Peter Keleghan

Born and raised in Montreal in the middle part of the last century, Peter studied acting at John Abbott College and Concordia University, The London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art in England and a degree from York University in Toronto.

He went on to become a member of The Second City, The Stratford Music and Shaw Festivals.

In the late eighties, Peter joined up with Steve Smith and co-wrote and starred in sixty episodes of the Gemini award winning, The Comedy Mill. From there, Peter brought the character of Ranger Gord to The Red Green Show for 14 seasons.

Peter moved to Los Angeles in 1991, and starred in 3 pilots for NBC and ABC as well as guest starring in some of television’s most popular series including Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, and Cheers. He spent 2 months on ABC’s General Hospital as Barry Durbin.

Back in Canada in the mid-nineties, he created the role of Jim Walcott with Ken Finkleman for The Newsroom which won an International Emmy. From there, Rick Mercer asked him to join the cast of Made In Canada (a.k.a. The Industry around the world) as Alan Roy, that completed a five year run.

Peter had a continuing role on Showcase’s Slings And Arrows. He was also the voice of the East Indian Scardey Bat (for which he was nominated for an Actra Award in 2007 and a Gemini in 2008) in the cartoon series Ruby Gloom, Dad in Willa’s Wildlife and Blake in Producing Parker.

Peter is a eighteen time Gemini Award nominee and a five-time winner in the category of Best Performance in a Comedy Program or Series for his roles as the self-absorbed Jim Walcott in The Newsroom, and the vain Alan Roy in Made In Canada. In 2011 Peter won best performance in a comedy series for playing Ben in 18 To Life. Appearing on the cover of MacLean’s magazine, Peter has been called “…the funniest man in Canadian television…” The Toronto Star (January 2003), as well as one of the eight “Cutting edge performers of Hollywood North”, Razor Magazine Feb. 03 and in Apr. 03, Peter was voted one of the “Top Ten Funniest People In Canada”, by Star TV. Peter was also nominated twice for a Canadian Comedy Award and for an Actra Award for his role on The Newsroom.

Peter is the recipient of the Actra Award of Excellence for 2009 in part for his
work helping to create The Creative Arts Savings and Credit Union. He has
served on its board for 9 years and is currently Vice Chair. By and for
self-employed artists in Ontario and Canada, Peter helped fund 2.5 million for the Credit Union which now boasts assets approaching 30 million.

He is also an active advocate and speaker for Greenpeace Canada and Aireum-Canada’s broadcast museum.

Peter currently resides in Toronto with his partner Leah Pinsent.

 

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