Peter Krause

Peter Krause
Krause at Paleyfest in 2013
Born Peter William Krause
(1965-08-12) August 12, 1965
Alexandria, Minnesota, United States
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 1987–present
Partner(s) Christine King
Lauren Graham (2010–present)
Children 1

Peter William Krause (/ˈkrzə/; born August 12, 1965) is an American television and film actor. 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–present).

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.[1]

Early life

Krause was born in Alexandria, Minnesota, to two teachers. His mother taught second grade and his father was a high school English teacher. He has two siblings, Michael and Amy.[2] He was raised in Roseville, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul.[3]

Krause graduated in 1987 from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, with a degree in English literature.[4][5] He also has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts.[5][6]


In the early 1990s, Krause made a number of guest appearances on television shows such as Seinfeld, Beverly Hills, 90210 and Ellen. He was a cast member of Carol Burnett's sketch comedy series Carol & Company from 1990-91. Starting in 1996, Krause appeared in a recurring role as Cybill Shepherd's son-in-law Kevin on her sitcom Cybill for four seasons.

From 1998-2000, Krause also portrayed the character Casey McCall on the ABC network's comedy Sports Night. Although the show received considerable critical acclaim,[7] 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.[8]

Krause appeared on Broadway in the summer of 2004 in a revival of Arthur Miller's After the Fall.[9]

In December 2006, he played the lead role, Detective Joe Miller, in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries The Lost Room.[10]

From 2007 to 2009, Krause portrayed young lawyer Nick George in ABC's drama Dirty Sexy Money alongside veteran actor Donald Sutherland.[11] He had initially turned down the role three times.[12] He also served as a series producer. From 2010–15, he played Adam Braverman in the NBC comedy-drama Parenthood.[13] 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.[14] From 2016–2017, he starred opposite Mireille Enos in the ABC crime drama series The Catch, produced by Shonda Rhimes.[15]

In August 2017, Krause was cast in the Ryan Murphy-produced drama 9-1-1, which focuses on the lives of first responders. He plays a firefighter named Bobby Nash. The show premiered on Fox in January 2018, and has been renewed for a second season.

Personal life

Krause and former girlfriend Christine King have a son, Roman, who was born in 2001.[16] Since 2010, Krause has been in a relationship with actress Lauren Graham. They first met in 1995 when they both appeared in the sitcom Caroline in the City, then became a couple while playing brother and sister on Parenthood. They live together in Los Angeles.[17][18]



1987Blood HarvestScott
1998Melting PotPedro Marine
1998The Truman ShowLawrence
1998My Engagement PartyDavid Salsburg
2000It's a Shame About RayMr. HanksShort film
2004We Don't Live Here AnymoreHank Evans
2006Civic DutyTerry Allen
2011BeastlyRob Kingson
2016Night OwlsWilliam Campbell
2018Saint JudyMatthewPost-production


1990Carol & CompanyVariousUnknown episodes
1992Beverly Hills, 90210Jay Thurman3 episodes
1992SeinfeldTimEpisode: "The Limo"
1994EllenTimEpisode: "The Hand That Robs the Cradle"
1995Caroline in the CityPeter WelmerlingEpisode: "Caroline and the Opera"
1995Brotherly LoveTomEpisode: "Double Date"
1995If Not for YouElliot5 episodes
1995The Great DefenderCrosby Caufield III8 episodes
1995–1997CybillKevin Blanders23 episodes
1996The Drew Carey ShowTomEpisode: "Drew Gets Motivated"
19973rd Rock from the SunPeter ConnollyEpisode: "A Friend in Dick"
1998–2000Sports NightCasey McCall45 episodes
1998Style & SubstanceSteveEpisode: "Pilot"
2001–2005Six Feet UnderNate Fisher63 episodes
2006The Lost RoomDetective Joe Miller3 episodes
2007–2009Dirty Sexy MoneyNick George23 episodes; producer of 13 episodes
2010–2015ParenthoodAdam Braverman100 episodes; director of 3 episodes
2016–2017The CatchBenjamin Jones20 episodes
2016Gilmore Girls: A Year in the LifePark Ranger #2Episode: "Fall"
2018–present9-1-1Bobby Nash10 episodes

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
2000Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesSports NightNominated
Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Actor in a Quality Drama SeriesNominated
2002Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Television Series DramaSix Feet UnderNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
2003Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Television Series DramaNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
Satellite AwardsBest Actor – Television Series DramaNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWon
2004Prism AwardsBest Performance in a Drama SeriesWon
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWon
2005Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated
2006Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNominated


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  3. Brady, James (November 2, 2008). "In Step With Peter Krause". Parade. Advance Publications. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  4. "Alumnus Peter Krause to Star in New NBC Drama". Gustavus Adolphus College. February 26, 2010. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
  5. 1 2 "Notable Alumni". Official Website. Gustavus Adolphus College. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  6. "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  7. Sylvester, Sherri (March 16, 2000). "Sorkin still writing on Sports Night, West Wing". CNN.
  8. "Dirty Sexy Money Cast: Peter Krause". ABCmedianet. ABC Broadcast Networks. Archived from the original on November 15, 2008. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
  9. Hernandez, Ernio (July 29, 2004). "Peter Krause and Carla Gugino Revisit Arthur Miller's After The Fall on Broadway, July 29". Playbill. Archived from the original on October 15, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
  10. Heffernan, Virginia (December 11, 2006). "Objects From This Room Are Odder Than They Appear". The New York Times. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
  11. "Showatch: Dirty Sexy Money". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
  12. Wilson, Benji (March 8, 2008). "Dirty Sexy Money: Peter Krause". The Telegraph. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
  13. Bierly, Mandi (March 24, 2010). "Peter Krause, Maura Tierney cast in NBC's "Parenthood' pilot. Yay?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  14. Fleming, Michael (July 6, 2009). "Peter Krause boosting 'Beastly'". Variety. Reed Elsevier. Archived from the original on July 10, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  15. Lesley Goldberg. "Peter Krause Set as New Male Lead in ABC's Shondaland Drama 'The Catch'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  16. Green, Blake (2004-08-01). "On life, death and a surplus of identities". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  17. "How Lauren Graham and Peter Krause's Romantic Relationship Continues to Surprise Hollywood". E! News. March 16, 2017.
  18. "Gilmore Girls Star Lauren Graham on Finally Finding Love in Hollywood". People. November 17, 2016.
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