Peter Horton is an American actor, producer, and director. He is best known for appearing on ABC’s popular drama series ‘Thirtysomething’ as Professor Gary Shepherd, a role he played from 1987 to 1991. He is also known for serving as the director of ABC’s popular medical drama ‘Grey's Anatomy’ as well as NBC's action drama series ‘The Philanthropist’. Born in Bellevue, Washington to a ship captain, Horton studied at Redwood High School in California and later graduated from Principia College in Illinois. He studied acting at Santa Barbara Repertory Company and also holds a degree in music composition from University of California. Previously married to actress Michelle Pfeiffer, the talented actor currently lives with his present wife Nicole Deputron and their two daughters. Besides acting, he loves playing classical piano and often creates compositions of his own. An active environmentalist, Horton has worked with various campaigns for the Environmental Media Association.
Peter Horton has appeared in the television programs ‘The White Shadow,’ ‘St. Elsewhere,’ ‘Eight Is Enough,’ ‘The Geena Davis Show’ and ‘Dallas.’ From 1982 to 1983, he played the role of Crane McFadden in ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’. During this time, he also featured in ‘Split Image’, a Canadian drama flick that tells the story of a college athlete who engages in a youth-oriented cult and his family's efforts to bring him home. The actor next starred in the horror movie ‘Children of the Corn’.
Following a role in the feature flick ‘Where the River Runs Black’, he joined the cast of ABC’s ‘Thirtysomething’ as Professor Gary Shepherd in 1987. That year, he also starred as Harry Landers in the satirical comedy ‘Amazon Women on the Moon’ opposite his then-wife Michelle Pfeiffer.
In the year 1990, Horton played an ex-volleyball champ in ‘Sideout’. Two years later, he had a minor role in the romantic comedy ‘Singles’. The film, starring Bridget Fonda, Kyra Sedgwick, Campbell Scott and Matt Dillon, was a moderate success. After this, he did the movie ‘Two Days in the Valley’ which released in 1996. The following year, the actor appeared in the television adaption of Jon Krakauer’s ‘Into Thin Air: Death on Everest’. During 1998 and 1999, he featured as a lead actor in the short-lived drama ‘Brimstone’. In 2006, he starred in the documentary film ‘Who Killed the Electric Car?’
As a director, Peter Horton has contributed to a number of TV shows including ‘Thirtysomething’, ‘The Shield’, ‘Once and Again’, ‘The Wonder Years’, ‘Class of '96’, ‘Dirty Sexy Money’, ‘Reconstruction’ and ‘The Philanthropist’, to name a few. He has also directed the 1990 TV movie ‘Extreme Close-up’ and the 1995 film ‘The Cure’.
As a producer, Horton has produced the drama series ‘Reconstruction,’ ‘Lone Star,’ ‘The Body Politic,’ ‘The Philanthropist,’ ‘Grey's Anatomy,’ ‘Murder Live’ and ‘Six Degrees.’
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Peter Horton was born on August 20, 1953, in Bellevue, Washington, USA. He has attended Redwood High School, Principia College and University of California. In the 1970s, he dated actress Valerie Harper. From 1981 to 1988, he was married to actress Michelle Pfeiffer. Since 1995, the actor has been married to Nicole Deputron. The couple has two daughters: Lily and Ruby. Horton is a brother-in-law of former White House Plumber Egil Krogh who was convicted in the early 1970s Watergate scandal.