Peter Coyote Biography

Peter Coyote is an American actor, director, author, narrator and screenwriter. Check out this biography to know about his birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him.

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Birthday: October 10, 1941

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors Directors

Age: 78 Years, 78 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Libra

Also Known As: Robert Peter Cohon

Born in: Manhattan, New York

Famous as: Actor

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

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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education: Grinnell College, San Francisco State University

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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.

Childhood & Early Life
  • 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.’
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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.


Primetime Emmy Awards
2015 Outstanding Narrator The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014)

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