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Peter Coyote

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Actor Peter Coyote (born Peter Cohon October 10, 1942 in Colver, Pennsylvania) was the cofounder, with Emmett Grogan, of the San Francisco Diggers and veteran of the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Coyote became a member, and later Chairman, of the California State Arts Council from 1975 to 1983. He shifted from acting on stage to acting in films in the late 1970s.

Coyote is best known for his role as "Keys" in ET. He has acted in over 70 films and has narrated many documentaries and audio books. His voice work includes narrarating the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah with Glenn Close.

As a writer he has a mythopoetic style reminiscent of Michael Ventura, the product of years of self-examination.

Peter Coyote's left-wing politics are evident in his articles for Mother Jones magazine some of which he wrote as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention and his disagreements with David Horowitz in his autobiography Sleeping Where I Fall.

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