Peter Gallagher has an ‘Extraordinary’ new role

Stage and screen veteran gets to sing and dance in NBC series

Peter Gallagher

In his latest television role, Peter Gallagher is singing a different tune — literally — most weeks.

Seen in recent seasons on such shows as “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Grace and Frankie,” the Broadway veteran’s musical experience helps the NBC series “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” which follows its January preview airing by starting its regular weekly run Sunday, Feb. 16. Gallagher plays Zoey’s (Jane Levy) father, rendered speechless and immobile by a neurological disease … but as with everyone else surrounding Zoey, in her visions, he’s a singing-and-dancing wonder.

“I could not possibly hope for more,” says Gallagher, who rendered Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” in the opening episode. “They are songs that I didn’t know until now that I’ve always wanted to sing.” As for not speaking in the show, though, Gallagher muses, “I just thought how fortunate the rest of the cast was. It’s really the hardest thing in the world for me to do (to stay quiet).”

The medical condition of Gallagher’s “Zoey’s” character mirrors the illness that series creator and executive producer Austin Winsberg’s late father had, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (or PSP).

“It was a chance to be part of a story that I just thought I wanted to be a part of telling,” Gallagher reflects, “because it’s about what connects us as people and not what divides us. It’s about the fact that everybody has a story, and there’s no way you can know it by looking at them, as others might lead us to believe; you have to listen, so that was powerful. My mom had Alzheimer’s for many years, which was a similar kind of thing.”

Birthdate: Aug. 19, 1955

Birthplace: New York

Current residences: Los Angeles and Connecticut

Marital status: Married; his two children are actress Kathryn Gallagher (“You”) and writer-director James Gallagher

Other television credits include: “Grace and Frankie,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The Gifted,” “The Conners,” “Murphy Brown,” “Man Seeking Woman,” “New Girl,” “Togetherness,” “The Good Wife,” “Covert Affairs,” “Whitney,” “Rescue Me,” “Californication,” “The Gathering,” “The O.C.,” “The Secret Lives of Men,” “Fallen Angels,” “An Inconvenient Woman,” “The Murder of Mary Phagan,” “Skag,” “Guiding Light”

Movie credits include: “A Bad Moms Christmas,” “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” “Step Up Revolution,” “Burlesque,” “Conviction,” “The War Boys,” “Mr. Deeds,” “Center Stage,” “House on Haunted Hill,” “American Beauty,” “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday,” “Last Dance,” “While You Were Sleeping,” “The Underneath,” “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle,” “The Hudsucker Proxy,” “Malice,” “Short Cuts,” “Watch It,” “Bob Roberts,” “The Player,” “Sex, Lies and Videotape,” “Summer Lovers,” “The Idolmaker”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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