Peter Gallagher Net Worth

Do you want to know how much Peter Gallagher is worth? We have the answer for you! First off, let’s get familiar with the person in question, shall we? He is an actor from American. He was born in unknown, on unknown in to the family of Tom Gallagher, Mary Ann Gallagher and Joan Gallagher, Paul Gallagher. His talents and gifts as an actor soon became apparent and a promising career path was laid out right before him. It is also worth noting that he attended Tufts University and earned the Nicknames of unknown throughout his studies and working career. He stands at 1.75 m in terms of height. Starring in multiple hit movies or TV shows, Peter Gallagher has earned global recognition as well as amassing a fortune. In his career Peter Gallagher has earned a lot of money and now has a total Net worth valued at $8 Million.

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Peter attended Tufts University, and during his time there was active in theatre. He appeared in various shows such as Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” and also sang in the a cappella group called the Beelzebubs. Eventually, he made his way to Broadway and appeared in “The Real Thing”. He was the cast in the indie film “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” which earned him popularity and started to increase his net worth. In 1992, he was cast in a production of “Guys and Dolls” which also became a hit.

In 1992, he starred in “The Prayer” and then followed it up by being the comatose fiancé of Sandra Bullock in “While You Were Sleeping”. In 1999, he starred in “American Beauty” alongside Annette Bening, before taking part in “Mr. Deeds”. He was also cast in “The Last Debate” as a political reporter, before in 2003 being selected for the television show “The O.C.” in which he portrayed the Jewish public defender Sandy Cohen from 2003 to 2007, and which considerably helped continue the increase of his net worth. Thanks to the popularity of the role, he established the annual award ceremony called “The Sandy Cohen Awards” which conveys a scholarship to a law school student at UC Berkeley.

In 2005 Peter then forayed into music, with the release of the album “7 Days in Memphis”, released through Sony BMG and including recordings of the song “Don’t Give Up On Me” which was originally featured in “The O.C.”. He also released a video of his single “Still I Long For Your Kiss”, in which he appears with Kelly Rowan. In the same year, he was awarded the P.T. Barnum Award in recognition of his work in the field of entertainment and media. Two years later he received the “Light on the Hill” award which is also in recognition of his achievements – both awards were given by Tufts University. One of Gallagher’s latest projects is a Broadway production entitled “On the Twentieth Century”. His net worth continues to rise.

For his personal life, it is known that Peter has been married to Paula Harwood since 1983, and they have two children; daughter Kathryn is also a singer and actress. Gallagher has mentioned that he is an avid golfer.

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  • Full Name: Peter Gallagher
  • Net Worth: $8 Million
  • Date Of Birth: August 19, 1955
  • Died: November 23, 2003
  • Place Of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
  • Height: 1.75 m
  • Weight: 72 kg
  • Profession: Actor, writer, musician
  • Education: Tufts University
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Paula Harwood (m. 1983-)
  • Children: James Gallagher, Kathryn Gallagher
  • Parents: Tom Gallagher, Mary Ann Gallagher
  • Siblings: Joan Gallagher, Paul Gallagher
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  • Awards: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast (2000), ACCA (2 nd place, 1999), Special Volpi Cup (1993), P.T. Barnum Award, “Light on the Hill” award, Golden Globe Award – Special Award (1994)
  • Albums: “7 Days in Memphis” (2005),
  • Nominations: Teen Choice Awards, Prism Awards – Performance in a Drama Series Episode (2006), Critics Choice Television Awards (2015)
  • Movies: “Guys and Dolls” (1992), “The Prayer”, “While You Were Sleeping”, “American Beauty”,“Mr. Deeds”, “The Last Debate”
  • TV Shows: “The O.C.”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “Company”, “The Real Thing”, “The Sandy Cohen Awards”, “On the Twentieth Century”


