PETER GALLAGHER (Jonathan Reeves), one of America's
most respected actors, grew up in Armonk, New York and developed an interest for
acting as a teenager starring in school plays and musicals. After graduating
from Tufts University, he made his professional debut in the 1977 Broadway
revival of "Hair," followed by a starring role in "Grease."
Gallagher made his film debut in 1980 in Taylor Hackford's "The Idolmaker."
Many films followed, including "Dreamchild," "Late for
Dinner," "Tune In Tomorrow," "Bob Roberts,"
"Malice," "While You Were Sleeping," "Last Dance,"
"To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday," Showtime's "Johnny Skidmarks"
and "The Man Who Knew Too Little." Gallagher has worked extensively
with the filmmakers Robert Altman and Steven Soderbergh, receiving international
acclaim for his performance in Soderbergh's 1989 film "sex, lies and
videotape." Most recently, Gallagher starred in the writer/director's
"The Underneath" in a role that was expressly written for him. For
Altman, Gallagher appeared in the director's acclaimed "The Player,"
followed by "Short Cuts." He also played a role in "Mrs. Parker
and the Vicious Circle," produced by Altman and directed by Alan Rudolph.
On stage, Gallagher wowed Broadway audiences with his performance in the hit
revival of "Guys and Dolls." In 1986, he was nominated for a Tony
Award for his performance opposite Jack Lemmon in Eugene O'Neill's "Long
Day's Journey Into Night." He received a Theater World Award for the Harold
Prince production of "A Doll's House" and a Clarence Derwent Award for
Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing," directed by Mike Nichols. Gallagher's
television appearances include HBO's "Path to Paradise," Showtime's
"The Frightening Frammis," directed by Tom Cruise; "The Quiet
Room," in which Gallagher collaborated with Steven Soderbergh; "The
Murder of Mary Phagen," "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial" and
several others. For PBS, he starred in Clifford Odets' "The Big Knife"
and in Peter Sellars' silent film "The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez."
Gallagher's most recent film is "American Beauty," 2000 Academy Award
winner for Best Picture, in which he plays a featured role opposite Kevin Spacey
and Annette Bening.
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