You and I know him best as the unforgettable (and let’s face it, best version) of Officer Alex Murphy, aka Robocop! But do you know what else Peter Weller has done since then? He’s never idle!
Screamers was this amazing movie with some astounding dialogue, and yes, Weller starred in that as the pivotal role of Hendricksson. He did a stint on Star Trek: Enterprise, Kiefer Sutherland’s 24, and in everyone’s favorite moonlighting serial killer Dexter. He was the voice of a 50+ Batman in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, both parts 1 & 2, and believe me, gave extra oomph to that role with his incredible voice acting talents. He was Marcus in Star Trek Into Darkness, plays Lucian Connally on the tv series Longmire, and even currently has a recurring role in Sons of Anarchy!
Weller earned a master’s degree in Roman and Renaissance art at Syracuse University, and has occasionally taught courses in ancient history there. He’s currently working towards a PhD in Italian Renaissance art history, and is a huge fan of filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni’s movies. He married actress Shari Stowe in the Santa Maria Assuna church in Positano, Italy, and speaks fluent Italian.
A few years ago there was a bit of a hoopla when a group of Robocop fans decided to erect a statue of Robocop in their beloved Detroit, and actually managed to raise $50,000 to do it. A CBR columnist, Ron Marz, tweeted that he thought that sum of money could be better spent feeding the hungry in Detroit. RoboCharity was founded to do just that; it took off when Book of Eli writer Gary Whitta said he’d donate to a food charity if Marz would. Then Ryan Meray, owner of CI Tech Solutions joined the two of them and RoboCharity was formed. As flattered as Weller was by the statue, he agreed with Marz’ call to action and threw his support behind RoboCharity, which raises funds for Forgotten Harvest. If you’re inclined to make a donation in honor of Weller’s birthday, we suggest Forgotten Harvest![youtube=http://youtu.be/CiDKgQVj4_o#t=0]
Happy Birthday to the original Robocop, Peter Weller, from all of us here at Krypton Radio!