Six Feet Under
“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.” Peter Krause
Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominated actor Peter Krause is popular among TV viewers for his lead role of Nathaniel Samuel ("Nate") Fisher Jr., in HBO's acclaimed drama "Six Feet Under" (2001-2005).
Before "Six Feet Under," Krause played Andrea's summer fling Jay Thurman (1992) on FOX’s popular primetime teen soap "Beverly Hills, 90210," Elizabeth McGovern's cocky and very insecure fiancé Elliot in the short-lived CBS sitcom "If Not For You" (1995), and had a recurring role as Kevin Blanders (1995-1997) in the CBS sitcom "Cybill." He also portrayed the regular role of anchor Casey McCall on the ABC comedy “Sports Night” (1998-2000).
Krause, who played the lead role of Detective Joe Miller in the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries “The Lost Room” (2006), now stars as Nick George in the ABC drama "Dirty Sexy Money" (2007-Present), alongside veteran actor Donald Sutherland.
“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 Krause
Meanwhile, moviegoers could catch him in the films "Lovelife" (1997), "The Truman Show" (1998), "Melting Pot" (1998), "We Don't Live Here Anymore" (2004) and "Civic Duty" (2006). On stage, he made his Broadway debut in the lead role of Quentin in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of the Arthur Miller drama "After the Fall," which ran from June 2004 to September 2004.
“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 Krause
The 6' 1" player, who 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), was chosen as one of “People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive” for 2007. He once dated his "Cybill" co-star, Alicia Witt, and is currently involved with his business manager, Christine King, with whom he has one son.
“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 Krause
Childhood and Family:
In Alexandria, Minnesota, Peter Krause (last name is pronounced “KROW-zuh”) was born on August 12, 1965, to a father who was a high school English teacher and a mother who was a second grade teacher. His parents still reside in his hometown of Minneapolis where he grew up. He has two siblings, Amy and Michael.
Peter was raised in Roseville and was a skilled track and field athlete. He spent his youth immersed heavily in track and field and gymnastics, specializing on the pommel horse and rings. However, he suffered an unfortunate pole vaulting injury in high school that ended his athletic career.
“I started college Pre-Med. That lasted about half a semester.” Peter Krause
Peter began college as a Pre-Med student at Gustavus Aldophus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, before switching his major to English Literature. He graduated with a B.A. in English Literature in 1987 and would receive an M.F.A. Degree from the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, in New York in 1990. While he was there, he starred in productions of “Macbeth,” “Uncle Vanya” and “Arms and the Man.” He also worked as a bartender with writer Aaron Sorkin at the Palace Theater.
“It sounds so trite but in relationships, you have to communicate.” Peter Krause
In 1995, Peter began dating his “Cybill” co-star Alicia Witt (born on August 21, 1975). After breaking up with her, Peter began dating his business manager, Christine King, in 1999 and they have one son together, Roman Krause, who was born in November 2001. He is currently living in Los Angeles.
On being a parent, Peter commented, “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.”
Dirty Sexy Money
Peter Krause wrote, produced and performed with a traveling puppet show in St. Paul, Minnesota, but left the job after he crashed the puppet wagon in a road accident. While attending New York University’s Master of Fine Arts Acting Program, he also worked as a bartender at the Palace Theatre in New York and his manager was Aaron Sorkin who would later serve as creator and executive producer of "Sports Night."
Two months after graduation, Krause made his television debut in Carol Burnett's hit sketch comedy variety show on CBS, "Carol & Company," which began as a mid-season replacement in January of 1990, but was subsequently picked up for a full season and ran until July of 1991.
The following year, Krause played Jay Thurman, Andrea's (played by Gabrielle Carteris) summer fling, on FOX’s popular primetime teen soap "Beverly Hills, 90210." He was also spotted as a guest in an episode of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning situation comedy "Seinfeld," ABC’s sitcom "Ellen," NBC’s sitcom "Caroline in the City," and ABC’s long-running sitcom "The Drew Carey Show" and appeared in the made-for-television movie "Double Edge" (1992), with Susan Lucci, Robert Urich, and Michael Woods.
After starring as an arrogant attorney named Crosby Caufield III in the FOX short-lived legal drama series "The Great Defender" (1995), which was canceled after one episode, Krause was featured as Elliot in the short-lived CBS sitcom, "If Not For You" (1995). He also had a recurring role as Kevin Blanders (1995-1997), the title character's uptight son-in-law, in the CBS sitcom "Cybill."
