Peter Stickles (born October 8, 1976) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as the voyeuristic Caleb in the John Cameron Mitchell film Shortbus and as Damian, leader of a gay vampire cult, in the Here TV original series The Lair.

Peter Stickles
Born (1976-10-08) October 8, 1976 (age 43)
Spouse(s)Michael Carbonaro (m. 2014)


Stickles was cast in Shortbus in 2003 from amongst some 400 actors who submitted audition tapes for the film, which was initially known as "Sex Film Project." No script had been written prior to casting and the story was built out of improvisational sessions once the cast was in place. The voyeuristic aspect of Caleb's character grew in part out of Stickles's own interests at the time. "I was exploring sex clubs at the time and not necessarily participating but watching from afar. I think John Cameron Mitchell was attracted to the idea of this whole voyeuristic aspect of the character. ... How far would you go to touch somebody from afar?"[1]

Stickles, along with others in the cast, was nominated for the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast.[2]

Stickles stars in The Lair, which premiered on here! in June 2007. His character, Damian, is the leader of a gay vampire cult. The series, although not critically well-reviewed,[3][4][5] was renewed for a second season which premiered in late 2008.[6]

Stickles has appeared in a number of low-budget and direct-to-video horror films, including such titles as Meat Weed Madness (2006) and its sequel Meat Weed America (2007), and has four films slated for release in 2008. He also appeared in the exercise video The Bedroom Workout for Men: Better Sex Through Exercise.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Stickles is openly gay.[8] He has been married to magician Michael Carbonaro since 2014.[9]


Year Title Role Note
2000 Shaft Mickey Hunt
Strangers with Candy Track Team Fan TV series - Episode: "Blank Relay"
2004 Personal Sergeant Street Punk
2005 Dead Serious Hostage
2006 Shortbus Caleb, the Stalker
Cemetery Gates Hunter Belmont
2007 2 Minutes Later Victor
The Girl Next Door EMT
Sexina: Popstar P.I. Onski
Meat Weed America Bin Smokin direct-to-video
The Lair Damian Courtenay TV series - 26 episodes
2008 Eat Your Heart Out Vincent Skinned Alive
Evilution Stanfa
Watch Out Brian
2009 The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited V
The Conquest of the Silken Beaver Peter segment "Painting by Numbers"
George's Intervention Ben
2010 BearCity Executive
The Brides of Sodom Dominic
The Black Box Newscaster Bob Wilkins
2011 Sunday on the Set with George Unknown short
Gingerdead Man 3-D: Saturday Night Cleaver Jeffrey Dahmer
Evil Bong 3-D: The Wrath of Bong Alistair
Psychosomatika Sage
For Christ's Sake Pete Browning
I Want to Get Married Jim
Showgirls 2: Penny's From Heaven Godhardt Brandt
2013 The Trouble with Barry Barry Montenegro feature
2014 Best Day Ever James
2017 Stage Fright Kevin


  1. ^ Hartl, John (2006-10-20). "Willing to go along for a long, circuitous ride". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2008-03-25.
  2. ^ "2006 Winners and nominees". Gotham Independent Film Awards. Archived from the original on February 19, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "Vampires Everywhere". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2007-06-01.
  4. ^ Swindoll, Jeff (2007-10-15). "DVD Review: The Lair: Complete First Season". Retrieved 2007-11-24.
  5. ^ Oliver, David (2007-11-11). "DVD Review: Lair, The - Season 1". Retrieved 2007-11-24.
  6. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (2007-09-28). "Here! comes a lot of originality". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2007-10-21.
  7. ^ "The Bedroom Workout for Men credits". Retrieved 2008-03-25.
  8. ^ Director, Noah Michelson Editorial; Voices, The Huffington Post (2017-02-03). "'Carbonaro Effect' Star Discusses How Growing Up Gay Changed His World View". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  9. ^ "Michael Carbonaro Lies About Everything—Except Being Gay". Logo TV. Archived from the original on February 8, 2017. Retrieved 2017-02-08. Additional WebCitation archive on February 8, 2017.

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