Peter Bonerz

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Actor, Director

AmericanBorn Peter Baldwin Bonerz

American actor and director

Born on August 6, 1938 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire , United States (85 years)

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Peter Baldwin Bonerz (, born August 6, 1938) is an American actor and director.

...   Peter Baldwin Bonerz (, born August 6, 1938) is an American actor and director.

Early life
Bonerz was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Elfrieda (née Kern) and Christopher Bonerz. He grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended Marquette University High School. Here, performing with the Prep Players, he gained his first theatrical experience. At Marquette University, he participated in the Marquette University Players. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1960, he decided to seek a career in theater, starting in New York City in improv with a troupe called The Premise. After compulsory service as a draftee in the United States Army, he worked with an improv troupe in San Francisco known as The Committee, whose members included Rob Reiner, David Ogden Stiers, Howard Hesseman and Hamilton Camp.

Bonerz's first network television appearance was in 1965 on The Addams Family in the season-two episode "Morticia, The Writer". He had several more TV appearances in the late 1960s and also had roles in several films, including Funnyman (1967); What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969); Medium Cool (1969); Catch-22 (1970), which also included his future co-star Bob Newhart; Jennifer on My Mind (1971); and Fuzz (1972). In 1971, Bonerz was part of an ensemble cast in the short-lived improvisational television show Story Theatre, which also included Alan Alda and Valerie Harper. In 1972, he landed the popular supporting role of Dr. Jerry Robinson, the eccentric orthodontist on The Bob Newhart Show, whose most frequent comic foil was Marcia Wallace as Carol, the sharp-tongued receptionist. Bonerz would reprise this role in a cameo appearance in the final, unaired episode of Bob Newhart's third series, Bob. He also directed 29 episodes. The show ran for six seasons, with ratings among the top 20 in the first three seasons.
His later acting roles included the TV miniseries The Bastard (1978) and as a psychiatrist in the movie Serial (1980). In 1979, Bonerz appeared on Password Plus as a game show contestant/celebrity guest star with Marcia Wallace, his costar from The Bob Newhart Show. In 1986, Bonerz co-starred with Tuesday Weld and River Phoenix in the television movie Circle of Violence: A Family Drama. In 1999, he played Ed. Weinberger in the movie Man on the Moon. He voiced Sal in the Aaahh!!! Real Monsters episode "Internal Affairs". In 2014, he played Doug Demarco in the "Anniversaries" episode of Parks and Recreation.
Beginning in 1974, Bonerz directed 29 episodes of The Bob Newhart Show. Between 1974 and 2011, he directed over 350 episodes of various shows, including series like Murphy Brown (93 episodes), Home Improvement (29 episodes), E/R (22 episodes), Friends (12 episodes), Joey (TV series) (3 episodes), and many others such as Wings, NewsRadio, Archie Bunker's Place, and ALF. He also directed films such as Nobody's Perfekt (1981) and Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989).

Personal life
Bonerz married Rosalind DiTrapani in 1963; together they have two children, Eli and Eric.


As actor
1965: The Addams Family – Mr. Boswell
1966: Summer Fun – Chips
1967: Hey, Landlord – Proctor
1967: Funnyman – Perry
1968: That Girl – Larry Yorkin
1968–1969: The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour – Various
1969: Where It's At – Unknown role
1969: Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice? – Mr. Bentley
1969: Medium Cool – Gus
1969: The Governor & J.J. – Hubbell
1970: A Storm in Summer – Stanley
1970: Catch-22 – MacWatt
1970: Hawaii Five-O – Earl
1971: U.S.A. –
1971: Story Theatre – Unknown role
1971: Jennifer of My Mind – Sergei Wasserman
1972–1978: The Bob Newhart Show – Dr. Jerry Robinson
1986: Murder, She Wrote - Calhoun Fletcher (ep. “The Perfect Foil”)

As director
1966: Summer Fun
1974: The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1974: Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers
1974–1978: The Bob Newhart Show
1975: When Things Were Rotten
1976: Good Heavens
1976: Father O Father (TV film)
1976: The Tony Randall Show
1977: Szysznyk
1978: Apple Pie
1979: McGurk: A Dog's Life
1980: Love, Natalie
1980: G.I.'s
1981: Nobody's Perfekt
1982: In Security
1982: High Five (TV short)
1983: Focus on Fishko (short)
1983: Simeon Show
1984: Back Together
1984: Suzanne Pleshette Is Maggie Briggs
1985: The Recovery Room
1988: Sharing Richard
1989: Police Academy 6: City Under Siege
1989: Julie Brown: The Show (TV short)
1993: The Elvira Show (TV short)
2005–2006: Joey
2005–2007: Living with Fran
2006: Drive/II
2011: $h*! My Dad Says


External links
Peter Bonerz at IMDb
Peter Bonerz at AllMovie
Peter Bonerz at The Interviews: An Oral History of Television

Biography from Wikipedia (see original) under licence CC BY-SA 3.0


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