Coyote, Peter 1942– (Peter Cohon)

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COYOTE, Peter 1942
(Peter Cohon)


Original name, Peter Cohon; born October 10, 1942, in Colver, PA (some sources say New York, NY); son of Morris Cohon (an investment banker); married Marilyn McCann, 1975 (divorced, January 1998); married Stefanie Pleet (a location manager), 1998; children: (first marriage) one daughter, one son. Education: Grinnell College, B.A., English literature, 1964; graduate studies in creative writing at San Francisco State University; studied with the San Francisco Actors Workshop. Religion: Zen Buddhist. Avocational Interests: Fishing, photography, and songwriting.

Addresses: Agent Endeavor, 9701 Wilshire Blvd., 10th Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager Untitled Entertainment, 8436 West Third St., Suite 650, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Contact c/o Official International Peter Coyote Fan Club, 3425 Knox Place, Bronx, NY 104672009.

Career: Actor, director, and writer. Performed with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, 196567, Paul Sills's Story Theatre, 1975, and the Reinhabitory Theatre; California Council for the Arts, chairperson; narrated the opening of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City, UT; provided voice for television commercials, including Oracle computer software, 199798, U.S. Census 2000, and Chiquita; provided voice for Clarinex advertisements on U.S. radio stations. Previously worked as a public school acting teacher, dock worker, and bird feather salesman.

Member: Screen Actors Guild, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, The Player's Club, Baykeepers.

Awards, Honors: Obie Award, Village Voice, 1967, for The Minstrel Show; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actor in a dramatic series, 1990, for Road to Avonlea; Emmy Award (with Alan Poul and Peter Bull), outstanding historical program, 1993, for The Pacific Century; Pushcart Prize for Excellence in NonFiction, 199394, for "Carla's Story," Sleeping Where I Fall; Bronze Wrangler Award (with Fred de Sam Lazaro and Kristian Berg), best western documentary, Western Heritage Awards, 2002, for Seth Eastman: Painting the Dakota.


Film Appearances:

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Universal, 1978.

Davis, Die Laughing, Warner Bros., 1980.

Young David, Tell Me a Riddle, Filmways, 1980.

Staff Sergeant Crawford Poole, Southern Comfort, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1981.

The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper, Universal, 1981.

Breach of Contract, 1982.

Porter Reese, Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (also known as Timerider ), Sunn Classic, 1982.

Steele, Endangered Species, MetroGoldwynMayer/United Artists, 1982.

Rex, Out (also known as Deadly Drifter ), Zone Productions, 1982.

Keys, E. T.: The Extraterrestrial (also known as E. T. and E. T. the ExtraTerrestrial: The 20th Anniversary ), Universal, 1982.

Stanley, Stranger's Kiss, Orion, 1983.

Parker Stone, Slayground, Universal, 1983.

Norton Baskin, Cross Creek, Universal, 1983.

Arthur Blue, Heartbreakers, Orion, 1984.

Lieutenant Ringwald, The Legend of Billie Jean, TriStar, 1985.

Himself, Troupers, Icarus Films, 1985.

Narrator, Contrary Warriors: A Film of the Crow Tribe, Rattlesnake Productions, 1985.

Thomas Krasny, Jagged Edge, Columbia, 1985.

Narrator, Kerouac, the Movie (documentary), October Films, 1985.

Narrator, A Question of Power, 1986.

Michael Sanders, Outrageous Fortune, Buena Vista, 1987.

Photographer, Stacking (also known as Season of Dreams ), Spectrafilm, 1987.

Steve Elliot, A Man in Love (also known as Un homme amoreux and Un uomo innamorato ), Gaumont, 1987.

Lieutenant Sharpe/Larry, Heart of Midnight, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1989.

Narrator, Downwind/Downstream, Bullfrog Films, 1989.

Himself, Flashing on the Sixties: A Tribal Document, 1990.

Henry Tobel, The Man Inside (also known as L'affaire Walraff ), New Line Cinema, 1990.

Peter Mandrake, Exposure (also known as High Art, Knife Fighter, and A Grande Arte ), Miramax, 1991.

Edward Warren, Crooked Hearts, MetroGoldwyn Mayer/Pathe, 1991.

Nicholas, Kika, CiBy 2000/October Films, 1993.

Narrator, The Peyote Road, 1993.

