Riegert, Peter 1947–

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Riegert, Peter 1947–


Born April 11, 1947, in the Bronx, New York, NY; son of Milton (a food wholesaler) and Lucille (a piano teacher) Riegert. Education: University at Buffalo the State University of New York, B.A., 1966.

Addresses: Agent—John S. Kelly, Bresler, Kelly and Associates, 11500 West Olympic Blvd., Suite 352, Los Angeles, CA 90064; (voice work) Special Artists Agency, 9465 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 890, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Actor. Performer with the improvisational comedy group War Babies. Worked as an English teacher, social worker, waiter, and a political aide.

Member: Screen Actors Guild, Actors' Equity Association.

Awards, Honors: Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or special, 1993, for Barbarians at the Gate; Screen Actors Guild Award (with others), outstanding performance by the cast of a theatrical motion picture, 2001, for Traffic; Academy Award nomination (with Ericka Frederick), best short film, live action, 2001, for By Courier; Festival Award, best first feature, Marco Island Film Festival, 2004, for King of the Corner; Golden Eagle Award, Marco Island Film Festival, 2004.


Film Appearances:

Donald "Boon" Schoenstein, Animal House (also known as National Lampoon's "Animal House"), Universal, 1978.

Eric McMurkin, Americathon, United Artists, 1979.

Sam Maguire, Chilly Scenes of Winter (also known as Head over Heels), United Artists, 1979.

Jason Cooper, National Lampoon Goes to the Movies (also known as National Lampoon's "Movie Madness"), United Artists, 1981.

Mac MacIntyre, Local Hero, Warner Bros., 1983.

Walter Giammanca, Le grand carnaval (also known as The Big Carnival), Carthago Films, 1983.

Tim, The City Girl, Moon Pictures, 1984.

Dr. Harris Kite, Cudzoziemka (also known as The Stranger and El extrano), Columbia, 1987.

Michael Pozner, Un homme amoureux (also known as A Man in Love and Un uomo innamorato), Gaumont, 1987.

Sam Posner, Crossing Delancey, Warner Bros., 1988.

Baby Elroy as an adult, That's Adequate, Southgate Entertainment, 1989.

Eric, Oltre l'oceano (also known as Beyond the Ocean), Medusa Distribuzione, 1990.

Robert Benham, A Shock to the System, Corsair Pictures, 1990.

Aldo, Oscar, Buena Vista, 1991.

Larry, The Object of Beauty, Avenue Entertainment, 1991.

Captain Gregory Fanducci, The Runestone, Hyperion Pictures, 1992.

Peter Syracusa, Passed Away, Buena Vista, 1992.

Marius Fisher, Utz, First Run Features/Castle Rock Productions, 1993.

Doctor, White Man's Burden (also known as Bleeding Hearts and Fatal Destiny), Savoy Pictures, 1994.

Lieutenant Mitch Kellaway, The Mask, New Line Cinema, 1994.

Dad Dunlap, Pie in the Sky, Fine Line Features, 1995.

Steve, Coldblooded (also known as The Reluctant Hitman), IRS Releasing, 1995.

Mel Feynman, Infinity, First Look Pictures, 1996.

Minor, Hi-Life, Lions Gate Films, 1998.

Attorney Michael Adler, Traffic (also known as Traffic—Die Macht des Kartells), USA Films, 2000.

Barry, In the Weeds, Moonstone Entertainment, 2000.

Dr. Peters, Passion of Mind, Paramount Classics, 2000.

Larry, How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog, Artistic License, 2000.

C-Scam, Landscape Films, 2000.

Leo Spivak, King of the Corner (also known as The Pursuit of Happiness), Pursuit Films, 2004.

Appeared in the short film A Director Talks about His Film.

Film Director and Producer:

By Courier (short film), Two Tequila Productions, 2000.

King of the Corner, Pursuit Films, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Walter Cooper, Middle Ages, CBS, 1992.

Ted Fisher, The Beast, ABC, 2001.

State assemblyman Ronald Zellman, a recurring role, The Sopranos, HBO, 2001–2002.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Jacob Rubinstein/Jake Rubin, Ellis Island, CBS, 1984.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Eric Ross, News at Eleven, CBS, 1986.

Herbie, Gypsy (musical), CBS, 1993.

Peter Cohen, Barbarians at the Gate, HBO, 1993.

Rabbi Cooper, The Infiltrator, HBO, 1995.

Sidney Wiltz, An Element of Truth, CBS, 1995.

Porker, North Shore Fish, Showtime, 1996.

Lieutenant Coop Cooper, Face Down, Showtime, 1997.

Irving Mansfield, Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story (also known as Jacqueline Susann, la scandaleuse), USA Network, 1998.

Richard Luckman, The Baby Dance, Showtime, 1998.

Stan, Jerry and Tom (also known as Tom and Jerry), Showtime, 1999.

