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                                 PETER  RIEGERT

                      

           

                Actor / Screenwriter / Film Director

                       

                          Director: "King of the Corner

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Peter Riegert (born April 11, 1947) is an American actor, screenwriter, and film director.
Born in The Bronx, Riegert grew up in Hartsdale, NY, graduated Ardsley High School in 1964 and later from the University of Buffalo and worked at a number of jobs, including teaching, waiting tables, and social worker before settling on acting as a career. He made his Broadway debut in the musical Dance with Me. Other Broadway credits include The Old Neighborhood, An American Daughter, The Nerd, and Censored Scenes From King Kong. Off-Broadway he has appeared in Road to Nirvana, The Birthday Party, Isn't It Romantic, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and A Rosen by Any Other Name.
Riegert's notable feature film credits include Animal House, Crossing Delancey, Local Hero, Chilly Scenes of Winter, Oscar, The Mask, Traffic (which won him the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture), and How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog.
Riegert made his television debut as Cpl. Igor Straminsky in two episodes of M*A*S*H. He has also portrayed crooked New Jersey State Assemblyman Ronald Zellman in The Sopranos and defense attorney Chauncey Zeirko in multiple episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He starred opposite former girlfriend Bette Midler in the television adaptation of Gypsy and was featured in the HBO drama Barbarians at the Gate (which earned him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special), the final episode of Seinfeld, and the television movie Back When We Were Grownups, and he voiced the character of Max Weinstein in the episode "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" on Family Guy.
Riegert made his screenwriting and directorial debuts with By Courier, based on a short story by O. Henry. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film and won him the Festival Award for Best First Feature at the Marco Island Film Festival. He also wrote, directed, and starred in the full-length feature King of the Corner.
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Peter Riegert Biography (1947-)