Oscar, Bitter Moon (also known as Lunes de fiel ), Fine Line, 1994.

Henry Warburton, That Eye, the Sky, 1994.

(Uncredited) Paul, Moonlight and Valentino, 1995.

Police Lieutenant Henry Dexter, Seeds of Doubt, 1996.

Don Bresler, Unforgettable, MetroGoldwynMayer/United Artists, 1996.

Himself, The Making of "E. T. The ExtraTerrestrial " (also known as E. T.: The Extra TerrestrialA Look Back; documentary), 1996.

Bill Davis, Patch Adams, Universal, 1998.

Captain Harold C. Barnes, Sphere, Warner Bros., 1998.

Narrator, Quartzites Fall, 1998.

Xuave, Last Call, 1998.

Martin Conlon, The Basket, MetroGoldwynMayer, 1999.

Cullen Chandler, Random Hearts, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1999.

Narrator, Emperor of Hemp, UFO Central Home Video, 1999.

Kurt Potter, Erin Brockovich, Universal, 2000.

Dennis Burke, Red Letters, New City Releasing, 2000.

Detective Darren Cody, More Dogs than Bones, Dream Entertainment, 2000.

William, A Time for Dancing, East of Doheny, 2000.

Alfred Stieglitz, Jack the Dog, 2001.

Narrator, Voices of Sierra Tarahumara (documentary), University of California's Center for Media and Independent Learning, 2001.

Lionel Heathcote, Suddenly Naked (also known as Mise anu ), Pantheon Entertainment LLC, 2001.

Himself, E. T. the ExtraTerrestrial: 20th Anniversary Celebration, Universal Studios Home Video, 2002.

Himself, The E. T. Reunion, 2002.

Narrator, Hollywood's Magical Island: Catalina, 2003.

Reverend Sullivan, A Walk to Remember, Warner Bros., 2002.

Bernard Elias, Purpose, Lakeshore Entertainment, 2002.

Bruce Watts, Femme Fatale, Warner Bros., 2002.

John Traveller, Written in Blood, Buena Vista Home Video, 2002.

Eddie, Northfork, Paramount Classics, 2003.

Chief Blooomenbergansteinthal, The Hebrew Hammer, Strand Releasing, 2003.

Alex Winkler, Bon voyage, Sony Pictures Classics, 2003.

Rudolph Grichenberg, Le grand role, 2004.

Congressman Henderson, Shadow of Fear, Nu Image, 2004.

Herman Finch, Deepwater, 2004.

Film Work:

Director, Crimes of Opportunity, 1998.

Television Appearances; Series:

Narrator, National Geographic Explorer, 1985.

Narrator, The Pacific Century, PBS, 1992.

Narrator, American Cinema, PBS, 1995.

Narrator, The Color of War, The History Channel, 2001.

Ryland, The 4400, USA Network, 2004.

Also appeared in Up and Coming, PBS.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Courtney Taylor, Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (also known as Alcatraz and Clarence Carnes ), NBC, 1980.

George Bolen, The People vs. Jean Harris, NBC, 1981.

William Bradfield, Jr., Echoes in the Darkness, CBS, 1987.

Buffalo Bill Cody, Buffalo Girls, CBS, 1995.

Ruben Borchardt, Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story (also known as Seduced by Madness ), NBC, 1996.

Narrator, The West, PBS, 1996.

Voice of Thomas Jefferson, Founding Fathers (documentary), The History Channel, 2000.

Narrator, The American Frontier: Decisive Battles (documentary), The History Channel, 2000.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Wynn Thomas, Isabel's Choice, CBS, 1981.

Frank Mitchell, Best Kept Secrets, ABC, 1984.

Anthony Ristelli, Scorned and Swindled, CBS, 1984.

Max Knickerbocker, The Blue Yonder (also known as Time Flyer ), The Disney Channel, 1985.

Matt Townsend, Child's Cry, CBS, 1986.

Sam Fischetti, Sworn to Silence, ABC, 1987.

Slick Henderson, Baja Oklahoma, HBO, 1988.

Richmond Flowers, Sr., Unconquered, CBS, 1989.

Miles Sutherland, Act of Will, 1989.

Matt, Living a Lie, NBC, 1991.

Frank Macguire, A Seduction in Travis County (also known as Blind Judgment ), CBS, 1991.

Frank Nordhall, Keeper of the City, Showtime, 1992.

