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Peter Lawrence Strauss (born February 20, 1947) is an American television and film actor, known for his roles in several television miniseries in the 1970s and 1980s. He is five-time Golden Globe Awards nominee.
Strauss was born in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, the son of Warren B. Strauss, a German-born wine importer. His family was Jewish. Strauss graduated from the Hackley School in 1965 and Northwestern University in 1969.
He won an Emmy Award for his role on the 1979 made-for-television movie The Jericho Mile, and he starred in a television remake of the classic 1946 film Angel on My Shoulder in 1980. In 1985, he played Abel Roznovski in the miniseries Kane & Abel based on Jeffrey Archer's book. His other noted television miniseries credits include starring roles in Rich Man, Poor Man, its sequel Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, and Masada. Strauss played Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. in the 1977 TV movie Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy. In 1973, he portrayed Stephen Linder, Mary Richards' suave younger boyfriend in The Mary Tyler Moore Show fourth-season episode, "Angels in the Snow."
Strauss starred in the films Soldier Blue (1970) and Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983), and has appeared in several others. He voiced Justin, the Captain of the Guard, in the 1982 animated film The Secret of NIMH. Strauss starred as an abused husband in the television movie Men Don't Tell, alongside Judith Light. In 2005, he played the U.S. President in the thriller XXX: State of the Union alongside Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson, Scott Speedman and Willem Dafoe. He was the voice of Moses in the animated series K10C: Kids' Ten Commandments. He starred in the short-lived series Body & Soul as Dr. Isaac Braun in 2002. He provided the voice for Stoker Van Rotten in both the 1990s and 2006 versions of Biker Mice from Mars.
Strauss married Rachel Ticotin on December 31, 1998. Strauss runs a successful citrus production business and is on the advisory board of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. He sold a ranch property to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The ranch has since been acquired by the National Park Service as the Peter Strauss Ranch.
|2020||Grey's Anatomy||Television series||Daniel Schwartz||"The Last Supper"|
|2018||Operation Finale||Feature film||Lotar Hermann|
|2016||Drawing Home||Feature film||Russell Robb Sr.|
|2014||Sugar Daddies||Television film||Grant Zager|
|2010||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Television series||Kevin Burton||"Locum"|
|Royal Pains||Television series||Graham Barnes||"Comfort's Overrated"|
|Jack's Family Adventure||Television film||Wild Bill Cohen|
|2008–2010||Tracey Ullman's State of the Union||Television series||Narrator||13 episodes|
|2007||Dirty Sexy Money||Television series||Dutch George||"The Watch"|
|License to Wed||Feature film||Mr. Jones|
|2006||Biker Mice from Mars||Television series||Stoker / Night Shift / High Commander||5 episodes|
|The Way||Television film||Hutch|
|2005||Killer Instinct||Television series||Robert Hale||"Who's Your Daddy"|
|XXX: State of the Union||Feature film||President James Sanford|
|2004||Law & Order||Television series||Dr. Paul Cedars||"Coming Down Hard"|
|2003||Strange Frequency 2||Television film||Ben Stanton||"Don't Stop Believin"|
|111 Gramercy Park||Television film||Turk Karnegian|
|Kids' Ten Commandments: Toying with the Truth||Video short||Moses (voice)|
|Kids' Ten Commandments: The Rest Is Yet to Come||Video short||Moses (voice)|
|Kids' Ten Commandments: The Not So Golden Calf||Video short||Moses (voice)|
|Kids' Ten Commandments: A Life and Seth Situation||Video short||Moses (voice)|
|Kids' Ten Commandments: Stolen Jewels, Stolen Hearts||Video short||Moses (voice)|
|2002||Body & Soul||Television series||Dr. Isaac Braun||14 episodes|
|2001||Strange Frequency||Television series||Ben Stanton||"Don't Stop Believing"|
|Murder on the Orient Express||Television film||Mr. Samuel Ratchett|
|2000||A Father's Choice||Television film||Charlie 'Mac' McClain|
|1999||Joan of Arc||Television miniseries||La Hire|
|Seasons of Love||Television miniseries||Thomas Linthorne|