Born April 11, 1947, in the Bronx, New York, NY; son of Milton (a food wholesaler) and Lucille (a piano teacher) Riegert. Addresses: Agent: John S.Kelly, Bresler, Kelly and Associates, 11500 West Olympic Blvd., Suite 352, Los Angeles, CA 90064; (voice work) Special Artists Agency, 9465 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 890, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor
Birth Details
April 11, 1947
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Donald "Boon" Schoenstein, Animal House (also known as NationalLampoon's "Animal House"), Universal, 1978
  • Eric McMurkin, Americathon, United Artists, 1979
  • Sam Maguire, Chilly Scenes of Winter (also known as Head over Heels), United Artists, 1979
  • Jason Cooper, National Lampoon Goes to the Movies (also known as National Lampoon's "Movie Madness"), United Artists, 1981
  • Mac MacIntyre, Local Hero, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Walter Giammanca, Le grand carnaval (also known as The Big Carnival), Carthago Films, 1983
  • Tim, The City Girl, Moon Pictures, 1984
  • Dr. Harris Kite, Cudzoziemka (also known as The Stranger and El extrano), Columbia, 1987
  • Michael Pozner, Un homme amoureux (also known as A Man in Love and Un uomo innamorato), Gaumont, 1987
  • Sam Posner, Crossing Delancey, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Baby Elroy as an adult, That's Adequate, Southgate Entertainment,1989
  • Eric, Oltre l'oceano (also known as Beyond the Ocean), Medusa Distribuzione, 1990
  • Robert Benham, A Shock to the System, Corsair Pictures, 1990
  • Aldo, Oscar, Buena Vista, 1991
  • Larry, The Object of Beauty, Avenue Entertainment, 1991
  • Captain Gregory Fanducci, The Runestone, Hyperion Pictures, 1992
  • Peter Syracusa, Passed Away, Buena Vista, 1992
  • Marius Fisher, Utz, First Run Features/Castle Rock Productions, 1993
  • Doctor, White Man's Burden (also known as Bleeding Hearts and Fatal Destiny), Savoy Pictures, 1994
  • Lieutenant Mitch Kellaway, The Mask, New Line Cinema, 1994
  • Dad Dunlap, Pie in the Sky, Fine Line Features, 1995
  • Steve, Coldblooded (also known as The Reluctant Hitman), IRS Releasing, 1995
  • Mel Feynman, Infinity, First Look Pictures, 1996
  • Minor, Hi-Life, Lions Gate Films, 1998
  • Attorney Michael Adler, Traffic (also known as Traffic--Die Macht des Kartells), USA Films, 2000
  • Barry, In the Weeds, Moonstone Entertainment, 2000
  • Dr. Peters, Passion of Mind, Paramount Classics, 2000
  • Larry, How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog, Artistic License, 2000
  • C-Scam, Landscape Films, 2000
  • Leo Spivak, King of the Corner (also known as The Pursuit of Happiness), Pursuit Films, 2004
  • Appeared in the short film A Director Talks about His Film.
  • Film Director and Producer
  • By Courier (short film), Two Tequila Productions, 2000
  • King of the Corner, Pursuit Films, 2004
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Walter Cooper, Middle Ages, CBS, 1992
  • Ted Fisher, The Beast, ABC, 2001
  • State assemblyman Ronald Zellman, a recurring role, The Sopranos,HBO, 2001-2002
  • Miniseries
  • Jacob Rubinstein/Jake Rubin, Ellis Island, CBS, 1984
  • Movies
  • Eric Ross, News at Eleven, CBS, 1986
  • Herbie, Gypsy (musical), CBS, 1993
  • Peter Cohen, Barbarians at the Gate, HBO, 1993
  • Rabbi Cooper, The Infiltrator, HBO, 1995
  • Sidney Wiltz, An Element of Truth, CBS, 1995
  • Porker, North Shore Fish, Showtime, 1996
  • Lieutenant Coop Cooper, Face Down, Showtime, 1997
  • Irving Mansfield, Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story (alsoknown as Jacqueline Susann, la scandaleuse), USA Network, 1998
  • Richard Luckman, The Baby Dance, Showtime, 1998
  • Stan, Jerry and Tom (also known as Tom and Jerry), Showtime, 1999
  • Marty Forkins, Bojangles, Showtime, 2001
  • Rabbi, Club Land, Showtime, 2001
  • Decker, Bleacher Bums (also known as The Cheap Seats), Showtime, 2002
  • Mel, Surrender Dorothy, CBS, 2006
  • Specials
  • Table Settings, HBO, c. 1983
  • Richard M. Nixon, "Concealed Enemies," American Playhouse, PBS, 1984
  • W. Eugene Smith, "W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult," American Masters (also known as American Masters: W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult), PBS, 1989
  • Himself, Burt Lancaster: Daring to Reach, Arts and Entertainment,1996
  • Himself, Burt Lancaster, American Movie Classics, 1997
  • Himself, Behind the Movies: Animal House, NBC, 2001
  • Himself, Unseen Untold: National Lampoon's "Animal House," Spike TV, 2003
  • Zeb, "Back When We Were Grownups," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 2004
