Peter Jurasik

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    • Peter broke into the Hollywood as a comedy writer and performed in a sketch comedy. He has noted, "That's what saved my (expletive) basically. It was a great way to get going, and it also started to showcase me as a performer ..." However, once he succeeded at acting he didn't want to return to writing.

    • Peter moved to California because of his girlfriend's dream. In a 2007 interview, he noted, "My girlfriend at the time had a dream and said, 'Oh, I had a dream that you went to Los Angeles,' so at 25 years old it seemed like a perfectly good reason to go."

    • On April 21, 2007, Peter was one of six local Wilmington, N.C. performers and personalities who were part of a radio story telling event, "Many Stories to Tell," on WHQR. The theme of the event was "family ties." Mr. Jurasik teaches locally at University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

    • Peter has one sister.

    • Peter attended the University of New Hampshire, graduating with an acting degree.

    • Peter has done commercials for Budweiser, Time Magazine, and Allstate Insurance.

    • Peter worked with his future Babylon 5 co-star Bruce Boxleitner in the movie "Tron".

    • Peter had an uncredited role in the movie "Enemy Mine".

    • Peter is a member of the comedy group Village Idiots.

    • In 1996 Peter won a Universe Reader's Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Genre TV Series for Babylon 5 from "Sci-Fi Universe Magazine".

    • Peter is married and has one son.

    • Peter is 5'10 ½" (1.79 m) tall.

    • Peter won the Reader's Universe award for 'Best Supporting Actor in a Genre TV Series' in 1996.

    • Peter did a voice role for a Doctor Who audio story, "Winter For The Adept," in July 2000.

    • Peter wrote a science-fiction novel, "Diplomatic Act" in 1998.

    • Peter teaches acting at the University Of North Carolina at Wilmington.

  • Quotes

    • Peter: There's nothing like having no money and no friends to get you to work.

    • Peter: As an actor you need to stand in front of a mirror every five years and ask yourself, "Who am I anyway?"

    • Peter (On the transition from musicals into drama): You know it's funny, because only in an intellectual way was I more satisfied. At that point I only had vague ideas of what a career as an actor really meant, so I thought it was all (a) means to get a better motorcycle and meet girls. … I guess Laurence Olivier or somebody said, "No one should even be acting, or really is acting, before they're 30."

    • Peter: As a young actor, I thought that I was a great dramatic actor, so I hated the fact that I was walking around in plaid vests and hats singing, "Oh, what a beautiful morning" [laughs]. … I was too young to appreciate the fact that I was making $500 or $600 a week as an actor, and instead of saying gee, that money is piling up, I walked away from that work in New York and went into repertory for a number of years in small theaters.

    • Peter: I'm very cautious about talking about how actors got where they got, as though there is in fact a plan or a way. There is no plan, there is no way, there's no sure set, there's no handbook, on how to get to be an actor.

    • Peter: That was my aspiration, so I was there in a seminary with just boys who were studying to be priests. Pretty rigorous schooling; we never got home, we stayed there all year. So when I was 13, I basically left home and never returned and lived at home again. I would come home for a week at Christmas and two weeks in the summer only.

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