Larry Peerce has been a film and television director since 1954. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and studied for his Masters at Columbia University. Before becoming a director, Peerce studied acting with Stella Adler, the teacher of Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro. Well-known as an “Actor’s Director,” Peerce has been frequently asked to teach his skills to young actors and directors, both in international acting schools and at the University of Southern California.
Peerce started his career in Cincinnati, Ohio as a live television director. He then made his first feature film, ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO (1964). It was this critical success that brought him to the notice of the Hollywood studios and networks. Peerce came to Los Angeles where he began to direct numerous classic episodic television Westerns and crime shows such as The Green Hornet, Batman, Branded and Wild, Wild West.
In 1967, Peerce returned to his hometown of New York City, where he directed his second feature film, The Incident, introducing Martin Sheen and Beau Bridges to film audiences. He went on to direct another 12 Feature films, including Two-Minute Warning (1967);, A Separate Peace (1972); The Other Side of the Mountain (1975); and the international hit film Goodbye, Columbus (1969). When movies-for-television became popular, Peerce directed over 23 made-for-television films and mini-series including Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (1994); Holy Joe (1999); Elvis and Me (1988); The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson (1990); and A Woman Named Jackie, which won the Emmy for Outsanding Miniseries in 1991.
Larry Peerce is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and The Directors Guild of America.