|1998||My Father's Shadow: The Sam Sheppard Story||Television film||Dr. Sam Sheppard|
|1996–1997||Moloney||Television series||Dr. Nicholas Moloney / Nick Moloney||26 episodes|
|1996||The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest||Television series||Lab Guard||"Nemesis"|
|Keys to Tulsa||Feature film||Chip Carlson|
|The Incredible Hulk||Television series||Walter Langkowski (voice)||"Man to Man, Beast to Beast"|
|Adventures from the Book of Virtues||Television series||King Dionysius||"Friendship"|
|Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man||Television series||Narrator||"Pig Amok"|
|In the Lake of the Woods||Television film||John Waylan|
|Biker Mice from Mars||Television series||Stoker||2 episodes|
|1995||Nick of Time||Feature film||Brendan Grant|
|Texas Justice||Television film||T. Cullen Davis|
|1994||Reunion||Television film||Sam Yates|
|Batman: The Animated Series||Television series||Dr. Steven Carlyle / Plant-Man||"House and Garden"|
|The Yearling||Television film||Ezra 'Penny' Baxter|
|Thicker Than Blood: The Larry McLinden Story||Television film||Larry McLinden|
|1993||Men Don't Tell||Television film||Ed MacAffrey||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film|
|1992||Trial: The Price of Passion||Television film||Warren Blackburn|
|Fugitive Among Us||Television film||Max Cole|
|1991||Flight of Black Angel||Television film||Col. Matt Ryan, Callsign Ringleader|
|1990||83 Hours 'Til Dawn||Television film||Wayne Stracton|
|1989||Peter Gunn||Television film||Peter Gunn|
|Brotherhood of the Rose||Television miniseries||Saul Grisman|
|1987||Proud Men||Television film||Charley MacLeod, Jr.|
|1986||Penalty Phase||Television film||Judge Kenneth Hoffman|
|Under Siege||Television film||John Garry|
|1985||Kane & Abel||Television miniseries||Abel Rosnovski||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film|
|Tender Is the Night||Television miniseries||Dick Diver|
|1983||Heart of Steel||Television film||Emory||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film|
|Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone||Feature film||Wolff|
|1982||The Secret of NIMH||Animated film||Justin (voice)|
|1981||Masada||Television miniseries||Eleazar Ben Yair||4 episodes|
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
|A Whale for the Killing||Television film||Charles Landon|
|1980||Angel on My Shoulder||Television film||Eddie Kagel|
|1979||The Jericho Mile||Television film||Larry 'Rain' Murphy||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie|
|1977||Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy||Television film||Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.|
|1976–1977||Rich Man, Poor Man Book II||Television miniseries||Rudy Jordache||26 episodes|
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
|1976||The Last Tycoon||Feature film||Wylie|
|Rich Man, Poor Man||Television miniseries||Rudy Jordache||13 episodes|
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
|1971–1975||Medical Center||Television series||Lloyd Halloran / Tom Desmond||2 episodes|
|1972–1975||The Streets of San Francisco||Television series||Bobby Jepsen / Lou Kovic Jr. / Martin Novack||3 episodes|
|1975||Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan||Television film||Ben Jacobs|
|1974||Barnaby Jones||Television series||Clay Wakefield||"The Last Contract"|
|Cannon||Television series||Dave Nordorff / Reverend Will||Two episodes|
|Judgement: The Court Martial of the Tiger of Malaya - General Yamashita||Television film||Lawyer|
|Hawaii Five-O||Television series||Tom Morgan||"Death with Father"|
|1973||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||Television series||Stephen||"Angels in the Snow"|
|The Man Without a Country||Television film||Arthur Danforth|
|1972||The Trial of the Catonsville Nine||Feature film||Thomas Lewis||"Angels in the Snow"|
|Young Dr. Kildare||Television series||Reverend Teller||"By This Sign"|
|1971||Sergeant Klems||Feature film||Sergeant Otto Josef Klems|
|1970||The Young Lawyers||Television series||Stuart||"The Two Dollar Thing"|
|Soldier Blue||Feature film||Honus Gent|
|1969||Hail, Hero!||Feature film||Frank Dixon|
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Demetria Fulton; preview of Peter Strauss in Barnaby Jones; episode “The Last Contract”(12/31/1974).