Krause appeared as a guest in dual episodes of FOX’s dramatic series "Party of Five" and in an episode of NBC’s Emmy-winning sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun." He also made his feature film debut in writer/director Jon Harmon Feldman's ensemble romantic comedy "Lovelife" (1997), alongside Matt Letscher, Sherilyn Fenn, Saffron Burrows, Carla Gugino, Bruce Davison, and Jon Tenney. The feature was nominated for a Feature Film Award at the 1997 Austin Film Festival, and won an Audience Award at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.
From 1998 to 2000, Krause starred as anchorman Casey McCall in the critically lauded ABC series "Sports Night," with Josh Charles, Felicity Huffman, Joshua Malina, Sabrina Lloyd, and Robert Guillaume. For his work in the show, Krause earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and a Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series. The show was finally canceled when creator Aaron Sorkin decided to concentrate on his other show, "The West Wing" (1999).
During his "Sports Night" tenure, Krause continued to work in films and could be seen with Jennifer Grant in Christopher Heisen's romantic comedy "My Engagement Party" (1998), with Jim Carrey in Peter Weir's acclaimed fantasy comedy-drama "The Truman Show" (1998), and opposite Paul Rodriguez in Tom Musca's independent political drama "Melting Pot" (1998). He also co-starred with Carlos Jacott, Robert Forster, and Kelli Williams in Ajay Sahgal's short 38-minute comedy "It's a Shame About Ray" (2000), with Melinda McGraw and Kathleen Turner in the pilot episode of the comedy show "Style and Substance" (1998) and guest starred in an episode of ABC’s sitcom "Spin City."
Following the demise of "Sports Night," Krause landed his most popular role to date, that of Nathaniel Samuel Fisher Jr., in HBO's acclaimed drama, "Six Feet Under." Originally auditioning for the part of David (eventually played by Michael C. Hall), Krause earned three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2002; 2003; 2006), two Golden Globe nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama (2002; 2003), and two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (2002; 2004) for his work. Along with the show's other cast members, he won two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2003 and 2004). He also took home a Prism Award for Best Performance in a Drama Series (Multi-Episode Series) in 2004.
“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.” Peter Krause
During his four-year stint in "Six Feet Under," Krause only made one film, "We Don't Live Here Anymore" (2004), John Curran's Sundance-screened romantic drama based on two short stories written by Andre Dubus, "We Don't Live Here Anymore" and "Adultery." In the film that also stars Mark Ruffalo and Laura Dern, he played teacher and aspiring writer Hank Evans, the husband to Naomi Watts' character.
Also in 2004, Krause made his Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of the Arthur Miller drama "After the Fall." The play, about Miller's failed marriage to Marilyn Monroe, ran from June 2004 to September 2004.
About the play, Krause commented, "It's a difficult play to do, thematically. I find it very important because it deals with religious and social and political institutions, not all of those things get named in the play (the original work was 3 hours long) but he deals with religious based concepts like limitless love, revenge. It's exhausting but that sense of the life of the mind...the audience is not only connecting dots within the play but also connecting with their own life experiences. It's the type of play you can see several times."
After starring as Joe Miller, a Pittsburgh detective whose 8-year-old daughter (played by Elle Fanning) disappeared, in the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries "The Lost Room" (2006), Krause returned to the big screen as Terry Allen, a laid-off accountant obsessed with terrorist plots, in Jeff Renfroe's thriller "Civic Duty" (2006), which he also produced.
When asked what he wants audiences to leave the theater thinking about after having watched “Civic Duty,” Krause explained, “I want them to be thinking about how they could participate in our shared world so that we don’t keep spiraling downward. I think it’s a cautionary tale, you know, obviously. We can laugh away terrorist paranoia to a certain degree, but all it takes is for something like Virginia Tech to happen and suddenly it isn’t paranoia anymore, its justifiable fear. Even last August, when nitroglycerin appeared on a plane, I guess they didn’t get it on the plane actually, but they attempted to; some people attempted to bring nitroglycerin on a plane in the U.K., and that was just last August. That obviously is what precipitated people no longer being able to take a bottle of water onto the plane with them.”
Krause is currently playing the lead role of Nick George in the ABC drama series "Dirty Sexy Money." Premiering on September 26, 2007, the show has been picked up for the 2008-2009 television seasons.
“I just did a TV pilot for ABC called ‘Dirty Sexy Money.’ One of the writers from ‘Six Feet Under,’ Craig Wright wrote it. Donald Sutherland, Jill Clayburgh, William Baldwin are doing it. It’s a terrific show. It’s a drama with comedy in it. It’s an allegorical TV series, I would say.” Peter Krause
Krause also served as the executive producer of The Tamela D'Amico Album in 2007.
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, "Six Feet Under," 2004
Prism: Best Performance in a Drama Series (Multi-Episode Series), "Six Feet Under," 2004
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, "Six Feet Under," 2003