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Peter Bonerz (born August 6, 1938 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire) is an American actor and director who is best known as the character Dr. Jerry Robinson on The Bob Newhart Show.

Bonerz grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended Marquette University High School, gaining his first theatrical experience with the Prep Players under rigid conditions. At Marquette University he participated in the Marquette University Players under the Rev. John J. Walsh, S.J. After graduating with a bachelor of science degree in 1960, he decided to seek a career in theater, beginning with The Premise, an improv group in New York. After compulsory service as a draftee in the US Army he joined The Committee, an improv troupe in San Francisco.

His first network television appearance was in 1965 on The Addams Family in the Season Two episode "Morticia, The Writer". He had several more TV appearances in the late 1960s and also had a number of roles in several films, including Medium Cool (1969) and Catch-22 (1970). In 1972, he landed the popular supporting role of Dr. Jerry Robinson, the eccentric orthodontist on The Bob Newhart Show, whose most frequent comic foil was Marcia Wallace as Carol, the sharp-tongued secretary. He also directed 29 episodes. The show ran for six seasons, with ratings among the top 20 in the first three seasons.

In one of his later acting roles he played a psychiatrist in Serial (1980). In 1986, Bonerz co-starred alongside Tuesday Weld and River Phoenix in the CBS television movie Circle of Violence, and would go on to direct a large number of sitcom episodes for series such as Friends, Murphy Brown, NewsRadio, Home Improvement, It's Your Move, and ALF. He also directed a few films, such as Police Academy 6: City Under Siege.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Peter Bonerz (born August 6, 1938 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire) is an American actor and director who is best known as the character Dr. Jerry Robinson on The Bob Newhart Show.

Bonerz grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended Marquette University High School, gaining his first theatrical experience with the Prep Players under rigid conditions. At Marquette University he participated in the Marquette University Players under the Rev. John J. Walsh, S.J. After graduating with a bachelor of science degree in 1960, he decided to seek a career in theater, beginning with The Premise, an improv group in New York. After compulsory service as a draftee in the US Army he joined The Committee, an improv troupe in San Francisco.

His first network television appearance was in 1965 on The Addams Family in the Season Two episode "Morticia, The Writer". He had several more TV appearances in the late 1960s and also had a number of roles in several films, including Medium Cool (1969) and Catch-22 (1970). In 1972, he landed the popular supporting role of Dr. Jerry Robinson, the eccentric orthodontist on The Bob Newhart Show, whose most frequent comic foil was Marcia Wallace as Carol, the sharp-tongued secretary. He also directed 29 episodes. The show ran for six seasons, with ratings among the top 20 in the first three seasons.

In one of his later acting roles he played a psychiatrist in Serial (1980). In 1986, Bonerz co-starred alongside Tuesday Weld and River Phoenix in the CBS television movie Circle of Violence, and would go on to direct a large number of sitcom episodes for series such as Friends, Murphy Brown, NewsRadio, Home Improvement, It's Your Move, and ALF. He also directed a few films, such as Police Academy 6: City Under Siege.

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Gender Male

Known Credits 70

Birthday 1938-08-06

Place of Birth Portsmouth - New Hampshire - USA

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

2004 Joey (3 episodes)Director
2003 My Big Fat Greek Life (3 episodes)Director
2002 Good Morning, Miami (10 episodes)Director
2002 What I Like About You (1 episode)Director
2001 Three Sisters (3 episodes)Director
1999 Movie Stars (1 episode)Director
1998 The Hughleys (7 episodes)Director
1998 Getting Personal (1 episode)Director
1997 Soul Man (2 episodes)Director
1997 Just Shoot Me! (4 episodes)Director
1996 Mr. Rhodes (1 episode)Director
1996 Pearl (1 episode)Director
1995 Minor Adjustments (1 episode)Director
1995 The Naked Truth (4 episodes)Director
1995 NewsRadio (2 episodes)Director
1995 Hope and Gloria (3 episodes)Director
1994 Friends (17 episodes)Director
1992 Love & War (12 episodes)Director
1992 Flying Blind (4 episodes)Director
1992 Room for Two (4 episodes)Director
1991 Home Improvement (29 episodes)Director
1990 True Colors (4 episodes)Director
1990 Wings (11 episodes)Director
1989 Julie Brown: The Show Director
1989 Doctor Doctor (1 episode)Director
1989 Doctor, Doctor (1 episode)Director
1989 Police Academy 6: City Under Siege Director
1988 Murphy Brown (93 episodes)Director
1988 The Thorns (7 episodes)Director
1986 My Sister Sam (7 episodes)Director
1986 ALF (9 episodes)Director
1986 Together We Stand (1 episode)Director
1986 You Again? (3 episodes)Director
1985 Foley Square (9 episodes)Director
1985 George Burns Comedy Week (2 episodes)Director
1984 It's Your Move (1 episode)Director
1984 E/R (22 episodes)Director
1984 Maggie Briggs (6 episodes)Director
1982 Nine to Five (1 episode)Director
1981 Nobody's Perfekt Director
1981 Park Place (3 episodes)Director
1981 Two of Us (8 episodes)Director
1979 Archie Bunker's Place (4 episodes)Director
1978 Apple Pie (2 episodes)Director
1976 The Tony Randall Show (1 episode)Director
1976 Good Heavens (1 episode)Director
1975 When Things Were Rotten (1 episode)Director
1974 Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers (1 episode)Director
1972 The Bob Newhart Show (29 episodes)Director
1970 The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1 episode)Director

Acting

2017 Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond as Himself
2009 Parks and Recreation (1 episode) as Doug Demarco
2002 Kim Possible (1 episode)
2001 Three Sisters (35 episodes)
1992 Love & War (1 episode)
1991 Dinosaurs (1 episode)
1986 Circle of Violence: A Family Drama as Peter Benfield
1984 Murder, She Wrote (1 episode)
1982 Nine to Five (84 episodes)
1980 Serial as Dr. Leonard Miller
1976 How to Break Up a Happy Divorce as Carter Dowling
1976 Good Heavens (1 episode)
1972 The Bob Newhart Show (142 episodes)
1972 Sanford and Son (1 episode)
1971 McMillan & Wife (1 episode)
1970 Catch-22 as Captain J.S. McWatt
1970 A Storm in Summer as Stanley
1969 Medium Cool as Gus
1969 What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? as Mr. Bentley
1968 Hawaii Five-O (1 episode)
1967 Funnyman as Perry
1966 That Girl (1 episode)
1966 Summer Fun (1 episode)
1964 The Addams Family (1 episode)
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (1 episode)

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