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Peter Gallagher

Peter Gallagher

American actor
Peter Gallagher
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Intro American actor
A.K.A. Peter Killian Gallagher
Is Actor Television actor Stage actor Film actor Screenwriter Singer
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender male
Birth 19 August 1955, Manhattan, USA
Age 65 years
Star sign Leo
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Peter Killian Gallagher (born August 19, 1955) is an American actor, musician and writer. Since 1980, Gallagher has played roles in numerous Hollywood films. He is best known for starring as Sandy Cohen in the television drama series The O.C. from 2003 to 2007, recurring role as Deputy Chief William Dodds on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Nick on the Netflix series Grace & Frankie. He also played CIA Director Arthur Campbell on Covert Affairs.

Early life

Gallagher was born in New York City. His mother, Mary Ann (née O'Shea; August 23, 1915 – June 6, 2004), was a bacteriologist, and his father, Thomas Francis Gallagher, Jr. (June 10, 1912 – November 16, 1999), was an advertising executive. Gallagher is the youngest of their three children. He is of Irish Catholic background and was raised in Armonk, New York. Gallagher graduated from Tufts University, where he was active in theater, appearing in such shows as Stephen Sondheim's Company and singing with the all-male a cappella group the Beelzebubs.


Gallagher appeared on Broadway with Glenn Close in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing and made his feature film debut in the Taylor Hackford film The Idolmaker, but first achieved fame for his role in Steven Soderbergh's Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989). He also starred as Sky Masterson in the 1992 Broadway hit revival of Guys and Dolls.

Gallagher played a potential career threat to Tim Robbins's studio executive in The Player (1992); the comatose fiancé of Sandra Bullock in While You Were Sleeping (1995); a real estate salesman having an affair with Annette Bening in American Beauty (1999); a media executive in Mr. Deeds (2002); and a political reporter exposing media ethics during a presidential debate in The Last Debate.

From 2003 to 2007, Gallagher starred as Sandy Cohen, a Jewish public defender and corporate lawyer, on the Fox television show The O.C.. He hosts an annual award ceremony named "The Sandy Cohen Awards" or The Sandys, which, in honor of his character on The O.C., gives a scholarship to a law school student at UC Berkeley who wants to become a public defender.

Gallagher released an album titled 7 Days in Memphis in 2005, on the Sony BMG label. This includes a studio recording of his performance of "Don't Give Up On Me" (originally by Solomon Burke), which was featured in an episode of The O.C. He also has a video for his single "Still I Long For Your Kiss", in which he starred with his TV-wife Kelly Rowan.

In 2005, Gallagher received the P.T. Barnum Award from Tufts University for his exceptional work in the field of media and entertainment. In 2007, Gallagher received the "Light on the Hill" award at Tufts University. The award is given to notable alumni from Tufts who have demonstrated ambition, achievement, and active citizenship.

From February 13 through July 5, 2015, Gallagher starred on Broadway in On the Twentieth Century although he missed several performances in late February due to illness.

Personal life

Gallagher is married to Paula Harwood and has two children, James and Kathryn. His daughter Kathryn is an actress and singer, and in 2015 performed in Deaf West Theatre's production of Spring Awakening on Broadway as the voice of Martha. In November 2019, she began starring as Bella in Jagged Little Pill at the Broadhurst Theatre. Kathryn hosts a vlog for Broadway.com called Jagged Little Thrill, in which she chronicles the backstage happenings of the production.

Stage credits

Year Title Role Notes
1977 Hair Claude
1978 Grease Danny Zuko
1982 A Doll's Life Otto Theatre World Award
1983 The Corn Is Green Morgan Evans
Another Country Guy Bennett
1984 The Real Thing Billy Clarence Derwent Awards—Most Promising Male
1985–86 Pride and Prejudice Fitzwilliam Darcy
1986 Long Day's Journey Into Night Edmund Tyrone Nominated—Tony Award for Featured Actor (Play)
1992 Guys and Dolls Sky Masterson Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
1995 Pal Joey Joey Evans
2001–02 Noises Off Lloyd Dallas
2008 The Country Girl Bernie Dodd
2015 On The Twentieth Century Oscar Jaffe
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