Born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1940, Peter Gerety found acting while he was a student at Boston University and soon began appearing in local theater. He quickly progressed to work on the stages of New York and the screen. He earned acclaim on Broadway, performing opposite Judd Hirsch in "Conversations with My Father" in 1992. After years toiling as a guest supporting actor, Gerety finally got a break in 1996, when he joined the cast of "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-1999) as a series regular. In 1996, he landed another series regular role on the crime drama "Public Morals" (CBS, 1996). He had a large recurring role, playing Judge Phelan on the seminal police series "The Wire" (HBO, 2002-2008). In 2011, Gerety landed another series regular role on "Prime Suspect" (NBC, 2011-2012), a remake of the popular British series of the same name. He had substantial recurring roles on a second show called "Public Morals" (TNT, 2015), before another series regular role, playing the patriarch on the sitcom "Sneaky Pete" (Amazon, 2017-).
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Cast (TV Mini-Series)
Joined Trinity Square Repertory Company, a theater troupe in Providence, RI; went on to appear in over 125 produtions there
Had role in NBC's "The Demon Murder Case", filmed in Newport, Rhode Island
Feature debut as a biker in "Complex World", filmed in Providence, Rhode Island
Performed on Broadway in "Conversations with My Father", starring Judd Hirsch, and in Harold Pinter's "The Hothouse"
Portrayed Father Brian in Richard Benjamin's "Mrs. Winterbourne"
Played regular role of police lieutenant Neil Fogarty on the CBS sitcom "Public Morals"; cancelled after one episode
Had bit role as a lawyer in Barry Levinson's "Sleepers"
Appeared on "Homicide: Life on the Street"
Joined cast of the NBC police drama "Homicide: Life on the Street", produced by Levinson
Played Samuel Adams in the PBS documentary "Liberty! The American Revolution"
Cast as one of the inmates in a mental hospital in "K-PAX"
Cast in Edward Burns' "Ash Wednesday"
Had a small role as a Psychiatrist in Woody Allen's "Hollywood Ending"
Cast in the drama "Virgin" about a teenager who believes she is carrying the child of God
Cast in Edward Burns' "Looking for Kitty"