Peter Gallagher Net Worth

Peter Gallagher Net Worth 2024: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Peter Gallagher net worth is
$8 Million

Peter Gallagher Wiki Biography

Peter Killian Gallagher was born on 19 August 1955, in Manhattan, New York City USA, of part-Irish descent. Peter is an actor, writer, and musician, best known from appearances in films, but has also starred in the television series “The O.C.” as Sandy Cohen. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Peter Gallagher? As of early-2017, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $8 million, mostly earned from a successful career in acting. He’s also known for a recurring role in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, in which he plays Deputy Chief William Dodds. As he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will increase.

Peter Gallagher Net Worth $8 million

Peter attended Tufts University, and during his time there was active in theatre. He appeared in various shows such as Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” and also sang in the a cappella group called the Beelzebubs. Eventually, he made his way to Broadway and appeared in “The Real Thing”. He was the cast in the indie film “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” which earned him popularity and started to increase his net worth. In 1992, he was cast in a production of “Guys and Dolls” which also became a hit.

In 1992, he starred in “The Prayer” and then followed it up by being the comatose fiancé of Sandra Bullock in “While You Were Sleeping”. In 1999, he starred in “American Beauty” alongside Annette Bening, before taking part in “Mr. Deeds”. He was also cast in “The Last Debate” as a political reporter, before in 2003 being selected for the television show “The O.C.” in which he portrayed the Jewish public defender Sandy Cohen from 2003 to 2007, and which considerably helped continue the increase of his net worth. Thanks to the popularity of the role, he established the annual award ceremony called “The Sandy Cohen Awards” which conveys a scholarship to a law school student at UC Berkeley.

In 2005 Peter then forayed into music, with the release of the album “7 Days in Memphis”, released through Sony BMG and including recordings of the song “Don’t Give Up On Me” which was originally featured in “The O.C.”. He also released a video of his single “Still I Long For Your Kiss”, in which he appears with Kelly Rowan. In the same year, he was awarded the P.T. Barnum Award in recognition of his work in the field of entertainment and media. Two years later he received the “Light on the Hill” award which is also in recognition of his achievements – both awards were given by Tufts University. One of Gallagher’s latest projects is a Broadway production entitled “On the Twentieth Century”. His net worth continues to rise.

For his personal life, it is known that Peter has been married to Paula Harwood since 1983, and they have two children; daughter Kathryn is also a singer and actress. Gallagher has mentioned that he is an avid golfer.

