Peter Weller

Biography

Date of Birth 24 June 1947, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA Birth Name Peter Frederick Weller Nickname Pete Height 5' 10¾" (1.80 m) Mini Biography Peter Frederick Weller is the youngest son of a United States Army helicopter pilot. He was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin but traveled extensively as his father literally flew around the world. Before he was out of his teens, he had attended high schools in Heidelberg, Germany and San Antonio, Texas, then enrolled the University of North Texas -- attracted by the chance of playing trumpet in one of the college's celebrated jazz bands. Music is in his family. Three generations on his mother's side were piano players and jazz is still his overriding interest. Ask him who his favorite performer in any art form is and he will say Miles Davis. It was with a B.A. in Theatre and a scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts that he left Texas for New York. Two weeks after graduating, he made his first appearance on Broadway as David in Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival production of David Rabe's "Sticks and Bones", a role he repeated on the London stage. While a student of legendary actress and drama coach, Uta Hagen, Weller appeared on and off Broadway in works like William Inge's "Summer Brave", Thomas Babe's "Rebel Women" and "Full Circle", one of the last plays directed by Otto Preminger. He began garnering critical acclaim with his portrayal of Billie Wilson in "Streamers", directed by Mike Nichols for Joseph Papp at Lincoln Center. He continued that success with his performances as Cliff in "The Woolgatherer" and as Nick in the first American production of David Mamet's "The Woods". During this period, he became a member of the highly respected Actor's Studio, under the aegis of Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg. Weller's film debut was in Richard Lester's Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979). He then co-starred with Alan King and Ali MacGraw in Sidney Lumet's Just Tell Me What You Want (1980) and, with Albert Finney and Diane Keaton, in Alan Parker's Shoot the Moon (1982). Other film credits include Firstborn (1984) with Teri Garr, the HBO made-for-TV Apology (1986) (TV), co-starring Lesley Ann Warren, and Of Unknown Origin (1983), the film which won Weller the Best Actor award at the Paris International Film Festival for his performance as an upwardly mobile bachelor with a serious rat problem. That same film also marked his first association with Leviathan (1989) director George P. Cosmatos. IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous Spouse Shari Stowe (24 June 2006 - present) Trade Mark Often plays menacing, sadistic villains Deep resonant voice Steely light blue eyes Trivia Attended and graduated from Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, Texas in 1965. In a jazz band with actor Jeff Goldblum (they were also in a band together in the film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)) - they perform at local clubs in Los Angeles, California. Attended and graduated from the University of North Texas in 1969. Weller and RoboCop (1987) co-star Nancy Allen were both born on June 24th, three years apart (Weller was born in 1947, Allen was born in 1950). Is a huge fan of cigar smoking, which got him into a heavy argument once in an outdoor restaurant. Though he remains defensive about his right to smoke, he has since then either put out his cigar or gone elsewhere when asked to do so. Was once engaged to actress Sela Ward. Was chosen to play the lead character in RoboCop (1987) because of his slender build. The producers feared that having a large actor would require too big a suit that would look ridiculous, and insisted on a thinner actor. Weller found he sweated so much weight off in the suit that a fan had to be built into it. He teaches a literature and fine arts class at Syracuse University. He can be seen on the History Channel's current documentary on Roman engineering. He holds a Master's degree in Roman and Renaissance art and is working toward a Ph.D. One of Syracuse University's most popular professors. Says that he has never seen RoboCop 3 (1993). Was considered for the role of Detective Nick Curran in Basic Instinct (1992), which went to Michael Douglas. Was at one stage attached to appear in AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004) in a cameo as John Yutani, the other half of the infamous "Weyland-Yutani" Company from the "Alien" films. Is a huge fan of the television series "24" (2001), in which he played Jack Bauer's nemesis Christopher Henderson. Is a serious runner who finished the New York Marathon in 1986 in three hours and forty minutes. Cousin of actor Frederick Weller (their fathers are brothers). Despite his vocal criticisms about the downhill direction the franchise was going in, as well as his physical discomfort wearing the suit, Weller admitted that he was willing to reprise the role of RoboCop in RoboCop 3 (1993) for the fans. However, he was already committed to doing Naked Lunch (1991), so he had to pass. Cousin-in-law of Ali Marsh. He and his friend Jeff Goldblum have both appeared in films by Woody Allen (Annie Hall (1977) and Mighty Aphrodite (1995)) and David Cronenberg (The Fly (1986) and Naked Lunch (1991)). During the filming of RoboCop (1987) and while wearing the prosthetics, Weller remained in character between takes, responding only to director Paul Verhoeven's when addressed as "Robo". Though Verhoeven found this too funny to take seriously, and this was dropped after a couple of weeks. Has appeared in RoboCop (1987) alongside fellow Star Trek veterans Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith and Miguel Ferrer. Turned down a role in King Kong Lives (1986) to star in RoboCop (1987). Biological father to Kate Linden - manager at Development Management Group. Has English, French, German, Irish and Welch ancestry. Speaks Italian fluently.

