Peter Weller

Peter Weller

Jun. 24th, 1947
Born in
Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA
6' 0

Peter Weller's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Odyssey 5 TV Show
Odyssey 5
The Real History of Science Fiction (UK) TV Show
The Real History of Science Fiction (UK)

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Skin Trade
2014 - Repentance
2012 - Star Trek 2
2010 - William S. Burroughs: A Man Within
2010 - Once Fallen
2005 - Undiscovered
2003 - The Order
2000 - Shadow Hours
2000 - Contaminated Man
1995 - Decoy
1995 - Screamers
1995 - Mighty Aphrodite
1994 - The New Age
1991 - Naked Lunch
1990 - RoboCop 2
1989 - Leviathan
1988 - Shakedown
1987 - RoboCop
1987 - RoboCop
1986 - A Killing Affair
1984 - The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
1979 - Butch and Sundance: The Early Days

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Charles 'Charlie' Barosky
Christopher Henderson
Stan Liddy
Lucian Connally
John Frederick Paxton
The Soldier
Alistair Peck
Donald Stryker
[Complete List]


Peter Weller is the youngest son of a career Army helicopter pilot. He was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin but traveled extensively as his father literally flew around the world. Before he was out of his teens, he had attended high schools in Heidelberg, Germany and San Antonio, Texas, then enrolled the University of North Texas -- attracted by the chance of playing trumpet in one of the college's celebrated jazz bands.

Music is in his family. Three generations on his mother's side were piano players and jazz is still his overriding interest. Ask him who his favorite performer in any art form is and he'll say Miles Davis (I). It was with a B.A. in Theatre and a scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts that he left Texas for New York. Two weeks after graduating, he made his first appearance on Broadway as David in Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival production of David Rabe's "Sticks and Bones", a role he repeated on the London stage. While a student of legendary actress and drama coach, Uta Hagen, Weller appeared on and off Broadway in works like William Inge's "Summer Brave", Thomas Babe's "Rebel Women" and "Full Circle", one of the last plays directed by Otto Preminger.

He began garnering critical acclaim with his portrayal of Billie Wilson in "Streamers", directed by Mike Nichols (I) for Joseph Papp at Lincoln Center. He continued that success with his performances as Cliff in "The Woolgatherer" and as Nick in the first American production of David Mamet's "The Woods". During this period, he became a member of the highly respected Actor's Studio, under the aegis of Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg.

Weller's film debut was in Richard Lester (I)'s Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979). He then co-starred with Alan King (I) and Ali MacGraw in Sidney Lumet's Just Tell Me What You Want (1980) and, with Albert Finney and Diane Keaton, in Alan Parker (I)'s Shoot the Moon (1982). Other film credits include Firstborn (1984) with Teri Garr, the HBO made-for-TV Apology (1986) (TV), co-starring Lesley Ann Warren, and Of Unknown Origin (1983), the film which won Weller the Best Actor award at the Paris International Film Festival for his performance as an upwardly mobile bachelor with a serious rat problem. That same film also marked his first association with Leviathan (1989) director George P. Cosmatos.

  • He holds a master's degree in Roman and Renaissance art and is working toward a Ph.D. One of Syracuse University's most popular professors.
  • Fan of cigar smoking, which got him into a heavy argument once in an outdoor restaurant. Though he remains defensive about his right to smoke, he has since then either put out his cigar or gone elsewhere when asked to do so.
  • Cousin-in-law of 'Ali Marsh' (qv).
  • He was considered for the role of Nick Curran in _Basic Instinct (1992)_ (qv). 'Michael Douglas (I)' (qv) was cast instead.
  • Graduated from the University of North Texas in 1969.
  • Despite his vocal criticisms about the downhill direction the franchise was going in, as well as his physical discomfort wearing the suit, Weller admitted that he was willing to reprise the role of "RoboCop" in _RoboCop 3 (1993)_ (qv) for the fans. However, he was already committed to doing _Naked Lunch (1991)_ (qv), so he had to pass.
  • Is a serious runner who finished the New York Marathon in 1986 in three hours and forty minutes.
  • He teaches a literature and fine arts class at Syracuse University. He can be seen on The History Channel's new documentary on Roman engineering.

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