Peter was nominated for 3 SAG Awards from 1996-1998 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Chicago Hope.
Peter is a big fan of "secret agent" books. Especially anything written by Robert Ludlum or Alistair MacLaine.
Peter was romantically linked to model Estella Warren from 2001 to 2006.
Peter says that the creator of Chicago Hope, David E. Kelly, contacted him and asked if he'd like to play the part of "Dr. Billy Kronk" on the show. Berg admits that he thought taking the role would be a good way of getting to meet Michelle Pfeiffer.
As a child it was Peter's dream to grow up and become an ER doctor.
Peter gave an interview on the set of The Kingdom during which, as a joke, he punched star Jennifer Garner in the stomach, believing that her Kevlar vest would protect her. However, the vest was not filled with bullet-proof material, but ice which had melted. Garner wasn't hurt, but did fake a broken rib in order to pay Berg back.
Before becoming an actor, Peter worked as both a pizza delivery man and a dock worker.
While in Brazil making the 2003 film The Rundown, Peter was robbed at gunpoint. The crime forced Berg to relocate the shoot to Hawaii.
Peter appeared in the music video for Sheryl Crow's "Leaving Las Vegas" in 1993.
In 2007, Peter was nominated for two different awards for the television series Friday Night Lights. A Writers Guild of America Award in the category of "Best New Series" and an Emmy Award in the category of "Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series."
Peter graduated from Macalester College in Minneapolis where he studied Drama.
Peter was married to Elizabeth Rogers from 1993 to 1996.
Peter says he left Chicago Hope in 1999 because he was afraid that he would forever be thought of as "a doctor from a TV show."
Peter is 6'1" with brown hair and blue eyes. He is also left-handed.
On June 19, 2007 Peter was one of 115 people to be admitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which is the group whose members vote on Academy Award nomination ballots.
Peter: The cast of Chicago Hope is one of the most volatile casts that I've heard of in the history of television.
Peter: I'm very anti-Million Dollar Baby. I think it's a rotten message! When we were filming Friday Night Lights we had a kid break his neck, a 15-year-old, who became a quadriplegic. For that youngster to see Eastwood's new film, and hear it's message, is appalling. To go and see that that movie and come away thinking that Hilary Swank's [character is] better off dead and that the noble thing was for Clint Eastwood to choke her to death before she's even had a real chance to process the shock. I have a problem with that movie. It's offensive!
Peter: (on why he made the movie "Very Bad Things") I was becoming frustrated with how unprovocative movies are today. It was rare that I'd go to a film and feel anything. I remember going to see Rosemary's Baby for the first time and feeling like I might be in some form of jeopardy sitting there in that room. So I tried to make a film that made audiences feel legitimately threatened.
Peter: If you're looking to spin a sports issue into a positive, sports is sort of the great equalizer. It brings together races and religions, very organically.
Peter: I moved to Los Angeles thinking I was going to go to film school – I remember looking at AFI or UCLA, thinking I'd go to one of those two schools, but didn't. Instead, I ended up getting jobs on film – working in all areas of production. So, I never went to film school. Never took a film class.
Peter: There is no opportunity apart from the opportunities you make for yourself.
Peter: (On directing vs. acting) Acting is something that is fun. Truly, as corny and bullshit-y as it sounds, the greatest acting experiences I've ever had were doing plays in college. I mean that was fun; that was real balls-out acting. Movie acting is a whole 'nother thing, so I don't miss that. I love acting, I believe in it, but for me, now, this side of the game is much more interesting.