Peter Berg

  • Birth Name: Peter Winkler Berg
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer, Screenwriter
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Fast Facts

  • Delivered pizzas in college and worked on the docks in San Pedro, CA, before breaking into acting (in a 1988 episode of the FOX drama 21 Jump Street).
  • Made his film debut in the 1989 buddy comedy Never on Tuesday.
  • His breakout TV role, Dr. Billy Kronk on Chicago Hope (1995-99), led to his writing and directorial debuts, both on the CBS medical drama.
  • Directed his first film, the dark comedy Very Bad Things, in 1998.
  • Was robbed at gunpoint while scouting locations in Brazil for the 2003 action flick The Rundown. (It ended up being filmed in Hawaii.)
  • Directed the 2004 drama Friday Night Lights, which was adapted from a nonfiction book of the same name by his cousin, H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger.

Awards

  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee

Relationships

  • Sally Berg — Mother
  • Estella Warren — Ex-significant Other
  • Elizabeth Rogers — Ex-wife
  • Whitney Cummings — Ex-significant Other
  • Larry Berg — Father
  • Mary Berg — Sister
  • H.G. 'Buzz' Bissinger — Cousin
  • Emmett Berg — Son

College

  • Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, United States (BA in Theater, 1984)

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