The great Peter Haskell, performing arts advisor to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, has died. A well known film and television actor, Peter delighted his friends and admirers by billing himself as a performer and part time wheel chair repairman.
Peter, who stepped forward as one of the earliest advisors to The Museum, was born in 1934 in Boston, Massachusetts. After his service in the United States Army, He entered Harvard University where he earned his bachelor’s degree.
Mr. Haskell’s acting career began in an off-Broadway play called The Love Nest, starring Sally Kirkland and James Earl Jones. Though the play managed to stay afloat for only 13 performances, it was enough to persuade Peter not to go on to law school as he had planned. Traveling west, he began his Hollywood career in television’s Death Valley Days. Other exciting opportunities came with roles in; The Outer Limits, The Man from U,N.C.L.E, The Fugitive, Dr. Kildare, Ben Casey, and Charlie’s Angeles.
Introduced to The Museum by actor-playwright Willard Simms, Peter was a member of the organization’s Performing Arts Committee. He is included in The Museum’s list of notable residents in the Northridge100 centennial anniversary of Northridge, Porter Ranch and historic Zelzah.
Known as a “working actor”, Peter appeared regularly on television daytime serials such as Ryan’s Hope and Search For Tomorrow. He also performed in Bracken’s World, and the prime-time dramatic series Rich Man, Poor Man. Peter had an unforgettable face and demeanor that made him easily recognized. This was reinforced by roles on The Big Valley, Mannix, Barnably Joones, JAG, The Closer, Cold Case and Frasier. He will be much missed.
Peter Haskell (October 15, 1934 – April 12, 2010)
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