Peter Berg
American actor and director
Peter Berg
Peter Berg is an American actor, film director, producer and writer. He is known for directing films such as Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom, The Rundown, Hancock and Battleship. He also developed the television series Friday Night Lights, which was adapted from the film he directed. As an actor he is best known for his role as Dr. Billy Kronk on the CBS medical drama Chicago Hope.
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‘Patriots Day’ Disconnect Between Bostonians and the Rest of Us
NYTimes - about 1 month
Peter Berg, this film’s director, has thoughts on why his movie is received differently, depending on whether the viewer has a New England perspective.
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'Patriots Day': A Painful, Painstaking Depiction Of The Boston Marathon Bombing
NPR - about 1 month
The third collaboration between director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg offers a detail-rich and nuanced examination of the 2013 bombing and its chaotic aftermath. (Image credit: Karen Ballard/CBS Films)
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'Rogue One' Dominates The Holiday Box Office
Huffington Post - 2 months
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Anatomy of a Scene: Peter Berg Narrates a Scene From ‘Patriots Day’
NYTimes - 2 months
The director discusses a sequence from his film featuring Mark Wahlberg.
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'Patriots Day' director Peter Berg has become the cinematic guardian of American heroics
LATimes - 2 months
On the evening of July 14, director Peter Berg was in Nice, France, working on a documentary about pop star Rihanna when a mentally unstable, Tunisian-born man drove a cargo truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day, killing more than 80 people and injuring hundreds. “We were right there,” the...
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'Patriots Day' finds Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg at their best in a fine tribute to the people of Boston
LATimes - 2 months
Whether they are celebrated filmmakers or ordinary folks, tragedy can bring out the best in people, and "Patriots Day" is the latest example of both sides of the equation. An effective, efficient and quite dramatic examination of the events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed...
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Mark Wahlberg in Patriots Day: Heroes at the Lotos Club and Marathon: The Patriot's Day Bombing on HBO
Huffington Post - 3 months
Two excellent films bring a dark day to life: Peter Berg's Patriots Day and Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's Marathon The Patriot's Day Bombing. Peter Berg's Patriots Day, a new feature on the Boston marathon bombing refreshes us on the details of terrorism through the eyes of a policeman working that day. Mark Wahlberg stars, portraying a composite character in a film hewing so close to the facts, that in a shootout with the two brothers who are known to have committed the horrendous act of planting homemade bombs in knapsacks along the race route finish line, he counted the gunshots and explosions in the soundtrack to make the explosive scene as authentic as possible. The result is thrilling, as nail biting and exciting as Berg's Lone Survivor, or any film he's made to date, enacting the bombing, carjacking, shootout, and capture of the younger bomber. At the Lotos Club on Monday, former NYC police commissioner Mike Kelley and many others joined Berg, Wahlberg, and Kevin Bacon, wh ...
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'Patriots Day' closes the 2016 AFI Fest in moving fashion
LATimes - 3 months
One of this holiday season’s most anticipated – and most timely – films, director Peter Berg’s Boston Marathon bombing drama “Patriots Day,” had its unveiling Thursday evening, drawing a warm reception from the audience at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood that could portend a potent run at...
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Can Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg wave the flag with subtlety in Boston Marathon bombing film 'Patriots Day'?
LATimes - 5 months
With “Lone Survivor” and the newly opened “Deepwater Horizon,” Peter Berg has made a specialty of mining the heroism of American tragedies. He returns to that well with “Patriots Day,” the new movie about a set of criss-crossing police personnel during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 whose...
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'Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children' Soars Past 'Deepwater Horizon' At Box Office
Huffington Post - 5 months
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Peter Berg
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 50
    In August 2015, Berg was hired to direct CBS Films' Patriots' Day, with Mark Wahlberg attached to star.
    More Details Hide Details Berg is also set to produce an action thriller film Mile 22 starring Iko Uwais and former UFC champ Ronda Rousey.
    On July 15, 2015, Berg criticized ESPN's decision to honor Caitlyn Jenner with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award with an Instagram post in which he shared a Facebook photo of Army veteran Gregory D. Gadson (a double amputee who played a role in Berg’s Battleship film) alongside one of Jenner.
    More Details Hide Details It said: “One Man traded 2 legs for the freedom of the other to trade 2 balls for 2 boobs. Guess which Man made the cover of Vanity Fair, was praised for his courage by President Obama and is to be honored with the ‘Arthur Ashe Courage Award’ by ESPN?” Along with the shared post, Berg commented, "Yup." After Berg received significant criticism for the post, he later clarified his remarks, saying he had the utmost respect for Jenner and transgender individuals; however, he released another photo with statistics on veteran suicide, stating, “I also believe that we don’t give enough attention to our courageous returning war veterans, many of whom have sacrificed their bodies and mental health for our country and our principals sic – principals that include the freedom to live the life you want to live without persecution or abuse.”
