- Son of Walter Jacobson, a former Chicago news anchor.
- Broke into TV with a small role in a 1993 episode of NYPD Blue.
- Has done extensive work as a character actor in movies and TV, including a memorable recurring role on Law & Order as attorney Randy Dworkin, a starring role in the cable miniseries The Starter Wife and a major role in the hit series House.
- Received a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Drama in 2006 for Good Night, and Good Luck.
- Received a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Drama for House.
- 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- Whitney Scott — Wife
- Walter Jacobson — Father
- Emanual Jacobson — Son
- Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, United States (1987); The Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States (1991)
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- Birth Name: Peter S. Jacobson
- Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
- Profession: Actor
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