Peter Strauss

Peter Strauss

Feb. 20th, 1947
Born in
Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
5' 11 1/2"

Peter Strauss' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Rich Man, Poor Man TV Show
Rich Man, Poor Man
Biker Mice from Mars (1993) TV Show
Biker Mice from Mars (1993)
Tracey Ullman's State of the Union TV Show
Tracey Ullman's State of the Union
Biker Mice From Mars TV Show
Biker Mice From Mars
Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II TV Show
Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II
Kane & Abel TV Show
Kane & Abel
Moloney TV Show
Body and Soul TV Show
Body and Soul

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Peter Strauss is well known for his long list of starring roles in made-for-TV films, including The Jericho Mile (1979) (TV), for which he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special. Strauss has also received Emmy Award nominations for his roles in the mini-series "Rich Man, Poor Man" (1976) and "Masada" (1981), as well as five Golden Globe Nominations.

Strauss was born in New York City and grew up in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, where he was introduced to the theatre via the Croton Shakespeare Festival. His summers were spent with stock companies including the Pocono Playhouse in Pennsylvania and Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. He attended the Hackley School for Boys in Tarrytown, New York and graduated from Northwestern University in 1969, committed to an acting career.

He made his Broadway debut in Tom Griffin (I)'s "Einstein and the Polar Bear" in 1981. His other theatrical credits include the plays "The Dance Next Door", "The Mind with the Dirty Man" and "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and "A Cry of Players" at Baltimore's Centre Stage.

His feature film credits include Soldier Blue (1970), The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (1972), The Last Tycoon (1976), The Secret of NIMH (1982), Flight of Black Angel (1991) (TV) and Nick of Time (1995).

Strauss' many television credits include starring in the TV films Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy (1977) (TV), Angel on My Shoulder (1980) (TV), A Whale for the Killing (1981) (TV), Heart of Steel (1983) (TV), Under Siege (1986) (TV), _Penalty Phase (1986) (TV)_, Proud Men (1987) (TV), 83 Hours 'Til Dawn (1990) (TV), Fugitive Among Us (1992) (TV), Men Don't Tell (1993) (TV), Thicker Than Blood (1998) (TV), Reunion (1980) (TV), The Yearling (1994) (TV), In the Lake of the Woods (1996) (TV), My Father's Shadow: The Sam Sheppard Story (1998) (TV), A Father's Choice (2000) (TV) and Murder on the Orient Express (2001) (TV), as well as the miniseries "Tender Is the Night" (1985), "Kane & Abel" (1985), Brotherhood of the Rose (1989) (TV), Trial: The Price of Passion (1992) (TV) and Texas Justice (1995) (TV). His latest mini-series appearances were Seasons of Love (1999) (TV), with Rachel Ward (I) and Hume Cronyn, (which he executive-produced) and as La Hire in the CBS four-hour mini-series Joan of Arc (2005) (TV).

Strauss starred for one season in the CBS drama series "Moloney" (1996) and the PAX drama series "Body & Soul" (2002).

He was seen recently as the President of the US in Revolution/Columbia's xXx: State of the Union (2005) and as Mandy Moore's father in "License to Wed." He starred in New York theater runs of Jon Robin Baitz's political thriller "Chinese Friends" at Playwrights Horizon Theatre and as Freud in "Sabina" at Primary Stages.

Strauss is married to actress Rachel Ticotin and lives in Ojai, California, where he also operates a commercial citrus enterprise that produces 440 tons of citrus per year.

  • He owns a California farm and when he isn't acting, he is a working vegetable farmer.
  • Named his son Justin, paying homage to the character he voiced in the animated fantasy _The Secret of NIMH (1982)_ (qv).
  • He auditioned to play a role in the film _Slap Shot (1977)_ (qv) but broke his leg while skating in the audition.
  • Attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
  • He has served as the spokesman for the National Search Dog Foundation, and serves on community committees including the Ojai Youth Foundation, the Ojai Music Festival, and the Ojai Film Society.
  • He teaches public speaking at local high schools in California.

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