American actor Peter Hermann is perhaps best known for playing Trevor Langan in episodes of the popular TV drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2002-present). Breaking into the small screen with a multiple episode role on the soap opera “Guiding Light” (1997-1998), he went on to make guest appearances in “Law & Order,” “Spin City,” “Sex and the City” and “30 Rock.” He was also seen in the TV shows “Beautiful People” (2006), “Angela's Eyes” (2006) and “Cashmere Mafia” (2008), and is recognized for portraying Jeremy Glick in Paul Greengrass' widely praised film “United 93” (2006). Peter also worked on Eric Bogosian's Tony nominated revival of the movie “Talk Radio” (2007). Discussing the play, he said, “I think the piece has been described as 'this quilt of insanity' about the late 1980s. It allows us to look at how the country talked about itself and to examine what has changed in this country since then.”
Hermann, who had his last film role in “United 93,” will return to the cinema in “Edge of Darkness,” which is slated to be released on January 29, 2010.
Hermann and his Golden Globe winning actress wife Mariska Hargitay, have a young son together named August Milkos Fredrich Hermann. The family currently lives in New York. Hermann mentions that the library is his favorite room in his house. “I think the books talk among themselves when they're alone at night. They've gotten to know one another by now and it's a great place to be,” he said.
Childhood and Family:
Born in New York City on August 15, 1967, Karl Peter Hermann, who would later be popular as Peter Hermann, was raised in Germany by his German parents until age 10 when the family returned to the U.S. and settled in Greenwich, Connecticut. There, Peter attended Brunswick School, an all boys’ college preparatory day school where he actively participated in student drama productions. He was next enrolled at Yale University in New Heaven, Connecticut, the same university attended by Oscar winners Paul Newman, Jodie Foster, Holly Hunter and Meryl Streep. He graduated in 1990.
Engaged in April 2004, Peter married “Law & Order: SVU” star Mariska Hargitay on August 28 of that year. They welcomed a son into the world, August Milkos Fredrich Hermann, on June 28, 2006.
After graduating from Yale, Peter Hermann worked with service organization Teach For America for two years, during which time he taught English as a second language and special ed. During the summer break, he went to Japan and studied with noted Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in Toyama. After he completed his service, he landed a position at Vanity Fair as a fact checker.
Hermann made his television acting debut in December 1997 when he got the role of Dr. Michael Burke on the CBS soap opera “Guiding Light.” He was on the show until July 1998. He followed it up by appearing as David in three episodes of the Fox short-lived “Get Real” (1999), including the pilot. The show starred Jon Tenney, Eric Christian Olsen and Anne Hathaway.
Entering the new millennium, Hermann played Al Goran in a 2000 episode of “Law & Order” called “Mega” and Ed in the “Spin City” episode “Don't Get on the Bus” (also 2000). Two years later, he hit the wide screen with a small part as an ER doctor in the thriller “Swimfan,” which starred Jesse Bradford, Erika Christensen, Shiri Appleby, Clayne Crawford, Jason Ritter and Dan Hedaya. The movie was directed by John Polson. Also in 2002, Herman had a guest role in the David Koepp-created “Hack” (2002). However, it was his recurring role as Trevor Langan, a defense attorney, on “Law & Order: SVU” that brought the actor true fame. Hermann joined the show in January 2002 and is currently with the series. He met his wife there.
Hermann continued to add to his resume by appearing in episodes of “Sex and the City” (2003), “All My Children” (2003), “Hope & Faith” (2005) and “Standoff” (2006). He portrayed Luke Dalton in the ABC Family show “Beautiful People” (6 episodes, 2006) and Peter Wagner in the short-lived Lifetime series “Angela's Eyes” (4 episodes 2006). On the film front, Hermann portrayed Duane in Hal Salwen's comedy “Duane Incarnate” (2004) and supported Chris Eigeman, Famke Janssen, Harris Yulin, Stephanie March and Ian Holm in Oren Rudavsky's “The Treatment” (2006), which won the Best Film award at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. He also offered a strong portrayal of the real-life Jeremy Glick in “United 93” (2006), a highly acclaimed movie directed and written by Paul Greengrass that was based on the September 11th hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93.
In January 2007, Hermann appeared as the doomed lover of Tina Fey, Gray, in an episode of “30 Rock.” In March that same year, he worked with Liev Schreiber, “Law & Order: SVU” costar Stephanie March, and Sebastian Stan of “The Covenant” fame on the Broadway premiere of Eric Bogosian's Pulitzer Prize nominated play “Talk Radio.” The production, which was helmed by Tony Award winner Robert Falls, ended its run at the Longacre Theater on June 24, 2007.
In early 2008, Hermann starred as Davis Draper in the ABC mid-season replacement series “Cashmere Mafia.” Costars of the series included Lucy Liu, Frances O'Connor, Miranda Otto and Bonnie Somerville. The show ran from January 6 to February 20, 2008. Later, in September 2008, he guest starred as Grant in an episode of “Fringe” titled “The Ghost Network.”
In 2010, Hermann is scheduled to return to feature films with “Edge of Darkness,” a thriller directed by Martin Campbell. In the movie, he will costar with Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Shawn Roberts, and Denis O'Hare.