Full NamePeter Gallagher
Net Worth$8 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 19, 1955
DiedNovember 23, 2003
Place Of BirthManhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Height1.75 m
Weight72 kg
ProfessionActor, writer, musician
EducationTufts University
SpousePaula Harwood (m. 1983-)
ChildrenJames Gallagher, Kathryn Gallagher
ParentsTom Gallagher, Mary Ann Gallagher
SiblingsJoan Gallagher, Paul Gallagher
AwardsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast (2000), ACCA (2 nd place, 1999), Special Volpi Cup (1993), P.T. Barnum Award, “Light on the Hill” award, Golden Globe Award - Special Award (1994)
Albums“7 Days in Memphis” (2005),
NominationsTeen Choice Awards, Prism Awards - Performance in a Drama Series Episode (2006), Critics Choice Television Awards (2015)
Movies“Guys and Dolls” (1992), “The Prayer”, “While You Were Sleeping”, “American Beauty”,“Mr. Deeds”, “The Last Debate”
TV Shows“The O.C.”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “Company”, “The Real Thing”, “The Sandy Cohen Awards”, “On the Twentieth Century”
1Often played smooth but self-asorbed and perverse characters in his early career
2Later in career, has regularly played reassuring father figures
3His thick eyebrows
1(2011, on sex, lies, and videotape) Tim Daly was supposed to do the part, but I guess my manager was managing Andie [MacDowell], and I guess Jimmy (Spader) said something nice about me from that, but they asked me to do this movie. And I read it in the motel room, and I got up in the middle of the night and sat in the bathroom and read it again, 'cause I couldn't believe how good it was. There is nothing more exciting than reading a great script. And this was a great script...I met Soderbergh the next day-he was 26-and I said, "So how do you see this?" And he said, "Well, I see this as kind of a black comedy." And I said, "Oh. I'm in." And he said, "You know, your role isn't as well developed as the others." I said, "That's all right." "Are you open-minded?" "Totally." It was one of the most beautiful, constructive, productive rehearsal periods, and because the budget was so low, there was nobody looking over our shoulders. And because Soderbergh is such an extraordinary artist, he was not blinded or crippled by the kind of insecurities or need for control or something that some people might have. He was very open. Before I punch Jimmy, looking at those videotapes, there was a four-page scene that Steven had written. And Jimmy and I said, "Uh, why don't I just punch him?" He said, "Oh, okay." And we did. Boom. "You're right, that's better. We're done. Should we shoot some pool?" So we would really work hard and really be organized, and just the delight... I thought, "Okay, I want to make movies for the rest of my life." Because it's just after having just worked with (Robert) Altman for the first time, and now working with Soderbergh... They're so similar. The great directors-Altman and Soderbergh and (Mike) Nichols-it's so different from what people imagine. It's not about control. It's about creating an environment where something marvelous can happen and capturing it. And Altman would tell me, "Gallagher, I want you to go in there and do something." I said, "What?" "I don't know." "When?" "Next take."
2(2011, on American Beauty) Well, the big heartbreak was, my agent first sent me the script and told me it was for the role of Lester. And so my heart just soared. I said, "Oh, my God, the moment I've been waiting for my whole life. A great role." "Oh, by the way, no, it's for Buddy Kane." But I thought, "Well, okay. All right. This is a good one. This is a great script." That was one of the best scripts I've ever read. Looking at that part, I was talking to Sam Mendes. We wanted to do a sort of Donald Trump lite-which is redundant, right?-and give myself a little gravitas. And my hair was so black then, in order to make it grayer, it would go sort of orange-y if we stripped it and messed it. So we used a wig and age makeup. Carol O'Connell, our hair stylist, had a relationship with this older woman who bought up all the wigs from the studios, and she knew them like people. Carol brought in, like, five wigs. And a Cary Grant wig fit perfectly. It was like made for my head. And the crazy thing is that 20 years earlier, when I was doing my first movie, The Idolmaker, we had to take dance class for the spins and the splits and stuff. And the dance teacher, invited me to a party one afternoon. It was to Edith Head's house, the legendary costume designer. I wasn't a big student of Hollywood, but I knew a little bit. And Cary Grant was there. She knew him and she introduced us. And we hung out. And we were talking about teen idols and about longevity and about acting. I wish I could remember what exactly he said to me, but the whole time I was like, 'Holy shit, I'm talking to Cary Grant and he's talking to me.' And so I smiled every time that wig was put on my head 20 years later for American Beauty.
3(2011, on Rescue Me) Oh, now that was awesome. Denis Leary is one of my best friends, and only a best friend from the same tribe would understand that I was built for a role like Father Phil. And I just love the fact that those guys were just allowed to run around New York City and act like firemen and make that show up. Man, I was just so proud of Denis for doing something so successfully and so much fun. It was a lot of fun filming those scenes with those knuckleheads. And it was also just fun playing a priest, 'cause I've always liked playing a priest.
