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, and a recurring role as Deputy Chief William Dodds on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Gallagher at the Paley Center's 6th annual Celebrity Golf Classic, Westlake Village, California, June 2009
Peter Killian Gallagher
August 19, 1955
New York City, U.S.
|Education||Tufts University (BA)|
|Occupation||Actor, musician, writer|
Paula Harwood (m. 1983)
Gallagher was born in the Manhattan borough of 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 entitled 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.
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.
|1982||Summer Lovers||Michael Pappas|
|1986||My Little Girl||Kai|
|1988||High Spirits||Brother Tony|
|1989||Sex, Lies, and Videotape||John Mullany|
|1990||Tune in Tomorrow||Richard Quince|
|The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez||Matt|
|Late for Dinner||Bob Freeman|
|1992||The Player||Larry Levy|
|Bob Roberts||Dan Riley|
|Short Cuts||Stormy Weathers||Golden Globe for Best Ensemble Cast|
Volpi Cup—Best Ensemble Cast
|Malice||Atty. Dennis Riley|
|1994||The Hudsucker Proxy||Vic Tenetta|
|Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle||Alan Campbell|
|Mother's Boys||Robert Madigan|
|White Mile||Jack Robbins|
|1995||The Underneath||Michael Chambers|
|While You Were Sleeping||Peter Callaghan|
|Cafe Society||Jack Kale|
|1996||Last Dance||John Hayes|
|To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday||David Lewis|
|1997||The Man Who Knew Too Little||James 'Jimmy' Ritchie|
|Path to Paradise||John Anticev|
|1998||Johnny Skidmarks||Johnny Scardino|
|1999||House on Haunted Hill||Donald W. Blackburn, M.D.|
|American Beauty||Buddy Kane||Screen Actors Guild Awards—Outstanding Performance by a Cast|
OFCS Award for Best Ensemble Cast Performance
|2000||Center Stage||Jonathan Reeves|
|2002||Mr. Deeds||Chuck Cedar|
|The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina||Mole King (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2003||How to Deal||Len Martin||Uncredited|
|2008||Center Stage: Turn It Up||Jonathan Reeves|
|The War Boys||Slater Welch|
|Burlesque||Vincent "Vince" Scali|
|2011||Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You||Paul Sveck|
|2012||Step Up Revolution||William "Bill" Anderson|
|2015||Hello, My Name Is Doris||Willy Williams|
|2017||Literally, Right Before Aaron||Orson Schwartzman|
|A Bad Moms Christmas||Hank|
|1979||Guiding Light||Chuck Haskell|
|1980||Skag||John Skagska||6 episodes|
|1982; 1988||American Playhouse||Charles Castle
|1984||ABC Weekend Specials||Phil Grey||Episode: "A Different Twist"|
|Terrible Joe Moran||Nick||Television film|
|1987||Long Day's Journey into Night||Edmund Tyrone||Television film|
|Private Eye||Tommy Baron||Episode: "Blue Hotel Part 1"|
|1988||The Murder of Mary Phagan||Leo Frank||Miniseries|
|The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial||Lt. Cmdr. John Challee||Television film|
|The Big Knife||Charles Castle||Television film|
|I'll Be Home for Christmas||Aaron Coplan||Television film|
|1990||Love and Lies||David West||Television film|
|1991||An Inconvenient Woman||Philip Quennell||Television film|
|1993||Fallen Angels||Mitch Allison
|1998||Homicide: Life on the Street||Chris Rawls||Episode: "Closet Cases"|
|Superman: The Animated Series||Kurt (voice)||Episode: "Where There's Smoke"|
|The Secret Lives of Men||Michael||7 episodes|
|Brave New World||Bernard Marx||Television film|
|Virtual Obsession||Dr. Joe Messenger||Television film|
|1999||Brotherhood of Murder||Bob Mathews||Television film|
|2000||The Last Debate||Tom Chapman||Television film|
|Cupid & Cate||Harry||Television film|
|2001||Family Guy||Jared (voice)||Episode: "Lethal Weapons"|
|Feast of All Saints||Philippe Ferronaire||Television film|
|2003||A Tale of Two Wives||Bill Goodman||Television film|
|2003–2007||The O.C.||Sandy Cohen||92 episodes|
Nominated—Prism Award—Best Performance in a Drama Series Episode
Nominated—Teen Choice Awards—2005 TV Choice Parental Unit
Nominated—Teen Choice Awards—2006 TV Choice Parental Unit
|2006||Robot Chicken||Store Clerk
Douglas Goldstein / Anchor / Spectator (voices)
|2007||The Gathering||Dr. Michael Foster||Miniseries|
|2008||Shark||Frank Bell||Episode: "Partners in Crime"|
|2009||Californication||Stacey Koons||7 episodes|
|2010||Rescue Me||Father Phil Gallagher||7 episodes|
|2010–2014||Covert Affairs||Arthur Campbell||seasons 2-5, recurring previously|
|2012||How I Met Your Mother||Professor Vinick||Episode: "The Final Page"|
|2015||The Good Wife||Ethan Carver||3 episodes|
|2016||New Girl||Gavin Schmidt||4 episodes|
|2016||Center Stage: On Pointe||Jonathan Reeves||Television film|
|2014–present||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Deputy Chief William Dodds||Recurring role, Seasons 16, 17, 18 & 19|
|2017–present||Grace and Frankie||Nick Skolka||11 episodes|
|2018||The Gifted||Benedict Ryan||5 episodes|
|2018||Murphy Brown||John Haggerty||Episode: "Results May Vary"|
|2019||The Conners||Brian Foster||Episode: "Rage Against the Machine"|
|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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