Peter Greene (born Peter Green; October 8, 1965) is an American actor. A character actor, he is generally known for portraying villains. He is best known for the roles in the 1994 films The Mask, where he plays its main antagonist, Dorian Tyrell, and Pulp Fiction, in which he portrayed Zed, a sadistic security guard, rapist and serial killer who serves as an antagonist in the film.

Peter Greene
Greene at the Chiller Theatre Expo in 2014
Peter Green

(1965-10-08) October 8, 1965 (age 58)
Occupation(s)Actor, producer
Years active1990–present
Height6 ft 2+12 in (1.89 m)

Other credits include Judgment Night (1993), Clean, Shaven (1994), Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995), The Usual Suspects (1995), Kiss & Tell (1997), Training Day (2001), The Black Donnellys (2007), Life on Mars (2009), New York New York (2016), and The Continental (2023).

Early life edit

A native of Montclair, New Jersey,[1] Greene did not pursue a career in acting until his mid-20s. He initially landed several roles in cinema and television in the early 1990s.

Film career edit

Greene had roles in Pulp Fiction;[2] The Mask;[2] Clean, Shaven; and The Usual Suspects in 1994 and 1995.[2] In Pulp Fiction, Greene appeared as Zed, who rapes Marsellus Wallace.[2] The Mask saw him play the villainous Dorian Tyrell.[2] Greene played the schizophrenic Peter Winter in Clean, Shaven.[2] The Usual Suspects saw him play the character of Redfoot.[2] Greene often plays villains, such as in Judgment Night,[2] Under Siege 2: Dark Territory,[2] Training Day[2] as a corrupt narcotics officer) and martial arts/crime film Fist of the Warrior (opposite Ho-Sung Pak, Roger Guenveur Smith and Sherilyn Fenn.[2]

Greene worked with director Jordan Alan twice: once on the film Kiss & Tell (1997),[2] a dark comic turn and then again four years later in The Gentleman Bandit (aka Gentleman B).[2] After Greene's arrests in 1998 for drug related crimes, Alan had to put the actor through rehab to get him through the second film and eventually, after coming upon Greene doing heroin with Mike Starr, he was forced to replace Greene's voice because of the vocal problems caused by drugs. Despite these problems, Alan vouched for Greene to producer Tobe Jaffe for the movie Blue Streak,[2] in which Greene played Martin Lawrence's nemesis.

Greene has continued to work mostly as a character actor. He appeared in the short-lived television drama The Black Donnellys.[2] He also appeared as a policeman in Prodigy and Mobb Deep's video for "A,B,C's", as well as the focal character in House of Pain's video for "Fed Up".[2] Greene appeared in the opening scene of the premiere of the FX series Justified where he was characterized as a "thuggish Peter Weller lookalike" by reviewer Scott Tobias, writing for The A.V. Club.[3] He has appeared in two films by director Eric Brian Hughes: Turnabout and Exit 0. Greene appears in the digital series The Jersey Connection by filmmaker Tim Firtion.[2] Greene was featured in the 2020 TV series For Life in a small role as an Aryan Brother named "Wild Bill" Miller.[2]

Personal life edit

Greene struggled with heroin and cocaine addiction in the 1990s.[4] In 2007, Greene was arrested for possessing crack cocaine.[4]

