In 2015, Peter won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Narrator in his work on The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: Get Action (1858-1901)
Peter has a completely re-built 1964 Dodge 4x4 Town Wagon that he has owned since 1969.
He won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Program at the 1993 News & Documentary Emmy Awards for his role as the Narrator in the documentary The Pacific Century.
Peter is a songwriter who sings and plays the guitar.
In 1964, Peter graduated with a B.A. in English Literature.
He was a member of a radically political theatre performance troupe. They were called "The San Francisco Mime Troupe".
Peter was a member of twelve organizers that traveled to Washington, DC during the Cuban Missile Crisis. They were supporting President Kennedy's "peace race". The President invited his group to come into the White House which was they first time that protesters had been invited into the White House. They talked to the President and McGeorge Bundy for several hours.
Pter tested for the role of Indiana Jones in the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. The role eventually went to actor Harrison Ford.
Peter became an actor when he was 39.
Peter spent 15 years in the counter culture of the 1960s. He wrote a memoir at this time entitiled Sleeping Where I Fall that has sold five hardback printings and has two paperback editions. A chapter in the book entitled "Carla's Story" won the Pushcart Prize for Excellence in Non-Fiction in the years 1993 and 1994.
Peter was married to Marilyn McCann. They were married in 1975 but divorced in 1998. They have one son and one daughter together.
Peter and actress Glen Close narrarated the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Utah.
He is currently married to Stefanie Pleet. They were married in 1998.
Peter has done many voiceovers and radio adverts. His voice has been compared to Henry Fonda's voice.
Peter is 6' 3" tall.
Peter: Acting is about discovering what's true in the moment. It's playing jazz on your own nervous system.
Peter: I'm a Zen-Buddhist student first, actor second. If I can't reconcile the two lives, I'll stop acting. I spend more time off-screen than on.
Peter: Nobody hires me because I look like Richard Gere. I'm not that kind of guy. I get hired basically because I'm good at what I do and I'm smart. I'm one of a number of actors who are really there to serve the script.
Peter: TV has just decimated intellectual life in this country. I don't like it, and I don't watch it. Occasionally, though, something of quality will come through that piques my interest.