Peter MacNicol


Date Of Birth

April 10, 1954


Award-winning American actor Peter MacNicol was born on April 10, 1954 in Dallas, Texas. He began acting when he was still a student at the University of Dallas, and later, at the University of Minnesota, during which he performed in productions staged at the nearby Guthrie Theater. After being discovered by a talent agent, he moved to Manhattan, where he starred in the off-Broadway production of Crimes of the Heart. The play later moved to Broadway, and he won the Theater World Award in 1981.

MacNicol’s first acting accolades were mostly centered on the stage, with his performances in productions such as All the King’s Men, Black Comedy/White Lies, Twelfth Night, Richard II, Found a Peanut and Rum and Coke being acclaimed by critics. At around the same time, though, he began acting for film, first appearing in the 1981 fantasy release Dragonslayer. The following year, he starred in the breakout film role, as young writer Stingo in the Oscar-winning drama Sophie’s Choice. He has since appeared in other films such as Ghostbusters II, Heat and Addams Family Values.

MacNicol was also playing small roles on television, culminating in regular roles on the short-lived sitcom The Powers That Be and the popular medical drama Chicago Hope. However, he became more popular with audiences when he took on a role in the successful series Ally McBeal. His portrayal of eccentric lawyer John Cage earned him an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in 2001.

Despite appearing in other films, such as Breaking All The Rules and Behind the Curtain, MacNicol is more recognizable for his television roles. After providing the voices for characters in Danny Phantom, Justice League and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, he signed on to play physics professor Larry Fleinhardt in the procedural drama Numb3rs. He has also taken a role in the action series 24, playing White House Chief of Staff Tom Lennox, who convinced Wayne Palmer (D.B. Woodside) to run for president. He also appeared on shows like Fairly Legal, Grey’s Anatomy and the TV movie Game Change. In 2014, he was cast on the CSI spin-off series CSI: Cyber.

Place of Birth

Dallas, Texas, USA

Birth Name

Peter MacNicol



Fun Facts

- Peter has said that Maverick is his favorite television show of all time.

-Peter plays the bagpipes.

-He spends his summer holidays in a small village in Northern Spain where a friend of his has a house.

- Peter's role as John Cage on Ally McBeal was his fifth major role as a lawyer. He also played an attorney in a guest star appearance on an episode of Tales from the Crypt.


- Peter was nominated at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for 'Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series', for Ally McBeal in 1999, 2000 and 2001. He won 'Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series', with the cast of Ally McBeal in 1999. The cast was also nominated for that award in 2000 and 2001.

-Peter was nominated to receive a Golden Satellite Award for 'Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Comedy or Musical' for Ally McBeal in 2003.

-Peter won an Emmy Award for 'Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series', for Ally McBeal in 2001. He was nominated for the same award in 1999 and 2000.


2015 CSI: Cyber (TV Series)
2014 The Mindy Project (TV Series)
2013 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV Series)
2013 Batman: Arkham Origins (Video Game)
2013 Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright (Video)
2013 Necessary Roughness (TV Series)
2012 Battleship
2011-2012 Young Justice (TV Series)
2012 Game Change (TV Movie)
2011 Batman: Arkham City (Video Game)
2010-2011 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
2011 Marvel Super Hero Squad Online (Video Game)
2011 Fairly Legal (TV Series)
2011 G.I. Joe: Renegades (TV Series)
2010 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (TV Series)
2005-2010 Numb3rs (TV Series)
2008-2009 The Spectacular Spider-Man (TV Series)
2008 24: Redemption (TV Movie)
2004-2008 The Batman (TV Series)
2008 Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law (Video Game)
2003-2007 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (TV Series)
2007 24 (TV Series)
2006 Boston Legal (TV Series)
2005 Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild (Video)
2004-2005 Danny Phantom (TV Series)
2005 Behind the Curtain (Short)
2005 Justice League (TV Series)
2004 Breakin' All the Rules
2004 This Just In (TV Series)
2003 The Lyon's Den (TV Series)
1997-2002 Ally McBeal (TV Series)
2002 Balto: Wolf Quest (Video)
2001 The Ponder Heart (TV Movie)
2001 Recess: School's Out
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (TV Series)
2000 The Pooch and the Pauper (TV Movie)
2000 The Wild Thornberrys (TV Series)
1999 Olive, the Other Reindeer (TV Movie)
1999 Snowden's Christmas (TV Movie)
1999 Men in Black: The Series (TV Series)
1999 Ally (TV Series)
1999 The Angry Beavers (TV Series)
1999 Baby Geniuses
1998 The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue (Video)
1994-1998 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
1998 Silencing Mary (TV Movie)
1997 Bean
1996 Mojave Moon
1996 Toto Lost in New York (Video)
1996 Abducted: A Father's Love (TV Movie)
1995 Dracula: Dead and Loving It
1994 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
1994 Radioland Murders
1994 Roswell (TV Movie)
1993 Addams Family Values
1993 Cheers (TV Series)
1992-1993 The Powers That Be (TV Series)
1992 HouseSitter
1991 Hard Promises
1990 By Dawn's Early Light (TV Movie)
1989 Ghostbusters II
1989 American Blue Note
1987 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (TV Series)
1986 Heat
1986 Johnny Bull (TV Movie)
1984 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
1982 Sophie's Choice
1981 Dragonslayer


5' 8" (1.73 M)


"Acting is about covering up traces of who you are and just being the character. I think it's easier to accept people in roles if you don't know a lot about them."

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