Peter Strauss was born February 20, 1947, in NYC and grew up in the village of Croton-on-the-Hudson, New York.
He attended the Hackley School for Boys in Tarrytown, New York.
He was focused on acting from an early age and appeared in productions of "As You Like It" and "Romeo and Juliet"
with the Croton Shakespeare Festival while still a teenager. He also worked in summer stock while attending Northwestern University's
famed acting program. Upon graduation and starting his acting career, he moved to the West Coast, married Beverly Baker Paulding in 1973, and
was divorced from her in 1979.
He married Nicole Fons in 1983, and had two sons.
Mr. Strauss is currently married to actress Rachel Ticotin and lives in Ojai, California, where he also operates a commercial citrus enterprise that produces 440 tons of citrus per year.
He has served as the spokesman for the National Search Dog Foundation, and serves on community committees including the Ojai Youth Foundation, the Ojai Music Festival, and the Ojai Film Society.
He also teaches public speaking at local high schools in California.
He made his Broadway debut in Tom Griffin's "Einstein and the Polar Bear" in 1981. His other theatrical credits include the plays "The Dance Next Door", "The Mind with the Dirty Man" and "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and "A Cry of Players" at Baltimore's Centre Stage.
His feature film credits include Soldier Blue (1970), The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (1972), The Last Tycoon (1976), The Secret of NIMH (1982), Flight of Black Angel (1991) (TV) and Nick of Time (1995).
Strauss' many television credits include starring in the TV films Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy (1977) (TV), Angel on My Shoulder (1980) (TV), A Whale for the Killing (1981) (TV), Heart of Steel (1983) (TV), Under Siege (1986) (TV), _Penalty Phase (1986) (TV)_, Proud Men (1987) (TV), 83 Hours 'Til Dawn (1990) (TV), Fugitive Among Us (1992) (TV), Men Don't Tell (1993) (TV), Thicker Than Blood (1998) (TV), Reunion (1980) (TV), The Yearling (1994) (TV), In the Lake of the Woods (1996) (TV), My Father's Shadow: The Sam Sheppard Story (1998) (TV), A Father's Choice (2000) (TV) and Murder on the Orient Express (2001) (TV), as well as the miniseries "Tender Is the Night" (1985), "Kane & Abel" (1985), Brotherhood of the Rose (1989) (TV), Trial: The Price of Passion (1992) (TV) and Texas Justice (1995) (TV). His latest mini-series appearances were Seasons of Love (1999) (TV), with Rachel Ward and Hume Cronyn, (which he executive-produced) and as La Hire in the CBS four-hour mini-series Joan of Arc (2005) (TV).
Strauss starred for one season in the CBS drama series "Moloney" (1996) and the PAX drama series "Body & Soul" (2002).
He co-starred as the President of the US in Revolution/Columbia's xXx: State of the Union (2005) for director Lee Tamahori. He also starred in New York runs of Jon Robin Baitz's new political thriller "Chinese Friends" at Playwrights Horizon Theatre and "Sabina" at Primary Stages.
Peter Strauss co-starred with Mandy Moore and Robin Williams
in the movie, "License to Wed," in 2007, as well as a 2009
stint in "The Wilderness Family."