4(2011, on filming House On Haunted Hill) We had a great time. Geoffrey Rush is the funniest man in the world. We laughed a lot with Chris Kattan. Chris Kattan would call me in the middle of the night when we were shooting that and play a Cher song. I can't remember what it was. I wish I could. Even now, when it's 3 o'clock in the morning, I always think, "Oh, my God, why am I thinking about Cher?" So we were shooting that out in Valencia on a sound stage, and Jack Lemmon and George Scott, who I'd also done a couple movies with, were doing Inherit The Wind in the same studio a couple of sound stages over. So I said, "Geoffrey, come on." I knew that Jack and George were big fans of Geoffrey's, so I said, "How'd you like to meet Jack Lemmon and George Scott?" He said, "Oh, my God, Peter, I would love to." I said, "Well, it's easier than you can imagine. Come on, let's go." So we hung out with George and Jack in their separate trailers and then watched them shoot the ultimate scene in the trial on the set. I just felt so happy that I could introduce such enormous talents.
5(2011, on making Skag) There's actually two things I remember. I remember Karl Malden talking about working with Marlon Brando, and I experienced my first earthquake. It was at the old MGM studios, which is now the Sony lot. I was playing a bastard son in medical school who wasn't going to come home to see his dad because he had a test or something like that. So I was on the phone, this very emotional scene where I'm telling my father that I'm not coming home. Karl is on the other end of the phone, and he's actually on the set talking to me on the other end of the phone, which is unusual. A lot of times you record your side of the conversation. But the camera's on me, it's a little makeshift set inside a huge former Busby Berkeley soundstage, and the camera's got the lights, everything going on, and I'm just acting up a storm. In fact, I had actually studied with one of the guys that Karl had studied with at the studio, and Brando had studied with. So I'm acting up a storm, and all of a sudden I hear this "ratatatat." This must be a like two-page monologue. I'm thinking, "I can't believe they're fixing the roof in the middle of my monologue!" But I keep going, you know, because I'm feeling the fear, so I just barrel on anyway. And all of a sudden the set starts to shake a little, and I think, "I can't believe the fucking subway. I'm right in the middle of my monologue, and the subway..." Of course there's no subway in Los Angeles, but I'm still busy doing my thing. And I'm looking, and the lights are in my eyes, and I'm going on, and I'm thinking, "The guy's fixing the roof, the subway underneath... boy, this isn't going very well." And I look just a little bit past the bright light, pretending to be looking out the mirror of my room or whatever, and... I see that Malden is gone. He's no longer on the phone. Then I realize the camera operator is gone. And I look around, and there's no one on the set except me... and I'm still just acting up a storm! I mean, I'm thinking, "Holy fuck," but I'm still going on with the scene, like, "Dad, don't you understand? This is important to me, it's my future," while thinking, "Holy fuck, what's going on? Is this how they do things out here?" 'Cause, you know, this was one of the first things I'd ever done. And then I realized, "Oh my God, it's an earthquake! This is an earthquake!" And it's started to rumble now. So immediately I leap up, and I go into the door frame behind my desk where I was on the phone all this time, and I'm pressing so hard against the door frame that the thing is bowing out a little bit. And that's when I realize, "Oh, my God, this is a set! This is not going to protect me from anything!" There's, like, eight miles of ceiling above me, and I'm under this balsawood door frame. So I'm running around trying to find the exit, and I finally get out, and of course, everyone smoked back then, so they're all sitting in cars smoking. And someone goes, "Hey, first earthquake, huh?" I'm just, like, "There's nobody here. That can't be good. But I'm almost done with the monologue, so I'll finish just in case." The show must go on, right?
6"The OC" was great fun, especially the first season.
7For me, pop culture seems to be all guilt, no pleasure, all pop no culture at the moment.
8If I have a choice between a nice, bland hero or a really interesting, detestable character, I'd rather do the detestable one. Good guys can be pretty boring. I love playing characters who celebrate the power and joy and beauty of greed. As the bad guy, you have less moral and behavioral restrictions. There's no burden of being liked. It's real freedom for the actor.
1Starring in "The Country Girl" on Broadway. [April 2008]
2Maintains a Connecticut home in the rural Litchfield County town of New Milford. Famous neighbors in the Merryall neighborhood include 'Diane von Furstenburg' and her entertainment industry mogul husband, Barry Diller. [March 2007]
3His maternal grandparents were both Irish immigrants (with his grandmother from County Roscommon). His father was also of Irish descent.
4Was nominated for the 1986 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Drama for Long Day's Journey Into Night (1987).
5Son James Gallagher (born in 1990) and daughter Kathryn Gallagher (born in 1993).
6Despite having the same last name, all being musically talented, and all having the trademark "Gallagher eyebrows," he is not related to Liam Gallagher or Noel Gallagher from British rock-group Oasis.
72004: Attended the Best In Drag Show in Los Angeles which raised $150,000 for AIDS afflicted. The show's producer/director was Tom Perdoe.
8Is an avid golfer.
9Sandy Cohen, Gallagher's character on The O.C. (2003), was ranked #25 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
10Attended Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York
11Was a considered for the role of Ethan in Supergirl (1984).
121973-77: Attended Tufts University. He sang in a group called the Beelzebubs, which is a "mini rock choir" (a capella group) at Tufts.


