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
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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