About Peter Weller
Weller followed up his success in "Naked Lunch" with several lackluster projects: the action adventure "Fifty-Fifty" (1991); a French romantic comedy "Road To Ruin" (1992); and the thriller "Sunset Grill" (1993), all of which moved quickly to home video. Career matters started looking up with the release of Michael Tolkin's "The New Age" (1994), where he was paired once again with "Naked Lunch" co-star Judy Davis. Weller got to demonstrate his flair for comedy playing a jobless Hollywood ad man whose marriage is crumbling. Although the film and Weller both received rave reviews, the actor's profile dimmed through the late 1990s; while he worked steadily, only a few films stood out, such as Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite" (1995) and director Linda Yellen's "End of Summer" (1996). He resurfaced in the admired Showtime science fiction series "Odyssey 5" (2002-2003) playing Chuck Taggert, part of a team of space shuttle astronauts who witness the end of the world and travel back in time to prevent the disaster from occurring. Weller was seen on the big screen again in 2003, playing Cardinal Driscoll, a high-ranking church official given to ungodly actions in the secret sect thriller "The Order."
Weller has also stepped behind the camera as a director, helming episodes of "Homicide: Life on the Streets" and "Odyssey 5" and the telepics "Partners" (1993) and Elmore Leonard's "Gold Coast" (1997). But for the most part, Weller stuck to acting. After a brief hiatus from feature films, he returned to the big screen in 2000 with a vengeance. In "Shadow Hours," he played a shady character claiming to be a writer who convinces a gas station attendant (Balthazar Getty) to join him on a journey through the hellish and depraved world of underground S&M clubs and pit fitting in Los Angeles. After playing a megastar landed by Hollywood's über-talent agent (Danny Huston) in "Ivan'sXTC," a modern take on Leo Tolstoy's Death of Ivan Illyich, he played a State Department official in Paris in "Falling Through."
Weller then played an innocent security inadvertently carrying a lethal toxin in the Cinemax thriller, "Contaminated Man" (2000). After appearing in the straight-to-video thriller, "Styx" (2001), about an ex-robber dragged into One Last Heist by his gambling-addicted brother, Weller popped up for the last five minutes as a hotshot record producer in "Undiscovered" (2005), an insipid romantic drama about fame-hungry singers guided by random fate and superficial ambitions. The "Glitter"-wannabe remained true to its name by failing to crack seven figures in wide release opening weekend.
|Ali MacGraw. met on set of "Just Tell Me What You Want" in 1980; no longer together|
|Sela Ward. co-starred in the drama series "Sisters"|
|North Texas State University, Denton , Texas|
|American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York , New York|
|Made professional stage debut in David Rabe's "Sticks and Bones" two weeks after graduating from AADA|
|TV acting debut in the movie, "The Man Without a Country"|
|Screen acting debut in "Butch and Sundance: The Early Years"|
|First received top billing in a feature in his fourth film, the Canadian horror film, "Of Unknown Origin"|
|Starred in the cult hit, "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension"|
|Starred as the title character in the hit feature, "RoboCop"|
|Made directing debut with short film "Partners" (aired on Showtime as part of the series "Directed By"|
|Directed the Showtime movie "Elmore Leonard's 'Gold Coast'", starring David Caruso; also helmed the pilot episode of Caruso's CBS series "Michael Hayes"|
|Co-starred with Balthazar Getty in "Shadow Hours"|
|Had featured role in the USA Network movie "Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula"|
|Starred in the Showtime sci-fi series "Odyssey 5"|
|Co-starred in "Undiscovered," a film about a group of aspiring entertainers trying to establish careers for themselves in the city of Los Angeles|
|Joined the cast of FOX's drama "24" in season five as federal agent, Christopher Henderson|