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Peter Frechette (/frəˈʃɛt/ frə-SHET;[1] born October 3, 1956) is an American actor. He is a stage actor with two Tony Award nominations for Eastern Standard and Our Country's Good, and frequently stars in the plays of Richard Greenberg. He is well known on TV for playing hacker George on the NBC series Profiler and Peter Montefiore on Thirtysomething. In film, he is known for playing T-Bird Louis DiMucci in the musical Grease 2.

Peter Frechette
Born (1956-10-03) October 3, 1956 (age 63)
OccupationActor
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)
David Warren (m. 2017)

Early lifeEdit

Raised in Coventry, Rhode Island, Frechette is the youngest of five children. His father was an efficiency expert and his mother a nurse. Frechette earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater from the University of Rhode Island.[citation needed]

TheaterEdit

Frechette first appeared on the professional stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the Rhode Island Summer Ensemble, starring with Chel Chenier in the comedy Pontifications on Puberty and Pigtails in 1979.[2]

He received high praise in 1981 for his work in two different productions of Harry Ruby's Songs My Mother Never Sang. The same year he starred in the one-act Off-Broadway production of In Cahoots, part of the Three Hopefuls MARATHON (featuring two other one-act productions). He left to work in Los Angeles, but returned in 1984 to star in Bob Merrill's Musical We're Home, and again in 1987's revised production of Flora the Red Menace (he also recorded songs for the cast album).

In 1988, he returned to live in New York City to take the lead role of Drew Paley in the Off-Broadway production of Eastern Standard by Richard Greenberg, costarring Patricia Clarkson, Dylan Baker, and Kevin Conroy. The show transferred to Broadway in December 1989 and he remained in the cast throughout the run despite filming the television series Dream Street simultaneously in New Jersey (he filmed every day and performed every night for three months).

Frechette earned the Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Theatre World Award for best actor, and was nominated for a Tony Award. The same year, he starred in The American Place Theatre's Off-Broadway production of Hyde in Hollywood (he would return to the role of communist screenwriter Jake Singer for a television version of the play two years later).

In 1991, he starred opposite Cherry Jones in Our Country's Good, which resulted in a second Tony nomination for best actor. The same year he co-starred in Absent Friends as grief-stricken Colin. In 1992, he appeared in Bob Merrill's last Broadway musical (and cast recording) of Hannah...1939 and Larry Kramer's autobiographical The Destiny of Me. He also appeared on Broadway in the original productions of Any Given Day (1993) and The Play's the Thing (1995), as well as the 2005 revival of The Odd Couple as Roy (and understudy for Matthew Broderick's Felix Unger).

He's appeared at the Roundabout Theatre in three productions: The Play's the Thing (1995), Hurrah at Last (1999) and The Dazzle (2002). For The Dazzle, he and Reg Rogers were both nominated for Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actor (Rogers won); the two shared the Obie Award for best actor for their performances as the co-dependent Collier Brothers. They originated the show in 2000 at the New York Stage and Film at Vassar College's Powerhouse Theater.

Frechette was part of the west to east coast transfer of Hurrah at Last, in the role of Laurie. He earned the Backstage West Garland Award in 1998 for his performance produced by the South Coast Repertory. He also appeared in their productions of Night and Her Stars and The Extra Man. In 2016, he returned to the theater company in the role of Joseph II in Amadeus.

Frechette was a member of the resident ensemble at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for five years (2011-15). He has also worked with national regional companies including the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Berkshire Playhouse, and the Pasadena Playhouse as an actor and instructor since leaving New York City.

Frechette is a founding member of the New York theater company The Drama Department (along with David Warren, Cynthia Nixon, Patricia Clarkson, Hope Davis, John Slattery, Michael Rosenberg and John Cameron Mitchell).

Film & TelevisionEdit

Frechette's made his film debut in Grease 2 (1982) as T-Bird Louis DiMucci. He appeared on the film's soundtrack (including a solo version of 'Let's Do It For Our Country', a satirical duet ballad he performed with Maureen Teefy in the film). He went on to appear in the pilot of Voyagers! (as Eddie Rickenbacker).

