Peter Weller

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Peter Weller
Peter Weller 2014.jpg
Weller at Sci-Fi 2014 in Dallas, February 2014
Born(1947-06-24) June 24, 1947 (age 67)
Stevens Point, Wisconsin, U.S.
OccupationActor, film director, lecturer
Years active1973–present
Spouse(s)Sherri Stowe (m. 2006)
 
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Peter Weller
Peter Weller 2014.jpg
Weller at Sci-Fi 2014 in Dallas, February 2014
Born(1947-06-24) June 24, 1947 (age 67)
Stevens Point, Wisconsin, U.S.
OccupationActor, film director, lecturer
Years active1973–present
Spouse(s)Sherri Stowe (m. 2006)

Peter Weller (born June 24, 1947) is an American film and stage actor, director and history lecturer.

Weller has appeared in more than 50 films and television series, including turns as the title characters in blockbuster hits RoboCop and RoboCop 2, and the cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.[1] He has also appeared in such critically acclaimed films as Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite, the Oliver Stone-produced The New Age and David Cronenberg's movie of William Burroughs's novel Naked Lunch. He received an Academy Award nomination for his direction of the 1993 short Partners, in which he also acted. In television, he hosted the show Engineering an Empire on the History Channel. He also played Christopher Henderson in the fifth season of 24 and Stan Liddy in the fifth season of the Showtime original series Dexter.

Early life[edit]

Weller was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, the son of Dorothy Jean (née Davidson), a homemaker, and Frederick Bradford Weller, a lawyer, federal judge, and career helicopter pilot for the United States Army.[2][3] Weller had a "middle-class Catholic" upbringing.[4] As a result of his father's army work, Weller spent many years abroad during his childhood. His family lived in Germany for several years before eventually moving to Texas, where he attended Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio. While enrolled at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas), he played trumpet in one of the campus bands. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre[5] and began his acting career after attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Stage[edit]

Weller's stage career began in the 1970s with appearances on Broadway in Full Circle, directed by Otto Preminger, and Summer Brave, William Inge's rewrite of his play Picnic. About this time, he became a member of the famed Actors Studio.[6]

In December 2006, Weller starred as architect Frank Lloyd Wright at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in Frank's Home, a new play by Richard Nelson.

Film[edit]

Weller was in the 1984 film Firstborn with Corey Haim, where he played the abusive boyfriend of Haim's mother (played by Teri Garr).

Weller has appeared in more than 50 films and television series, including turns as the title characters in the cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, and blockbuster hits RoboCop and RoboCop 2.[7] He has also appeared in such critically acclaimed films as Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite, the Oliver Stone-produced The New Age and David Cronenberg's movie of William Burroughs's novel Naked Lunch.

In 1995, he appeared in Screamers, a science-fiction film based on the short story "Second Variety" by Philip K. Dick and directed by Christian Duguay.

Television[edit]

In a 1977 episode of the television series Lou Grant, he plays Oberster SA-Führer Donald Sterner/Stryker, a tragically disillusioned Jewish-American Neo-Nazi leader who later committed suicide off-screen with his Colt 45 near the end of the episode when his heritage was discovered.

Duguay would later direct Weller in the 2005–2007 television series Engineering an Empire for the History Channel, which Weller hosted.

On television, he played the shuttle captain in the short-lived series Odyssey 5 and made guest appearances as Terran supremacist John Frederick Paxton in the Star Trek: Enterprise episodes "Demons", "Terra Prime" and in Fringe as the character Alistair Peck.

Weller is a contributor to the History Channel in several productions, credited as "Peter Weller, Syracuse University", where he is an adjunct faculty member. He is a graduate student in art history at UCLA, focusing on the Italian Renaissance. Weller also hosts the series Engineering an Empire for the network.

In 2005, Weller co-starred as the Captain in a made-for-television remake of The Poseidon Adventure.

In 2006, Weller joined the cast of 24 as terrorist collaborator Christopher Henderson.[8] Weller received a "cheer" in TV Guide's "Cheers & Jeers" section for his performance.

On April 15, 2010, Weller guest-starred in an episode of the science fiction drama Fringe. He also guest-starred on the Showtime original series Dexter,[9] and had a guest appearance in the December 22, 2010 episode of Psych; where he played villain "Yin"[10] In 2013, Weller returned to the Star Trek franchise, with a role in the film Star Trek Into Darkness.