  • (2011, on sex, lies, and videotape) Tim Daly was supposed to do the part, but I guess my manager was managing Andie [MacDowell], and I guess Jimmy (Spader) said something nice about me from that, but they asked me to do this movie. And I read it in the motel room, and I got up in the middle of the night and sat in the bathroom and read it again, ’cause I couldn’t believe how good it was. There is nothing more exciting than reading a great script. And this was a great script…I met Soderbergh the next day-he was 26-and I said, “So how do you see this?” And he said, “Well, I see this as kind of a black comedy.” And I said, “Oh. I’m in.” And he said, “You know, your role isn’t as well developed as the others.” I said, “That’s all right.” “Are you open-minded?” “Totally.” It was one of the most beautiful, constructive, productive rehearsal periods, and because the budget was so low, there was nobody looking over our shoulders. And because Soderbergh is such an extraordinary artist, he was not blinded or crippled by the kind of insecurities or need for control or something that some people might have. He was very open. Before I punch Jimmy, looking at those videotapes, there was a four-page scene that Steven had written. And Jimmy and I said, “Uh, why don’t I just punch him?” He said, “Oh, okay.” And we did. Boom. “You’re right, that’s better. We’re done. Should we shoot some pool?” So we would really work hard and really be organized, and just the delight… I thought, “Okay, I want to make movies for the rest of my life.” Because it’s just after having just worked with (Robert) Altman for the first time, and now working with Soderbergh… They’re so similar. The great directors-Altman and Soderbergh and (Mike) Nichols-it’s so different from what people imagine. It’s not about control. It’s about creating an environment where something marvelous can happen and capturing it. And Altman would tell me, “Gallagher, I want you to go in there and do something.” I said, “What?” “I don’t know.” “When?” “Next take.”
  • (2011, on American Beauty) Well, the big heartbreak was, my agent first sent me the script and told me it was for the role of Lester. And so my heart just soared. I said, “Oh, my God, the moment I’ve been waiting for my whole life. A great role.” “Oh, by the way, no, it’s for Buddy Kane.” But I thought, “Well, okay. All right. This is a good one. This is a great script.” That was one of the best scripts I’ve ever read. Looking at that part, I was talking to Sam Mendes. We wanted to do a sort of Donald Trump lite-which is redundant, right?-and give myself a little gravitas. And my hair was so black then, in order to make it grayer, it would go sort of orange-y if we stripped it and messed it. So we used a wig and age makeup. Carol O’Connell, our hair stylist, had a relationship with this older woman who bought up all the wigs from the studios, and she knew them like people. Carol brought in, like, five wigs. And a Cary Grant wig fit perfectly. It was like made for my head. And the crazy thing is that 20 years earlier, when I was doing my first movie, The Idolmaker, we had to take dance class for the spins and the splits and stuff. And the dance teacher, invited me to a party one afternoon. It was to Edith Head’s house, the legendary costume designer. I wasn’t a big student of Hollywood, but I knew a little bit. And Cary Grant was there. She knew him and she introduced us. And we hung out. And we were talking about teen idols and about longevity and about acting. I wish I could remember what exactly he said to me, but the whole time I was like, ‘Holy shit, I’m talking to Cary Grant and he’s talking to me.’ And so I smiled every time that wig was put on my head 20 years later for American Beauty.
  • (2011, on Rescue Me) Oh, now that was awesome. Denis Leary is one of my best friends, and only a best friend from the same tribe would understand that I was built for a role like Father Phil. And I just love the fact that those guys were just allowed to run around New York City and act like firemen and make that show up. Man, I was just so proud of Denis for doing something so successfully and so much fun. It was a lot of fun filming those scenes with those knuckleheads. And it was also just fun playing a priest, ’cause I’ve always liked playing a priest.
  • (2011, on filming House On Haunted Hill) We had a great time. Geoffrey Rush is the funniest man in the world. We laughed a lot with Chris Kattan. Chris Kattan would call me in the middle of the night when we were shooting that and play a Cher song. I can’t remember what it was. I wish I could. Even now, when it’s 3 o’clock in the morning, I always think, “Oh, my God, why am I thinking about Cher?” So we were shooting that out in Valencia on a sound stage, and Jack Lemmon and George Scott, who I’d also done a couple movies with, were doing Inherit The Wind in the same studio a couple of sound stages over. So I said, “Geoffrey, come on.” I knew that Jack and George were big fans of Geoffrey’s, so I said, “How’d you like to meet Jack Lemmon and George Scott?” He said, “Oh, my God, Peter, I would love to.” I said, “Well, it’s easier than you can imagine. Come on, let’s go.” So we hung out with George and Jack in their separate trailers and then watched them shoot the ultimate scene in the trial on the set. I just felt so happy that I could introduce such enormous talents.
  • (2011, on making Skag) There’s actually two things I remember. I remember Karl Malden talking about working with Marlon Brando, and I experienced my first earthquake. It was at the old MGM studios, which is now the Sony lot. I was playing a bastard son in medical school who wasn’t going to come home to see his dad because he had a test or something like that. So I was on the phone, this very emotional scene where I’m telling my father that I’m not coming home. Karl is on the other end of the phone, and he’s actually on the set talking to me on the other end of the phone, which is unusual. A lot of times you record your side of the conversation. But the camera’s on me, it’s a little makeshift set inside a huge former Busby Berkeley soundstage, and the camera’s got the lights, everything going on, and I’m just acting up a storm. In fact, I had actually studied with one of the guys that Karl had studied with at the studio, and Brando had studied with. So I’m acting up a storm, and all of a sudden I hear this “ratatatat.” This must be a like two-page monologue. I’m thinking, “I can’t believe they’re fixing the roof in the middle of my monologue!” But I keep going, you know, because I’m feeling the fear, so I just barrel on anyway. And all of a sudden the set starts to shake a little, and I think, “I can’t believe the fucking subway. I’m right in the middle of my monologue, and the subway…” Of course there’s no subway in Los Angeles, but I’m still busy doing my thing. And I’m looking, and the lights are in my eyes, and I’m going on, and I’m thinking, “The guy’s fixing the roof, the subway underneath… boy, this isn’t going very well.” And I look just a little bit past the bright light, pretending to be looking out the mirror of my room or whatever, and… I see that Malden is gone. He’s no longer on the phone. Then I realize the camera operator is gone. And I look around, and there’s no one on the set except me… and I’m still just acting up a storm! I mean, I’m thinking, “Holy fuck,” but I’m still going on with the scene, like, “Dad, don’t you understand? This is important to me, it’s my future,” while thinking, “Holy fuck, what’s going on? Is this how they do things out here?” ‘Cause, you know, this was one of the first things I’d ever done. And then I realized, “Oh my God, it’s an earthquake! This is an earthquake!” And it’s started to rumble now. So immediately I leap up, and I go into the door frame behind my desk where I was on the phone all this time, and I’m pressing so hard against the door frame that the thing is bowing out a little bit. And that’s when I realize, “Oh, my God, this is a set! This is not going to protect me from anything!” There’s, like, eight miles of ceiling above me, and I’m under this balsawood door frame. So I’m running around trying to find the exit, and I finally get out, and of course, everyone smoked back then, so they’re all sitting in cars smoking. And someone goes, “Hey, first earthquake, huh?” I’m just, like, “There’s nobody here. That can’t be good. But I’m almost done with the monologue, so I’ll finish just in case.” The show must go on, right?
  • “The OC” was great fun, especially the first season.
  • For me, pop culture seems to be all guilt, no pleasure, all pop no culture at the moment.
  • If I have a choice between a nice, bland hero or a really interesting, detestable character, I’d rather do the detestable one. Good guys can be pretty boring. I love playing characters who celebrate the power and joy and beauty of greed. As the bad guy, you have less moral and behavioral restrictions. There’s no burden of being liked. It’s real freedom for the actor.


