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Peter Weller Biography

Birth Name:
Peter Frederick Weller
Birth Place:
Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States
Actor, director

Fast Facts

  • Made professional stage debut in David Rabe's Sticks and Bones in 1971, two weeks after graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York
  • While filming 1987's RoboCop, had to endure six and a half hours of prosthetic makeup, plus an hour and a half of getting into the suit, putting in an eight-hour day before filming could begin
  • Plays jazz trumpet in a group called Three Guys from Italy, with Jeff Goldblum on keyboards
  • Has an avid interest in ancient Rome and lectures on the subject as an occasional professor at Syracuse University
  • Enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures
  • Education is an issue he uses his celebrity status to draw attention to, particularly pre-school and early-elementary education
  • Participates in celebrity golf tournaments
  • Portraying the lead in RoboCop (1987) was his breakout role; in 2010, he portrayed a cop again in several episodes of Dexter


  • 2010Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2003Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated
  • 1993Oscar-Best Short Film, Live Action: nominated
  • 1992Genie Awards-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated


  • Frederick Weller -- Father
  • Dorothy Weller -- Mother
  • Sheri Stowe -- Wife