Peter Jason

Peter Jason

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Birthday: 
22 July 1944, Hollywood, California, USA
Birth Name: 
Peter Edward Ostling
Height: 
180 cm
Excellent, prolific and versatile character actor Peter Jason was born on July 22, 1944, in Hollywood, CA, and grew up in Balboa. He attended Newport Beach Elementary School, Horace Ensign Junior High and Newport Harbor High School. He originally planned on being a football player, but fell in love with acting after playing the lead in a high schoo... Show more »
Excellent, prolific and versatile character actor Peter Jason was born on July 22, 1944, in Hollywood, CA, and grew up in Balboa. He attended Newport Beach Elementary School, Horace Ensign Junior High and Newport Harbor High School. He originally planned on being a football player, but fell in love with acting after playing the lead in a high school production of "The Man Who Came to Dinner." Following his high school graduation he attended Orange Coast Junior College and did a season of summer stock at the Peterborough Playhouse in New Hampshire. He then studied as a drama major at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, PA. More stage work followed with the acting group the South Coast Repertory Company. He made his film debut in Howard Hawks' final film, Rio Lobo (1970) (which Jason says is one of his favorites). He worked with Orson Welles on the uncompleted The Other Side of the Wind as an actor, boom operator, prop man and even cook for the cast and crew. Jason has appeared in many films for director Walter Hill; he's especially memorable as the racist redneck bartender in 48 Hrs. (1982). He has also appeared in many films for director John Carpenter: he's very engaging as the jolly Dr. Paul Leahy in Prince of Darkness (1987) and was terrific as underground guerrilla army leader Gilbert in They Live (1988). Other notable roles include a sinister government agent in Dreamscape (1984), rugged Maj. G.F. Devin in Clint Eastwood's Heartbreak Ridge (1986), jerky detective Fedorchuk in Alien Nation (1988), a newspaper reporter in Seabiscuit (2003) and the U.S. president in Alien Apocalypse (2005). Jason recently had a recurring role as dissolute gambler Con Stapleton in the superbly gritty cable Western TV series Deadwood (2004). He also had a regular part as Capt. Skip Gleason on Mike Hammer, Private Eye (1997). Among the many TV shows Peter has done guest spots on are Desperate Housewives (2004), Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996), Nash Bridges (1996), Coach (1989), The Golden Girls (1985), Murder, She Wrote (1984), Married with Children (1987), Roseanne (1988), Dear John (1988), Quantum Leap (1989), Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993), B.J. and the Bear (1978), The Incredible Hulk (1978), Gunsmoke (1955) and Hawaii Five-O (1968). In addition to his substantial film and TV show credits, Jason has acted in over 150 plays and hundreds of TV commercials. An accomplished baritone vocalist, Jason has sung in such musical stage productions as "The Music Man" (this is one of his favorite plays), "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off," "The Roar of the Greasepaint" and "Threepenny Opera" (as Mack the Knife). He's been married to his wife Eileen for 33 years. In his spare time he makes his own furniture with found, recycled wood. Show less «

Peter Jason's FILMOGRAPHY

NCIS - Season 17

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Deadwood: The Movie

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Baskets - Season 4

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Arrested Development - Season 5

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NCIS - Season 16

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Baskets - Season 3

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Roseanne - Season 10

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The Other Side of the Wind

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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Longmire - Season 6

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Baskets - Season 2

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Longmire - Season 5

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Sister Cities

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Hail, Caesar!

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River Guard

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CSI - Season 16

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Scorpion - Season 1

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Arrested Development - Season 4

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Willow Creek

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Robosapien: Rebooted

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CSI - Season 12

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Justified - Season 1

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Chuck - Season 3

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Peter Jason'S roles

Reporter Max
Reporter Max
Duty Sergeant
Duty Sergeant
Richard
Richard
Adm. Victor
Adm. Victor
McSimms
McSimms
Ben Blum
Ben Blum
Cowboy Bartender
Cowboy Bartender
Dr. Paul Leahy
Dr. Paul Leahy
Norman Gates
Norman Gates
Mr. Paul
Mr. Paul
Defense Attorney
Defense Attorney
Gilbert
Gilbert
Chuck Fleming
Chuck Fleming
Master Boyd
Master Boyd
Henry Beechwood
Henry Beechwood
Uncle Jim
Uncle Jim
Con Stapleton
Con Stapleton
Coach Creagar
Coach Creagar
Jeff
Jeff
Storage Dave
Storage Dave
Manager
Manager
Larry Foundry
Larry Foundry
Manny
Manny