Peter Josh DeLuise is an American actor, producer, screenwriter and director, born on 6 November 1966, in New York City, USA. He’s known for being the director and writer of several episodes of the franchise “Stargate”, as well for his acting role in “21 Jump Street”.
Peter John DeLuise is the first of three sons of Carol Arthur and Dom DeLuise, of Italian descent. Shortly after Peter’s birth, the family moved to a house in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. Despite the fact both of his parents were actors, Peter and his younger brothers Michael and David didn’t live lavish childhoods – in his teens, Peter worked in an ice-cream parlor to earn extra money, and had to borrow his mother’s Chevette.
His undiagnosed dyslexia and difficulty at socializing brought him problems, especially in school. He was also an over-eating boy, a trait that made him develop a rather funny behavior with his peers: ‘I was the fat kid, so as a defense mechanism, I was the jokester’.
Not everything was hard for teen Peter, though. He was captain of his high school’s football team, a fact that made him quite popular. He refused to indulge in drugs and alcohol like some of his classmates: ‘I was more interested in girls. But if I got a girl, she’d be more interested in getting cocaine’.
After his matriculation from Palisades High, Peter moved out of his house and started looking for acting jobs, working in a flower shop to support himself.
Peter made his acting debut at an early age, in his father’s movie “Hot Stuff” in 1979. In 1983 he landed another role in the movie “Happy”, and two years later in the series “The Facts of Life”. Although he had small roles in these productions, it encouraged him to keep pursuing an acting career.
From 1985 onwards, Peter was part of the main cast of various movies such as “Free Ride”, “The Midnight Hour” and “Listen to Me”. However, on TV he only landed minor roles until 1989, when he was cast in “21 Jump Street” as a main character, Officer Doug Penhall, a role he’s mostly remembered for to this date.
Starring Johnny Depp, this FOX’s series centered on a group of young undercover detectives, who investigated young people and crimes related to them. The show ended in 1991, and received an Imagen Foundation Award as “Best Drama Series”.
When “21 Jump Street” ended, Peter acted in various movies, and made a brief appearance in the famous TV series “Friends” as Carl. It wasn’t until 1994 that he landed another main role on TV though, when he was cast as Seaman Dagwood in “Seaquest DSV”.
From 1999 to 2006, Peter appeared several times in “Stargate SG-1”, playing various unaccredited roles.
His acting career wasn’t over, however, as in 2007 he portrayed Wayne Ross, recurring character in the series “Robson Arms”. Although in the following years Peter portrayed mostly minor characters in TV and films, in 2016 he landed another main role in “Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House”, and then in “All Summer Long”, a TV movie directed by himself in 2019.
Director and Producer
During the time Peter wasn’t active as actor, he was pursuing a side-career as a director. His first credited job was in three episodes of “21 Jump Street”, then in a variety of TV series, such as “Higher Ground”, “Andromeda”, “Stargate SG-1” and other projects.
He has also been part of the production staff of various TV projects. He started as a consulting producer in apocalyptic-themed series “Jeremiah”, and then worked as the supervising producer in “Level Up” and “When Calls the Heart”. In addition, he has produced several TV movies for Cartoon Network, Hallmark Channel and other networks.
Peter was the main writer of 12 episodes in total of the sci-fi franchise “Stargate”, and is credited for being the main writer of the movie “Between the Sheets” in 2003.
Peter DeLuise met Gina Nemo in high school, and started a long-lasting relationship with her until 1996, when the couple finally split-up. Peter moved to Canada for work-related reasons in 1987, but a few months later returned to Los Angeles, leaving a message on Gina’s answering machine asking her to become his wife. Peter shared his thoughts at the time in an interview: ‘After seven years you either get married or break up (…) We tried breaking up and that didn’t work’.
However, In 1992 the couple filed for divorce for reasons undisclosed.
Peter met actress Anne Marie Loder in 1999, on the set of the series “Higher Ground” directed by DeLuise, and in which Loder had a lead role. ‘We were both single and fell head-over-heels pretty quickly,’ recalls Anne Marie in an interview from 2019. Things were a bit complicated for the couple at the start, as they worked together: ‘He was my boss, but he didn’t want to put me in an awkward position. He was so kind and generous that I ended up asking him out. He was quite a gentleman’.
The pair started dating on 30 September 1999, and married on 7 June 2002. In April 2004, they welcomed their first son named Jake and have remained married since.
Peter comes from a family of actors, as both his parents and younger brothers chose this career path.
Peter’s father Dom DeLuise was an American actor and comedian born on 1 August 1933, in New York, known for his roles in several movies such as “The Cannonball Run”, “The Secret of NIMH” and “Blazing Saddles”. During his long career he was rewarded with a Star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, an award in Taormina International Film Festival for his movie “Fatso”, and a nomination for a Golden Globe Award as Best TV Actor.
The matriarch of the family Carol is also an actress, whose most famous role was in “Blazing Saddles” as Harriett Johnson, and was a spokeswoman for US’s Consumer Product Safety Commission. Peter’s brother Michael is known for his recurring appearances in “Gilmore Girls” and “CSI: NY”, while David, youngest brother of the sibling trio, is known for his starring role in Disney’s series “Wizards of Waverly Place”.
Peter DeLuise’s net worth is estimated to be $10 million, as a result of his career as actor, director and producer.
He’s a man of white ethnicity, who is 6ft 2ins (1,88m) tall. He has handsome features and natural brown eyes.
Peter is very active on his Instagram account, in which he shares photos of his travels and everyday life. In his time as a writer of “Stargate SG-1”, he named one of the characters with his wife’s surname: Loder.
Peter has shared screen time with his family on various occasions – the first time was in 1979, when he and his two brothers appeared in their father’s movie “Hot Stuff”. The second time was when his brother Michael became a recurring character in “21 Jump Street”.
Another time he has worked alongside his family was when his younger brother David became a recurring character in “Stargate SG-1”, a series in which Peter’s wife Anne Marie acted in as well.