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Peter Paige
(June 20, 1968 - living) U.S.A.

Peter Paige

Actor, theatre director and playwright


Born in West Hartford, Connecticut, after a childhood spent in seven different states, thus allowing him to develop his adaptability to both new people and environments. The one constant in Peter's life was acting, a passion he discovered early at the age of six when he was cast as the Scarecrow in his first grade production of The Wizard of Oz. Instantly, Peter knew that he had found the great love of his life. He told his family even then that he wanted to be an actor.

When the time for college rolled around, Peter chose the Boston University's School of Theatre Arts, spending twelve to fifteen hours a day in the university's classical theatre conservatory, until he graduated summa cum laude. He also earned the Stein Award for outstanding achievement.

Peter PaigeHis career first took him to New York, where he performed off Broadway and toured with a bilingual production of Tartuffe, and to Boston, where he premiered the role of Snoopy in the revival of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown.

In order to support himself, Peter ran through a series of jobs (waiting tables, hotel clerk, phone company employee and many others), anything that would give him the freedom and flexibility he needed to continue auditioning. He eventually ended up working in an art gallery, which led to a lifelong love of art. It also renewed his dedication to self-determination, and he started to write his own plays.

Then in 1995, Peter relocated to Portland, Oregon, , where he worked for two years on the city's Equity stages and was was discovered by his current manager, who immediately saw the potential and brought Paige to Los Angeles. He began to guest star on a number of TV shows and appeared in a few films, as well as continuing to see his plays performed in workshops.

In 1999 he received the biggest call of his acting life when, after an anxiety ridden month of auditions and call-backs, he won the role of Emmett on the American version of British TV hit Queer as Folk.

Within weeks of the controversial show's first airing, Paige became a spokesperson for gay actors (and sometimes straight ones) and the show. Paige, who has never played one character for so long, finished season two and gratefully headed back to his longterm partner and a performance in the L.A. play Secret Agents.

Peter Paige


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