Jun. 24th, 1947
Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA
Peter Weller's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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.
- Is a serious runner who finished the New York Marathon in 1986 in three hours and forty minutes.
- Says that he has never seen _RoboCop 3 (1993)_ (qv).
- Was chosen to play the lead character in _RoboCop (1987)_ (qv) because of his slender build. The producers feared that having a large actor would require too big a suit that would look ridiculous, and insisted on a thinner actor. Weller found he sweated so much weight off in the suit that a fan had to be built into it.
- Was at one stage attached to appear in _AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)_ (qv) in a cameo as John Yutani, the other half of the infamous "Weyland-Yutani" Company from the "Alien" films.
- Was once engaged to actress 'Sela Ward' (qv).
- Weller and _RoboCop (1987)_ (qv) co-star 'Nancy Allen (I)' (qv) were both born on June 24th, three years apart (Weller was born in 1947, Allen was born in 1950).
- 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.
- 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.