Weller, Peter 1947- (Peter F. Weller)

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Weller, Peter 1947- (Peter F. Weller)


Full name, Peter Frederick Weller; born June 24, 1947, in Stevens Point, WI; son of Frederick (a career army helicopter pilot, later a lawyer and judge) and Dorothy Weller; cousin of Fred Weller (an actor); married Sheri Stowe, June 24, 2006. Education: North Texas State University (now University of North Texas), bachelor's degree in theatre, 1969; Syracuse University, M.A., Renaissance art history, c. 2000; University of California, Los Angeles, doctoral work in Italian Renaissance art history; graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, 1970s and studied with Uta Hagen; studied at HB Studios, 1974-77; and trained at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg. Avocational Interests: Playing the trumpet, jazz, art, travel, cigars.


Agent—Creative Artists Agency, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Manager—Bill Treusch, Bill Treusch Management, 853 Seventh Ave., Suite 9A, New York, NY 10019.


Actor, director, and writer. Actors Studio, New York City, member of company, 1979; affiliated with the Syracuse International Film and Video Festival, including serving as a judge; also a performer in a jazz band. Syracuse University, lecturer in literature and fine arts. Co-owner of a restaurant in New York City. Also known as Peter F. Weller.


Directors Guild of America.

Awards, Honors:

Saturn Award nomination, best actor, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, 1988, for RoboCop; Genie Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a leading role, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 1992, for Naked Lunch; Academy Award nomination (with Jana Sue Memel), best short film, live action, 1994, for Partners; Independent Spirit Award nomination, best supporting male, Independent Features Project/West, 2003, for Ivansxtc.


Film Appearances:

Joe LeFors, Butch and Sundance: The Early Days, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979.

Steven Routledge, Just Tell Me What You Want, Warner Bros., 1980.

Frank Henderson, Shoot the Moon, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1982.

Bart Hughes, Of Unknown Origin, Warner Bros., 1983.

Buckaroo Banzai, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth Dimension (also known as The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai and Buckaroo Banzai), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984.

Sam, Firstborn (also known as Moving In), Paramount, 1984.

Baston Morris, My Sister's Keeper (also known as A Killing Affair), Interpictures Releasing, 1986.

Officer Alex J. Murphy/RoboCop, RoboCop (also known as Robocop), Orion, 1987.

Juan Pablo Castel, El tunel (also known as The Tunnel), Hemdale Releasing, 1988.

Roland Dalton, Shakedown (also known as Blue Jean Cop), Universal, 1988.

George Moran, Cat Chaser (also known as Short Run, Doedliga foerbindelser, El cazador de gatos, Hexenkessel Miami, Kocur, Macskafogo kommando, Oi synenohoi, Oltre ogni rischio, Progonitelj macaka, and Vaaran polttopisteessae), Vestron Pictures, 1989.

Steven Beck, Leviathan, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1989.

RoboCop, RoboCop II (also known as Robocop 2), Orion, 1990.

Himself, Untitled "Naked Lunch" Featurette (short), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991.

William "Bill" Lee, Naked Lunch (also known as David Cronenberg's "Naked Lunch" and Le festin nu), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991.

Jack Sloan, Road to Ruin, LIVE Entertainment, 1992.

Himself, Naked Making Lunch (documentary), 1992.

Jake Wyer, 50-50 (also known as Fifty/Fifty), Cannon, 1993.

Ryder Hart, Sunset Grill, New Line Cinema, 1993.

Doctor, Partners (short film), 1993, broadcast on Directed By, Showtime, 1994.

Peter Witner, The New Age, Warner Bros., 1994.

Jerry Bender, Mighty Aphrodite (also known as Aphrodita Ha-Gdolla, Geliebte Aphrodite, Hatalmas Aphrodite, La dea dell'amore, Maudite Aphrodite, Mig og Afrodite, Mogocna Afrodita, Paa tal om Afrodite, Poderosa Afrodita, Poderosa Afrodite, Rakkauden jumalatar, and Sevimli fahise), Buena Vista/Miramax, 1995.

Husband, "Don't Try to See Me Again," Al di la delle nuvole (also known as Beyond the Clouds, Chronicle of a Love That Never Was, Jenseits der Wolken, and Par-dela les nuages), Mercure Distribution/Alta Films/Artificial Eye/Kidmark, 1995, subtitled version released by Sceneries Distribution, 1999.

