Peter Krause

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Peter Krause
Krause at the 2013 PaleyFest
Peter William Krause

(1965-08-12) August 12, 1965 (age 58)
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
Years active1983–present
PartnerLauren Graham (2010–2021)

Peter William Krause (/ˈkrzə/; born August 12, 1965)[1] is an American actor, director, and producer. He has played lead roles in multiple television series, portraying Casey McCall on Sports Night (1998–2000), Nate Fisher on Six Feet Under (2001–2005), Nick George on Dirty Sexy Money (2007–2009), Adam Braverman on Parenthood (2010–2015), Benjamin Jones on The Catch (2016–2017), and Bobby Nash on 9-1-1 (2018–2023).

For his work on Six Feet Under, Krause was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning twice for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.[2]

Early life[edit]

Krause was born on August 12, 1965, in Alexandria, Minnesota. His parents, Wanda Marie Krause (née Johnson) and William Popham "Bill" Krause, were both teachers in Minnesota.[1][3][4] He was raised in Roseville, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul, and has two siblings, Amy and Michael.[5]

As a teenager, Krause was active in track and field and gymnastics[1] and attended Alexander Ramsey High School in Roseville, Minnesota.[5] He graduated from high school in 1983 and was a pre-medical student at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter until he discovered acting in his junior year and changed his final major to English Literature.[6][7] In college, he performed in plays such as Paul Sills' Story Theatre, Caryl Churchill's Cloud 9, and Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter, which all led to his full commitment to acting.[8] After graduating from college in 1987, Krause moved to New York City and completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts in 1990.[5][9] While in New York City, he worked as a bartender at Broadway's Palace Theatre with Aaron Sorkin, who later created and executive produced Sports Night, which starred Krause.[10]

While attending Tisch School of the Arts, he starred in productions of Macbeth, Uncle Vanya, and Arms and the Man.[11] Shortly after graduation, Krause moved to Los Angeles after landing a regular role on Carol Burnett's sketch comedy series Carol & Company.[8]


In 1987, Krause made his first feature film appearance in an American slasher film, Blood Harvest. After earning an M.F.A. degree from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 1990, he moved to Los Angeles and made his first television appearance, playing various roles in Carol Burnett's comedy anthology series Carol & Company from 1990 to 1991. In the early 1990s, he appeared in TV shows such as Seinfeld, Beverly Hills, 90210 and Ellen. Starting in 1996, Krause appeared in a recurring role as Cybill Shepherd's son-in-law Kevin on her sitcom Cybill for four seasons.[12]

From 1998 to 2000, Krause also portrayed the character Casey McCall on the ABC network's comedy Sports Night. Although the show received considerable critical acclaim,[13] it struggled to find an audience and was canceled after two seasons.

Krause starred in the HBO drama series Six Feet Under from 2001 to 2005. He received seven award nominations (including three Emmy nominations) for his portrayal of funeral director Nate Fisher.[14]

Krause appeared on Broadway in the summer of 2004 in a revival of Arthur Miller's After the Fall.[15]

In December 2006, he played the lead role, Detective Joe Miller, in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries The Lost Room.[16]

From 2007 to 2009, Krause portrayed young lawyer Nick George in ABC's drama Dirty Sexy Money alongside veteran actor Donald Sutherland.[17] He had initially turned down the role three times.[18] He also served as a series producer. From 2010 to 2015, he played Adam Braverman in the NBC comedy-drama Parenthood.[19] He directed three episodes for the show. Krause appeared in the 2011 fantasy film Beastly, based on Alex Flinn's 2007 novel of the same name.[20] From 2016 to 2017, he starred opposite Mireille Enos in the ABC crime drama series The Catch, produced by Shonda Rhimes.[21]

In August 2017, Krause was cast in the Ryan Murphy-produced drama 9-1-1, which focuses on the lives of first responders.[22] He plays a fire captain named Bobby Nash and is an executive producer of the series.[23] He is the narrator of Citizen Hearst, an Insignia Films documentary about William Randolph Hearst which originally aired as an American Experience two-part series on September 27 and 28, 2021.[24][25]

Personal life[edit]

Graham and Krause in January 2011

Krause and his former girlfriend Christine King have a son, Roman, who was born in 2001. In 2010, Krause entered a relationship with actress Lauren Graham. They first met in 1995 when appearing in the sitcom Caroline in the City, then became a couple while co-starring on Parenthood.[26][27] In June 2022, it was reported that the couple had ended their relationship in 2021 after 11 years together.[28][29]



Year Film Role Notes
1987 Blood Harvest Scott
1996 Lovelife Tim
1998 Melting Pot Pedro Marine
1998 The Truman Show Lawrence
1998 My Engagement Party David Salsburg
2000 It's a Shame About Ray Mr. Hanks Short film
2004 We Don't Live Here Anymore Hank Evans
2006 Civic Duty Terry Allen
2011 Beastly Rob Kingson
2016 Night Owls William Campbell
2018 Saint Judy Matthew
2018 Attorneys at Love Mr. Forte Short film


Year Film Role Notes
1990 Carol & Company Various Series regular; 33 episodes
1992 Beverly Hills, 90210 Jay Thurman 3 episodes
1992 Seinfeld Tim Episode: "The Limo"
1994 Ellen Tim Episode: "The Hand That Robs the Cradle"
1995 Caroline in the City Peter Welmerling Episode: "Caroline and the Opera"
1995 Brotherly Love Tom Episode: "Double Date"
1995 If Not for You Elliot 5 episodes
1995 The Great Defender Crosby Caufield III 8 episodes
1995–1997 Cybill Kevin Manning 23 episodes
1996 The Drew Carey Show Tom Episode: "Drew Gets Motivated"
1997 3rd Rock from the Sun Peter Connolly Episode: "A Friend in Dick"
1998 Party of Five Daniel Musser 3 episodes
1998–2000 Sports Night Casey McCall Main role; 45 episodes
1998 Style & Substance Steve Episode: "Pilot"
2001–2005 Six Feet Under Nate Fisher Main role; 63 episodes
2006 The Lost Room Detective Joe Miller Main role; 6 episodes
2007–2009 Dirty Sexy Money Nick George Main role; 23 episodes
Also producer of 13 episodes
2010–2015 Parenthood Adam Braverman Main role; 103 episodes
Also director of 3 episodes
2016–2017 The Catch Benjamin Jones Main role; 20 episodes
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Park Ranger Episode: "Fall"
2018–present 9-1-1 Captain Bobby Nash Main role; also executive producer


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2004 After the Fall Quentin Broadway
American Airlines Theatre, New York

As director[edit]

Year Title Notes
2012–2014 Parenthood Television series; 3 episodes

As producer[edit]

Year Title Notes
2006 Civic Duty Movie
2008–2009 Dirty Sexy Money Television series
2009 Got a Little Story: EPK Video short; executive producer
2018–present 9-1-1 Television series; executive producer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Sports Night Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series Nominated
2002 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Six Feet Under Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2003 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
2004 Prism Awards Best Performance in a Drama Series Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2006 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated


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