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Peter Horton

Three-time Emmy Award nominee Peter Horton has established himself as a writer, director, actor and producer since his breakthrough role on the hit ABC series thirtysomething. Behind the camera, Horton has worked feverishly to establish himself as one of the most respected and successful producers and directors of drama series. For Horton's latest project, NBC's The Philanthropist, he relocated to Capetown, South Africa to produce and direct the series.

Horton's previous projects include Dirty, Sexy Money, Six Degrees and Grey's Anatomy. In addition to directing the pilot episode of Grey's Anatomy, for which he received an Emmy Nomination and a DGA nomination, Horton also directed perhaps the most memorable two-part episode that aired after the 2006 Superbowl and the following week, for which he also received a DGA nomination. From his tremendous success as executive producer and director of Grey's, Horton was asked to be an executive producer on Six Degrees.

Horton made his feature film directorial debut with Universal Pictures' The Cure, a touching story about two young boys, one who has AIDS, who set out to find a cure. He has the distinction of having directed five pilots, all of which were green-lit to become series: Class of '96, Birdland, Grey's Anatomy, Dirty, Sexy Money and The Philanthropist. Horton also directed the telefilm Extreme Close-up and episodes including Gun, Once and Again, The Shield, and Line of Fire.

Currently, Horton is developing multiple projects through his Pico Creek Productions, including Infidelity, a limited series he wrote and will direct and produce with Mark Gordon. Horton also recently sold a pilot to the CW and has another in development at A&E.

When not crafting a television series, Horton has penned articles, including one for Los Angeles Times Magazine, about the death of GM's electric car the EV1. His passion for the environment also led to his appearance in Who Killed the Electric Car, and his chair on the executive forum board of the National Resources Defense Council and the board of directors of the Environmental Alliance, a Washington D.C. based voter advocacy group.

Horton also recently had his essay A Neighborly Day for a Beauty published in a collection entitled Afterbirth by St. Martin's Press.

Horton resides with his wife and two daughters in Santa Monica, California.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.
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Peter Horton Facts

OccupationActor, Director, Producer
BirthdayAugust 20, 1953 (69)
BirthplaceBellevue, Washington, USA
Height6' 2" (1m88)  How tall is Peter Horton compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Arsenic and Old Lace
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Man About Town
thirtysomething: Season 1
thirtysomething: Season 3
thirtysomething: Season 2
Shaun of the Dead
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