Peter Krause


Peter Krause Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Peter has been nominated for eight SAG awards. From 2002-2006, he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Six Feet Under. He won in 2003 and 2004. In 2002 and 2004 he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for Six Feet Under. In 2000 he was nominated for Outstanding Performance for an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for Sports Night.

    • Krause's theatrical credits include Time of My Life, After the Fall, Macbeth, and Uncle Vanya.

    • In high school, Peter auditioned for a play since he wanted to meet a hot girl who had green eyes. He didn't like the part he got but eventually took the girl to the prom.

    • Peter was chosen as one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive for 2007.

    • Before acting, Krause began his career writing and performing in a traveling puppet show in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    • Peter has played the character Casey McCall on two television shows. He starred as Casey in Sports Night and appeared as Casey in a Sports Night appearance on the tv in the sitcom Spin City. Spin City aired just before Sports Night on ABC.

    • Peter is 6'1 (1.85m) tall.

    • Peter's friend Camryn Manheim helped him get parts on the television shows Seinfeld, Carol and Company and Beverly Hills 90210.

    • Peter had a small role in the Jim Carrey film The Truman Show as Truman's co-worker/actor on the Truman Show.

    • Peter appeared on the cover of the March 14, 2003 issue of Entertainment Weekly Magazine as part of a Six Feet Under story (with co-star Rachel Griffiths).

    • Peter has a BA in English from Gustavus Adolphus College (1987) and an MFA in Acting from New York University (1989).

    • At a track meet in high school, Peter, as was his habit, changed on the field. After removing his sweatpants he realized he had not worn underwear.

    • Peter has one sister, Amy.

    • Peter dated Alicia Witt in 1998

    • Peter was nominated for a Best Actor in a Drama Series Emmy award in 2006 for his role in Six Feet Under.

    • On Six Feet Under, Krause originally auditioned for the part of "David Fisher" but the creator, Alan Ball, was impressed by Krause's talent and noticed he had a great chemistry with Rachel Griffiths who played "Brenda Chenowith" so he gave him the part of "Nate Fisher".

    • Both of Peter's parents were teachers. His father was a high school English teacher and his mother was a second grade teacher.

    • Peter has dated his business manager, Christine King, since 1999 and their first son, Roman, was born in 2001.

    • Peter's last name is pronounced KROW-saa.

  • Quotes

    • (remarking on his hesitation to accept his new role)
      Peter: I just didn't know if I wanted to commit to another six or seven years of television work. The film opportunities that were coming my way were great in the independent world, but in the feature world — well, if I hadn't had any other things going on, I may have very much wanted to play Nancy Drew's father. But they weren't exactly roles that were calling out to me.

    • Peter: Fart machines have become ubiquitous, it seems, in Hollywood.

    • Peter: I think that being a conscious parent opens your eyes to the fact that any adult relationships that you have, whenever children are present on a daily basis, that they're modeling how they get along with people by what they see how you get along.

    • (On Six Feet Under)
      Peter: After Sept. 11, a lot of people who do TV went back to work and thought, 'Oh, jeez. This is meaningless.' But our show is now as meaningful as ever. The basic theme of our show is, you've got this one singular life and that's it. It makes people think about themselves and their place in the world.

    • (On what his children are to do upon his death)
      Peter: They'll get to go to some places in the world that were meaningful to me, and they can scatter my ashes. It'll be sort of a Dead Dad Tour.

    • Peter: The departure at this point is that having a number of tragic events happen to you, and to those around you — I think it starts to change you.

    • Peter Krause: (Responding to a question about the depressing content of Six Feet Under) That's life man!

    • Peter Krause: I started college Pre-Med. That lasted about half a semester.

    • Peter Krause: I had done one play in high school, but then I hurt my back pole-vaulting. To meet a girl. Met the girl, took her to the prom, but I didn't like the part I got in the play.

    • Peter Krause: (On taking care of his son) I don't smack him around. I don't yell at him. And if he wants to go to the park in his pajamas, I don't care.

    • Peter Krause: And then, all of a sudden, you're like, all that's great and fun, but Arthur Miller's in my dressing room. This is the third night he's been here and he sits in my dressing room for an hour after each show, and talks to me for an hour. So I'm pretty spoiled right now.

    • Peter: Well I'm not much of a singer. But it's been a really nice time to do film, television, theater and have it all happening at once. That wasn't planned but it just happens.

    • Peter: We live in a country where people still get beaten to death because of their sexual orientation.

    • Peter: This is exactly what I have always wanted to be doing. It's been difficult to get here. I've had to do a lot of other things along the way.

    • Peter: People are first and foremost Republicans, first and foremost Anarchists, first and foremost a man or woman, and that is a mistake. It hurts the individual and it hurts the whole.

    • Peter: My bones are tired from all the tragedy in me.

    • Peter: It's part of the journey of being an actor. You have to share some personal things once in a while that you you'd rather not.

    • Peter: It sounds so trite but in relationships, you have to communicate.

    • Peter: At this point, I'm spoiled. I've actually had a really blessed career.

    • Peter: I'm very wary of large groups of people getting together and trying to believe the same thing. It never seems to end well, whether it's political or religious or whatever.

    • Peter: I'm pretty political when it comes to human rights and things like that.

    • Peter: I'm moved to think about the political state of our country right now. Most people who go out and vote have a very clear sense of what's right and wrong. And a lot of those people who don't aren't sure, so they don't go out and vote.

    • Peter: I think that every show on television has its place. I think Married With Children or, I don't know, The Nanny... some people want to go home, turn on the TV and be able to iron their clothes or grab a sandwich. Come out and catch a joke and not have to follow the story.

    • Peter: I think that being a conscious parent opens your eyes to the fact that any adult relationships that you have, whenever children are present on a daily basis, that they're modeling how they get along with people by what they see how you get along.

    • Peter: I like a lot of things about my job, but in particular I like that the actors get to come to work and explore behavior, explore people's life rules. The rules that we set up for ourselves to live by, when do we break them? When do we change them? Those are the things that turn me on about acting.