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Peter Sagal

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Peter Sagal is an American playwright, screenwriter, actor, and host of the National Public Radio game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! He is originally from Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, although he currently resides in Oak Park, Illinois. Sagal attended Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he resided in Quincy House.

Sagal is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine's "True-Life Tales" column, beginning with a column entitled "He Goes Down Looking," which appeared in the August 6, 2006 issue. He was also a guest movie critic on the television show Ebert & Roeper in the December 2, 2006 episode. He has a column about running equipment in Runner's World and has also written for the Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, and other publications.

His book The Book of Vice: Very Naughty Things (and How to Do Them) was published in October 2007 by HarperCollins.

In April 2007, his play Denial received its New York premiere at the Metropolitan Playhouse on the Lower East Side.

Sagal is a marathoner who completed the 2007 Boston Marathon. Sagal was also an extra in a Michael Jackson music video.

Mr. Sagal resides in the Chicago area with his wife, Beth Albrecht Sagal and their three daughters.

Peter is also credited as co-writer of the movie Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.

NOTE: Bio updated on June 14, 2011.