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Happy Birthday To Armonk’s Peter Gallagher

Peter Gallagher turns 59 on Tuesday.
Peter Gallagher turns 59 on Tuesday. Photo Credit:

ARMONK, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Armonk’s Peter Gallagher!

Peter Gallagher, who was raised in Armonk, turns 59 on Tuesday.

Gallagher, an actor, musician and writer was born Aug. 19, 1955, in New York City. Since 1980, Gallagher has played roles in numerous Hollywood films. He starred as Sandy Cohen in the television drama series "The O.C." from 2003 to 2007. He currently appears in a recurring role on the USA Network drama "Covert Affairs," as CIA Clandestine Services Director Arthur Campbell.  Gallagher's debut film performance was as one of the co-stars in the 1980 film, "The Idolmaker."

Gallagher appeared on Broadway with Glenn Close in Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing," but first achieved fame for his role in Steven Soderbergh's Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989). He also starred as Sky Masterson in the 1992 Broadway Revival of Guys and Dolls.

Gallagher played a potential career threat to Tim Robbins' studio executive in "The Player" (1992); the comatose supposed fiancé of Sandra Bullock in "While You Were Sleeping" (1995); a real estate salesman having an affair with Annette Bening in "American Beauty" (1999); a media executive in "Mr. Deeds" (2002); and a political reporter exposing media ethics during a presidential debate in "The Last Debate."

Gallagher released an album titled "7 Days in Memphis" in 2005, on the Sony BMG label. It includes a studio recording of his performance of "Don't Give Up On Me" (originally by Solomon Burke), which was featured in an episode of "The O.C." He also has a video for his single "Still I Long For Your Kiss," in which he starred with his television-wife, actress Kelly Rowan.

In 2005, Gallagher received the P.T. Barnum Award from Tufts University for his exceptional work in the field of media and entertainment. In 2007, Gallagher received the "Light on the Hill" award at Tufts University. The award is given to notable alumni from Tufts who have demonstrated ambition, achievement, and active citizenship.

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