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Date of Birth 20 February 1947Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Birth NamePeter Lawrence Strauss
Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Peter Strauss is well known for his long list of starring roles in made-for-TV films, including The Jericho Mile (1979), for which he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special. Strauss has also received Emmy Award nominations for his roles in the mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) and Masada (1981), as well as five Golden Globe Nominations.

Strauss was born in New York City and grew up in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, where he was introduced to the theatre via the Croton Shakespeare Festival. His summers were spent with stock companies including the Pocono Playhouse in Pennsylvania and Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. He attended the Hackley School for Boys in Tarrytown, New York and graduated from Northwestern University in 1969, committed to an acting career.

He made his Broadway debut in Tom Griffin's "Einstein and the Polar Bear" in 1981. His other theatrical credits include the plays "The Dance Next Door", "The Mind with the Dirty Man" and "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and "A Cry of Players" at Baltimore's Centre Stage.

His feature film credits include Soldier Blue (1970), The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (1972), The Last Tycoon (1976), The Secret of NIMH (1982), Flight of Black Angel (1991) and Nick of Time (1995).

Strauss' many television credits include starring in the TV films Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy (1977), Angel on My Shoulder (1980), A Whale for the Killing (1981), Heart of Steel (1983), Under Siege (1986), _Penalty Phase (1986) (TV)_, Proud Men (1987), 83 Hours 'Til Dawn (1990), Fugitive Among Us (1992), Men Don't Tell (1993), Thicker Than Blood (1994), Reunion (1980), The Yearling (1994), In the Lake of the Woods (1996), My Father's Shadow: The Sam Sheppard Story (1998), A Father's Choice (2000) and Murder on the Orient Express (2001), as well as the miniseries Tender Is the Night (1985), Kane & Abel (1985), Brotherhood of the Rose (1989), Trial: The Price of Passion (1992) and Texas Justice (1995). His latest mini-series appearances were Seasons of Love (1999), with Rachel Ward and Hume Cronyn, (which he executive-produced) and as La Hire in the CBS four-hour mini-series Joan of Arc (2005).

Strauss starred for one season in the CBS drama series Moloney (1996) and the PAX drama series Body & Soul (2002).

He was seen recently as the President of the US in Revolution/Columbia's xXx: State of the Union (2005) and as Mandy Moore's father in "License to Wed." He starred in New York theater runs of Jon Robin Baitz's political thriller "Chinese Friends" at Playwrights Horizon Theatre and as Freud in "Sabina" at Primary Stages.

Strauss is married to actress Rachel Ticotin and lives in Ojai, California, where he also operates a commercial citrus enterprise that produces 440 tons of citrus per year.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Peter Strauss

Spouse (3)

Rachel Ticotin (31 December 1998 - present)
Nicole Fons (9 July 1983 - 1994) (divorced) (2 children)
Beverly Baker Paulding (21 January 1973 - 11 December 1979) (divorced)

Trivia (9)

Attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
He owns a California farm and when he isn't acting, he is a working citrus rancher.
He auditioned to play a role in the film Slap Shot (1977) but broke his leg while skating in the audition.
He has served as the spokesman for the National Search Dog Foundation, and serves on community committees including the Ojai Youth Foundation, the Ojai Music Festival, and the Ojai Film Society.
He teaches public speaking at local high schools in California.
Once owned the property now known as "Peter Strauss Ranch", a park operated by the National Park Service in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Southern California. The property, once know as "Lake Enchanto", had been an amusement park in the mid 1930s but fell into disrepair and finally closed in the early 1960s.

Mr. Strauss purchased the property and restored it to its natural beauty in 1976 and lived there until 1983 when he sold the property to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The park, located at 30000 Mulholland Highway in Cornell CA, is a highly suggested destination of beauty in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Has voiced not one but two cartoon mice in his roles as a voice actor, namely Justin from "The Secret of NIMH" and Stoker from both series of "Biker Mice From Mars".
Does TV commercials for Miracle Gro Plant Food.
He is of German Jewish descent.

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