Peter Riegert has been acting, writing, directing, and producing for over 50 years.
His films include National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978), Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979), Local Hero (1983), Crossing Delancey (1988), Oscar (1991), Utz (1992), Passed Away (1992), The Mask (1994), Coldblooded (1995), Traffic (2000), White Irish Drinkers (2010), and American Pastoral (2016).
Additionally, he has starred in the short film The Response (2008), which received the ABA Silver Gavel and was shortlisted for the Academy Award, and the award-winning Extra Innings (2019).
Television credits include Shelter (Amazon), Extrapolations (Apple), Succession (HBO), The Sopranos (HBO), Damages (FX), Gypsy (CBS), Barbarians at the Gate (HBO), Concealed Enemies (PBS), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC), The Good Wife (CBS), and One Tree Hill (CW).
On Broadway, Peter starred in David Mamet’s The Old Neighborhood, as well as An American Daughter, The Nerd, and Dance with Me. His off-Broadway credits include Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Birthday Party, Mountain Language, and Isn’t It Romantic.
His directorial debut landed him an Academy Award nomination for the short film By Courier (2001). Peter then wrote and directed his first feature film, King of the Corner (2004), and starred in it opposite Isabella Rossellini, Eli Wallach, Rita Moreno, Beverly D’Angelo, Eric Bogosian, and Dominic Chianese.
His audiobook performances include The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon, Where I’m Calling From: Selected Stories by Raymond Carver, Black Money and The Chill by Ross Macdonald, and The Lawgiver by Herman Wouk.
He played Oscar Newman opposite Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener in David Simon’s award-winning miniseries for HBO, Show Me a Hero, directed by Paul Haggis and based on Lisa Belkin’s nonfiction book of the same name.
Peter played Artie Goodman in Tina Fey’s Netflix series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and played opposite Kathy Bates in her Netflix series, Disjointed.