Peter DeLuise Bio, Family, Wife, Net Worth, Stargate and 21 Jump Street

Peter Deluise Biography

Peter DeLuise (Full name- Peter John DeLuise) is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter who was born on November 6, 1966, New York, New York, U.S. He is most famous for his role as Officer Doug Penhall in the Fox TV series 21 Jump Street, and for directing and writing episodes of science fiction television shows, particularly in the Stargate franchise.

Peter Deluise Family

Peter DeLuise was born as the oldest son of actor and comedian Dom DeLuise and actress Carol Arthur (née Arata) in 1966. His younger brothers are actor Michael DeLuise (born 1969)and actor and director David DeLuise (born 1971).

Peter Deluise Wife

In 1988, Peter DeLuise was married to Gina Nemo but the couple divorced in 1992. He later married actress Anne Marie Loder on June 7, 2002; together they have a son, who was born on April 11, 2004.

Peter Deluise Age

Peter DeLuise was born on November 6, 1966, New York to actors Dom and Carol DeLuise. He is an actor, director, producer and screenwriter who is 53 years old as of 2018.

Peter Deluise Stargate

Peter DeLuise started working on the series Stargate SG-1 in 1997, serving as producer, writer, director, and creative consultant. He has appeared, normally as an extra, in every episode of the series he has directed. DeLuise went on to work as executive producer, director and writer for the Stargate SG-1 spin-off Stargate Atlantis, and directed eight episodes of the spin-off Stargate Universe.

Peter DeLuise’s brother, David DeLuise, played a recurring role in Stargate SG-1 (SG-1) as Pete Shanahan. SG-1 is a Canadian-American military science fiction adventure television series and part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s Stargate franchise. It was created based on the 1994 science fiction film Stargate by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich.

The television series was filmed in and around the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The series premiered on Showtime on July 27, 1997 and moved to the Sci Fi Channel on June 7, 2002; the final episode first aired on Sky1 on March 13, 2007.

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Peter Deluise 21 Jump Street Movie | Johnny Depp

Peter DeLuise landed his best known acting role, as Officer Doug Penhall, in the 1987 series 21 Jump Street, alongside other promising actors including Johnny Depp. His brother Michael DeLuise came on the show in the fifth season where he played his younger brother, Officer Joey Penhall.

21 Jump Street is an American police procedural television series that aired on the Fox network. The series was in first run syndication from April 12, 1987, to April 27, 1991, with a total of 103 episodes. The series focuses on a squad of youthful-looking undercover police officers investigating crimes in high schools, colleges, and other teenage venues.

The series was created by Patrick Hasburgh and Stephen J. Cannell, and produced by Patrick Hasburgh Productions and Stephen J. Cannell Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Executive Producers included Hasburgh, Cannell, Steve Beers and Bill Nuss.

On March 16, 2012, a film adaptation directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller was released. The film is set in the same continuity as the series, with Johnny Depp, Holly Robinson, David DeLuise and Peter DeLuise reprising their characters in cameo appearances. Richard Grieco and Dustin Nguyen also have cameos in the 2014 film sequel 22 Jump Street.

Peter Deluise Net Worth

Peter DeLuise was born in New York, New York in November 1966. He is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer who. As an actor he starred as Officer Doug Penhall on the television series 21 Jump Street from 1987 to 1990. DeLuise has an estimated net worth of $10 million.

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Peter Deluise Interview

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and give us a sample of the kind of shows you have worked on?

Peter DeLuise: I started my career as an actor but over time I began to move toward directing as a more creative outlet. As an actor, I was a regular on “21 Jump Street” and “SeaQuest”. As a Director, Writer and Producer, I worked on the “Stargate” franchise for over 10 years.

You worked closely with Johnny Depp on “21 Jump Street.” Was there anything about his work on that show that led you to believe his career would take off the way it has?

Peter DeLuise: Johnny was and is a very talented and sensitive actor. The reaction that he got from the public when “21 Jump Street” was on the air was undeniable and he was a “stand out” from the start. I guess if someone is THAT skilled as an actor and THAT handsome it is not surprising when their career takes off.

