Peter Jacobson

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Peter Jacobson
Peter Jacobson at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Jacobson at the 2009 premiere of Whatever Works
Born (1965-03-24) March 24, 1965 (age 56)
EducationBrown University (BA)
Juilliard School (GrDip)
Years active1993–present
Known forChris Taub from House
Spouse(s)Whitney Scott
Parent(s)Walter Jacobson
Lynn Straus

Peter Jacobson (born March 24, 1965) is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Dr. Chris Taub on the Fox medical drama series House. He also starred on the USA Network science fiction drama Colony as former Proxy Snyder.

Early life[edit]

Jacobson was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Lynn Straus and news anchor Walter Jacobson. His family is Jewish, coming from Russia, Ukraine and, possibly, Lithuania.[1] He is a 1987 graduate of Brown University.[2] Jacobson also graduated from the Juilliard School, where he was a member of the drama division's Group 20 (1987–1991).[3]


Jacobson and Lisa Edelstein, his future co-star on House, appeared as a couple eating at a restaurant in the 1997 film As Good as It Gets. He appeared twice on Law & Order as Randy Dworkin, a jovial crusading defense attorney. In 2005, he played Jimmy in the Academy Award-nominated film Good Night, and Good Luck.[4] He has appeared in Scrubs, CSI: Miami, The Lost Room, The Starter Wife, Transformers, Colony, and The Midnight Meat Train.

Jacobson joined the cast of House as Dr. Chris Taub, a plastic surgeon hoping to secure a place on Dr. Gregory House's diagnostics team. In October 2007, he was confirmed as a regular on the show.[5] He made a guest appearance as Alan on an episode of the USA Network's Royal Pains.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 It Could Happen to You Television Reporter
1996 Ed's Next Move Yalta Coffee Shop Owner
1997 Private Parts Lawyer
1997 Commandments Banker
1997 Conspiracy Theory Surveillance Operator
1997 Deconstructing Harry Goldberg / Harry's Character
1997 As Good as It Gets Man at Table
1998 A Price Above Rubies Schmuel
1998 Great Expectations Man on Phone
1998 Mixing Nia
1998 A Civil Action Neil Jacobs
1999 Hit and Runway Elliot Springer
1999 Cradle Will Rock Silvano
2000 Looking for an Echo Marty Pearlstein
2001 Life with David J
2001 Roomates Eric
2001 61* Artie Green
2001 Get Well Soon Nathan
2002 Pipe Dream Arnie Hufflitz
2002 Showtime Brad Slocum
2002 Path to War Adam Yarmolinsky
2004 Strip Search John Scanlon
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck Jimmy
2005 Domino Burke Beckett
2006 Failure to Launch Boatyard Man
2006 The Passage Jacob Schultz
2007 The Memory Thief Mr. Freeman
2007 Live Free or Die Hard Maggie Q's Partner Uncredited
2007 Purple Violets Monroe Uncredited
2007 Transformers Mr. Hosney Cameo
2008 What Just Happened Cal
2008 Midnight Meat Train Otto
2011 Cars 2 Acer Voice role
2013 White House Down Wallace
2013 Brightest Star Dr. Lambert
2014 Better Living Through Chemistry Dr. Roth
2016 Catfight Carl
2019 The Goldfinch Mr. Silver
2021 Violet Roger Vale


Year Title Role Notes
1993 NYPD Blue Reporter #1 Episode: "4B or Not 4B"
1994 Law & Order Dr. Karl Styne Episode: "Doubles"
1997 Oz Carlton Auerback Episode: "Capital P"
1997 Spin City Greg Mullins Episode: "Porn in the U.S.A."
2000 Talk to Me Sandy 3 episodes
2000–2001 Bull Josh Kaplan 5 episodes
2001 Will and Grace Paul Budnik Episode: "Mad Dogs and Average Men"
2001 Gideon's Crossing Josh Steinman Episode: "The Way"
2001 Third Watch Detective Hall Episode: "Childhood Memories"
2003 A.U.S.A. Geoffrey Laurence 8 episodes
2003 Ed Jeff Foster Episode: "Goodbye Stuckeyville"
2003-2006 Law & Order Randolph J. "Randy" Dworkin, Esq. 3 episodes
2004 ER Episode: "The Student"
2004 Method and Red Bill Blaford 5 Episodes
2005 Hope and Faith Aaron Melville 2 episodes
2005 CSI: Miami George Hammett Episode: "Payback"
2006 Love Monkey Wapow! Guy Episode: "Confidence"
2006 Scrubs Mr. Foster Episode: "My Big Bird"
2006 Criminal Minds Michael Ryer Episode: "Somebody's Watching"
2006 In Justice Yarmulke Jake 5 episodes
2006 The Lost Room Wally Jabrowski 3 episodes
2006 Entourage Studio Head Episode: "The Release"
2007 Boston Legal D.A. Randy Golden Episode: "Guantanamo by the Bay"
2007 The Starter Wife Kenny Kagan 6 episodes
2007–2012 House Dr. Chris Taub 96 episodes
2009–2010 Royal Pains Alan Righter 2 episodes
2011 The Good Wife Michael Kahane Episode: "A New Day"
2012 Iron Chef America Himself Guest judge
Episode: "Simon vs. Yagihashi"
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Bart Ganzel 3 episodes
2013–2015 Ray Donovan Lee Drexler 10 episodes
2013 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Michael Rotenberg Episode: "The Gang Broke Dee"
2013 Perception Dr. Poole Episode: "Asylum"
2014 Rake Max Fawcett Episode: "50 Shades of Gay"
2015 Chicago P.D. Mr. Friedman Episode: "What Puts You on That Ledge"
2015 Battle Creek Darrel Episode: "Cereal Killers"
2016–2018 Colony Proxy Alan Snyder 25 episodes
2016 Madam Secretary Ted Episode: "The Middle Way"
2016–2017 The Americans Agent Wolfe Recurring role; 11 episodes
2017 Адаптация (The Adaptation) C.I.A. Colonel Doyle Brunson Regular
2017 Bull Garrett Tildan Episode: "Dirty Little Secrets"
2017 Genius Chaim Weizmann Episode: "Chapter Eight"
2017 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Randy Dworkin Episode: Gone Fishin'
2018 NCIS: LA John Rogers Season 10 - Series Regular
2019–present Fear The Walking Dead Rabbi Jacob Kessner Recurring role (season 5–present)

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Cars 2: The Video Game Acer


  1. ^ "My interview with actor Peter Jacobson (House, Colony, Ray Donovan & The Americans)". Paula Courtney. Posted on November 26, 2016.
  2. ^ "Alumni in the News". Brown University.
  3. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. September 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11.
  4. ^ Peter Jacobson at IMDb
  5. ^ "'House' Selects Its Permanent New Team". October 4, 2007.
  6. ^ Mitovich, Matt (June 23, 2009). "Exclusive: House Doc and Swimsuit Model Feel the Pains". TV Guide Online. Retrieved June 24, 2009.

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