Amanda Peet Biography

Playwright, Actress (1972–)
Amanda Peet is an American actress who's starred in films like 'The Whole Nine Yards,' 'Something's Gotta Give' and in TV shows like 'Togetherness' and 'Brockmire.'

Who Is Amanda Peet?

Born in 1972, Amanda Peet is an American actress who had her star turn in the comedy The Whole Nine Yards (2000), co-starring Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry. She would later appear in a diverse array of film and television such as the rom-com Something's Gotta Give (2003), the drama Syriana (2005), the disaster flick 2012 (2009), as well as NBC's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, HBO's Togetherness and IFC's Brockmire. In addition to acting, Peet is also a playwright.

Amanda Peet Photo

Amanda Peet arrives at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party osted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

Husband & Children

In 2006 Peet married Game of Thrones screenwriter David Benioff in New York City. Together the couple has three kids: Frances (b. 2007), Molly (b. 2010), and Henry (b. 2014). 

Movies and TV Shows

'The Whole Nine Yards'

Although Peet began her acting career in the mid-1990s — appearing in TV shows like WB's Jack and Jill and Seinfeld, as well as films like One Fine Day (1996), She's the One (1996) and Simply Irresistible (1999) — her professional breakthrough was in the mafia comedy The Whole Nine Yards, where she plays a dental assistant who aspires to be a contract killer like the Chicago hit man (Bruce Willis) who moves in next door to her boss (Matthew Perry). Her comedic performance was praised by critics and opened her to new opportunities. Although The Whole Nine Yards followed up with a sequel, The Whole Ten Yards (2004), the latter was generally panned by critics and moviegoers.

'Something's Gotta Give'

Peet continued working, co-starring in Saving Silverman (2001), with Jason Biggs and Jack Black, and a year later in Igby Goes Down (2002). She tried her hand at more serious fare, playing the wife of Ben Affleck's character in the thriller Changing Lanes (2002), but received more media buzz with the success of Something's Gotta Give (2003), a rom-com starring Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Keanu Reeves. Peet plays the daughter of Keaton's character and dates a much older man, (played by Jack Nicholson), while Keaton's character finds herself romantically tangled up with a much younger man, (played by Keanu Reeves).

In 2003 Peet dove back into drama, playing a prostitute in the film Identity — the first of three films she would star in with John Cusack, the others being Martian Child (2007) and 2012 (2009). She also starred in the geopolitical drama Syriana (2005), playing the wife of Matt Damon's character.

'2012'

Around this time, she did some work on the small screen, starring in Aaron Sorkin's series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip in 2006 and a couple years later in The X-Files: I Want to Believe. After acting in some smaller indie films, Peet starred in the successful disaster flick 2012, which became her highest grossing project to date, despite receiving mixed reviews.

'Brockmire'

Other noteworthy projects include the live-action adventure movie Gulliver's Travels (2010), CBS' The Good Wife (2012-2013), HBO's Togetherness (2015-2016) and IFC's Brockmire (2017), which co-stars Hank Azaria.

About her Brockmire character — which is her latest small-screen endeavor playing a manager of a minor league baseball team — Peet admitted the sport doesn't excite her much.

“I watched a few documentaries, but I still don’t understand it,” she told People in 2017, recalling her attempt at researching her new role. “I would always tell Hank, ‘Nobody makes it to first base.’ It can be so boring!”

However, Peet said that her immense admiration for her co-star compelled her to tag along: “I had worshipped Hank from afar, and I think he’s incredibly funny. When I watched him do Brockmire, I fell in love with him all over again so then I just wanted to be his sidekick.”

Peet is set to star in Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner's contemporary anthology series The Romanoffs (2018), as part of an all-star ensemble cast on Amazon.

Theatre

In 2013 Peet added playwright to her resume with the premiere of her Off Broadway play The Commons of Pensacola, which starred Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner.

Early Life

Amanda Peet was born on January 11, 1972 in New York City to parents Penny and Charles. Honoring her father's religious traditions, Peet was raised Quaker, despite being half Jewish (from her mother's side). However, she grew up observing the holidays of both faiths, celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah.

After high school, Peet attended Columbia University. Although she received her degree in American history, she already had set her sights on becoming an actress by the time she graduated.

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