Marty Forkins, Bojangles, Showtime, 2001.

Rabbi, Club Land, Showtime, 2001.

Decker, Bleacher Bums (also known as The Cheap Seats), Showtime, 2002.

Mel, Surrender Dorothy, CBS, 2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Table Settings, HBO, c. 1983.

Richard M. Nixon, "Concealed Enemies," American Playhouse, PBS, 1984.

W. Eugene Smith, "W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult," American Masters (also known as American Masters: W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult), PBS, 1989.

Himself, Burt Lancaster: Daring to Reach, Arts and Entertainment, 1996.

Himself, Burt Lancaster, American Movie Classics, 1997.

Himself, Behind the Movies: Animal House, NBC, 2001.

Himself, Unseen Untold: National Lampoon's "Animal House," Spike TV, 2003.

Zeb, "Back When We Were Grownups," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 2004.

(In archive footage) Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses, Comedy Central, 2004.

(In archive footage) Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live, NBC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Himself, The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, Independent Film Channel, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Groucho Marx, Feelin' Good, PBS, 1974.

Igor, "Change Day," M∗A∗S∗H, CBS, 1977.

Igor, "War of Nerves," M∗A∗S∗H, CBS, 1977.

Gus Rosenthal as an adult, "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1985.

Bill, "The Hit List," Trying Times, PBS, 1989.

Jerold Dixon, "Deceit," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1996.

Kimbrough, "The Finale: Part 1," Seinfeld, NBC, 1998.

Jay Rydell, "The Cut Man Cometh," Sports Night, ABC, 2000.

Defense attorney, "Shrunk," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 2003.

Voice of Max Weinstein, "When You Wish upon a Weinstein," Family Guy (animated; also known as Padre de familia and Padre del familia), Fox, 2003.

Chauncey Zeirko, "Conscience," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order's Sex Crimes, Law & Order: SVU, and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2004.

Chauncey Zeirko, "Lowdown," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order's Sex Crimes, Law & Order: SVU, and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2004.

Chauncey Zeirko, "Sick," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order's Sex Crimes, Law & Order: SVU, and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2004.

Chauncey Zeirko, "Design," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order's Sex Crimes, Law & Order: SVU, and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2005.

Appeared as Marshall Rifkin in LateLine, NBC and Showtime.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Alan Baker, Mystery Dance, ABC, 1995.

Stage Appearances:

Honey Boy, Dance with Me (musical), Mayfair Theatre, New York City, 1975–76.

Danny Shapiro, Sexual Perversity in Chicago/The Duck Variations, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1976–77.

S. Vogel, Sauvage Sagar, and Vincenzo Chiaruggi, Censored Scenes from King Kong (musical), Princess Theatre, New York City, 1980.

Sunday Runners in the Rain, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Anspacher Theatre, New York City, 1980.

Marty Sterling, Isn't It Romantic?, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City, 1981.

Key Exchange, Westwood Playhouse (later known as the Geffen Playhouse), Los Angeles, 1982.

Table Settings, c. 1983.

Marty, La Brea Tarpits, Workshop of the Players Art Theatre, New York City, 1984.

Sandy, A Hell of a Town, Westside Arts Theatre Upstairs, New York City, 1984.

The Cherry Orchard, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1985.

Festival of Original One-Act Comedies, Manhattan Punch Line Theatre, New York City, 1985.

The Spanish Prisoner, New Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, 1985.

Barney Rosen, A Rosen by Any Other Name, American Jewish Theatre, New York City, 1986.

Goldberg, The Birthday Party, Classic Stage Company, Classic Stage Company Theatre, New York City, 1987.

Axel Hammond, The Nerd, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1987–88.

Goldberg, The Birthday Party, and prisoner, Mountain Language (double-bill), Classic Stage Company, Classic Stage Company Theatre, 1989.

Jerry, Road to Nirvana, Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1991.

Walter Abrahmson, An American Daughter, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1997.

Bobby Gould, The Old Neighborhood (consists of The Disappearance of the Jews, Jolly, and Deeny), Booth Theatre, New York City, 1997–98.

Celebration [and] The Room (double-bill), American Conservatory Theater, Geary Theater, San Francisco, CA, 2001.

Appeared in Call Me Charlie, The Performing Garage, New York City; and as Chico Marx, Minnie's Boys (musical), Playhouse in the Park, Philadelphia, PA.

Stage Work:

Director, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, CA, 2006.



Himself, The Yearbook: An "Animal House" Reunion, Universal Studios Home Video, 2000.

Donald "Boon" Schoenstein, Where Are They Now? A Delta Alumni Update, Universal, 2003.


Andrea Barrett, The Voyage of the Narwhal, Random House, 1999.



By Courier (short film), Two Tequila Productions, 2000.



Playbill, November 19, 1997.

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