Born and raised in Montreal in the middle part of the last century, Peter studied acting at John Abbott College and Concordia University. He then concentrated on classical theatre with a diploma from The London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art in England and a degree from York University in Toronto.
He went on to become a member of The Second City, The Stratford Music and Shaw Festivals.
In the late eighties, Peter joined up with Steve Smith and co-wrote and starred in sixty episodes of the Gemini award winning, The Comedy Mill. From there, Peter brought the character of Ranger Gord to The Red Green Show for 14 seasons.
When Peter moved to Los Angeles in 1991, he starred in 3 pilots for NBC and ABC as well as guest starring in some of television's most popular series including Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, and Cheers. He spent 2 months on ABC's General Hospital as Barry Durbin.
Back in Canada in the mid nineties, he created the role of Jim Walcott with Ken Finkleman for The Newsroom which won an International Emmy. From there, Rick Mercer asked him to join the cast of Made In Canada (a.k.a. The Industry around the world) as Alan Roy, that completed a very successful five year run.
Peter had a continuing role on Showcase's Slings And Arrows as Mark McKinney's nemesis Mr. Archer. A busy voice over artist, Peter can be heard on dozens of radio commercials and in animation series nationwide including the overblown announcer on the YTV series Captain Flamingo. He is also the voice of the East Indian Scardey Bat (for which he was nominated for an Actra Award in 2007 and a Gemini in 2008) in the cartoon series Ruby Gloom, Dad in Willa's Wildlife and Blake in Producing Parker.
Peter is a fifteen time Gemini Award nominee and a four-time winner in the category of Best Performance in a Comedy Program or Series for his roles as the self absorbed Jim Walcott in The Newsroom and as the vain and vociferous Alan Roy in Made In Canada. Appearing on the cover of MacLean's magazine, Peter has been called "...the funniest man in Canadian television..." The Toronto Star (January 2003), as well as one of the eight "Cutting edge performers of Hollywood North", Razor Magazine Feb. 03 and in Apr. 03, Peter was voted one of the "Top Ten Funniest People In Canada", by Star TV. Peter was also nominated twice for a Canadian Comedy Award and for an Actra Award for his role on The Newsroom.
Peter has produced his own 2 episode pilot for CBC called Walter Ego. He also has a lead role in the Canada/England co-pro feature film by George F. Walker, and Bernard Zukerman - Niagara Motel directed by Gary Yates. Peter has hosted the ACTRA Awards in Toronto for 3 years and the DGC Awards for 3. He hosted Man Alive Night at the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival on CBC. After a 12 year absence, Peter returned to the stage to tremendous reviews in late 2005 in the one-man show Fully Committed. He was a semi regular in the Showcase series Billable Hours for which he is nominated for his latest performance Gemini. In March 2007, he shot a pilot for NBC called Business Class....his 4th US pilot. Peter has a continuing guest role on Murdock Mysteries, and has 5 Canadian feature films: Eating Buccanneers, The Bend, Cooper's Camera, Gravytrain, and Leslie, My Name Is Evil and the short film PMO all due for release in 2009-2010. He also shot 18 To Life- a series for CBC which aired January, 2010. Along with his partner Leah he wrote, starred and produced Love Letters For Canada, a CBC Valentine's Day special that also aired January, 2010. He recently shot a recurring role on the tv series Majority Rules as well as guest spots on The Ron James Show.
Peter is the recipient of the Actra Award of Excellence for 2008.
Peter has been a licensed private pilot since 1976 and currently resides in Toronto with his partner Leah Pinsent.
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