Peter Friedman

Biography: Avid filmgoers and adherents to the indie film movement that swept through America in the early to mid-'90s will invariably remember Peter Friedman as the sneaky, underhanded, New Age-espousing "self-help guru" who supposedly attempts to offer ailing Julianne Moore a hand up -- but only succeeds in draining her wallet -- in Todd Haynes' harrowing drama Safe (1995). In truth, that role represented just one of many memorable cinematic contributions for the prolific, highly versatile character actor, whose resumé reads like a best-of list of both independent film and Hollywood product. This slightly diminutive, stocky, and balding player first made an impression with a small role in the holiday slasher opus Christmas Evil (1980), then essayed a series of consistently interesting projects including Finnegan Begin Again (1984), The Seventh Sign (1988, as a priest), Blink (1994, as an ophthalmologist), and I Shot Andy Warhol (1996). Friedman's onscreen activity extended into theAvid filmgoers and adherents to the indie film movement that swept through America in the early to mid-'90s will invariably remember Peter Friedman as the sneaky, underhanded, New Age-espousing "self-help guru" who supposedly attempts to offer ailing Julianne Moore a hand up -- but only succeeds in draining her wallet -- in Todd Haynes' harrowing drama Safe (1995). In truth, that role represented just one of many memorable cinematic contributions for the prolific, highly versatile character actor, whose resumé reads like a best-of list of both independent film and Hollywood product. This slightly diminutive, stocky, and balding player first made an impression with a small role in the holiday slasher opus Christmas Evil (1980), then essayed a series of consistently interesting projects including Finnegan Begin Again (1984), The Seventh Sign (1988, as a priest), Blink (1994, as an ophthalmologist), and I Shot Andy Warhol (1996). Friedman's onscreen activity extended into the 2000s, most visibly in Tamara Jenkins' drama The Savages (2007), in which he played Laura Linney's sex-hungry paramour. Expand

Peter Friedman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 53
Highest Metascore: 85 The Savages
Lowest Metascore: 20 Spinning Into Butter
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
12 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Keep in Touch Nov 4, 2016 Dallen Parcel tbd
40 Coming Up Roses Nov 9, 2012 Charles tbd
61 Harvest May 6, 2011 Carmine Monopoli tbd
56 Breaking Upwards Apr 2, 2010 Alan tbd
20 Spinning Into Butter Mar 27, 2009 Jay Salter 5.3
67 Synecdoche, New York Oct 24, 2008 Emergency Room Doctor / Emergency Room Doctor tbd
85 The Savages Nov 28, 2007 Larry 7.4
43 Freedomland Feb 17, 2006 Lt. Gold 5.1
55 King of the Corner Jun 17, 2005 Arthur Wexler 5.5
43 Paycheck Dec 25, 2003 Attorney General Brown / Attorney General Brown tbd
32 Someone Like You... Mar 30, 2001 Stephen, Alice's Husband / Stephen, Alice's Husband 8.4
75 I Shot Andy Warhol May 1, 1996 Alan Burke 7.3
63 Single White Female Aug 14, 1992 Graham Knox 7.4