  • Starring in “The Country Girl” on Broadway. [April 2008]
  • Maintains a Connecticut home in the rural Litchfield County town of New Milford. Famous neighbors in the Merryall neighborhood include ‘Diane von Furstenburg’ and her entertainment industry mogul husband, Barry Diller. [March 2007]
  • His maternal grandparents were both Irish immigrants (with his grandmother from County Roscommon). His father was also of Irish descent.
  • Was nominated for the 1986 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Drama for Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1987).
  • Son James Gallagher (born in 1990) and daughter Kathryn Gallagher (born in 1993).
  • Despite having the same last name, all being musically talented, and all having the trademark “Gallagher eyebrows,” he is not related to Liam Gallagher or Noel Gallagher from British rock-group Oasis.
  • 2004: Attended the Best In Drag Show in Los Angeles which raised $150,000 for AIDS afflicted. The show’s producer/director was Tom Perdoe.
  • Is an avid golfer.
  • Sandy Cohen, Gallagher’s character on The O.C. (2003), was ranked #25 in TV Guide’s list of the “50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time” [20 June 2004 issue].
  • Attended Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York
  • Was a considered for the role of Ethan in Supergirl (1984).
  • 1973-77: Attended Tufts University. He sang in a group called the Beelzebubs, which is a “mini rock choir” (a capella group) at Tufts.