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Laws of Gravity Jimmy
1993 Clean, Shaven Peter Winter
Judgment Night Sykes
1994 Pulp Fiction Zed
The Mask Dorian Tyrell
1995 The Usual Suspects Redfoot The Fence
Bang Adam
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory Mercenary #1
1996 Lowball John
Coyote Run Clifton Santier
The Rich Man's Wife Cole Wilson
Snakeland Johnny Short
1997 Do Me a Favor Teddy
Double Tap Nash
Kiss & Tell Detective John Finnigan
1998 Permanent Midnight Gus
Black Cat Run D.J. Wheeler TV movie
1999 Out in Fifty Tony Grayson
Blue Streak Deacon
2000 Shadow Hours Detective Steve Andrianson
2001 Nobody's Baby Vern
Ticker Detective Artie Pluchinsky
Training Day Detective Jeff
Scenes of the Crime Rick
Dead Dogs Lie Marcus Devlin
2002 The Gentleman Bandit Manny Breen
Under the Influence Stephen Tally
2004 Black Cloud Norm Olsen
2005 Confession Detective William Fletcher
H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds Matt Herbert
Brothers in Arms Bert
2006 End Game Jack Baldwin
Love Hollywood Style Theodor Caruso
Dead & Deader Dr. Scott TV movie
2007 Final Engagement Priest Video
I'm Calling Frank Bobby
2008 Clown Clown Short
2009 Blue Knight Sergeant Donato Short
Forget Me Not Boyfriend Short
Fist of the Warrior John Lowe
2010 Caller ID Dean of Admissions
The Bounty Hunter Earl Mahler
Earthling Swinnert
Once Fallen Sonny
Once More Jack Short
2011 Keep Your Enemies Closer Alex Decker Short
A Pornstar Is Born Ron Goldman Video
The Grasslands Baby John
Shanghai Hotel Mr. Capuzzi
2012 The Shoemaker Dutchie Short
Brutal Carlo Morello
The Kill Hole Peter Krebbs
The Child Martin Engler
2013 Checkmate, Keep Your Enemies Closer Alex Decker Short
2015 Sweet Lorraine Marcus
2016 Turnabout Leo
New York New York Downey
2018 City of Lies Commander Fasulo
2019 Exit 0 The Writer
Samir Valentine
2020 Tesla Nichols
Let’s Get Lost Ray Short
Priceless The Devil Short
2021 Body Brokers Dr. Riner
Return to Danger Gilbert
2022 The Crusaders Hughie Short
Out of Exile Whitman Rader
The Mick and the Trick Patrick Shannon
2023 Little Dixie Karl Roach
Buckle Up Reacher

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Hardball - Episode: "Prescription for Murder"
1992 As the World Turns Hitman Episode: "Episode #1.9169" & "#1.9170"
2001 Law & Order Francis 'Taz' Partell Episode: "Bronx Cheer"
2007 The Black Donnellys Derek Timothy "Dokey" Farrell Main Cast
2009 Life on Mars Jimmy McManus Recurring Cast
2010 Justified Thomas "Tommy Bucks" Buckley Episode: "Fire in the Hole"
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Rick Peterson Episode: "Mai Ka Wa Kahiko (Out of the Past)"
2016 Chicago P.D. Rory Jensen Recurring Cast: Season 3
2017 Still the King Hank the Shank Recurring Cast: Season 2
2020 For Life Wild Bill Miller Recurring Cast: Season 1
2021 The Jersey Connection Jordan Blaine [5] Episode: "Prologue: Time Destroys Everything"
2023 The Continental Uncle Charlie Episode: "Brothers in Arms"

Music Videos edit

Year Artist Song Role
1996 House of Pain "Fed Up" Mechanic
2008 Prodigy "ABC" Detective
2017 Necro "Dead Body Disposal" Killer
2019 Jadakiss "Me" Bank Robber
2022 R.A. the Rugged Man "Dragon Fire" Big Boss [6]

References edit

  1. ^ "Montclair's The Indie Lounge' brings passion projects to light". - Community News. 24 December 2015. Archived from the original on 24 April 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2024.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Peter Greene Credits". Retrieved 27 December 2023.
  3. ^ "Justified: Pilot". TV Club. 16 March 2010.
  4. ^ a b "'Pulp' actor's drug drama". 26 July 2007.
  5. ^ "The 2019 New Jersey Web Festival". September 12, 2019.
  6. ^ "Dragon Fire (Music Video 2022)". IMDb.

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