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Peter Appel

A popular character actor, Appel was schooled in England, first at Rogers Williams College in London and then as an invited member of the British Theater Association's prestigious Acting Program. He then studied statewise, earning a Master in Fine Arts as an artist-in-residence at Brandeis University.

Appel is a director's actor, and his impressive filmography includes Alan Pakula's Presumed Innocent, Tony Scott's Days of Thunder, Mike Nichols' Regarding Henry, Paul Verhoeven's blockbuster Basic Instinct, Woody Allen's Shadows and Fog, Luc Besson's The Professional, and Barry Levinson's Sleepers, to name a few. He has also appeared in The Saint of Fort Washington, Man of the House, Extreme Measures and the award-winning indie hit, Big Night.

Appel has guest-starred in many of television's hit dramatic programs such as Law and Order, Young Indiana Jones, NYPD Blue and Here and Now. He also co-starred in the NBC movie Sammy The Bull Gravano, based on the memoirs of the right-hand henchman whose turn testimony helped convict reputed mob boss John Gotti.

The classically-trained actor has long been a favorite of the NY Shakespeare Festival, performing on-stage in Henry IV, Part I, Richard II, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Titus Andronicus, Taming of the Shrew, among others. His versatile stage credits also include the Playwrights Horizon production of Saved From Obscurity, the Minetta Lane Theatre production of Marvin's Room, and the Worth Street presentations of The Coyote Bleeds and Measure For Measure.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Peter Appel Facts

BirthdayOctober 19, 1959 (63)
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

Selected Filmography

Presumed Innocent
Regarding Henry
Man Of The House
Big Night
Extreme Measures
Personal Foul
Roger Dodger
Mr. Wonderful
Putney Swope
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