Peter Strauss

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Peter Strauss
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Strauss at the premiere of F.I.S.T in April 1978
Peter Lawrence Strauss

(1947-02-20) February 20, 1947 (age 74)
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1969–present
Beverly Baker Paulding
(m. 19731979)
Nicole Fons
(m. 19831994)
(m. 1998)

Peter Lawrence Strauss [1] (born February 20, 1947) is an American television and film actor, known for his roles in several television miniseries in the 1970s and 1980s. He is five-time Golden Globe Awards nominee. [2]


Early life

Strauss was born in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, the son of Warren B. Strauss, a German-born wine importer. [1] [3] His family was Jewish. [4] [5] Strauss graduated from the Hackley School in 1965 and Northwestern University in 1969.


He won an Emmy Award [6] for his role on the 1979 made-for-television movie The Jericho Mile , and he starred in a television remake of the classic 1946 film Angel on My Shoulder in 1980. [7] In 1985, he played Abel Roznovski in the miniseries Kane & Abel based on Jeffrey Archer's book. [8] His other noted television miniseries credits include starring roles in Rich Man, Poor Man , its sequel Rich Man, Poor Man Book II , and Masada . Strauss played Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. in the 1977 TV movie Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy . In 1973, he portrayed Stephen Linder, Mary Richards' suave younger boyfriend in The Mary Tyler Moore Show fourth-season episode, "Angels in the Snow."

Strauss starred in the films Soldier Blue (1970) and Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983), and has appeared in several others. He portrayed Justin, the Rats of NIMH's captain of the guard, in 1982's The Secret of NIMH . Strauss starred as an abused husband in the television movie Men Don't Tell , alongside Judith Light. In 2005, he played the U.S. President in the thriller XXX: State of the Union alongside Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson, Scott Speedman and Willem Dafoe. He was the voice of Moses in the animated series K10C: Kids' Ten Commandments. He starred in the short-lived series Body & Soul as Dr. Isaac Braun in 2002. He provided the voice for Stoker Van Rotten in both the 1990s and 2006 versions of Biker Mice from Mars .

Personal life

Strauss married Rachel Ticotin on December 31, 1998. Strauss runs a successful citrus production business [9] and is on the advisory board of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. He sold a ranch property to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. [10] [11] The ranch has since been acquired by the National Park Service as the Peter Strauss Ranch.


