Peter MacNicol

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Peter MacNicol
Peter MacNicol.jpg
MacNicol at Eagle Base, November 14, 2001
Born(1954-04-10) April 10, 1954 (age 60)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Other namesPeter Johnson
OccupationActor
Years active1981 – present
Spouse(s)Martha Sue Cumming (m. 1986)
 
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Peter MacNicol
Peter MacNicol.jpg
MacNicol at Eagle Base, November 14, 2001
Born(1954-04-10) April 10, 1954 (age 60)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Other namesPeter Johnson
OccupationActor
Years active1981 – present
Spouse(s)Martha Sue Cumming (m. 1986)

Peter C. MacNicol (born April 10, 1954) is an American actor. He is known in films for his roles of Janosz Poha in Ghostbusters II, Stingo in Sophie's Choice, and David Langley in Bean. For television he is 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.

Early life[edit]

MacNicol was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, the youngest of five children of Barbara Jean (née Gottlich), a homemaker, and John Wilbur Johnson, a corporate executive who became an Episcopal priest later in life.[1][2][3][4] MacNicol 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[edit]

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 games Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Origins. 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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

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[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1981DragonslayerGalen Bradwarden
1982Sophie's ChoiceStingo
1986HeatCyrus Kinnick
1986American Blue NoteJack Solow
1989Ghostbusters IIDr. Janosz Poha
1990By Dawn's Early LightSedgwickTelevision movie
1991Hard PromisesStuart
1992HousesitterMarty
1993Addams Family ValuesGary Granger
1994Radioland MurdersSon Writer
1995Dracula: Dead and Loving ItThomas Renfield
1996The Oz Kids (TV series)Ork
1997BeanDavid Langley
1998The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the RescueNarrator
1999Baby GeniusesDan
2001Recess: School's OutFenwick
2002Balto II: Wolf QuestMuruVoice
2004Breakin' All the RulesPhilip Gascon
2005Stuart Little 3: Call of the WildTroopmaster BickleDirect-to-video
200824: RedemptionTom LennoxTelevision movie
2012BattleshipSecretary of Defense
2012Game ChangeRick DavisTelevision movie
2013Scooby-Doo! Stage FrightDewey Ottoman

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1984Faerie Tale TheatreMartinEpisode: The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers
1992-1993The Powers That BeBradley Grist20 episodes
1993CheersMarioEpisode: "Look Before You Sleep"
1994Tales from the CryptAustin HaggardEpisode: "Let the Punishment Fit the Crime"
1994-1998Chicago HopeAlan Birch31 episodes
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1995–96)
1997-2002Ally McBealJohn Cage103 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1999-2000)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Television Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2001–02)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (1999-2001)
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1998, 2000)
1999The Angry BeaversKid FriendlyEpisode: "The Legend of Kid Friendly"
2000The Wild ThornberrysRaju, MonkeyEpisode: "Monkey See, Monkey Don't"
2000Buzz Lightyear of Star CommandMajor2 episodes
2003-2007Harvey Birdman, Attorney at LawVarious14 episodes
2004-2005Danny PhantomSidney Poindexter2 episodes
2004-2008The BatmanDr. Kirk Langstrom3 episodes
2005Justice League UnlimitedChronos2 episodes
2005-2010NUMB3RSDr. Larry Fleinhardt94 episodes
2006Boston LegalDr. Sydney FieldEpisode: "Race Ipsa"
200724Tom Lennox24 episodes
2008-2009The Spectacular Spider-ManDoctor Octopus12 episodes
2010Ben 10: Ultimate AlienVarious2 episodes
2010-2011Grey's AnatomyDr. Robert Stark7 episodes
2011Young JusticeProfessor Ivo2 episodes
2011G.I. Joe: RenegadesFireflyEpisode: "Homecoming Part 2"
2011Fairly LegalJudge SmolletEpisode: "Coming Home"
2013Necessary RoughnessDr. Gunner3 episodes
2013Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Professor Elliot RandolphEpisode: "The Well"
2014The Mindy ProjectRabbi David AdlerEpisode: An Officer and a Gynecologist

Video games[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2008Harvey Birdman: Attorney at LawX the Eliminator
2011Batman: Arkham CityMad Hatter
2013Batman: Arkham OriginsMad Hatter

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