Colonel Joe Hendricksson, Screamers (also known as Screamers—L'armee souterraine), Triumph Releasing, 1996.

Don West, Ivansxtc (also known as Ivans XTC., Ivansxtc (To Live and Die in Hollywood), and Ivans xtc. (To Live and Die in Hollywood)), Artistic License Films, 2000.

Joseph Mueller, The Contaminated Man (also known as Contagion, Contaminated Man, and Bei Beruehrung Tod), DEJ Productions, 2000.

Lou, Falling Through, Unapix, 2000.

Stuart Chappell, Shadow Hours, Newmark Films, 2000.

Nelson, Styx, DEJ Productions, 2001.

Driscoll, The Order (also known as The Sin Eater and Sin Eater—Die Seele des Boesen), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2003.

Rabbi, Man of God, Catchlight Films, 2005.

Wick Treadway, Undiscovered (also known as Newcomer—Tausche Ruhm gegen Liebe), Lions Gate Films, 2005.

Tom Newman, Prey, The Weinstein Company, 2007.

Himself, Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age (documentary; also known as B.G.A. 2 and Broadway: The Golden Age Two), Second Act Productions, 2008.

Film Work:

(With Jana Sue Memel) Director, Partners (short film), 1993, broadcast on Directed By, Showtime, 1994.

Television Appearances; Series:

Chuck Taggart, Odyssey 5, Showtime, 2002, 2004.

Federal agent Christopher Henderson, 24 (also known as Twenty Four and 24 Hours), Fox, 2006.

Host, Engineering an Empire, History Channel, beginning 2006.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Peter, "Mourning Becomes Electra," Great Performances (also known as Great Performances: Mourning Becomes Electra), PBS, 1978.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Lieutenant Fellows, The Man without a Country, ABC, 1973.

Red Sash, The Silence, NBC, 1975.

Deke Cullover, Kentucky Woman, CBS, 1983.

Joe Farley, Two Kinds of Love, CBS, 1983.

Rad Hungate, Apology (also known as Apology for Murder), HBO, 1986.

Hobie, "Dusk before Fireworks," Women and Men: Stories of Seduction, HBO, 1990.

Mike Gallagher, Rainbow Drive, Showtime, 1990.

Martin Hightower, The Substitute Wife, NBC, 1994.

Person from the army, Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee, TNT, 1994.

Baxter, Decoy, HBO, 1995.

Theo Remington, End of Summer, Showtime, 1996.

Ray Mercer, Top of the World (also known as Cold Cash and Showdown), HBO, 1997.

John Shannon, I guardiani del cielo (also known as The Sands of Time, Tower of the Firstborn, Il cielo sotto il deserto, and La tour secrete), 1998.

Steve Mitchell, Diplomatic Siege, HBO, 1999.

Father Stefan, Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula (also known as Dark Prince: Legend of Dracula and Dracula: The Dark Prince), USA Network, 2000.

Captain Paul Gallico, The Poseidon Adventure (also known as The New Poseidon Adventure), NBC, 2005.

Ed Koster, The Hard Easy, HBO, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Himself, The Making of "RoboCop," 1987.

New York City Marathon, ABC, 1987.

Charles, Present Tense, Past Perfect, Showtime, 1995.

(Uncredited) Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary (also known as Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Primetime Special), NBC, 1999.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Donald Stryker, "Nazi," Lou Grant, CBS, 1977.

The soldier, "The Dancing Princess," Faerie Tale Theater (also known as Shelley Duvall's "Faerie Tale Theater "), Showtime, 1987.

Himself, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (also known as The Best of Carson), NBC, 1990, 1992.

Himself, Showbiz Today, Cable News Network, 1991.

Doctor, Partners, broadcast on Directed By, Showtime, 1994, originally released theatrically as a short film.

Himself, Howard Stern, E! Entertainment Television, 1996.

Himself, Intimate Portrait: Jacqueline Bisset, Lifetime, 1997.

Himself, "The Films of David Cronenberg," The Directors, Encore, 1999.

Himself, Intimate Portrait: Patricia Heaton, Lifetime, 2000.

Gerard, "Body of Evidence," The Handler (also known as Joe Renato and Street Boss), CBS, 2003.