  • (In archive footage) Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses, ComedyCentral, 2004
  • (In archive footage) Live from New York: The First 5 Years of SaturdayNight Live, NBC, 2005
  • Awards Presentations
  • Himself, The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, IndependentFilm Channel, 2001
  • Episodic
  • Groucho Marx, Feelin' Good, PBS, 1974
  • Igor, "Change Day," M*A*S*H, CBS, 1977
  • Igor, "War of Nerves," M*A*S*H, CBS, 1977
  • Gus Rosenthal as an adult, "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty," TheTwilight Zone, CBS, 1985
  • Bill, "The Hit List," Trying Times, PBS, 1989
  • Jerold Dixon, "Deceit," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1996
  • Kimbrough, "The Finale: Part 1," Seinfeld, NBC, 1998
  • Jay Rydell, "The Cut Man Cometh," Sports Night, ABC, 2000
  • Defense attorney, "Shrunk," Law & Order (also known as Law& Order Prime), NBC, 2003
  • Voice of Max Weinstein, "When You Wish upon a Weinstein," Family Guy (animated; also known as Padre de familia and Padre del familia), Fox, 2003
  • Chauncey Zeirko, "Conscience," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order's Sex Crimes, Law & Order: SVU, and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2004
  • Chauncey Zeirko, "Lowdown," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit(also known as Law & Order's Sex Crimes, Law & Order: SVU, and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2004
  • Chauncey Zeirko, "Sick," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order's Sex Crimes, Law & Order: SVU,and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2004
  • Chauncey Zeirko, "Design," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order's Sex Crimes, Law & Order: SVU, and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2005
  • Appeared as Marshall Rifkin in LateLine, NBC and Showtime.
  • Pilots
  • Alan Baker, Mystery Dance, ABC, 1995
  • Stage Appearances
  • Honey Boy, Dance with Me (musical), Mayfair Theatre, New York City, 1975-76
  • Danny Shapiro, Sexual Perversity in Chicago/The Duck Variations, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1976-77
  • S. Vogel, Sauvage Sagar, and Vincenzo Chiaruggi, Censored Scenes fromKing Kong (musical), Princess Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Sunday Runners in the Rain, New York Shakespeare Festival, PublicTheatre, Anspacher Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Marty Sterling, Isn't It Romantic?, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • Key Exchange, Westwood Playhouse (later known as the Geffen Playhouse), Los Angeles, 1982
  • Table Settings, c. 1983
  • Marty, La Brea Tarpits, Workshop of the Players Art Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • Sandy, A Hell of a Town, Westside Arts Theatre Upstairs, New YorkCity, 1984
  • The Cherry Orchard, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1985
  • Festival of Original One-Act Comedies, Manhattan Punch Line Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • The Spanish Prisoner, New Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, 1985
  • Barney Rosen, A Rosen by Any Other Name, American Jewish Theatre,New York City, 1986
  • Goldberg, The Birthday Party, Classic Stage Company, Classic StageCompany Theatre, New York City, 1987
  • Axel Hammond, The Nerd, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1987-88
  • Goldberg, The Birthday Party, and prisoner, Mountain Language (double-bill), Classic Stage Company, Classic Stage Company Theatre, 1989
  • Jerry, Road to Nirvana, Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1991
  • Walter Abrahmson, An American Daughter, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1997
  • Bobby Gould, The Old Neighborhood (consists of The Disappearance of the Jews, Jolly, and Deeny), Booth Theatre, New York City, 1997-98
  • Celebration [and] The Room (double-bill), American Conservatory Theater, Geary Theater, San Francisco, CA, 2001
  • Appeared in Call Me Charlie, The Performing Garage, New York City;and as Chico Marx, Minnie's Boys (musical), Playhouse in the Park, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Stage Work
  • Director, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, CA, 2006
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Himself, The Yearbook: An "Animal House" Reunion, Universal Studios Home Video, 2000
  • Donald "Boon" Schoenstein, Where Are They Now? A Delta Alumni Update, Universal, 2003
  • Audiobooks
  • Andrea Barrett, The Voyage of the Narwhal, Random House, 1999
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • By Courier (short film), Two Tequila Productions, 2000

