Born Pierre La
Cock in Huntington, West Virginia, Peter made his
entrance into show
business as a band singer at the age of 15. While still a teen, he moved to
New York City where he landed a job as a page in radio for NBC.
Early in his career he joined forces with Tommy Noonan. The comedy team
appeared in major night clubs, films, and theatres throughout the country and made
numerous appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Peter soon went to London and starred with Chita Rivera in Bye-Bye-Birdie.
His first starring role on Broadway was with Julie Harris in Skyscraper.
In later years, he appeared in other musicals including High Button Shoes,
Anything Goes, Music Man, 42nd Street, and Neil
Simon's Rumors. In the 1980s, Peter performed his role of Georges in
over 800 performances of La Cage Aux Folles, first in the National
Company and then at the Palace on Broadway until the show closed.
Peter moved into acting when he signed as a contract player at Twentieth
Century Fox. Some of his earlier films include Ensign Pulver,
Swinging Along, and The Cavern. More recently he was seen as the
radio crooner in Annie.