Fast Facts

  • Plays the bagpipes.
  • Intended to become a paleontologist before switching his focus to acting.
  • First film appearance was in 1981's Dragonslayer; he made his Broadway debut that same year in Crimes of the Heart.
  • Won the coveted role of Stingo in 1982's Sophie's Choice even though at 5 ft. 7 in., he was too short to play a character who was supposed to be over 6 ft. tall. Wore cowboy boots with 4-inch heels to his audition and later padded them with packs of tissues in order to stand taller.
  • Asked for an early departure from his role as hospital lawyer Alan Birch on David E. Kelley's Chicago Hope when he learned that Kelley wouldn't be involved in the medical drama as much.
  • In 2007, he kept busy on the small screen as crime-solving physicist Dr. Larry Fleinhardt on the CBS drama Numb3rs and trouble-making government official Tom Lennox on the Fox series 24.
  • Returned to TV for a recurring role as a pediatrician on the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy in 2010.

Awards

  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner

Relationships

  • Becky MacNicol Gregory — Sister
  • Marsue Cumming MacNicol — Wife
  • John MacNicol — Father
  • Barbara MacNicol — Mother

College

  • Attended University of Dallas, Irving, TX; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (BFA in Theatre Arts, 1976)

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  • Birth Name: Peter MacNicol
  • Birth Place: Dallas, TX
  • Birthday: April 10, 1954, Aries
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Writer
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