He appeared in two episodes of The Facts of Life which served as backdoor pilots for a series about an all-boys military academy. The would-be series would have starred Jimmy Baio with Frechette as the primary antagonist, but it was not picked up to series. He continued appearing in films, mostly horror films including The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984), The Kindred (1987), The Unholy (1988) and Paint it Black (1989).

He had a large role in the 1984 comedy No Small Affair as Jon Cryer's older brother. He made guest appearances on Taxi, The Renegades, Hill Street Blues, Hotel, It's a Living, Cagney & Lacey, Matlock, and, most notably, in two episodes of L.A. Law as Christopher Appleton, an HIV-positive gay man who claimed to have killed his lover as an act of mercy because he was dying from AIDS.

Frechette was cast as one of the three leads of 1989's Dream Street, the unofficial blue-collar spin-off of Thirtysomething (it lasted 6 episodes, airing as a mid-season replacement). In November 1989, Frechette guest-starred in the Thirtysomething episode "Strangers" (season 3, episode 6), as Peter Montefiore, a man who goes on a date with recurring character Russell Weller (David Marshall Grant). Frechette and Weller appeared in bed, seemingly naked after having had sexual relations following a first date, generating controversy. A number of advertisers refused to run commercials during the broadcast, and ABC opted not to air the episode again during summer reruns (it has since returned to the syndication schedule and was released in the season three DVD box set).[3][4]

Frechette was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his performance. He returned for three more episodes of Thirtysomething in season 4, a small appearance in "The Haunting of DAA" and as part of the inner-circle of friends in the episodes "New Year's Eve" and "Closing the Circle".

The same year he appeared in the first season of Law & Order as Jack Curry in 'The Reaper's Helper", an HIV positive man committing "mercy killings" for others diagnosed with AIDS. He would appear in two more episodes of Law & Order (and one episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent). In 1992, he had a recurring role in the first season of Picket Fences.

In 1993. he co-starred in the critically acclaimed Barbarians at the Gate. The following year, he starred in the Lifetime film Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story. In 1996 he appeared in the pilot for the NBC series Profiler as computer expert/hacker George Fraley. Between shooting the pilot and being picked up, the producers made his character a regular and would remain on the show throughout the entire run.

In 2006, he took on the substantial role of bank manager Peter Hammond in Spike Lee's heist film Inside Man. He also appeared in small roles in various films, including The First Wives Club and Miracle at St. Anna. In 2016, he appeared as a high-powered divorce attorney on the television series Devious Maids.

Personal lifeEdit

Frechette's partner since 1988 is director David Warren.[5] They married in 2017.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Grease 2 Louis DiMucci
1982 Voyager from the Unknown Eddie Rickenbacker
1984 The Hills Have Eyes Part II Harry
1984 No Small Affair Leonard
1987 The Kindred Brad Baxter
1988 The Unholy Claude
1989 Paint It Black Gregory
1996 The First Wives Club Broadway Director
1996 Milk & Money Bookstore Clerk
1997 Two in the Morning Scott Short film
2006 Inside Man Peter Hammond
2007 The Savages Matt
2008 Miracle at St. Anna Peter Hammond
2008 Gone to the Dogs Stephen Short film