2020 Grey's Anatomy Television series Daniel Schwartz"The Last Supper"
2018 Operation Finale Feature film Lotar Hermann
2016Drawing HomeFeature filmRussell Robb Sr.
2014Sugar Daddies Television film Grant Zager
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Television series Kevin Burton"Locum"
Royal Pains Television seriesGraham Barnes"Comfort's Overrated"
Jack's Family AdventureTelevision filmWild Bill Cohen
2008–2010 Tracey Ullman's State of the Union Television seriesNarrator13 episodes
2007 Dirty Sexy Money Television seriesDutch George"The Watch"
License to Wed Feature filmMr. Jones
2006 Biker Mice from Mars Television seriesStoker / Night Shift / High Commander5 episodes
The WayTelevision filmHutch
2005 Killer Instinct Television seriesRobert Hale"Who's Your Daddy"
XXX: State of the Union Feature filmPresident James Sanford
2004 Law & Order Television seriesDr. Paul Cedars"Coming Down Hard"
2003Strange Frequency 2Television filmBen Stanton"Don't Stop Believin"
111 Gramercy ParkTelevision filmTurk Karnegian
Kids' Ten Commandments: Toying with the Truth Video short Moses (voice)
Kids' Ten Commandments: The Rest Is Yet to ComeVideo shortMoses (voice)
Kids' Ten Commandments: The Not So Golden CalfVideo shortMoses (voice)
Kids' Ten Commandments: A Life and Seth SituationVideo shortMoses (voice)
Kids' Ten Commandments: Stolen Jewels, Stolen HeartsVideo shortMoses (voice)
2002Body & SoulTelevision seriesDr. Isaac Braun14 episodes
2001Strange FrequencyTelevision seriesBen Stanton"Don't Stop Believing"
Murder on the Orient Express Television filmMr. Samuel Ratchett
2000 A Father's Choice Television filmCharlie 'Mac' McClain
1999 Joan of Arc Television miniseries La Hire
Seasons of Love Television miniseriesThomas Linthorne
1998My Father's Shadow: The Sam Sheppard StoryTelevision film Dr. Sam Sheppard
1996–1997 Moloney Television seriesDr. Nicholas Moloney / Nick Moloney26 episodes
1996 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Television seriesLab Guard"Nemesis"
Keys to Tulsa Feature filmChip Carlson
The Incredible Hulk Television seriesWalter Langkowski (voice)"Man to Man, Beast to Beast"
Adventures from the Book of Virtues Television seriesKing Dionysius"Friendship"
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Television seriesNarrator"Pig Amok"
In the Lake of the Woods Television filmJohn Waylan
Biker Mice from Mars Television seriesStoker2 episodes
1995 Nick of Time Feature filmBrendan Grant
Texas JusticeTelevision film T. Cullen Davis
1994ReunionTelevision filmSam Yates
Batman: The Animated Series Television seriesDr. Steven Carlyle / Plant-Man"House and Garden"
The Yearling Television filmEzra 'Penny' Baxter
Thicker Than Blood: The Larry McLinden Story Television filmLarry McLinden
1993 Men Don't Tell Television filmEd MacAffreyNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1992Trial: The Price of PassionTelevision filmWarren Blackburn
Fugitive Among UsTelevision filmMax Cole
1991 Flight of Black Angel Television filmCol. Matt Ryan, Callsign Ringleader
199083 Hours 'Til DawnTelevision filmWayne Stracton
1989 Peter Gunn Television filmPeter Gunn
Brotherhood of the Rose Television miniseriesSaul Grisman
1987Proud MenTelevision filmCharley MacLeod, Jr.
1986 Penalty Phase Television filmJudge Kenneth Hoffman
Under SiegeTelevision filmJohn Garry
1985 Kane & Abel Television miniseriesAbel RosnovskiNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Tender Is the Night Television miniseriesDick Diver
1983Heart of SteelTelevision filmEmoryNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone Feature filmWolff
1982 The Secret of NIMH Animated filmJustin (voice)
1981 Masada Television miniseries Eleazar Ben Yair 4 episodes
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
A Whale for the KillingTelevision filmCharles Landon
1980Angel on My ShoulderTelevision filmEddie Kagel
1979 The Jericho Mile Television filmLarry 'Rain' Murphy Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
1977 Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy Television film Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.
1976–1977 Rich Man, Poor Man Book II Television miniseriesRudy Jordache26 episodes
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1976 The Last Tycoon Feature filmWylie
Rich Man, Poor Man Television miniseriesRudy Jordache13 episodes
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
1971–1975 Medical Center Television seriesLloyd Halloran / Tom Desmond2 episodes
1972–1975 The Streets of San Francisco Television seriesBobby Jepsen / Lou Kovic Jr. / Martin Novack3 episodes
1975 Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan Television filmBen Jacobs
1974 Barnaby Jones Television seriesClay Wakefield"The Last Contract"
Cannon Television seriesDave Nordorff / Reverend WillTwo episodes
Judgement: The Court Martial of the Tiger of Malaya – General YamashitaTelevision filmLawyer
Hawaii Five-O Television seriesTom Morgan"Death with Father"
1973 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Television seriesStephen"Angels in the Snow"
The Man Without a Country Television filmArthur Danforth
1972The Trial of the Catonsville NineFeature filmThomas Lewis"Angels in the Snow"
Young Dr. Kildare Television seriesReverend Teller"By This Sign"
1971Sergeant KlemsFeature filmSergeant Otto Josef Klems
1970 The Young Lawyers Television seriesStuart"The Two Dollar Thing"
Soldier Blue Feature filmHonus Gent
1969 Hail, Hero! Feature filmFrank Dixon

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Demetria Fulton; preview of Peter Strauss in Barnaby Jones; episode “The Last Contract”(12/31/1974).