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Peter Jason

Excellent, prolific and versatile character actor Peter Jason was born in Hollywood, CA, and grew up in Balboa. He originally planned on being a football player, but fell in love with acting after playing the lead in a high school production of "The Man Who Came to Dinner." Following his high school graduation he attended Orange Coast Junior College and did a season of summer stock at the Peterborough Playhouse in New Hampshire. He then studied as a drama major at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, PA. He made his film debut in Howard Hawks' final film, Rio Lobo. He worked with Orson Welles on the uncompleted "The Other Side of the Wind" as an actor, boom operator, prop man and even cook for the cast and crew. Jason has appeared in many films for director Walter Hill he's especially memorable as the racist redneck bartender in "48 Hrs." He has also appeared in many films for director John Carpenter: he's very engaging as the jolly Dr. Paul Leahy in "Prince of Darkness" and was terrific as underground guerrilla army leader Gilbert in "They Live." Jason recently starred in a recurring role as dissolute gambler Con Stapleton in the superbly gritty cable Western TV series "Deadwood." In addition to his substantial film and TV show credits, Jason has acted in over 150 plays and hundreds of TV commercials. An accomplished baritone vocalist, Jason has sung in such musical stage productions as "The Music Man" (this is one of his favorite plays), "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off," "The Roar of the Greasepaint" and "Threepenny Opera" (as Mack the Knife). He's been married to his wife Eileen for 33 years. In his spare time he makes his own furniture with found, recycled wood.

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