In 2013, he played the part of the villain in the remake of the "Hookman" episode of the original Hawaii Five-O. The part was originally played in 1973 by J. J. Armes. In season six of Sons of Anarchy, he plays a ruthless ex-cop who is a boss at the Stockton port and has dealings with the SAMCRO motorcycle club.

On January 15, 2010, Weller was seen in a teaser trailer for the companion documentary God of War: Unearthing the Legend that was featured in the game God of War III which Weller also hosted.[11]

Directing[edit]

Weller has also directed various projects for television, including episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street, Monk and three episodes of the aforementioned Odyssey 5. He directed a 1997 adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Gold Coast starring David Caruso and Marg Helgenberger after previously starring in a version of Leonard's thriller Cat Chaser. He has directed five episodes of the series Sons of Anarchy, two in Season 4, titled "Dorylus" (air date 9/20/11) and "Hands" and three in Season 5, titled "Authority Vested", "Toad's Wild Ride" and "Darthy".

Voice acting[edit]

On May 23, 2012 it was announced that Weller would be the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the two-part animated adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns.[12]

Antonioni's avid fan[edit]

Weller is a fan of Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni, who directed him in Beyond the Clouds. In an interview in Cigar Aficionado magazine, he was quoted as saying:

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, Weller completed a master's degree in Roman and Renaissance Art at Syracuse University and occasionally taught courses in ancient history at the university. In 2007, Weller began a Ph.D. at UCLA, in Italian Renaissance art history.[13] He filed his dissertation in October 2013,[14] and revealed at the Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas on August 2, 2014, that he had obtained his doctorate.[15]

On June 24, 2006, he married longtime girlfriend and actress Shari Stowe at the Santa Maria Assunta church in Positano, Italy. It was also Weller's 59th birthday. Guests among the wedding were Carrie Fisher and Marg Helgenberger.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Director[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleNotes
1993PartnersTelevision short
1997Gold CoastTelevision film

Television[edit]

YearTitleNotes
1995–1996Homicide: Life on the StreetEpisodes: "Hate Crimes", "White Lies"
1997Michael Hayes
2002–2003Odyssey 519 (20) Episodes
2005Star Trek: Enterprise2 Episodes: "Demons / Terra Prime"
2006MonkEpisode: "Mr. Monk, Private Eye"
2007Las VegasEpisode: "A Cannon Carol"
2011–2013Sons of Anarchy8 episodes
2012HouseEpisode: "Post Mortem"
The Mob DoctorEpisode: "Confessions"
2012–2014Longmire3 episodes
2013–2014Hawaii Five-03 episodes
2014The StrainEpisode: "Runaways"

Actor[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1973The Man Without a CountryLt. FellowsTelevision film
1975The SilenceRed SashTelevision film
1979Butch and Sundance: The Early DaysJoe Le Fors
1980Just Tell Me What You WantSteven Routledge
1982Shoot the MoonFrank Henderson
1983Kentucky WomanDeke CulloverTelevision film
Two Kinds of LoveJoe FarleyTelevision film
Of Unknown OriginBart HughesParis Film Festival for Best Actor
1984The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th DimensionBuckaroo Banzai
FirstbornSam
1986A Killing AffairBaston Morris
ApologyRad HungateTelevision film
1987RoboCopOfficer Alex J. Murphy/RoboCopNominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
1988The TunnelJuan Pablo Castel
ShakedownRoland Dalton
1989LeviathanSteven Beck
Cat ChaserGeorge Moran
1990Women and Men: Stories of SeductionHobieTelevision film
RoboCop 2RoboCop
Rainbow DriveMike GallagherTelevision film
1991Road to RuinJack Sloan
Naked LunchBill LeeNominated – Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
1992Fifty/FiftyJake Wyer
1993PartnersDoctorShort television film
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
Sunset GrillRyder Hart
1994The Substitute WifeMartin HightowerTelevision film
The New AgePeter Witner
Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded KneeUncreditedTelevision film
1995Present Tense, Past PerfectCharlesShort television film
Beyond the CloudsHusband
ScreamersJoe Hendricksson
Mighty AphroditeJerry Bender
DecoyBaxter
1997End of SummerTheo RemmingtonTelevision film
1998Top of the WorldRay Mercer
The Sands of TimeJohn ShannonTelevision film
1999Diplomatic SiegeSteve Mitchell
2000Shadow HoursStuart Chappell
Falling ThroughLou
Contaminated Man (de)Joseph Müller
Ivans XtcDon WestNominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Dark Prince: The True Story of DraculaFather StefanTelevision film
2001StyxNelson
2003The OrderDriscoll
2005Man of GodRabbi
UndiscoveredWick Treadway
The Poseidon AdventureCaptain Paul GallicoTelevision film
2006The Hard EasyEd Koster
2007PreyTom Newman
Dating VietnamJack Newton
2010Once FallenEddie
2012Dragon EyesMr. V
The Dark Knight ReturnsBruce Wayne/BatmanAnimated film
2013Star Trek Into DarknessAlexander Marcus
2014Skin TradeCostello