    On January 30, 2015, it was reported that Berg had replaced J. C. Chandor to re-team with Wahlberg for the film Deepwater Horizon, Chandor exited due to some creative differences.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 49
    In 2014, he directed the first two episodes of HBO's The Leftovers.
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  • 2013
    Age 48
    In 2013, Berg created the opening animation sequence for ESPN's Monday Night Football. The 80-second graphic featured Darth Vader (from Star Wars), Pac-Man, President Ronald Reagan and some highlights of MNF games from 1970-2012.
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  • 2009
    Age 44
    Berg also directed the ESPN documentary "Kings Ransom" in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Berg also wrote the film The Losers (2010). Berg also directed the science-fiction/action film Battleship (2012) and the war film Lone Survivor (2013), an adaptation of Marcus Lutrell's book of the same name. Variety writer Justin Chang said Berg delivered "his most serious-minded work to date with Lone Survivor." Berg is developing a sequel to Hancock and producing a live-action version of the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars.
    Berg directed the Hulu.com commercial featuring Alec Baldwin, which both The New York Times and Time magazine named best spot of Super Bowl XLIII. In 2009, Berg directed a two-hour pilot movie for a Fox television series Virtuality.
    More Details Hide Details Even though the show was not picked up for a full season, the pilot was released on DVD exclusively through Best Buy.
  • 2008
    Age 43
    Berg’s film Hancock, starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman, was one of the biggest grossing films of 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 42
    Berg followed up in 2007 with The Kingdom, a Michael Mann-produced action-political thriller set in Saudi Arabia, starring Academy Award winners Jamie Foxx and Chris Cooper, also with Jennifer Garner whom Berg met when he appeared in a two-part episode of Alias where he played Garner's ex-boyfriend.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Age 39
    In 2004, Berg began work on his third directorial effort, Friday Night Lights, a football film based on the New York Times bestseller written by Buzz Bissinger.In 2006, Berg developed and became executive producer of NBC’s Peabody and Emmy Award-winning drama Friday Night Lights, based on the novel and film of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in the war film Lions for Lambs (2007) as Lt. Colonel Falco.
  • 2003
    Age 38
    In 2003, Berg directed the action comedy The Rundown.
    More Details Hide Details Starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Seann William Scott, the film received mixed reviews from critics and disappointed at the box office, only grossing 80 million of its reported 85 million budget.
  • 2000
    Age 35
    In 2000, he created Wonderland, an edgy dramatic television series set in an asylum.
    More Details Hide Details While the ABC show received rave reviews and garnered a cult following, it failed to deliver ratings and was quickly canceled.
  • 1998
    Age 33
    In 1998, Berg made his feature directorial debut with Very Bad Things, a black comedy starring Jon Favreau, Christian Slater, Jeremy Piven, Daniel Stern, and Leland Orser.
    More Details Hide Details The film, which was shown at the Toronto and San Sebastian Film Festivals, received mixed critical reception.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 28
    Berg was married to Elizabeth Rogers from 1993-1998, the West Coast agent for Calvin Klein tasked with marketing the Calvin Klein brand to directors and actors so that the brand was seen being worn by celebrities in public and in film.
    More Details Hide Details He had two children with her.
  • 1992
    Age 27
    In 1992, Berg gained recognition for playing a World War II soldier in the film A Midnight Clear.
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  • 1991
    Age 26
    He appeared in Late for Dinner and Crooked Hearts in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1990s, he appeared in A Midnight Clear, A Case for Murder, Fire in the Sky, Aspen Extreme, Across the Moon, Uneviled and F.T.W.
  • 1990
    Age 25
    He acted in Genuine Risk and Forradalom után in 1990.
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  • 1989
    Age 24
    He acted in Never on Tuesday, Miracle Mile, Race For Glory, Shocker, Heart of Dixie, Tale of Two Sisters and Going Overboard in 1989.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Age 19
    He graduated in 1984, and in 1985 moved to Los Angeles to pursue his film career.
    More Details Hide Details Berg put his acting aspirations on hold when he first arrived in Los Angeles, choosing instead to learn about the film business as a production assistant. He acted in 21 Jump Street and Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story (both in 1988).
  • 1980
    Age 15
    After graduating from The Taft School in 1980, Berg attended Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he majored in theater arts and theater history.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Born
    Berg was born in New York City, New York, in 1964, the son of Sally (Winkler) and Laurence "Larry" G. Berg.
    More Details Hide Details Berg is a second cousin of writer H. G. Bissinger, whose book Friday Night Lights provided the basis for Berg's film and TV series of the same name. His mother co-founded a youth group named Catalog for Giving and worked at a psychiatric hospital when Berg was growing up. He has a younger sister, Mary. Peter was a student in the Chappaqua School System.
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