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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 10 October 1941Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameRachmil Pinchus Ben Mosha Cohon
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Peter Coyote was born on October 10, 1941 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Rachmil Pinchus Ben Mosha Cohon. He is an actor, known for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), A Walk to Remember (2002) and Bitter Moon (1992). He has been married to Stefanie Pleet since 1998. He was previously married to Marilyn McCann.

Spouse (2)

Stefanie Pleet (1998 - present)
Marilyn McCann (24 April 1977 - 1998) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Dulcet voice (hence several narrative roles)

Trivia (13)

With Peter unseen (as in voiceovers or radio adverts), his voice is strongly reminiscent of that of Henry Fonda.
Along with Glenn Close, he narrarated the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah.
Before becoming an actor at the age of 39, he spent 15 years in the counterculture during the 1960s. He wrote a memoir of that time called "Sleeping Where I Fall". It has gone through five hardback printings and is in its second paperback edition. "Carla's Story", a chapter from the book, won the Pushcart Prize for Excellence in Non-Fiction in 1993/1994.
Tested for the role of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
He was one of the organizers of a group of 12 students who traveled to Washington, DC, during the Cuban missile crisis of the early 1960s supporting President John F. Kennedy's "peace race." President Kennedy invited the group into the White House (the first time protesters had ever been so recognized) and they met for several hours with Kennedy advisor McGeorge Bundy.
Was a member of the radically political theatre performance group "The San Francisco Mime Troupe".
Graduated with a B.A in English Literature in 1964.
Given the actor's unusual second name, it's ironic that, prior to his acting career, he once plucked chickens for a living
In his book Lila, Robert Pirsig relates that he had Coyote in mind to star in an adaptation of, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." Coyote was a friend of Pirsig's son Chris.
His father, Morris Cohon, was from a Jewish family from England and Russia. His mother, Ruth (Fidler), was a Jewish immigrant from the Russian Empire.
Is so far the only American actor to work with Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar. He starred in Kika (1993), throughout which he speaks Spanish, in which he is fluent.
Is fluent in both Spanish and French.
He worked with Jerry Hardin in Heartbreakers (1984). He later played DA Jerry Hardin in Law & Order: LA (2010).

Personal Quotes (1)

I'm a Zen-Buddhist student first, actor second. If I can't reconcile the two lives, I'll stop acting. I spend more time off-screen than on.

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