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Peter Coyote: Talk and Book Signing
Start Date: 5/1/2015Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 5/1/2015
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Peter Coyote, 2015 McIlroy Family Visiting Professor of Performing and Visual Arts

Join us in celebrating the extraordinary talent and service of Peter Coyote, artist, writer and activist.

Hosted by Todd Shields, Dean, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.
David Johnson, Executive Director, Fayetteville Public Library
Hayden and Mary Joe McIlroy and Family

Location: Fayetteville Public Library’s Media Magazine Wing, 401 W. Mountain Street, Fayetteville
Opening Remarks by David Johnson, Todd Shields

Time: Author’s Talk, 7:00 P.M., Author’s Book Signing, 8:00 P.M.

For more information, please contact Susan Foley at or 479-856-7000.

Peter Coyote, Biography

PETER COYOTE began his film career at 39, after living nearly fifteen years in the counter-culture during the 1960s and 70s. Since then, he has performed as an actor for some of the world’s most distinguished filmmakers, including: Barry Levinson, Roman Polanski, Pedro Almodovar, Steven Spielberg, Walter Hill, Martin Ritt, Steven Soderberg, Diane Kurys, Sidney Pollack and Jean Paul Rappeneau.

Mr. Coyote has written a memoir of his counter-culture years called Sleeping Where I Fall which received universally excellent reviews, appeared on three best-seller lists, sold five printings in hardback. After being released by Counterpoint Press in 1999, it was re-released in November of 2010.. It is currently in use as a source text for Sixties Studies in several universities. An early chapter from that book, “Carla’s Story, won the 1993/94 Pushcart Prize for Excellence in non-fiction.

Mr. Coyote is also well-known for his voice-over work, and has done numerous documentaries and TV specials, including the nine-hour PBS Special, The West. In 1992 he won an EMMY as the “Host” for a nine-hour series, called, The Pacific Century which also won the extremely prestigious duPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. In 2000 year he was the announcer of the  Academy Awards Ceremony, taking the heavy-lifting off co-host Billy Crystal’s shoulders for all the announcements in a broadcast which played live to an estimated one billion listeners.

Last year he recorded the12 hour series on the National Parks for Ken Burns and has recently completed the voice-work on Mr. Burns two latest series—Prohibition and The Dust Bowl. For a number of years he was the announcer of the National Geographic Explorer series. In the last several years he has appeared in principle roles in: Femme Fatale, directed by Brian DePalma, and A Walk to Remember, starring Mandy Moore, Northfork by the Polish Brothers and Bon Voyage by Jean Paul Rappeneau which he performed in French and German and in late 2010 he played the lead in an ARTE Television (French and German PBS) called “Valparaiso” in which he performed solely in French.

In 2006 he had a major role in three television series: The Inside on Fox-TV, the 4400 on USA Channel and played the Vice-President to Geena Davis’s President on Commander in Chief for ABC-TV until the show’s end. In 2011 he starred as the District Attorney in the new version of Law and Order – LA. In 2007 he was prominently featured as an old boxing promoter in Rod Lurie’s “Resurrecting the Champ” with Samuel. L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett, and also as Sally Field’s disreputable writing teacher on the television series, “Brothers and Sisters.” He recently completed filming on Adopt A Sailor, co-starring Bebe Neuwirth and Ethan Peck (grandson of Gregory) by screenwriter/playwright Charles Evered, and The Lena Baker Story,(which he accompanied to Cannes this year) written and directed by Richard Wilcox, starring Mr. Coyote and Tichina Arnold, of Everybody Hates Chris.

Mr. Coyote is currently editing a new book about politics and preparing a new show on the Criminal Investigating Division of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) which has won the full support of the agency. He makes his home in Northern California, and considers working on old trucks and motorcycles his longest lasting addiction. He currently drives a restored 1974 BMW R90S motorcycle of which he is inordinately proud.

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