Peter Coyote Biography

(Actor, Screenwriter, Director)
Peter Coyote

Birthday: October 10, 1941 (Libra)

Born In: Manhattan, New York, United States

Peter Coyote is an American actor, director, author, narrator and screenwriter. He is known for his roles in the movies ‘Cross Creek,’ ‘Patch Adams,’ ‘Jagged Edge,’ ‘A Walk to Remember,’ and ‘Good Kill.’ As a narrator, he is known for his work in the documentary ‘The Roosevelts’ for which he earned an Emmy Award. Raised in a cultural and intellectual environment, Coyote’s interest in both acting and politics started in high school. In college, he, alongside eleven other students, fasted for three days during the Cuban Missile crisis, supporting then-President John F. Kennedy's "peace race". After earning a BA degree in English Literature, Coyote attended San Francisco State University to study creative writing. He later became a part of the San Francisco Mime Troupe and began writing, directing, and acting in plays before venturing into films and television as well. The talented personality is also an amateur photographer.

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Also Known As: Robert Peter Cohon

Age: 80 Years, 80 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Eileen Ewing (m. 1965 - div. 1972), Marilyn McCann (m. 1975 - div. 1998), Stefanie Pleet (m. 1998 - div. 2015)

father: Morris Cohon

mother: Ruth Cohon

children: Ariel Coyote

Born Country: United States

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Height: 6'3" (190 cm), 6'3" Males

Ancestry: Russian American

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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education: San Francisco State University, Grinnell College

Childhood & Early Life
Peter Coyote was born as Robert Peter Cohon on October 10, 1941 in New York City, New York, USA to Ruth and Morris Cohon, who worked as an investment banker.
He was raised in a highly cultural but non-religious family. He attended Dwight Morrow High School and later enrolled at Grinnell College. During his time in college, he changed his name to “Coyote.”
He had a keen interest in politics, and organized a group of twelve students and flew to Washington during the Cuban Missile Crisis to support John F. Kennedy's "peace race".
After graduating from college in 1964 with a degree in English literature, Coyote enrolled at San Francisco State University.
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Peter Coyote initially joined the radical political street theatre San Francisco Mime Troupe and began acting, directing and writing scripts.
From 1967 to 1975, he was active in the San Francisco counterculture community. During this time, he also co-founded an anarchist group called Diggers and began creating theatre events for the same.
In the early 1970s, he was employed by the San Francisco Arts Commission’s historical Neighborhood Arts Program (NAP). In 1975, he joined California Arts Council and served as its member until 1983. He resumed acting in 1978 with plays at the Magic Theatre.
His big screen career began with the 1980 comedy-drama ‘Die Laughing’. Soon after this, the actor had his first starring role in ‘Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann’, an action adventure by William Dear.
He played a role in the courtroom drama thriller flick ‘Jagged Edge,’ which was released in 1985. In 1990, Coyote made a guest appearance on the TV drama ‘Road to Avonlea’ and garnered his first Emmy Award nomination.
During the early 2000s, he had lead roles in the series ‘The Inside’ and ‘The 4400’. He next played the Vice President of the United States in ABC's ‘Commander in Chief’.
Following a role in the series ‘Brothers & Sisters,’ he narrated ‘Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room’. He then created the political television show ‘The Active Opposition’ in 2006.
The actor narrated PBS’ documentary ‘Torturing Democracy’ (2008), which highlighted the employment of "enhanced interrogation techniques” by George W. Bush’s government in the so-called “War on Terror.”
He narrated 15 episodes of the ‘National Geographic Explorer’ in the 2000s. In 2010, he narrated the documentary ‘Solitary Confinement.’
Major Work
In 2014, Peter Coyote narrated the documentary series ‘The Roosevelts: An Intimate History’ and won his first Primetime Emmy Award. Produced and directed by Ken Burns, the documentary miniseries details the lives of the three well-known members of the Roosevelt family: Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of US, Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of US, and Eleanor Roosevelt, US’s longest-serving First Lady.
Family & Personal Life
Peter Coyote has been married three times. From 1965 to 1972, he was married to Eileen Ewing. In 1975, he married Marilyn McCann and had one child with her. The couple separated in 1998.
Peter Coyote married Stefanie Pleet in 1998. They divorced in 2015.
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Primetime Emmy Awards
2015 Outstanding Narrator The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014)

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