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DeTourTV Movie pre-productionProfessor Zaring
Cruel Intentions2016TV MovieEdward Valmont
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2014-2016TV SeriesDeputy Chief William Dodds / Chief William Dodds
Center Stage: On Pointe2016TV MovieJonathan Reeves
New Girl2016TV SeriesGavin
Togetherness2015-2016TV SeriesLarry
The Good Wife2015TV SeriesEthan Carver
Hello, My Name Is Doris2015Willy Williams
In a Relationship2015ShortNarrator (voice)
Covert Affairs2010-2014TV SeriesArthur Campbell
Kroll Show2014TV SeriesSage
Whitney2011-2013TV SeriesVince
How I Met Your Mother2012TV SeriesProfessor Vinick
Step Up Revolution2012Mr. Anderson
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You2011Paul Sveck
Conviction2010/IIBarry Scheck
Rescue Me2010TV SeriesFather Phil
Californication2009TV SeriesDean Stacy Koons
Dexter the Game2009Video GameHarry Morgan (voice)
The War Boys2009Slater
Adam2009/IMarty Buchwald
Center Stage: Turn It Up2008Jonathan Reeves
Shark2008TV SeriesFrank Bell
The Gathering2007TV Mini-SeriesDr. Michael Foster
The O.C.2003-2007TV SeriesSandy Cohen
Robot Chicken2006TV SeriesStore Clerk / Douglas Goldstein / Anchor / ...
A Tale of Two Wives2003TV MovieBill Goodman
How to Deal2003Len Martin (uncredited)
The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina2002VideoThe Mole King (voice)
Mr. Deeds2002Chuck Cedar
Feast of All Saints2001TV MoviePhilippe Ferronaire
Family Guy2001TV SeriesJared
The Last Debate2000TV MovieTom Chapman
American Experience2000TV Series documentaryEastman
Center Stage2000Jonathan
Cupid & Cate2000TV MovieHarry
Other Voices2000Jordin
Brotherhood of Murder1999TV MovieBob Mathews
House on Haunted Hill1999Donald W. Blackburn, M.D.
American Beauty1999Buddy Kane
The Secret Lives of Men1998-1999TV SeriesMichael
Superman1998TV SeriesKurt
Brave New World1998TV MovieBernard Marx
Host1998TV MovieDr. Joe Messenger
Johnny Skidmarks1998Johnny Scardino
Homicide: Life on the Street1998TV SeriesChris Rawls
The Man Who Knew Too Little1997James Ritchie
Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing.1997TV MovieJohn Anticev
Titanic1996TV Mini-SeriesWynn Park
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday1996David Lewis
Last Dance1996John Hayes
Cafe Society1995Jack Kale
While You Were Sleeping1995Peter
The Underneath1995Michael Chambers
White Mile1994TV MovieJack Robbins
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle1994Alan Campbell
The Hudsucker Proxy1994Vic Tenetta
Mother's Boys1993Robert Madigan
Malice1993Dennis Riley
Fallen Angels1993TV SeriesMitch Allison / Dr. Yorgrau
Short Cuts1993Stormy Weathers
Watch It1993John
Bob Roberts1992Dan Riley
Screenplay1992TV SeriesPhilip Kautsky
The Player1992Larry Levy
Late for Dinner1991Bob Freeman
The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez1991Matt
An Inconvenient Woman1991TV Mini-SeriesPhilip Quennell
Tune in Tomorrow...1990Richard Quince
Love and Lies1990TV MovieDavid West
Sex, Lies, and Videotape1989John Mullany
I'll Be Home for Christmas1988TV MovieAaron Copler
High Spirits1988Brother Tony
American Playhouse1982-1988TV SeriesCharles Castle / Logan Melton
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial1988TV MovieLt. Com. John Challee
The Murder of Mary Phagan1988TV Mini-SeriesLeo Frank
Private Eye1987TV SeriesTommy Baron
Long Day's Journey Into Night1987TV MovieEdmund Tyrone
My Little Girl1986Kai
Dreamchild1985Jack Dolan
Terrible Joe Moran1984TV MovieNick
ABC Weekend Specials1984TV SeriesPhil Grey
Summer Lovers1982Michael Pappas
The Idolmaker1980Caesare
Skag1980TV SeriesJohn Skagska
Guiding Light1952TV SeriesChuck Haskell (1979)


