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PETER COYOTE (Barnes) has made his mark performing for some of the world's most distinguished filmmakers. Coyote began acting in the early 1980s in such films as Lee Grant's "Tell Me A Riddle" and Walter Hill's "Southern Comfort" before making an indelible impression with his performance as Keys, the sympathetic scientist in Steven Spielberg's now- classic "E.T. the Extra- Terrestrial."

Since then, he has created a series of strong characterizations in a wide range of feature films, among them "Endangered Species," "Cross Creek," "Timerider," "Heart-breakers," "Stranger's Kiss," "Jagged Edge," "The Legend of Billie Jean," "Outrageous Fortune," "Unforgettable" and "Moonlight and Valentino."

A favorite actor for a host of noted international directors, Coyote has starred in Diane Kurys' "A Man in Love"; prize-winning Brazilian director Walter Salles, Jr.'s "Exposure"; Spanish master Pedro Almodovar's "Kika" and Roman Polanski's controversial "Bitter Moon."

Coyote has also starred in a number of exceptional television movies and miniseries, among them "A Seduction in Travis County," "Road to Avonlea," "In the Child's Best Interest," "The People Vs. Jean Harris," "Echoes in the Darkness" and "Buffalo Girls."

On stage, Coyote has performed in Paul Sills' "Story Theatre" at San Francisco's illustrious Magic Theater; in Martin Epstein's "Charles the Irrelevant" (which was written for him); in "Autobiography of a Pearl Diver"; and in the world premiere of Sam Sheperd's "True West."

Prior to taking a 12-year hiatus to "do the Sixties," Coyote had been an actor, writer and director at the San Francisco Mime Troupe, where one of his plays, "Olive Pits," won the troupe a coveted Obie award from New York's Village Voice newspaper in 1967. Coyote has written a memoir of his experiences in the Sixties entitled Sleeping Where I Fall due out in April on Counter Point Press. One chapter of his book won the 1993-94 Pushcart Prize for excellence. He is currently preparing to direct an original screenplay, "Crimes of Opportunity," for filming this year.

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