  • Often played smooth but self-asorbed and perverse characters in his early career
  • Later in career, has regularly played reassuring father figures
  • His thick eyebrows


Title Year Status Character
Literally Right Before Aaron 2017 post-production
DeTour TV Movie pre-production Professor Zaring
Cruel Intentions 2016 TV Movie Edward Valmont
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2014-2016 TV Series Deputy Chief William Dodds / Chief William Dodds
Center Stage: On Pointe 2016 TV Movie Jonathan Reeves
New Girl 2016 TV Series Gavin
Togetherness 2015-2016 TV Series Larry
The Good Wife 2015 TV Series Ethan Carver
Hello, My Name Is Doris 2015 Willy Williams
In a Relationship 2015 Short Narrator (voice)
Covert Affairs 2010-2014 TV Series Arthur Campbell
Kroll Show 2014 TV Series Sage
Whitney 2011-2013 TV Series Vince
How I Met Your Mother 2012 TV Series Professor Vinick
Step Up Revolution 2012 Mr. Anderson
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You 2011 Paul Sveck
Burlesque 2010/I Vince
Conviction 2010/II Barry Scheck
Rescue Me 2010 TV Series Father Phil
Californication 2009 TV Series Dean Stacy Koons
Dexter the Game 2009 Video Game Harry Morgan (voice)
The War Boys 2009 Slater
Adam 2009/I Marty Buchwald
Center Stage: Turn It Up 2008 Jonathan Reeves
Shark 2008 TV Series Frank Bell
The Gathering 2007 TV Mini-Series Dr. Michael Foster
The O.C. 2003-2007 TV Series Sandy Cohen
Robot Chicken 2006 TV Series Store Clerk / Douglas Goldstein / Anchor / …
A Tale of Two Wives 2003 TV Movie Bill Goodman
How to Deal 2003 Len Martin (uncredited)
The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina 2002 Video The Mole King (voice)
Mr. Deeds 2002 Chuck Cedar
Feast of All Saints 2001 TV Movie Philippe Ferronaire
Protection 2001 Ted
Family Guy 2001 TV Series Jared
Perfume 2001 Guido
The Last Debate 2000 TV Movie Tom Chapman
American Experience 2000 TV Series documentary Eastman
Center Stage 2000 Jonathan
Cupid & Cate 2000 TV Movie Harry
Other Voices 2000 Jordin
Brotherhood of Murder 1999 TV Movie Bob Mathews
House on Haunted Hill 1999 Donald W. Blackburn, M.D.
American Beauty 1999 Buddy Kane
The Secret Lives of Men 1998-1999 TV Series Michael
Superman 1998 TV Series Kurt
Brave New World 1998 TV Movie Bernard Marx
Host 1998 TV Movie Dr. Joe Messenger
Johnny Skidmarks 1998 Johnny Scardino
Homicide: Life on the Street 1998 TV Series Chris Rawls
The Man Who Knew Too Little 1997 James Ritchie
Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing. 1997 TV Movie John Anticev
Titanic 1996 TV Mini-Series Wynn Park
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday 1996 David Lewis
Last Dance 1996 John Hayes
Cafe Society 1995 Jack Kale
While You Were Sleeping 1995 Peter
The Underneath 1995 Michael Chambers
White Mile 1994 TV Movie Jack Robbins
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle 1994 Alan Campbell
The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 Vic Tenetta
Mother’s Boys 1993 Robert Madigan
Malice 1993 Dennis Riley
Fallen Angels 1993 TV Series Mitch Allison / Dr. Yorgrau
Short Cuts 1993 Stormy Weathers
Watch It 1993 John
Bob Roberts 1992 Dan Riley
Screenplay 1992 TV Series Philip Kautsky
The Player 1992 Larry Levy
Late for Dinner 1991 Bob Freeman
The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez 1991 Matt
Milena 1991 Pollak
An Inconvenient Woman 1991 TV Mini-Series Philip Quennell
Tune in Tomorrow… 1990 Richard Quince
Love and Lies 1990 TV Movie David West
Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1989 John Mullany
I’ll Be Home for Christmas 1988 TV Movie Aaron Copler
High Spirits 1988 Brother Tony
American Playhouse 1982-1988 TV Series Charles Castle / Logan Melton
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial 1988 TV Movie Lt. Com. John Challee
The Murder of Mary Phagan 1988 TV Mini-Series Leo Frank
Private Eye 1987 TV Series Tommy Baron
Long Day’s Journey Into Night 1987 TV Movie Edmund Tyrone
My Little Girl 1986 Kai
Dreamchild 1985 Jack Dolan
Terrible Joe Moran 1984 TV Movie Nick
ABC Weekend Specials 1984 TV Series Phil Grey
Summer Lovers 1982 Michael Pappas
The Idolmaker 1980 Caesare
Skag 1980 TV Series John Skagska
Guiding Light 1952 TV Series Chuck Haskell (1979)
Title Year Status Character
The 69th Annual Tony Awards 2015 TV Movie performer: “I’ve Got It All”
The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina 2002 Video performer: “Welcome To My Hole”
The 56th Annual Tony Awards 2002 TV Special performer: “June is Bustin’ Out All Over”
Great Performances 2001 TV Series performer – 1 episode
The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 performer: “Memories Are Made Of This”