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

Periodicals
  • Playbill, November 19, 1997

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King of the Corner (2004)

 
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Overview

Director:
Peter Riegert
Writers:
Peter Riegert (writer)
Gerald Shapiro (writer)
Genre:
Comedy / Drama
Tagline:
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. A Comedy.
Plot Summary:
Leo Spivak (Peter Riegert) is drifting through life without a compass. His father (Eli Wallach) is aging fast... more
Awards:
2 wins more
User Comments:
A bittersweet comedy that deserves a wider audience more

Cast

 (Credited cast)

 
Peter Riegert ... Leo Spivak

 
Isabella Rossellini ... Rachel Spivak
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jennifer Albano ... Carolyn

 
Eric Bogosian ... Rabbi Evelyn Fink

 
Dominic Chianese ... Stan Marshack

 
Beverly D'Angelo ... Betsy Ingram Wexler

 
Peter Friedman ... Arthur Wexler
Jake Hoffman ... Ed Shiffman

 
Alecia Hurst ... Greta Braunsweig

 
Ashley Johnson ... Elana Spivak
Bill Lewis ... Poker Dealer

 
Rita Moreno ... Inez

 
Judy Reyes    

 
Cal Robertson ... Todd

 
Phil Vos ... Racetrack patron

 
Eli Wallach ... Sol Spivak

 
Ben Weber ... Bob
Frank Wood ... Berenson
Harris Yulin ... Hargrove
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
The Pursuit of Happiness (USA) (working title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some language and sexual references.
Runtime:
93 min
Country:
USA
Language:
English
Color:
Color
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 more
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Certification:
USA:R
Filming Locations:
Goldfield, Arizona, USA more
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Trivia:
Actor/director/co-writer Peter Riegert personally took this film from town to town, showing it in theaters to build word of mouth. He would usually stay for a day or two to meet and answer audience questions after each showing of the film. more

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7 out of 9 people found the following comment useful:-
A bittersweet comedy that deserves a wider audience, 17 April 2005
8/10
 
Author: Judy Martinez from West Chester, PA

 

First comment: People, don't forget to submit a vote with your review! I'm reading the reviews and most are excellent, and I'm wondering why the overall rating is only a 6.3. Then I see a lot of excellent reviews with NO VOTE! I assume these are counted as ZEROs in the rating.

REVIEW - I saw this movie at the Philadelphia Film Festival on 4/16/2004. I thought it was very good - both sad and funny. My favorite part was the interaction between the main character, Leo (Peter Riegert) and his father (Eli Wallach). Eric Bogosian was also very funny as the rabbi. And although her part was small, it was worth seeing how great Rita Moreno looked - Wow, she looks amazing! She made Isabella Rossellini look like a haggard old frump. The daughter was nothing special, and the weakest link was the up and coming business hot shot played by Jake Hoffman (Dustin Hoffman's son.) He was too young and goofy to play a ruthless guy moving up in the business world.

It's a shame that a bittersweet comedy like this that combines elements of different genres and can't be easily characterized as a "Drama" or a "Comedy" or a "Tearjerker" will have trouble finding an audience. Hollywood's marketing people need to do a better job of finding an audience for these films - there are tons of people who want to see movies like this, and they are too lazy to figure out how to market them. It's easy to market to teenage boys - do a little work and figure out how to reach the audience who wants to see movies like this! The only scene I thought was a little unrealistic was the scene I'll simply refer to as the "underwear" scene. As the scene was going on, I thought maybe it was going to be revealed as a dream sequence - it just seemed like such a strange and out of character thing for Leo to do.

I would love to see this movie find its rightful audience. Many people would enjoy this movie.

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Peter Riegert

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Peter Riegert

Peter Riegert in 1979
Born April 11, 1947 (1947-04-11) (age 60)
The Bronx, New York, USA

Peter Riegert (born April 11, 1947) is an American actor, screenwriter, and film director.

Born in The Bronx, Riegert grew up in Hartsdale, NY, graduated Ardsley High School in 1964 and later from the University of Buffalo and worked at a number of jobs, including teaching, waiting tables, and social worker before settling on acting as a career. He made his Broadway debut in the musical Dance with Me. Other Broadway credits include The Old Neighborhood, An American Daughter, The Nerd, and Censored Scenes From King Kong. Off-Broadway he has appeared in Road to Nirvana, The Birthday Party, Isn't It Romantic, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and A Rosen by Any Other Name.

Riegert's notable feature film credits include Animal House, Crossing Delancey, Local Hero, Chilly Scenes of Winter, Oscar, The Mask, Traffic (which won him the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture), and How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog.

Riegert made his television debut as Cpl. Igor Straminsky in two episodes of M*A*S*H. He has also portrayed crooked New Jersey State Assemblyman Ronald Zellman in The Sopranos and defense attorney Chauncey Zeirko in multiple episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He starred opposite former girlfriend Bette Midler in the television adaptation of Gypsy and was featured in the HBO drama Barbarians at the Gate (which earned him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special), the final episode of Seinfeld, and the television movie Back When We Were Grownups, and he voiced the character of Max Weinstein in the episode "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" on Family Guy.

Riegert made his screenwriting and directorial debuts with By Courier, based on a short story by O. Henry. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film and won him the Festival Award for Best First Feature at the Marco Island Film Festival. He also wrote, directed, and starred in the full-length feature King of the Corner.

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