Peter Strauss Biography
Peter Lawrence Strauss is an American television and movie actor, known for his roles in several television miniseries in the 1970s and 1980s. At present he plays Abel Roznovski in Kane and Abel, the TV miniseries from Jeffrey Archer's book of the same title. Strauss runs a successful citrus production business and is on the advisory board of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. He became most well known for his television roles such as on the series, "The Jericho Mile" (1979) for which he earned an Emmy Award. He also appeared on "Rich Man, Poor Man" and earned an Emmy Award nomination. Other roles on television included, "Season of Love" (1999) and "Moloney" (1996).
Peter Strauss was born on February 20th, 1947 in New York City, New York with the birth name Peter Lawrence Strauss and was raised in Croton-on-Hudson in New York. Peter first became interested in acting when he would go see the Croton Shakespeare Festival. During the summer time he began acting with various stock companies and also went to school at the Hackley School for Boys in Tarrytown New York. In 1969 he earned his college degree from Northwestern University and began focusing on a career in acting. He has also ppeared in productions of "As You Like It" and "Romeo and Juliet" with the Croton Shakespeare Festival while still a teenager. He also worked in summer stock while attending Northwestern University's famed acting program. Upon graduation and starting his acting career, he moved to the West Coast, married Beverly Baker Paulding in 1973. He won an Emmy Award for his role on the 1979 made-for-television movie The Jericho Mile, and he starred in a television remake of the classic 1946 film Angel on My Shoulder in 1980. His other noted television miniseries credits include starring roles in Rich Man, Poor Man, its sequel Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, and Masada. Strauss plays Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. in the 1977 TV movie Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy. Strauss was also cast in numerous television movies such as, "Proud Men" (1987), "Reunion" (1980), "The Yearling" (1994), "A Father's Choice" (2000), "Kane & Able" (1985), "Texas Justice" (1995) and "Murder on the Orient Express" (2001). As his career has progressed he has been seen on, "State of the Union" (2008-2010) and the series, "Law & Order" (2010). He remains married to his third wife, Rachel Ticotin whom he wed in 1998. Strauss starred in the films Soldier Blue (1970) and Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983), and has appeared in several others. He voiced the character of Justin, Captain of the Guard, in the 1982 animated film The Secret of NIMH, and he subsequently named his son Justin for the character. Strauss starred as an abused husband in the television movie Men Don't Tell, alongside Judith Light. A more recent film in which he appears is XXX: State of the Union (2005). He was the voice of Moses in the animated series K10C: Kids' Ten Commandments. He starred in the short-lived series Body & Soul as Dr. Isaac Braun in 2002. He provided the voice for Stoker Van Rotten in both the 1990s and 2006 versions of Biker Mice From Mars.
Strauss' many television credits include starring in the TV films Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy (1977) (TV), Angel on My Shoulder (1980) (TV), A Whale for the Killing (1981) (TV), Heart of Steel (1983) (TV), Under Siege (1986) (TV), _Penalty Phase (1986) (TV)_, Proud Men (1987) (TV), 83 Hours 'Til Dawn (1990) (TV), Fugitive Among Us (1992) (TV), Men Don't Tell (1993) (TV), Thicker Than Blood (1998) (TV), Reunion (1980) (TV), The Yearling (1994) (TV), In the Lake of the Woods (1996) (TV), My Father's Shadow: The Sam Sheppard Story (1998) (TV), A Father's Choice (2000) (TV) and Murder on the Orient Express (2001) (TV), as well as the miniseries "Tender Is the Night" (1985), "Kane & Abel" (1985), Brotherhood of the Rose (1989) (TV), Trial: The Price of Passion (1992) (TV) and Texas Justice (1995) (TV). His latest mini-series appearances were Seasons of Love (1999) (TV), with Rachel Ward and Hume Cronyn, (which he executive-produced) and as La Hire in the CBS four-hour mini-series Joan of Arc (2005) (TV).