy Cohen, a Jewish public defender and corporate lawyer, on the Fox television show The O.C.. He hosts an annual award ceremony named "The Sandy Cohen Awards" or The Sandys, which, in honor of his character on The O.C., gives a scholarship to a law school student at UC Berkeley who wants to become a public defender.

Gallagher released an album entitled 7 Days in Memphis in 2005, on the Sony BMG label. This includes a studio recording of his performance of "Don't Give Up On Me" (originally by Solomon Burke), which was featured in an episode of The O.C. He also has a video for his single "Still I Long For Your Kiss", in which he starred with his TV-wife Kelly Rowan.

In 2005, Gallagher received the P.T. Barnum Award from Tufts University for his exceptional work in the field of media and entertainment. In 2007, Gallagher received the "Light on the Hill" award at Tufts University. The award is given to notable alumni from Tufts who have demonstrated ambition, achievement, and active citizenship.

Personal life[edit]

Gallagher is married to Paula Wildash and has two children, James and Kathryn.[7]


1980The IdolmakerCaesare
1982Summer LoversMichael Pappas
1984Terrible Joe MoranNicktelevision film
1985DreamchildJack Dolan
1986My Little GirlKai
1987Long Day's Journey Into NightEdmund Tyronetelevision film
1988High SpiritsBrother Tony
The Murder of Mary PhaganLeo Franktelevision film
The Caine Mutiny Court-MartialLt. Cmdr. John Challeetelevision film
The Big KnifeCharles Castletelevision film
I'll Be Home for ChristmasAarontelevision film
1989Sex, Lies, and VideotapeJohn Mullany
1990Tune in TomorrowRichard Quince
Love and LiesDavid Westtelevision film
An Inconvenient WomanPhilip Quennelltelevision film
The Cabinet of Dr. RamirezMatt
Late for DinnerBob Freeman
1992The PlayerLarry Levy
Bob RobertsDan Riley
1993Watch ItJohn
Short CutsStormy WeathersGolden Globe for Best Ensemble Cast
Volpi Cup—Best Ensemble Cast
MaliceAtty. Dennis Riley
1994The Hudsucker ProxyVic Tenetta
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious CircleAlan Campbell
Mother's BoysRobert Madigan
White MileJack Robbins
1995The UnderneathMichael Chambers
While You Were SleepingPeter Callaghan
Cafe SocietyJack Kale
1996Last DanceJohn Hayes
To Gillian on Her 37th BirthdayDavid Lewis
TitanicWynn ParkTV miniseries
1997The Man Who Knew Too LittleJames 'Jimmy' Ritchie
Path to ParadiseJohn Anticev
1998Brave New WorldBernard Marxtelevision film
Johnny SkidmarksJohnny Scardino
HostDr. Joe Messengertelevision film
1999House on Haunted HillDonald W. Blackburn, M.D.
American BeautyBuddy KaneScreen Actors Guild Awards—Outstanding Performance by a Cast
OFCS Award for Best Ensemble Cast Performance
Brotherhood of MurderBob Mathewstelevision film
2000The Last DebateTom Chapmantelevision film
Center StageJonathan Reeves
Cupid & CateHarrytelevision film
Other VoicesJordin
Feast of All SaintsPhilippe Ferronairetelevision film
2002Mr. DeedsChuck Cedar
The Adventures of Tom Thumb and ThumbelinaMole KingDirect-to-video; Voice-over
2003A Tale of Two WivesBill Goodmantelevision film
How to DealLen MartinUncredited
2007The GatheringDr. Michael FosterTV miniseries
2008Center Stage: Turn It UpJonathan Reeves
2009AdamMarty Buchwald
The War BoysSlater
2010ConvictionBarry Scheck
BurlesqueVincent "Vince" Scali
2011Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
2012Step Up RevolutionBill Anderson
2015Hello, My Name Is Doris
1979Guiding LightChuck Haskell
1980SkagJohn Skagska6 episodes
1982American PlayhouseLogan Melton1 episode
1984ABC Weekend SpecialsPhil Grey1 episode
1993Fallen AngelsMitch Allison
Dr. Yorgrau
2 episodes
1998Superman: The Animated SeriesKurt1 episode
The Secret Lives of MenMichael7 episodes
2001Family GuyJared1 episode
2002Contest SearchlightHimself1 episode
20022003Page to ScreenHimself - host1 episode
20032007The O.C.Sandy Cohen92 episodes
Nominated—Prism Award—Best Performance in a Drama Series Episode
Nominated—Teen Choice Awards—2005 TV Choice Parental Unit
Nominated—Teen Choice Awards—2006 TV Choice Parental Unit
2006Robot ChickenStore Clerk
Douglas Goldstein / Anchor / Spectator
2 episodes
2008SharkFrank Bell1 episode
2009CalifornicationDean Koons7 episodes
2010Rescue MeFather Phil7 episodes
Covert AffairsArthur Campbell2010- Present; 40 episodes
2011WhitneyVince2 episodes
2012How I Met Your MotherProfessor Vinick1 episode
1978GreaseDanny Zuko
1982A Doll's LifeOttoTheatre World Award
1983The Corn Is GreenMorgan Evans
Another CountryGuy Bennett
1984The Real ThingBillyClarence Derwent Awards—Most Promising Male
1985–86Pride and PrejudiceMr. Darcy
1986Long Day's Journey Into NightEdmund ThyroneNominated—Tony Award for Featured Actor (Play)
1992Guys and DollsSky Masterson
1995Pal JoeyJoey Evans
2001–02Noises OffLloyd Dallas


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