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PETER GALLAGHER (Barry Scheck), a veteran actor of film, television and the stage, has won numerous awards for his theatrical performances including a Tony® nomination for his highly acclaimed performance in Long Day's Journey Into Night opposite the late Jack Lemmon and Kevin Spacey. He is the recipient of the Theatre World Award for the Harold Prince Production of A Doll's Life and the Clarence Derwent Award for Tom Stoppard‘s The Real Thing directed by Mike Nichols. His role in Jerry Zak‘s Tony winning revival of the Broadway musical Guys and Dolls as the charismatic Sky Masterson drew critical praise.

In 2002, he also starred in The Exonerated, a play focusing on the lives of six people convicted for murders they did not commit, later exonerated and freed after serving time in prison. The premise of the play speaks to the heart of the true life story of Kenneth Waters in CONVICTION,, which attracted Gallagher in part to the film role as Barry Scheck, co-founder of The Innocent Project that reviews DNA evidence in old cases and uses it to free those wrongly convicted. The play, directed by Bob Balaban, won the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play and the 2003 Lucille Lortel Award and Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience.

Gallagher began his career in theatre and segued to film in 1980 with his debut feature THE IDOLMAKER directed by Taylor Hackford. He is remembered for his outstanding performance as THE KING OF REAL ESTATE in the Oscar winner AMERICAN BEAUTY.

He recently appeared in Fox Searchlight‘s ADAM, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and can be seen in the upcoming films SOMEDAY THIS PAIN WILL BE USEFUL and BURLESQUE.

Gallagher has worked in several films directed by Robert Altman and Steven Soderbergh. He earned international critical acclaim in Soderbergh‘s 1989 film SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE. Six years later Soderbergh wrote the lead role in THE UNDERNEATH for Gallagher. He starred in Altman‘s THE PLAYER, MRS. PARKER AND THE VICIOUS CIRCLE and SHORT CUTS, which won a Special Award for the extensive all-star cast including Gallagher.

His other film credits include: DREAMCHILD, BOB ROBERTS, WATCH IT, THE HUDSUCKER PROXY, the comedy hit WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING with Sandra Bullock, TO GILLIAN ON HER 37TH BIRTHDAY, CAFE SOCIETY, THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO LITTLE, the box office hit MR. DEEDS, co-starring Adam Sandler and Nicholas Hytner‘s CENTER STAGE.

In television, Gallagher currently stars in USA Network‘s new show ‗Covert Affairs‘ as CIA Director Arthur Campbell, and this year, he appears as Father Phil in the new season of FX‘s ‗Rescue Me.‘ Last season, Gallagher starred in the Showtime hit series ¯Californication opposite David Duchovny, but he is best known for his starring role as public defender Sandy Cohen in the Fox hit drama ¯The O.C.

His other television credits include the Emmy and Peabody Award winning miniseries ¯The Murder of Mary Phagan, ¯An Inconvenient Woman, Robert Altman‘s ¯The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, ¯Cupid and Cate, ¯Brave New World, PBS‘ "Guys and Doll's Off The Record," the English production of Clifford Odets‘ ¯The Big Knife, "Private Contentment," ¯The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez and HBO‘s ¯Path to Paradise, the untold story of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Between film and television roles, Gallagher frequently returns to the stage. He recently starred in the Broadway production of Clifford Odet‘s play ¯The Country Girl, directed by Mike Nichols with co-stars Morgan Freeman and Frances McDormand. He made his Broadway debut in a revival of ¯Hair, followed by a starring role in the original Broadway production of ¯Grease, and ¯The Corn Is Green with Cicely Tyson.

In November 2005, Epic Records released Gallagher‘s album titled ¯7 Days in Memphis. The album is a compilation of soul hits from the Memphis Stax Era as well as newer songs recorded in the Memphis Soul sound.

Gallagher was recently honored with an ¯Inspire Award by AARP for being an Alzheimer‘s Acitivist. In addition to his work for The Alzheimer‘s Association, Gallagher supports The Actors Fund, Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids, The Alliance of Young Artists and Writers. Gallagher graduated from Tufts University.


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