An intense, dark-haired character player, Peter Frechette has amassed an impressive body of work on stage and on television. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Frechette originally wanted to pursue a music career. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island, he moved to New York where he began appearing in stage productions. In 1982, he relocated to the West Coast where he landed his first feature role in "Grease 2." TV appearances followed, including guest roles on "Hills Street Blues," "Taxi" and "The Facts of Life." Beginning in the mid-1980s, Frechette began to land high-profile roles on critically praised series, including "L.A. Law," "Law & Order" and "thirtysomething." The latter led to an Emmy nomination and an annual appearance on the show. In 1989, when appearing on Broadway in his breakthrough stage role in "Eastern Standard," the actor was simultaneously co-starring in the short-lived, gritty NBC series "Dream Street." In the latter, Frechette was the irresponsible older brother in a working-class family. He continued alternating stage performances ("Our Country's Good" 1991; "The Destiny of Me" 1993) with high profile TV work ("Picket Fences" CBS, 1992; "Barbarians at the Gate" HBO, 1993). In 1996, he returned to series TV as a computer hacker working with the police on the NBC drama series "Profiler."
Cast (Feature Film)
Feature film debut, "Grease 2"
Moved to L.A.
Had breakthrough stage role in "Eastern Standard"; earned first Tony Award nomination as Featured Actor in a Play
Moved back to NYC
Made annual appearances on ABC drama series "thirtysomething"
TV series debut as regular, "Dream Street"
Starred in the Broadway play "Our Country's Good"; earned Tony Award nomination as Best Actor in a Play
Appeared in two episodes of "Picket Fences" (CBS) as a district attorney
Co-starred in off-Broadway production of Larry Kramer's "The Destiny of Me"
Featured in two episodes of the short-lived CBS
Had recurring role on the short-lived series "Matt Waters" as an alcoholic teacher
Had co-starring role in the Off-Broadway production of "What the Butler Saw"