Peter Lawrence Strauss was born on the 20th February 1947, in Croton-on-Hudson, New York USA, and is a five-time Golden Globe Award-nominated actor, probably best known to the world for his roles in films “The Jericho Mile” (1979) as Larry ‘Rain’ Murphy, “Nick of Time” (1995) as Brendan Grant, and “xXx: State of the Union” (2005), as President James Sanford, among other differing roles. Peter’s career started in the late ‘60s.
Have you ever wondered how rich Peter Strauss is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources it has been estimated that Peter’s net worth is as high as $5 million, earned through his successful career in the entertainment industry, during which he has appeared in more than 80 film and TV titles.
Peter Strauss Net Worth $5 Million
Peter’s parents were Jewish, and he went to the Hackley School, from which he matriculated in 1965, then continued his education at Northwestern University, and graduating four years later.
Soon after college, Peter’s career started with a role in David’s Miller Golden Globe Award-nominated “Hail, Hero!” (1969), starring Michael Douglas, Arthur Kennedy and Teresa Wright. He then continued with supporting roles in westerns “Soldier Blue” (1970) and “The Man Without a Country”, next to Cliff Robertson and Beau Bridges. In 1976 he was cast in the role of Rudy Jordache in the TV series “Rich Man, Poor Man” (1976), and also portrayed Wylie in the film “The Last Tycoon”. The following year he starred in the Richard T. Heffron’s biographical drama “Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy”, and then played Larry ‘Rain’ Murphy in Michal Mann’s “The Jericho Mile” in 1979, all of which increased his net worth by a large margin.
Peter started the ‘80s with the lead role in the film “Angel on My Shoulder” (1980), and continued with the lead role in the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated drama “A Whale for the Killing” (1981), and then lent his voice to Justin from the animated film “The Secret of NIMH” (1982). In 1985 he played Dick Diver in the mini-series “Tender Is the Night” (1985), and in 1989 played Peter Gunn in the film of the same name.
Nothing changed for Peter in the early ‘90s, as he continued to appear in films, preferably those made for television directly, such as “83 Hours ‘Til Dawn” (1990), “Trial: The Price of Passion” (1992), “Men Don’t Tell” (1993) – which received a Golden Globe Award nomination – then “The Yearling” (1994), and “Texas Justice” (1995), with Heather Locklear and Dennis Franz.
From 1996 until 1997 he portrayed Dr. Nicholas Moloney in the TV series “Moloney”, and then in 1998 played Dr. Sam Sheppard in the film “My Father’s Shadow: The Sam Sheppard Story”. He finished the decade with the role of La Hire in the highly-praised mini-series “Joan of Arc”, starring Ted Atherton and Jacqueline Bisset, which also added to his net worth.
Peter started the new millennium with the lead role in yet another television film, “A Father’s Choice” (2000), with Michelle Trachtenberg and Mary McDonnell, and then in 2002 portrayed Dr. Isaac Braun in the TV series “Body & Soul”. In 2005 was cast as President James Sanford in the film xXx: State of the Union”, with Willem Dafoe, Samuel L. Jackson and Ice Cube. In 2007 he featured in the romantic comedy “License to Wed” (2007), while in 2010 he appeared in the film “Jack’s Family Adventures”, then had a break until 2014, when he was selected to play Grant in the film “Sugar Daddies”, and most recently, he featured in the romantic drama “Drawing Home” (2017), starring Julie Lynn Mortensen, Juan Riedinger and Kate Mulgrew.
Regarding his personal life, Peter has been married to actress Rachel Ticotin since 1998. He has two divorces behind him; his first wife was Beverly Baker Paulding, and their marriage lasted from 1973 until 1979. In 1983 he married Nicole Fons, with whom he had two children, before divorce in 1994.
Does TV commercials for Miracle Gro Plant Food. 
Has voiced not one but two cartoon mice in his roles as a voice actor, namely Justin from "The Secret of NIMH" and Stoker from both series of "Biker Mice From Mars".
Once owned the property now known as "Peter Strauss Ranch", a park operated by the National Park Service in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Southern California. The property, once know as "Lake Enchanto", had been an amusement park in the mid 1930s but fell into disrepair and finally closed in the early 1960s.Mr. Strauss purchased the property and restored it to its natural beauty in 1976 and lived there until 1983 when he sold the property to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The park, located at 30000 Mulholland Highway in Cornell CA, is a highly suggested destination of beauty in the Santa Monica Mountains.
He teaches public speaking at local high schools in California.
He has served as the spokesman for the National Search Dog Foundation, and serves on community committees including the Ojai Youth Foundation, the Ojai Music Festival, and the Ojai Film Society.
He auditioned to play a role in the film Slap Shot (1977) but broke his leg while skating in the audition.
He owns a California farm and when he isn't acting, he is a working citrus rancher.
Attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.