Colonel Andrew Case, Breach of Conduct (also known as Tour of Duty ), USA Network, 1994.

Deacon Vivyan, Terminal Justice (also known as Cybertech PD ), HBO, 1995.

Michael, Dalva, ABC, 1996.

Doc "the Butcher," Top of the World (also known as Cold Cash and Showdown ), HBO, 1997.

Gene Gere, Road Ends (also known as Safe House ), Cinemax, 1997.

Dr. Arthur Lefcourt, Murder in My Mind, CBS, 1997.

Detective Roos, Indiscreet, HBO, 1998.

Jim Bowie, Two for Texas, TNT, 1998.

Sheriff Dwayne Hogan, Route 9, HBO, 1998.

Dennis "Denny" Traynor, A Murder on Shadow Mountain, CBS, 1999.

Harvey Milk, Execution of Justice, Showtime, 1999.

Don Wigulow, The Wednesday Woman, CBS, 2000.

Stephen Hastings, Midwives, Lifetime, 2001.

Dr. Ringold, Phenomenon II, ABC, 2003.

Also appeared in Golden Gate; In the Child's Best Interest.

Television Appearances; Specials:

"Bread," The Booth, PBS, 1985.

Narrator, "The Grizzlies," National Geographic Special, PBS, 1987.

Himself, Sgt. Pepper: It Was Twenty Years Ago Today (documentary), PBS, 1987.

Narrator, "African Odyssey," National Geographic Special, PBS, 1988.

Narrator, Return of the Wolves (documentary), PBS, 1989.

Narrator, Ocean of Wisdom (documentary), PBS, 1990.

Host, The New Range Wars (documentary), TBS, 1991.

Voice of Abraham Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln: A New Birth of Freedom (documentary), PBS, 1992.

Narrator, "Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter's Journey," American Masters (documentary), PBS, 1992.

Narrator, "Orson Welles: What Went Wrong?," Crazy about the Movies (documentary), Cinemax, 1992.

Voice, Earth and the American Dream, HBO, 1993.

The History of Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 6 (documentary; also known as My Generation ), syndicated, 1995.

Narrator, "Cyclone!," National Geographic Specials, NBC, 1995.

Narrator, The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies (documentary), 1995.

Narrator, Edison's Miracle of Light, PBS, 1995.

Narrator, 21st Century Jet: The Building of the 777 (documentary), PBS, 1996.

Narrator, Cheating Death: Catastrophes Caught on Tape, Fox, 1997.

Host, Close Call: Cheating Death II, Fox, 1997.

Narrator, The Secrets of 007: The James Bond Files, CBS, 1997.

Narrator, The World's Scariest Police Chases, Fox, 1997.

Narrator, Video Justice: Crime Caught on Tape, Fox, 1997.

Narrator, When Disasters Strike II, Fox, 1997.

Narrator, Still Missing (documentary), 1997.

Narrator, Frontier: Legends of the Old Northwest (documentary), The History Channel, 1998.

Narrator, Titanic: Breaking New Ground (documentary), Fox, 1998.

Narrator, "Nature," John Denver: Let This Be a Voice, PBS, 1998.

Narrator, National Geographic: The Battle for Midway (documentary), 1998.

Interviewee, Roman Polanski: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1998.

Narrator, Storm of the Century, NBC, 1998.

Narrator, Avalanche: The White Death (documentary), NBC, 1998.

Book Tour TV, 1998, Free Preview Weekend, HBO, 1998.

Sphere Specials & Interviews, 1998.

Narrator, Hoover Dam (documentary), PBS, 1999.

Narrator, Rome: Power and Glory, The Learning Channel, 1999.

Voice of Urban Renewal, Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San FranciscoThe Fillmore (documentary; also known as The Fillmore ), 1999.

Narrator, The Battle of Midway (documentary), TBS, 1999.

Narrator, The History of Sex (documentary), The History Channel, 1999.

Voice of John Wesley Powell, Lost in the Grand Canyon (documentary), PBS, 1999.

Narrator, Search for the Submarine I52 (documentary), NBC, 1999.

Narrator, Sled Dogs: An Alaskan Epic (documentary), PBS, 1999.

Announcer, The 72nd Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2000.

Narrator, Frontier: The Decisive Battles (documentary), 2000.

Interviewee, Roman Polanski: Reflections of Darkness (documentary), 2000.

