E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL
PETER COYOTE (Keys) is an actor, writer, director and author
who has made his
mark performing for some of the world's most distinguished
filmmakers. Born in the East, Coyote began acting in the early 1980s in such films as Die Laughing, The Pursuit of
D.B. Cooper and Tell Me A Riddle. However, it was Walter Hill's Southern
Comfort which brought him to the attention of Steven Spielberg, who cast him in E. T The Extra-Terrestrial.
Since then, Coyote has created a series of strong characterizations in a wide range
of mainstream and independent feature films, among them Endangered Species, Cross Creek, Timerider,
Heartbreakers, Stranger's Kiss, Jagged Edge, The Legend of Billie Jean, Outrageous
Fortune, Unforgettable, Moonlight and Valentino, Sphere, Patch Adams, Random Hearts, Steven
Soderbe rgh's Erin Brockovich, Red Letters, A Time for Dancing, Jack the Dog, Suddenly Naked, Purpose, A Walk
to Remember and Brian De Palma's forthcoming Femme Fatale.
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' premiere film Exposure; Spanish
master Pedro Almodovar's Kika, and Roman Polanski's controversial Bitter
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, Buffalo Girls, Two for Texas, Execution of
Justice, The Wednesday Woman and Midwives.
Onstage, Coyote has performed in Paul Sills'
Story Theatre and often at San Francisco's Magic
Theatre; 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 Shepard's True West.
Prior to taking 12 years off to pursue "the quest for absolute freedom" during the 1960s,
Coyote had been an actor-writer-director at the San Francisco Mime Troupe, where
one of his plays, Olive Pits, won the troupe a coveted Obie Award from the New
York's Village Voice newspaper in 1967. Coyote's critically-acclaimed memoir of his experience in the Sixties, entitled
Sleeping Where I Fall, was published in 1998 by Counterpoint Press A c hapter from the book, "Carla's Story," won the
1993-94 Pushcart Prize of excellence.
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