Summer Lovers 1982 performer: “Happy Birthday, Dear Lena” – uncredited
The Idolmaker 1980 performer: “Baby”, “However Dark the Night”, “It’s Never Been Tonight Before”
Title Year Status Character
The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez 1991
Title Year Status Character
Broadway: The Next Generation 2018 Documentary filming Himself
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age 2016 Documentary post-production Himself
Access Hollywood Live 2016 TV Series Himself
The 69th Annual Tony Awards 2015 TV Movie Himself – Performer
The Meredith Vieira Show 2015 TV Series Himself – Guest
The Show 2014 TV Series Himself
Good Day L.A. 2014 TV Series Himself – Guest
Teens Wanna Know 2013 TV Series Himself – Guest
Fox and Friends 2013 TV Series Himself
The Wendy Williams Show 2013 TV Series Himself – Guest
MSN Exclusives 2012 TV Series Himself (2013)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2010 TV Series Himself – Celebrity Contestant
GasHole 2010 Documentary Himself – Narrator
Sundance Skippy 2010 Documentary Himself
10th Annual Ribbon of Hope Celebration 2007 TV Movie Himself
The Megan Mullally Show 2006 TV Series Himself – Guest
Corazón de… 2006 TV Series Himself
2006 Independent Spirit Awards 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
VH1 Big in 05 2005 TV Movie Himself
Late Night with Conan O’Brien 1993-2005 TV Series Himself – Guest
The Tony Danza Show 2004-2005 TV Series Himself
The View 2005 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2004-2005 TV Series Himself – Guest
7 Days in Memphis 2005 Video short Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2005 TV Series Himself
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List 2005 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005 TV Series Himself – Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2004 TV Series Himself – Guest
The O.C.: Obsess Completely 2004 TV Movie Himself / Sandy Cohen
The Teen Choice Awards 2004 2004 TV Special Himself
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest 2004 TV Series Himself – Guest
The Sharon Osbourne Show 2004 TV Series Himself
The 30th Annual People’s Choice Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
The Wayne Brady Show 2003 TV Series Himself
Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary 2003 TV Movie Himself
Egypt: Land of Mummies 2003 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Secrets of the Pyramids 2003 TV Movie documentary Narrator
The 56th Annual Tony Awards 2002 TV Special Himself – Performer
Comedy Central Canned Ham 2002 TV Series Himself
HBO First Look 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Contest Searchlight 2002 TV Series Himself
King Tut’s Gold 2002 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Magic Time: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Page to Screen 2002 TV Series documentary Himself – Host
The Rosie O’Donnell Show 1998-2001 TV Series Himself
Working in the Theatre 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Great Performances 1992-2001 TV Series Himself
American Beauty: Look Closer… 2000 Video documentary short Himself
The Making of ‘Center Stage’ 2000 Video documentary short Himself
The Daily Show 1998 TV Series Himself – Guest
Cannes Man 1997 Himself
The Trial of Adolf Eichmann 1997 TV Movie documentary Gideon Hausner (voice)
3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1997 TV Special Himself – Presenter
Late Show with David Letterman 1995-1996 TV Series Himself
The West 1996 TV Series documentary
The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1996 TV Special Himself – Presenter: Best Direction of a Musical
Everybody Just Stay Calm 1994 Documentary Himself
Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country 1993 Documentary Himself
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 1992 TV Movie Himself
The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1992 TV Special Himself – Performer
The 39th Annual New Dramatists Benefit 1992 TV Movie Himself – Host
The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1986 TV Special Himself – Nominee: Best Featured Actor in a Play
The Making of ‘Summer Lovers’ 1982 TV Movie documentary Himself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
E! Special: Burlesque 2011 TV Movie Himself
Biography 2005 TV Series documentary
Broadway: The American Musical 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 2000 TV Special Buddy Kane (uncredited)
Gomorron 2000 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1990 TV Series Richard Quince from film TUNE IN TOMORROW…


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