Peter Spears (born November 29, 1965) is an American actor, screenwriter and filmmaker. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in Overland Park, Kansas.[1] Spears is best known for being a producer on the critically acclaimed 2017 gay coming-of-age romantic drama film, Call Me by Your Name, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.[1][5] Spears also directed the controversial parodic short film, Ernest and Bertram, which portrayed Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie as gay lovers; Spears received a cease-and-desist order from Sesame Workshop for copyright violations as a result.[6][7] Spears helped to develop the television series Nightmare Café and John from Cincinnati.[8]

Peter Spears
Peter Spears Headshot.jpg
Born (1965-11-29) November 29, 1965 (age 54)[1][2]
Alma materNorthwestern University[3]
  • Actor
  • screenwriter
  • film director
  • film producer
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Brian Swardstrom[4]

Before becoming a film director and producer, Spears was an actor, appearing in films such as Father of the Bride Part II, The Opposite of Sex and Something's Gotta Give, as well as several television series.

Personal lifeEdit

Spears was raised in a Jewish family.[9][10] Spears lives with his husband, Brian Swardstrom, a talent agent and film producer in Athens, New York. The couple have homes in Rancho Mirage, California and New York City.[4][11]


Spears at the screening of Call Me by Your Name at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival

As actorEdit


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Father of the Bride Part II Dr. Wagner N/A
1998 The Opposite of Sex Dr. Allen N/A
2003 Something's Gotta Give Danny Benjamin N/A
2017 Call Me by Your Name Isaac[12][13][14] Also producer


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Pink Lightning Greg TV movie
1992 Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story Student Proctor TV movie
1992 Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story Peter TV movie
1993 Quantum Leap Doug Bridges / Reiser Episode: "Dr. Ruth"
1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Robert Benchley Episode: "Young Indiana Jones and the Scandal of 1920"
1993 Café Americain Mark Durgin Episode: "Pilot"
1994 Matlock Barry Feldman Two episodes
1994 Cries from the Heart Jeff TV movie
1996 ER N/A Episode: "Baby Shower"
1996 Friends Joel Episode: "The One with Barry and Mindy's Wedding"
1997 The Love Bug Young Dr. Stumpfel TV movie
1999 Love Boat: The Next Wave Jeff Blessing Episode: "Blind Love"
2001 Some of My Best Friends Terry Two episodes
2004 CSI: Miami Josh Dalton Episode: "Deadline"

As writerEdit

Year Title Notes
2002 Ernest and Bertram Short film
also director[15]

As directorEdit

Year Title Notes
2002 Ernest and Bertram Short film
directorial debut
2007 Clueless N/A

As producerEdit


Year Title Notes
1996 Scream, Teen, Scream! Short film
2014 Until We Could Short film
2017 Call Me by Your Name Nominated–Academy Award for Best Picture (Producer)
TBA[citation needed] Nomadland[citation needed] Post-production[citation needed]


Year Title Notes
1992 Nightmare Café Co-developer
Creative consultant
Executive producer
2007 John from Cincinnati Co-developer
Creative consultant
Executive producer


  1. ^ a b c "Movie generating Oscar buzz was produced by Shawnee Mission South grad". The Kansas City Star. January 17, 2018. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  2. ^ "Brian Swardstrom post". November 29, 2015. [brianswardstrom "Happy birthday to my hubby, @pjspears. Peter, You have added so much depth, humor, fulfillment and joy to my life, I can't imagine it without you. Here's to your 50th birthday and to many more. I love you."]
  3. ^ "American Music Theatre Project Premiers Hilarious Rock Musical". Northwestern University. Retrieved 15 August 2016
  4. ^ a b Vivarelli, Nick (February 13, 2017). "Berlinale: Luca Guadagnino on Why 'Call Me by Your Name' Strikes Such Deep Chords". Variety. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  5. ^ "These are the Oscar best-picture nominees that got the biggest bump at the box office". Business Insider. January 29, 2018. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  6. ^ "Sesame Street legal: Furore over Bert and Ernie gay flick". Apr 10, 2002. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  7. ^ Goodridge, Michael (July 23, 2002). "The best films you can't see: Ernest & Bertram is the latest in a series of acclaimed queer films banned from public view because their makers stepped on some famous toes". The Advocate.
  8. ^ "Produced By: New York". Producers Guild of America. October 28, 2017. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  9. ^ Does Hollywood give Jewish?. Jewish Journal. July 27, 2007. ["And then there are those who pick and choose their causes specific to their own personal development. Peter Spears, as just one example, came to Hollywood for his work, but recently found himself on a mission to Israel's film industry, which helped him to rediscover his Jewish self in the process."]
    Retrieved 15 August 2016
  10. ^ "Scriptnotes, Ep 336: Call Me by Your Name — Transcript". January 30, 2018. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  11. ^ HOUSE TOUR: A HISTORICAL HOME WITH CHARM TO SPARE: A Hollywood couple discover a neglected Georgian mansion in Upstate New York and lovingly restore it with an eye to both historical accuracy and everyday comforts. Elle Decor. December 1, 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2016
  12. ^ Smith, Bonne. "Mongrel Presents: Call Me by Your Name" (PDF) (Press release). Toronto, Ontario: Mongrel Media. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 28, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  13. ^ "'Call Me by Your Name' Author Opens Up About the Film Adaptation". Graduate Center. City University of New York. November 10, 2017. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  14. ^ Ford, Rebecca (November 10, 2017). "Oscars: Best Picture Contenders on Staging Car Chases and How to Pivot When Plans Go Awry". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  15. ^ "20 Banned Movies: Ernest and Bertram (2002)". Complex. 2013. Retrieved April 25, 2018.

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