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Birth Name

Peter Frederick Weller

Birth Place

Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA

Birth Date

6/24/1947
Known For
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RoboCop

Murphy / RoboCop

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RoboCop 2

Robocop

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2

Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)

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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension

Buckaroo Banzai

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Naked Lunch

Bill Lee

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Screamers

Joe Hendricksson

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Prey

Tom Newman

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Of Unknown Origin

Bart Hughes

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Skin Trade

Costello

Starring In
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In Search of Tomorrow

Self - Interviewee

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Broadway: The Golden Age

Self

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Hand Rolled

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Yamasong: March of the Hollows

Brujt

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Into the 8th Dimension

Self

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Skin Trade

Costello

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Repentance

Meyer

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2

Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)

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Star Trek Into Darkness

Admiral Marcus

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)

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Dragon Eyes

Mister V

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Forced to Fight

Danny G

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Once Fallen

Eddie

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William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

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The WWE: The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event

Curt Stoner / ... 1 episode, 2013

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24: Redemption

Christopher Henderson (11 episodes, 2006)

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Prey

Tom Newman

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Dexter: The First Season - Witnessed in Blood: A True Murder Investigation

Stan Liddy (8 episodes, 2010)

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24 - Season 6

Christopher Henderson (11 episodes, 2006)

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Egypt: Engineering an Empire

Narrator

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24 Hours Season 1-5 Boxset

Christopher Henderson (11 episodes, 2006)

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The Poseidon Adventure

Captain Paul Gallico

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Undiscovered

Wick Treadway

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The Hard Easy

Ed Koster

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Rome - Engineering an Empire

Himself

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The Order

Driscoll

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Jeux Dangereux

Nelson

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Contaminated Man

Joseph Müller

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Falling Through

Lou

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Ivansxtc

Don West

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Shadow Hours

Stuart Chappell

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Diplomatic Siege

Steve Mitchell

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The Sands of Time

John Shannon

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Top of the World

Ray Mercer

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Top of the World

Ray Mercer

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Mighty Aphrodite

Jerry Bender

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Screamers

Joe Hendricksson

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Beyond The Clouds

Husband

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Decoy

Baxter

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The Substitute Wife

Martin Hightower

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The New Age

Peter Witner

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Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee

(uncredited)

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Sunset Grill

Ryder Hart

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Naked Lunch

Bill Lee

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Road to Ruin

Jack Sloan

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RoboCop 2

Robocop

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Women and Men: Stories of Seduction

Hobie

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Cat Chaser

George Moran

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Asesinato en el Callejón del Arco Iris

Mike Gallagher

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Leviathan

Steven Beck

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Shakedown

Roland Dalton

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The Tunnel

Juan Pablo Castel

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RoboCop

Murphy / RoboCop

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A Killing Affair

Baston Morris

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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension

Buckaroo Banzai

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Firstborn

Sam

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Of Unknown Origin

Bart Hughes

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Shoot the Moon

Frank Henderson

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Butch and Sundance: The Early Days

Joe Le Fors

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Mourning Becomes Electra

Peter

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The Man Without a Country

Lt. Fellows

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