Narrator, In the Light of Reverence (documentary), PBS, 2001.

Narrator, Natural Connections (documentary), PBS, 2001.

Narrator, Sex in the 20th Century (documentary), The History Channel, 2001.

Himself, Polanski y los ojos del mal, 2002.

Voice of Thomas Jefferson, Founding Brothers (documentary), The History Channel, 2002.

E. T. the ExtraTerrestrial 20th Anniversary Special, NBC, 2002.

Narrator, Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election, 2002.

Himself and narrator, Seth Eastman: Painting the Dakota (documentary), 2002.

Narrator, The Shape of Life, PBS, 2002.

Narrator, Out of the Blue, SciFi Channel, 2003.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

The 4400, USA Network, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"All This and the Old School Tie," The Insiders, ABC, 1985.

Alex, "Last Scene," The Hitchhiker (also known as Le voyageur ), HBO, 1986.

Adam Grant, "Shadow Play," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1986.

Romney Penhallow, "Old Quarrels, Old Loves," Road to Avonlea, The Disney Channel, 1990.

Arsenio Hall, 1990.

Entertainment Tonight, 1991, 1995.

Narrator, "Edison's Miracle of Light," The American Experience, NBC, 1995.

Herman Charn, "Professional Man," Fallen Angels, Showtime, 1995.

Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, ABC, 1997, 1998.

Roger, "The Love of Her Life," Cybill, CBS, 1997.

Narrator, "Denali, Alaska's Great Wilderness," The Living Edens, PBS, 1997.

Arts & Minds, Bravo, 1998.

Narrator, "Kakadu: Australia's Ancient Wilderness," The Living Edens, PBS, 1999.

Ross, "Secrets, Lies, and Weddings," The Division, 2002.

The Active Opposition, WorldLink TV, 2003.

Stage Appearances:

The Miser, 1966.

Pantalone, L'aimant militaire, 1967.

Inacoma, Magic Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1977.

The Red Snake, and True West, Magic Theatre, 19771978.

Autobiography of a Pearl Diver, Magic Theatre, 1978.

Charles the Irrelevant, Magic Theatre, 1979.

True West, Magic Theatre, 1980.

Jake, Jake's Women, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 19891990.

Also appeared in The Abduction of Kari Swenson, Baby Girl Scott, The Minstrel Show, and Olive Pits.

Stage Work:

Director of Olive Pits, San Francisco Actors Workshop, San Francisco.

Major Tours:

Director, The Minstrel Show, or Civil Rights in a Cracker Barrel, San Francisco Actors Workshop, U.S. cities, 1967.


Taped Readings:

Canyons by Gary Paulsen, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio, 1991.

The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter, Audio Literature, 1992.

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shurnryu Suzukiroshi, Audio Literature, 1992.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, Audio Literature, 1992.

The Book of Job, Audio Literature, 1992.

The River by Gary Paulsen, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio, 1993.

The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio, 1995.

Genesis, Audio Literature, 1997.

Zen Flesh, Zen Bones by Paul Reps, Audio Literature, 1997.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber Allen Publishing, 1999.

Brian's Return by Gary Paulsen, Doubleday Dell Audio, 1999.

Also recorded The Teaching of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda, Audio Literature; A Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda, Audio Literature; The Enlightened Heart, Audio Literature, 1992.



Crimes of Opportunity, 1998.

Also wrote the unproduced screenplays Heaven before I Die, On the Eighth Day, and Close Call.


Coauthor, Olive Pits, San Francisco Actors Workshop, San Francisco.


Sleeping Where I Fall: A Chronicle, Counterpoint Press, 1998.


Junker, Howard, ed., Strange Attraction: The Best 10 Years of Zyzzyva, University of Nevada Press, 1985.

Hapler, Jan, ed., Dimensions of a Life, Sierra Club Books, 1991.

Henderson, Bill, and Sybil Steinberg, eds., The Pushcart Prize XVII 19931994, Pushcart Press, 1993.

Cregg, Magda, ed., Hey Lew, Clew Press, 1998.


(Introduction only) Gach, Gary, What Book?!: Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop, 1998.

Contributor to magazines and periodicals, Mother Jones, Terra Nova, San Francisco Chronicle, Steelhead, and Zyzzyva.



Tikkun, September, 1999, p. 71.


Peter Coyote Official Site,, April 21, 2004.