Peter Jason Biography

Birthday: 1944-07-22
Place of Birth: Hollywood, California USA
Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Wiki Biography: Excellent, prolific and versatile character actor Peter Jason was born on July 22, 1944, in Hollywood, CA, and grew up in Balboa. He attended Newport Beach Elementary School, Horace Ensign Junior High and Newport Harbor High School. He originally planned on being a football player, but fell in love with acting after playing the lead in a high school production of "The Man Who Came to Dinner." Following his high school graduation he attended Orange Coast Junior College and did a season of summer stock at the Peterborough Playhouse in New Hampshire. He then studied as a drama major at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, PA. More stage work followed with the acting group the South Coast Repertory Company. He made his film debut in Howard Hawks' final film, Rio Lobo (1970) (which Jason says is one of his favorites). He worked with Orson Welles on the uncompleted The Other Side of the Wind (1972) as an actor, boom operator, prop man and even cook for the cast and crew. Jason has appeared in many films for director Walter Hill; he's especially memorable as the racist redneck bartender in 48 Hrs. (1982). He has also appeared in many films for director John Carpenter: he's very engaging as the jolly Dr. Paul Leahy in Prince of Darkness (1987) and was terrific as underground guerrilla army leader Gilbert in They Live (1988). Other notable roles include a sinister government agent in Dreamscape (1984), rugged Maj. G.F. Devin in Clint Eastwood's Heartbreak Ridge (1986), jerky detective Fedorchuk in Alien Nation (1988), a newspaper reporter in Seabiscuit (2003) and the U.S. president in Alien Apocalypse (2005) (TV). Jason recently had a recurring role as dissolute gambler Con Stapleton in the superbly gritty cable Western TV series "Deadwood" (2004). He also had a regular part as Capt. Skip Gleason on "Mike Hammer, Private Eye" (1997). Among the many TV shows Peter has done guest spots on are "Desperate Housewives" (2004), "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (1996), "Nash Bridges" (1996), "Coach" (1989), "The Golden Girls" (1985), "Murder, She Wrote" (1984), "Married with Children" (1987), "Roseanne" (1988), "Dear John" (1988), "Quantum Leap" (1989), "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (1993), "B.J. and the Bear" (1978), "The Incredible Hulk" (1978), "Gunsmoke" (1955) and "Hawaii Five-O" (1968). In addition to his substantial film and TV show credits, Jason has acted in over 150 plays and hundreds of TV commercials. An accomplished baritone vocalist, Jason has sung in such musical stage productions as "The Music Man" (this is one of his favorite plays), "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off," "The Roar of the Greasepaint" and "Threepenny Opera" (as Mack the Knife). He's been married to his wife Eileen for 33 years. In his spare time he makes his own furniture with found, recycled wood.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Alien Nation 1989 - 1990 Crime
Mike Hammer, Private Eye Capt. Skip Gleason 1997 - 1998 Crime
Deadwood Con Stapleton 2004 Crime
The Christmas Card Richard 2006 Family
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Man Who Came Back 1931
Village of the Damned Ben Blum 1960 Reality Tv
Oxford Blues 1984 0
Dreamscape 1984 Sport, Game Show, 0
Impulse Man in Truck 1984 Horror, Mystery
Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star Mr. McAlpin 1986 Family, Romance
Alien Nation 1988 Game Show, Comedy, Sport, 0
Red Heat 1988 Action, Comedy, Crime
They Live Gilbert 1988 Action, Horror, Sci Fi
Johnny Handsome 1989 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Arachnophobia Henry Beechwood 1990 Comedy, Sci Fi, Thriller
In the Mouth of Madness Mr. Paul 1995 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
The Demolitionist Higgins 1995 Action, Thriller
The Glimmer Man 1996 0, Game Show, 0, 0
Rage Griggs 1996 Action, Thriller
Escape from L.A. Duty Sergeant 1996 Action, Adventure
Finding Kelly Monte Harrington 2000 Comedy, Family, Mystery
Out of the Wilderness 2001 Family
Ghosts of Mars McSimms 2001 Action, Horror, Sci Fi
Run for the Money The Counter Boss 2002 Action, Crime, Thriller
The Rose Technique Detective Atwood 2002 Crime
13th Child Coroner 2002 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Adaptation 2003 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Employee of the Month Bill Gartin 2004 Comedy, Drama
Raptor Island 2004 Action, Adventure, Horror
Surviving Christmas 2004 Comedy, Romance
Detonator U.S. Attorney Fred Goldenberg 2005 Drama, Thriller, Action
Alien Apocalypse 2005 Adventure, Sci Fi
The Enigma with a Stigma Bill Herman 2006 Comedy
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Lt. Hamilton 2006 Horror
Moving McAllister 2007
Falling Up John O'Shea 2010 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Hopelessly in June Frankie Flowers 2011 0
Valley of the Sun Myron McGill 2012 Comedy, Drama
Queen City Bernie Donovan 2013 Drama
Cody the Robosapien Adm. Victor 2013 Adventure, Drama
High and Outside Harold 2014 Drama, Sport
Return to Zero Gerry 2014 Drama
Chavez Almaden Lawyer 2014 Biography
River Guard Judge Sullivan 2015 Crime, Drama
The Other Side of the Wind Marvin P. Fassbender 2015
Locked In Super Ray 2017