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Peter Berg

Peter Berg has enjoyed success as a writer, director, producer and actor, having recently directed the 2009 action hit Hancock, starring Will Smith in the title role.

Berg made his feature film directorial debut (from his own original screenplay) with the 1998 cult favorite Very Bad Things, which starred Cameron Diaz, John Favreau and Christian Slater and earned kudos at the Deauville (France) and San Sebastian (Spain) film festivals. He went on to direct the actioner The Rundown, starring Dwayne Johnson and Christopher Walken, and returned to the action genre with the war drama The Kingdom, which starred Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner and Chris Cooper. He also executive produced the offbeat independent comedy Lars and the Real Girl, starring Ryan Gosling.

Berg is also known for his fierce portrait of high-school football in the 2004 film adaptation of H.G. Bissinger's blistering bestseller "Friday Night Lights,€ which starred Billy Bob Thornton. The film's success, both in theaters and on DVD, spawned the acclaimed television series of the same name, which aired its fifth and final Emmy-nominated season in 2011. In addition to serving as the series' executive producer, Berg has also directed several episodes of the show, including the 2006 pilot, for which he earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. As one of the series' writers, he also shared a Writers Guild Award nomination for New Series.

He executive produced NBC's police procedural drama Prime Suspect, starring Maria Bello, and is the creator/executive producer for the HBO documentary series On Freddie Roach, which aired in January 2012.

He previously executive produced the medical drama series Trauma and created and executive produced the ABC drama series Wonderland, for which he also wrote and directed episodes. He got his start as a writer and director earlier in his career on David E. Kelley's critically acclaimed series Chicago Hope, on which he also starred for three seasons as the brash, hockey-playing surgeon, Dr. Billy Kronk.

As an actor, Berg's recent film work includes roles in Robert Redford's Lions for Lambs, starring with Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise; Smokin' Aces, for director Joe Carnahan; and Michael Mann's Collateral, with Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx. His additional film acting credits include Cop Land, The Great White Hype, John Dahl's The Last Seduction, A Midnight Clear and Late for Dinner.

In addition to his current project, Battleship, the New York native (and son of a naval historian) is also developing several projects under his Film 44 banner, including another Middle Eastern thriller, Lone Survivor, the film adaptation of Marcus Luttrell's gut-wrenching true tale of an ambush by Taliban forces in Afghanistan that killed Luttrell's three Navy SEAL comrades and nearly cost him his own life.

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Peter Berg Facts

OccupationDirector, Screenwriter, Actor
BirthdayMarch 11, 1964 (58)
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is Peter Berg compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Patriot's Day
Deepwater Horizon
Patriots Day
Lone Survivor
The Kingdom
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