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Facts of Life George Knight Episodes: "The Academy", "The Big Fight"
1982 Voyagers! Eddie Rickenbacker Episode: "Voyagers"
1983 Taxi Scott Episode: "Louie Moves Uptown"
1983 The Renegades Kane Episode: "Film at Eleven"
1983 Hill Street Blues Leonard Dulcimer Episode: "A Hill of Beans"
1986 Hotel Tom Travis Episode: "Hearts Divided"
1986 It's a Living Sidney Episode: "Jump"
1986 Cagney & Lacey Robert Sikorski Episode: "Model Citizens"
1986 L.A. Law Christopher Appleton Episodes: "The Venus Butterfly", "Fly Me to the Moon"
1988 Matlock Jimmy Collier Episode: "The Magician"
1989 Dream Street Harry DeBeau Main cast (6 episodes)
1989–1991 Thirtysomething Peter Montefiore Recurring role (4 episodes)
1990 Hyde in Hollywood Jake Singer Television film
1990 Law & Order Jack Curry Episode: "The Reaper's Helper"
1990 Gabriel's Fire Dakota Episode: "The Wind Rancher"
1992 Picket Fences D.A. Barnaby Woods 3 episodes
1993 Barbarians at the Gate Robert Allegro Television film
1994 Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story Adam White Television film
1994 M.A.N.T.I.S. Edward Pascal Episode: "Faces in the Mask"
1995 New York News Kevin Kerns Episodes: "Fun City", "Thin Line"
1995 Law & Order Peter Nicodos Episode: "Jeopardy"
1996 Chasing the Dragon Louis Television film
1996 The Burning Zone Dr. Frank Matthews Episode: "Pilot"
1996–2000 Profiler George Fraley Main cast (82 episodes)
2001 Family Law Jason Quinn Episode: "Obligations"
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Stuart Gaston Episode: "Chinoiserie"
2003 Law & Order Jim Wheeler Episode: "Under God"
2016 Devious Maids Encino Divorce Attorney Episodes: "Blood, Sweat and Smears", "Grime and Punishment"

Theatre creditsEdit

Year Title Role Venue
1979 Pontifications on Puberty and Pigtails Edinburgh Festival Fringe
1981 Songs My Mother Never Sang Performer Stage 73
1984 We're Home Paul Vineyard Theatre
1985 The Seagull Treplev La Jolla Playhouse
1987 Bent Horst Coast Playhouse
1987 Loot Hal Mark Taper Forum
1987–1988 Flora the Red Menace Harry Toukarian Vineyard Theatre
1988–1989 Eastern Standard Drew Paley New York City Center-Stage 1
John Golden Theatre
1989 Hyde in Hollywood Jake Singer American Place Theatre
1991 Absent Friends Colin New York City Center-Stage 1
1991 Our Country's Good 2nd Lieutenant Ralph Clark Nederlander Theatre
1992 Quartermaine's Terms Mark Sackling Berkshire Theatre Festival
1992–1993 The Destiny of Me Benjamin Weeks Lucille Lortel Theatre
1993 And Baby Makes Seven Peter Lucille Lortel Theatre
1993 Any Given Day Eddie Benti Longacre Theatre
1994 Sons and Fathers Dad Theatre Row Theatre
1994 The Great Unwashed Bud Theatre Row Theatre
1995 Night and Her Stars Dan Enright American Place Theatre
1995 Raised in Captivity Sebastian Bliss Vineyard Theatre
1995 The Play's the Thing Sandor Turai Criterion Center Stage Right
1998–1999 Hurrah at Last Laurie South Coast Repertory
Gramercy Theatre
2000 What the Butler Saw Dr. Rance Theater at St. Clement's Church
2002 The Dazzle Homer Collyer Gramercy Theatre
2002 Once in a Lifetime Lawrence Vail Adams Memorial Theater
2003 Flesh and Blood Harry/Cody/Matt New York Theatre Workshop
2003 Waiting for Godot Vladimir Geary Theater
2004 Valhalla Ludwig of Bavaria New York Theatre Workshop
2004 Spatter Pattern (Or, How I Got Away With It) Dunn Peter Jay Sharp Theater
2005–2006 The Odd Couple Roy Brooks Atkinson Theatre

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.sos.mo.gov/wolfner/SayHow/?id=f
  2. ^ "The Stage and Television Today, Edinburgh Fringe", The Stage, September 21, 1978.
  3. ^ AfterElton.com
  4. ^ Becker, Ron, Gay TV and Straight America. Rutgers University Press 2006; ISBN 0-8135-3689-8, p. 138
  5. ^ Biodata, TheaterMania.com, August 13, 2003.

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