Is there anyone in the entertainment industry you consider a mentor? In what ways have they been a help during your career?

Peter DeLuise: I have learned and continue to learn from everyone I work with.

I watch as many movies and TV shows as I possibly can in an effort to study and learn from those as well. I am a huge fan of Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Luc Besson, Jon Favreau and Ridley Scott to name a few.

Brad Wright, the showrunner of Stargate, has been my biggest mentor. Brad encouraged and cultivated me as a writer and producer for the show. I am eternally in his debt for the time and patience he shared with me.

As a director, I imagine you often get to enjoy creating art while collecting a paycheck. Is there a particular episode of any show that stands out in your mind as a labor of love in which you were especially excited to be engaged in artistic creation?

Peter DeLuise: There is an episode of “Stargate SG-1” called “Urgo” in which my father, Dom, played the title role.

That will forever be the highlight of my time on that show, followed only by the episode entitled, “Wormhole X-Treme!” in which I got to play on camera with my brother, Michael and parody the show… oh, and of course, when I got to work with my other brother, David, as “Pete the cop”, on his story arc on the show as well.

Have you ever felt constrained in what you were allowed to do by a studio?

Peter DeLuise: Directing TV can feel constrained because there is an established template from which you must not deviate. However, that does not stop me from trying to inject as much humanity and humor in to the material as I can.

It seems rare when an actor-director becomes more well-known for their directing than their acting. In what ways does it reflect positively on your work when people recognize you as an essential figure behind-the-scenes of their favorite shows?

Peter DeLuise: I’m always shocked and flattered when people recognize or appreciate my work as a director. I think because I started as an actor I have insight in that area which helps elevate the material more than if I had started in another field. I am a firm believer that “character” and “story” are always the priority.

What do you most remember about directing your father in “Stargate: SG-1”? Were there any challenges associated with directing a family member? Did you feel he was proud of your success?

Peter DeLuise: As I stated before, that was the highlight of my time on that show. I am SO proud of that episode.

The biggest challenge was making sure my dad had a comfortable chair to sit in on set, the rest was his sheer comedy genius. He improvised a large share of what ended up in the final episode.

My job was to keep him on camera and get out of his way… oh, and to try to stop the cast from cracking up and ruining takes.

If “Stargate” is revived for a fourth in-cannon series, would you be interested in returning?

Peter DeLuise: HELL YES!!! That show was the most creative and fun thing I have ever done with my clothes on!

How did you first get involved with “When Calls the Heart”?

Peter DeLuise: I was working with Lori Loughlin on her Hallmark show called, “Garage Sale Mystery” (Lori is AWESOME!).

We had had a great time together on that project, so she recommended me as a director for “When Calls the Heart”. I should probably get her a fruit basket for that.

 Let’s say you are asked to write the pilot for a fourth in-cannon iteration of “Stargate” in which the SG1 and Atlantis teams figure out a way to rescue the crew of Destiny. Who comes up with the idea to save them, how is the rescue attempt viewed by the crew of Destiny, who doesn’t make it out alive, and who is on board as key members of the team moving forward?

Peter DeLuise: I reject the reality of your question and substitute my own. First of all, there are far better writers than I to pen the pilot of such a project; Brad Wright, Robert Cooper, Joe Mallozzi and Paul Mullie all come to mind.

Obviously whichever actor from whichever “Stargate” series that is not currently contractually engaged by another show, comes up with the genius idea of how to save the hibernating crew of the Destiny, the survivors of which are the cast members from “SGU Stargate Universe” that are not contractually engaged by another show… duh.

Who is an actor you have worked with that you knew would knock any dialogue they were given out of the park?

Peter DeLuise: My Dad… Duh.

Many outside of the entertainment industry see the primary duty of a director as just pointing a camera. Could you share a few of your duties as a director that people may not be as familiar with?

Peter DeLuise: The director is the Storyteller. The director controls the way the audience digests the story, through elements such as pace, tone, style, shot design, actor’s performances and editing just to name a few.

What can you say to fans of “When Calls the Heart” who are worried about the future of the series given developments in Season 5?

Peter DeLuise: At the risk of stating the obvious, “without adversity there can be no drama. Without drama there can be no show.”