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1977Lou GrantDonald StrykerEpisode: 1.5 "Nazi"
1978Mourning Becomes ElectraPeterMiniseries
1987Faerie Tale TheatreThe SoldierEpisode: 6.3 "The Dancing Princesses"
2002–2003Odyssey 5Chuck TaggartSeason 1: Episodes 1-19
2003The HandlerGerardEpisode: 1.4 "Body of Evidence"
2005Star Trek: EnterpriseJohn Frederick PaxtonEpisodes: 4.20 "Demons",
4.21 "Terra Prime
2005–2007Engineering an EmpireHostDocumentary series
200624Christopher HendersonSeason 5: 11 Episodes
MonkActor Playing StottlemeyerEpisodes: 5.1 "Mr. Monk and the Actor"
2010FringeAlistair PeckEpisode: 2.18 "White Tulip"
DexterStan LiddyEpisodes: Season 5 (8 episodes)
PsychProfessor Karl Rotmensen/YinEpisode: 5.16 "Yang 3 in 2D"
2011–2013Sons of AnarchyCharles BaroskySeason: 4,5,6
2012HouseSurgeonEpisode: 8.20 "Post Mortem"
2012–2014LongmireLucien ConnallyEpisodes: 1.6 "The Worst Kind of Hunter"
2.12 "A Good Death Is Hard To Find"
3.5 "Wanted Man"
2013Hawaii Five-0Curt StonerEpisode: 3.15 "Hookman"

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TV: 'RoboCop' Heads to Miami for 'Dexter'!". 
  2. ^ "Peter Weller Biography (1947–)". Filmreference.com. 1947-06-24. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  3. ^ "Obituaries". pcgazette.com. Archived from the original on 2003-03-20. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  4. ^ a b "People Profile | Peter Weller". Cigar Aficionado. 1996-03-01. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  5. ^ "2014 Emerald Eagle Honors Honorees". University of North Texas. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Movies & TV: Peter Weller". The New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  7. ^ "TV: 'RoboCop' Heads to Miami for 'Dexter'!". 
  8. ^ "Peter Weller Joins Showtime's 'Dexter'". 
  9. ^ "Peter Weller Joins Showtime's Dexter". 
  10. ^ "'Psych' Season Finale Recap: Who Was Yin?". 
  11. ^ Chester, Nick. "Awesome: RoboCop to Host God of War Documentary". 
  12. ^ "Animated THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS Cast Announced". 
  13. ^ "An interview with Peter Weller". Theflorentine.net. 2007-10-18. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  14. ^ Ebiri, Bilge (20 May 2013). "Peter Weller on Star Trek, Getting His Ph.D., and Defending J.J. Abrams". vulture.com. Retrieved 2013-08-21. "When is your dissertation due? 'I file it in October.'" 
  15. ^ "STLV: Pegg: Scotty Not A ‘Clown’ – Talks Accent & Star Trek 2016 + Weller: Marcus Not ‘Villain’ + more". TrekMovie.com. 3 August 2014. "Yes you read that sentence right: Dr. Peter Weller, who recently completed a PhD in Italian history. And he didn’t let you forget it, including correcting one fan who addressed him as “Mister Weller.”" 
  16. ^ "'Robocop' Star Weds in Italy". Zap2It. June 29, 2006. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 

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