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Peter Berg (born March 11, 1964) is an American actor, film director, producer and writer. He is known for directing films such as Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom, The Rundown and Hancock. As an actor he's best known for his role as Dr. Billy Kronk on the CBS medical drama Chicago Hope.

Life and career

Berg was born in New York City, New York. He is the son of Sally and Larry Berg. His mother co-founded a youth group named Catalog for Giving and worked at a psychiatric hospital when Berg was growing up. He has a younger sister, Mary. After graduating high school from The Taft School, Berg attended Macalester Collegemarker in Saint Paul, Minnesotamarker, where he majored in theater arts and theater history. He graduated in 1984, and in 1985 moved to Los Angeles to pursue his film career. Berg put his acting aspirations on hold when he first arrived in Los Angeles, choosing instead to learn about the film business as a production assistant.

Personal life

On August 28, 1993, Berg married long-time girlfriend Elizabeth Rogers; they divorced in 1997. Berg has a son, Emmett, who was born November 1999. Berg dated Estella Warren for four years until spring 2006 when they ended their relationship. He is also the cousin of writer H. G. Bissinger, whose book Friday Night Lights provides the basis for the film and TV series. Berg is Jewish. He has one son, named Kolby.

The Kingdom accident

While shooting the film The Kingdom on location in Mesa, Arizonamarker Berg was involved in a fatal accident that resulted in the death of another member of the production team. The SUV he was riding in collided with a Gator all-terrain vehicle driven by Nick Papac. Papac died three hours later. On August 8, 2008, Papac's parents Michael Papac and Michele Bell filed suit against the director, a driver and the production company. The lawsuit was dropped in 2008.


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