The 69th Annual Tony Awards2015TV Movie performer: "I've Got It All"
The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina2002Video performer: "Welcome To My Hole"
The 56th Annual Tony Awards2002TV Special performer: "June is Bustin' Out All Over"
Great Performances2001TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Hudsucker Proxy1994performer: "Memories Are Made Of This"
Summer Lovers1982performer: "Happy Birthday, Dear Lena" - uncredited
The Idolmaker1980performer: "Baby", "However Dark the Night", "It's Never Been Tonight Before"


The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez1991


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Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Access Hollywood Live2016TV SeriesHimself
The 69th Annual Tony Awards2015TV MovieHimself - Performer
The Meredith Vieira Show2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Show2014TV SeriesHimself
Good Day L.A.2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Teens Wanna Know2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Fox and Friends2013TV SeriesHimself
The Wendy Williams Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
MSN Exclusives2012TV SeriesHimself (2013)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2010TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
GasHole2010DocumentaryHimself - Narrator
Sundance Skippy2010DocumentaryHimself
10th Annual Ribbon of Hope Celebration2007TV MovieHimself
The Megan Mullally Show2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Corazón de...2006TV SeriesHimself
2006 Independent Spirit Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
VH1 Big in 052005TV MovieHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1993-2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tony Danza Show2004-2005TV SeriesHimself
The View2005TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2004-2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
7 Days in Memphis2005Video shortHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2005TV SeriesHimself
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List2005TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The O.C.: Obsess Completely2004TV MovieHimself / Sandy Cohen
The Teen Choice Awards 20042004TV SpecialHimself
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Sharon Osbourne Show2004TV SeriesHimself
The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
The Wayne Brady Show2003TV SeriesHimself
Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary2003TV MovieHimself
Egypt: Land of Mummies2003TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Secrets of the Pyramids2003TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The 56th Annual Tony Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Comedy Central Canned Ham2002TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Contest Searchlight2002TV SeriesHimself
King Tut's Gold2002TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Magic Time: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon2002Video documentary shortHimself
Page to Screen2002TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1998-2001TV SeriesHimself
Working in the Theatre2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Great Performances1992-2001TV SeriesHimself
American Beauty: Look Closer...2000Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'Center Stage'2000Video documentary shortHimself
The Daily Show1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cannes Man1997Himself
The Trial of Adolf Eichmann1997TV Movie documentaryGideon Hausner (voice)
3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Late Show with David Letterman1995-1996TV SeriesHimself
The West1996TV Series documentary
The 50th Annual Tony Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Direction of a Musical
Everybody Just Stay Calm1994DocumentaryHimself
Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country1993DocumentaryHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1992TV MovieHimself
The 46th Annual Tony Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The 39th Annual New Dramatists Benefit1992TV MovieHimself - Host
The 40th Annual Tony Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Featured Actor in a Play
The Making of 'Summer Lovers'1982TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

E! Special: Burlesque2011TV MovieHimself
Biography2005TV Series documentary
Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards2000TV SpecialBuddy Kane (uncredited)
Gomorron2000TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1990TV SeriesRichard Quince from film TUNE IN TOMORROW...

Won Awards

2000ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion PictureAmerican Beauty (1999)
1994Special AwardGolden Globes, USAShort Cuts (1993)
1993Special Volpi CupVenice Film FestivalShort Cuts (1993)

Nominated Awards

2015Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Guest Performer in a Comedy SeriesTogetherness (2015)
2006Prism AwardPrism AwardsPerformance in a Drama Series EpisodeThe O.C. (2003)
2006Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsTV - Choice Parental UnitThe O.C. (2003)
2005Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Parental UnitsThe O.C. (2003)

2nd Place Awards

1999ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleAmerican Beauty (1999)

Known for movies

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