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      Peter MacNicol

      Peter MacNicol

      Highest Rated: 84% Dragonslayer (1981)

      Lowest Rated: 2% Baby Geniuses (1999)

      Birthday: Apr 10, 1954

      Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA

      Veteran character actor Peter MacNicol made a name for himself with a lengthy résumé populated by roles that while outwardly submissive, often displayed unexpected flashes of inner fire. Trained on the stages of the revered Guthrie Theater and proven on Broadway, the actor's screen debut came with a starring role in the fondly remembered fantasy film "Dragonslayer" (1981). However, he truly came to the attention of both audiences and critics as the odd-man-out in the doomed triangle of the heart-wrenching drama "Sophie's Choice" (1982), opposite Kevin Kline and Oscar-winner Meryl Streep. MacNicol later gave his comic instincts free reign as the manic Dr. Janosz Poha alongside Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver in "Ghostbusters II" (1989). A brief run as a recurring character on the medical drama "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000) paved the way for a career-making role on David E. Kelley's quirky legal comedy "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002). For the six-season-run of the provocative series, MacNicol played law firm partner John Cage with equal parts eccentricity and humanity, endearing himself to fans of the show possibly more than any other character in the wacky series. Always in demand, he soon joined the successful crime drama "Numb3rs" (CBS, 2005-2010), as a theoretician assisting the FBI in solving impregnable cases. Adept at comedy and high drama, MacNicol's innumerable contributions to film and television ensured his ongoing screen presence for years to come.

      Highest rated movies

      Dragonslayer
      24: Redemption
      Sophie's Choice Addams Family Values
      Game Change
      Olive, the Other Reindeer
      Ghostbusters II Bean

      Photos

      Peter MacNicol at arrivals for 2017 Artios Awards, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA January 19, 2017. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection SOPHIE'S CHOICE, Peter MacNicol, 1982, © Universal Necessary Roughness, Callie Thorne (L), Peter MacNicol (R), 'Frozen Fish Sticks', Season 2, Ep. #12, 01/23/2013, ©USA Necessary Roughness, Callie Thorne (L), Peter MacNicol (R), 'Frozen Fish Sticks', Season 2, Ep. #12, 01/23/2013, ©USA Necessary Roughness, Peter MacNicol, 'Frozen Fish Sticks', Season 2, Ep. #12, 01/23/2013, ©USA Necessary Roughness, Peter MacNicol, 'Frozen Fish Sticks', Season 2, Ep. #12, 01/23/2013, ©USA SOPHIE'S CHOICE, from left: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol, 1982, © Universal BABY GENIUSES, Kim Cattrall, Peter MacNicol, 1999, (c)TriStar Pictures DRAGONSLAYER, Peter McNichol, 1981. ©Paramount SOPHIE'S CHOICE, from left: Peter MacNicol, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, 1982, © Universal SOPHIE'S CHOICE, from left: Peter MacNicol, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, 1982, © Universal DRAGONSLAYER, Peter MacNichol, Ralph Richardson, 1981, (c) Paramount The Mindy Project, Peter MacNicol, 'An Officer And A Gynecologist', Season 2, Ep. #20, 04/22/2014, ©FOX DRAGONSLAYER, Peter MacNicol, 1981. ©Paramount The Mindy Project, Peter MacNicol, 'An Officer And A Gynecologist', Season 2, Ep. #20, 04/22/2014, ©FOX SOPHIE'S CHOICE, from left: Meryl Streep, Peter MacNicol, 1982, © Universal HEAT, Burt Reynolds, Peter MacNicol, 1986, (c)New Century Vista Films SOPHIE'S CHOICE, Meryl Streep, Peter MacNicol, 1982, (c) Universal SOPHIE'S CHOICE, from left: Meryl Streep, Peter MacNicol, 1982, © Universal SOPHIE'S CHOICE, Kevin Kline, Meryl Streep, Peter MacNicol, 1982, ©Universal

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Our (Almost Completely True) Love Story Psycho Date (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet 77% Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright Dewey Ottoman (Voice) - 2013
      67% 76% Game Change Rick Davis (Character) - 2012
      34% 54% Battleship U.S. Secretary of Defense (Character) $65.2M 2012
      80% 67% 24: Redemption Tom Lennox (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 27% Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild Troopmaster (Voice) - 2005
      31% 57% Breakin' All the Rules Philip Gascon (Character) $11.8M 2004
      No Score Yet 54% Balto II: Wolf Quest Muru (Voice) - 2001
      60% 56% Recess: School's Out Fenwick (Voice) $36.7M 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ponder Heart Uncle Daniel (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pooch and the Pauper Liberty (Character) - 2000
      2% 25% Baby Geniuses Dan (Character) $27.1M 1999
      60% 63% Olive, the Other Reindeer Unknown (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 36% Silencing Mary Lawrence Dixon (Character) - 1998
      43% 53% Bean David Langley (Character) $45.3M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fugitive From Justice: Underground Father Roy Dowd (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Abducted: A Father's Love Roy Dowd (Character) - 1996
      11% 49% Dracula: Dead and Loving It R.M. Renfield (Character) $9.9M 1995
      75% 63% Addams Family Values Gary Granger (Character) $45.7M 1993
      36% 47% Housesitter Marty (Character) $58.1M 1992
      40% 59% Hard Promises Stuart (Character) $277.7K 1991
      No Score Yet 74% By Dawn's Early Light Sedgwick (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet American Blue Note Jack Solow (Character) - 1989
      55% 61% Ghostbusters II Janosz Poha (Character) $110.4M 1989
      33% 27% Heat Cyrus Kinnick (Character) $2.4M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nick, al rojo vivo Unknown (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Bull Joe Kovacs (Character) - 1986
      76% 85% Sophie's Choice Stingo (Character) - 1982
      84% 62% Dragonslayer Galen (Character) - 1981

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 56% All Rise Judger Albert Campbell (Guest Star) 2020-2021
      No Score Yet 88% Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law X the Eliminator (Voice) 2018
      81% 83% The Big Bang Theory Doctor Wolcott (Guest Star) 2018
      93% 90% Veep Jeff Kane (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet 91% American Dad! Old Man Hanson (Guest Voice) 2014 2016
      29% No Score Yet Gigi Does It Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      95% 91% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 2013 2015
      34% 37% CSI: Cyber Asst. Dep. Dir. Simon Sifter (Character) 2015
      86% 83% The Mindy Project Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Necessary Roughness Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      84% 73% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2010-2011
      No Score Yet 93% Numb3ers Prof. Larry Fleinhardt (Character),
      Writer
      2005-2010
      100% 96% The Spectacular Spider-Man Dr. Otto Octavius (Guest Voice) 2008-2009
      87% 87% 24 Thomas Lennox (Character) 2007
      86% 94% Boston Legal Dr. Sydney Field (Guest Star) 2006
      61% 74% Ally McBeal John Cage (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star),
      Director,
      Writer
      1997-2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ally Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1995-1998
      82% 99% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1994
      67% No Score Yet The Powers That Be Unknown (Character) 1992-1993