Peter MacNicol

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Peter MacNicol

MacNicol in 2001
BornPeter C. MacNicol
(1954-04-10) April 10, 1954 (age 58)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Other namesPeter Johnson
OccupationActor
Years active1981 – present
Spouse(s)Martha Sue Cumming (m. 1986) «start: (1986)»"Marriage: Martha Sue Cumming to Peter MacNicol" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_MacNicol)
 
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Peter MacNicol

MacNicol in 2001
BornPeter C. MacNicol
(1954-04-10) April 10, 1954 (age 58)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Other namesPeter Johnson
OccupationActor
Years active1981 – present
Spouse(s)Martha Sue Cumming (m. 1986) «start: (1986)»"Marriage: Martha Sue Cumming to Peter MacNicol" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_MacNicol)

Peter C. MacNicol (born April 10, 1954) is an Emmy Award-winning American actor. He may be best known in films for his roles of Janosz Poha in Ghostbusters II, Stingo in Sophie's Choice, Thomas Renfield in Dracula: Dead and Loving It and David Langley in Bean. For television he is best known for the roles of the eccentric lawyer John Cage in the FOX comedy-drama Ally McBeal, as Tom Lennox in the sixth season of action-thriller 24, Alan Birch in the Medical drama Chicago Hope, and as physicist Dr. Larry Fleinhardt on the CBS crime drama NUMB3RS.

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Early life

MacNicol was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, the youngest of five children of Barbara and John MacNicol, an Episcopal priest.[1] He began his career studying at the University of Dallas and 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.[citation needed]

Career

MacNicol was cast in the off-Broadway play, Crimes of the Heart. The production eventually moved to Broadway, and he 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 1981 he landed the starring role in his first film, Dragonslayer, opposite Sir Ralph Richardson. In 1987, he starred in the Trinity Repertory Company's original production of the stage adaptation of All the King's Men, which first appeared at the Dallas Theater Center. This adaptation was developed with the consultation of the author himself.[citation needed]

Among his other stage credits is the Broadway production of Black Comedy/White Lies. He 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.

On film, he played the naive Southern writer who fell in love with Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice; the museum curator Janosz Poha in Ghostbusters II and camp director Gary Granger alongside future NUMB3RS costar David Krumholtz in Addams Family Values. Other film credits include HouseSitter and American Blue Note.

In 1994 MacNicol had a prominent role as Alan Birch for the first season and less than half of the second season of Chicago Hope before departing to take on a role on the TV series Ally McBeal which was also created by David E. Kelley the same person who created Chicago Hope. However, he did return for one final guest appearance in episode five of the show's fifth season.

MacNicol is known by 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 also starred in the drama NUMB3RS as physicist Dr. Larry Fleinhardt, and had a role as Tom Lennox in the sixth season of the hit Fox show 24. MacNicol reprised his role as Lennox in the film 24: Redemption. He also played a hotel receptionist in one episode of Cheers titled "Look Before You Sleep".

MacNicol has lent his voice to several comic book supervillains: Dr. Kirk Langstrom/Man-Bat in The Batman, David Clinton/Chronos in Justice League Unlimited, Dr. Otto Octavius/Doctor Octopus in The Spectacular Spider-Man, X The Eliminator in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law and the Mad Hatter in the video game Batman: Arkham City. He also voiced Firefly in G.I. Joe: Renegades.

In addition, this year, MacNicol has written a script entitled Salvation on Sand Mountain and is attached to the project as an executive producer and director.[citation needed]

MacNicol has joined the cast of Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Stark, a pediatric surgeon.[2]

Personal life

MacNicol resides in Los Angeles with his wife, who runs the Corie Williams Scholarship Fund, a non-profit foundation that provides scholarships for inner-city children in Los Angeles.[citation needed]

Filmography

Film appearances
YearTitleRoleNotes
1981DragonslayerGalen Bradwarden
1982Sophie's ChoiceStingo
1986HeatCyrus Kinnick
1986American Blue NoteJack Solow
1989Ghostbusters IIDr. Janosz Poha
1991Hard PromisesStuart
1992HouseSitterMarty
1993Addams Family ValuesGary Granger
1994Radioland MurdersSon Writer
1995Dracula: Dead and Loving ItThomas Renfield
1997BeanDavid Langley
1998The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the RescueNarrator (voice)Video
1999Baby GeniusesDan
2001Recess: School's OutFenwick
2002Balto II: Wolf QuestMuruVideo
2004Breakin' All the RulesPhilip Gascon
2005Stuart Little 3: Call of the WildTroopmaster (voice)Video
2012BattleshipSecretary of Defense
Television appearances
YearTitleRoleNotes
1984Faerie Tale TheatreMartinEpisode: The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers
1990By Dawn's Early LightSedgwickTV Movie
1992The Powers That BeBradley Grist
1994–1998Chicago HopeAlan Birch31 episodes

Nominated— Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1995, 1996)

1997–2002Ally McBealJohn Cage103 episodes

Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2001)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1999)

Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1999, 2000)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Television Series (2003)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2001, 2002)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (1999, 2000, 2001)

2003–2007Harvey Birdman, Attorney at LawX the Eliminator / Customer / Employee / Guard / Mr. Felder (voice)14 episodes
2004–2007Danny PhantomSidney PoindexterSpecial Guest
2004–2008The BatmanDr. Kirk Langstrom (voice)3 episodes
2005Justice League UnlimitedChronos (voice)
2005–2010NUMB3RSDr. Larry Fleinhardt94 episodes
2006Boston LegalDr. Sydney Field"Race Ipsa"
200724Tom Lennox24 episodes
200824: RedemptionTom LennoxTV Movie
2008–2009The Spectacular Spider-ManDoctor Octopus (voice)12 episodes
2010Ben 10: Ultimate AlienOliver / Forever Knight #1 / Mr. Webb (voice)2 episodes
2010–2011Grey's AnatomyDr. Robert Stark7 episodes
2011Young JusticeAmazo / MONQI / Professor Ivo (voice)2 episodes
2011G.I. Joe: RenegadesFirefly (voice)1 episode
2011Fairly LegalJudge Smollet1 episode Season 1:7 "Coming Home"
2012Game ChangeRick DavisTV movie
2013Necessary RoughnessDr. Gunner2 episode
Video game appearances
YearTitleRoleNotes
2008Harvey Birdman: Attorney at LawX the Eliminator
2011Batman: Arkham CityMad Hatter
Other
YearTitleRoleNotes
1992ShilohPerformer/NarratorAudio book

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jason Alexander; Julia Louis-Dreyfus; Michael Richards; Jerry Seinfeld
for Seinfeld
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
1998
for Ally McBeal
Succeeded by
Dan Butler; Peri Gilpin; Kelsey Grammer; Jane Leeves; John Mahoney; David Hyde Pierce
for Frasier