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|Born||) August 6, 1938
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Bonerz grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended Marquette University High School, gaining his first theatrical experience with the Prep Players under rigid conditions. At Marquette University he participated in the Marquette University Players under the Reverend John J. Walsh, S.J. After graduating with a bachelor of science degree in 1960, he decided to seek a career in theater, beginning with The Premise, an improv group in New York City. After compulsory service as a draftee in the United States Army, he joined The Committee, an improv troupe in San Francisco, California.
His first network television appearance was in 1965 on The Addams Family in the Season Two episode "Morticia, The Writer". He had several more TV appearances in the late 1960s and also had a number of roles in several films, including Medium Cool (1969) and Catch-22 (1970), the latter of which also included his future co-star Bob Newhart. In 1971, Bonerz was part of an ensemble cast in the short-lived improvisational television show Story Theatre which also included Alan Alda and Valerie Harper. In 1972, he landed the popular supporting role of Dr. Jerry Robinson, the eccentric orthodontist on The Bob Newhart Show, whose most frequent comic foil was Marcia Wallace as Carol, the sharp-tongued receptionist. He also directed 29 episodes. The show ran for six seasons, with ratings among the top 20 in the first three seasons.
In one of his later acting roles he played a psychiatrist in the movie Serial (1980). In 1986, Bonerz co-starred alongside Tuesday Weld and River Phoenix in the CBS television movie Circle of Violence: A Family Drama. He directed a large number of situation comedy episodes for series such as Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, Foley Square, My Sister Sam, Friends, Murphy Brown, NewsRadio, Home Improvement, It's Your Move, and ALF. He also directed a few films, such as Police Academy 6: City Under Siege.
- DVD commentary from The Addams Family - The Complete Series, Special Feature, "Guest Star Seance"
- Peter Bonerz Biography (1938-) - Film Reference