Date of Birth : Apr 10th 1954
For a guy who originally wanted to become a paleontologist and study the fossilized remains of bones, it is ironic that Peter MacNicol eventually chose a career as vibrantly alive as acting.
Nonetheless, MacNicol has demonstrated an exceedingly wide range of talent in theater, television, and film.
MacNicol’s past work demonstrates the broad dramatic and comedic spectrum of his talent. On film, he has appeared as the naive Southern writer who fell in love with Meryl Streep in “Sophie’s Choice;” the villainous museum curator in
“Ghostbusters II;” and the summer camp director in “Addam’s Family Values.” Other film credits include “Housesitter” and “American Blue Note.”
On television, he was a series regular as John Forsythe’s press secretary on “The Powers that Be.” Guest starring credits include “Cheers” and “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd.” Additionally, he was featured in such telefilms as “Johnny Bull,” “HBO’s By the Dawn’s Early Light,” Faerie Tale Theatre’s “The Boy Who Left Home” and “Roswell.”
MacNicol began his career studying at the University of Minnesota. While there, he performed in two seasons at the Guthrie Theater. A New York talent agent spotted him and told him make a move to Manhattan. Shortly thereafter, he was cast
in the off-Broadway play, “Crimes of the Heart.” The production eventually moved to Broadway, and MacNicol garnered the Theater World Award. It was also during this production that a casting agent noticed him and called him in to read for his eventual role in “Sophie’s Choice.”