John Frederick Paxton, "Demons," Enterprise (also known as Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: Series V, and Star Trek: Untitled Fifth Series), UPN, 2005.

John Frederick Paxton, "Terra Prime," Enterprise (also known as Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: Series V, and Star Trek: Untitled Fifth Series), UPN, 2005.

Actor playing Stottlemeyer, "Mr. Monk and the Actor," Monk, USA Network, 2006.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Chuck Taggart, Odyssey 5, Showtime, 2002.

Appeared as Bruce Whitman, Sold!, ABC.

Television Work; Movies:

Director and executive producer, Gold Coast (also known as Elmore Leonard's "Gold Coast"), Showtime, 1997.

Television Director; Episodic:

(With Jana Sue Memel) Partners, broadcast on Directed By, Showtime, 1994, originally released theatrically as a short film.

"Hate Crimes," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as H: LOTS and Homicide), NBC, 1995.

"White Lies," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as H: LOTS and Homicide), NBC, 1996.

"Episode One (Preview)," Michael Hayes, CBS, 1997.

"The Doctor's Tale," Michael Hayes, CBS, 1997.

"The Choices We Make," Odyssey 5, Showtime, 2002.

"Dark at the End of the Tunnel," Odyssey 5, Showtime, 2002.

"Fossil," Odyssey 5, Showtime, 2004.

"Mr. Monk, Private Eye," Monk, USA Network, 2006.

"A Cannon Carol," Las Vegas (also known as Casino Eye), NBC, 2007.

Stage Appearances:

David, Sticks and Bones, New York Shakespeare Festival, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1972.

Member of ensemble and understudy for the role of Tubal, The Merchant of Venice, Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York City, 1973.

Russian sergeant, Full Circle, American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) Playhouse, New York City, 1973.

Lennox, Macbeth, New York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, New York City, 1974.

Alan Seymour, Summer Brave, American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA) Playhouse, 1975.

Billy, Streamers, New York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 1976.

Lieutenant Henry Hitchcock, Rebel Women, New York Shakespeare Theatre, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Estelle R. Newman Theater, New York City, 1976.

Burning Bright, New Dramatists, New York City, 1977.

Cliff, The Woolgatherer, Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1980.

Nick, The Woods, Second Stage Theatre, McGinn-Cazale Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Stanley Kowalski, A Streetcar Named Desire, Hartman Theatre Company, Stamford, CT, c. 1982.

Alex, Serenading Louie, Second Stage Theatre, Joseph Papp Public Theater, New York City, 1984.

Brick, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1984.

The Exonerated, 45 Bleecker Street Theatre, New York City, 2003.

Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank's Home, Goodman Theatre, Owen Theatre, Chicago, IL, 2006, and Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City, 2007.

Also appeared in other productions, including Daddy Wolf, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City; and Children, off-Broadway production.



Himself and RoboCop, Shooting "RoboCop" (short), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment, 1987.

Himself, Celebrity Guide to Wine, Malofilm Distribution, 1990.

Himself, The Celebrity Guide to Entertaining, Columbia Home Video, 1993.

Himself, Flesh + Steel: The Making of "RoboCop" (short), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Home Entertainment, 2001.

(In archive footage) Himself, Buckaroo Banzai Declassified (short), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Home Entertainment, 2002.

Video Games:

Voice of Jeffrey S. Wilson, Codename: Panzers, Phase Two, CDV Software, 2005.



Partners (short film), 1993, broadcast on Directed By, Showtime, 1994.

Teleplays; Episodic:

Partners, broadcast on Directed By, Showtime, 1994, originally released theatrically as a short film.


Author of an online column for Cigar Aficionado at http://www.cigaraficiando.com Contributor to periodicals, including Gourmet.



Dreamwatch, March, 2002, p. 75; November, 2002, pp. 22-23.

Entertainment Weekly, September 23, 2005, p. 17.

Fangoria, May, 1992, pp. 44-46, 66.

Florentine, October 18, 2007.

Prevue, September, 1990, pp. 20-25.

Starlog, September, 1984, pp. 19-22; August, 1987, pp. 45-48; March, 1988, pp. 23-26, 64; August, 1990; February, 1996.

TV Guide, August 24, 2002, p. 6.

Xpose, July, 2002, pp. 44-47.