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.
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.