Peter Coyote

PETER COYOTE (Bill Davis) has made his mark performing for some of the world’s most distinguished filmmakers. Born in the East, Coyote began film-acting in the late seventies, however it was Walter Hill’s chilling Vietnam parable, Southern Comfort which brought Peter to the attention of Steven Spielberg who cast him as the sympathetic scientist in his now classic E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial.

Since then, he has created strong characterizations in a broad range of feature films, among them: Cross Creek, Timerider, Heartbreakers, The Legend of Billie Jean, Outrageous Fortune, The Man in Love and Moonlight and Valentino. Most recently he appeared as Barnes in Barry Levinson’s Sphere, co-starring Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson and Sharon Stone.

Coyote has also starred in a number of exceptional television movies and miniseries, among them: A Seduction in Travis County, Living a Lie, Privileged Information, The People vs. Jean Harris, Echoes in the Darkness and Buffalo Girls. Most recently, he played Jim Bowie in the TNT production, Two For Texas.

Onstage, he performed often at San Francisco’s illustrious Magic Theatre and starred in Martin Epstein’s two plays, Charles the Irrelevant (written for him) and Autobiography of a Pearl Diver, as well as the world premiere of Sam Shepard’s True West.

Prior to taking twelve years off to pursue "absolute freedom" during the 1960s, Peter had been an actor-writer-director at the San Francisco Mime Troupe where one of Mr. Coyote’s plays (Olive Pits, co-authored with Peter Berg) and performances, won the troupe a coveted OBIE from New York’s Village Voice newspaper in 1967.

Mr. Coyote has written a memoir of his Sixties adventures called Sleeping Where I Fall, now in its fifth printing by Counterpoint Press. A chapter from the book, "Carla’s Story," won the 1993/94 Pushcart Prize for excellence in non-fiction. He is preparing to direct an original screenplay called Crimes of Opportunity for Lion’s Gate Films, and scripting the pilot of an original series called 5150 for CBS-TV.

He recently finished production on the feature film Random Hearts, directed by Sydney Pollack, starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott-Thomas (his co-star form Bitter Moon).

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