Peter Onorati smashes the myth that “over 60” means retirement, in his dynamic performance of Jack Mumford in SWAT.
Peter Onorati Smashes The Myth That “Over 60” Means Retirement
By Richard James Mabey Jr.
The second episode of SWAT just recently aired on CBS-TV. And, in that episode Peter Onorati gave one dynamic, dramatic performance; smashing that horrible myth that “over 60” means retirement. Peter still has all of the fury, the controlled anger, the subtle arrogance, the powerful presence that made him a star in “Civil Wars,” the courtroom drama television series of the early 1990’s. There are certain trademark qualities, that run like a golden thread, in Peter’s various characters that he has portrayed over the years.
There is no doubt that there is a unique quality to Peter Onorati’s acting style.
You know it in your heart. But it’s so hard to define, to put into words. But there is no doubt that there is a unique quality to Peter Onorati’s acting style. It’s the kind of thing when the boss gives you a hard time at work for no reason. That facial expression that befalls your face as your boss walks away, after he or she has just given you the business. Well, that’s the face of Peter Onorati as he fights for a cause, in his various roles.
Peter’s character of Jack Mumford, called me back to another time and another place.
After having seen the first episode of SWAT, I felt that I knew Peter’s character, Jack Mumford, from another time and another place. It drove me crazy. It’s like when a song plays over and over in your mind, say a song from long ago, and you cannot remember what singer or group sang that song. It was that kind of thing.
Peter Onorati’s character of Jack Mumford reminds me a lot of Stan Lee’s comic book character, Sergeant Nick Fury.
Then the other night, while watching the second episode of SWAT, the old light bulb went on. It was just like an old Road Runner cartoon, where the light bulb turns on just above the head of Wile E. Coyote’s head. It came to me, when I least expected it! Peter’s character reminded me of none other than Stan Lee’s comic book character, Sergeant Nick Fury. With all due respect, not the modern day Nick Fury, but rather the Nick Fury of the comic books of the mid 1960’s.
My old tree fort, from where I read dozens of Nick Fury comic books as a kid.
When I was a kid, I read dozens of Nick Fury comic books from high atop my old tree fort. Sergeant Fury worked from instinct, he was rough and rugged, and had true-blue natural leadership skills. And, did not necessarily go by the book. I could see Peter Onorati playing the role of Nick Fury. I could just see Peter leading the Howling Commandos into battle where they are outnumbered 10 to one, but still come out victorious!
Peter Onorati is a hard working man, who has never forgotten his thousands of fans!
I think that Peter Onorati is one of the most talented actors on television today! He is a hard working man, who has never forgotten his thousands of fans. I hold a very high degree of respect and admiration for Peter, for all he has accomplished, in a very tough and competitive field. Peter really is one in a million. In some ways, Peter’s character of Jack Mumford, who is the no nonsense guy with a heart of gold, reflects a bit of who Peter Onorati is in real life. Believe me when I tell you, Peter has a heart of gold!
You just don’t want to miss one single episode of SWAT. It’s on every Thursday night, on CBS-TV at 10:00 eastern time and 9:00 central time.
If you have not yet watched an episode of SWAT, you really need to check it out. It’s that kind of edge-of-your-seat, action packed drama that is generally reserved for the movies. The beautiful thing is that you don’t have to take out a bank loan to watch SWAT. You don’t have to sit in a crowded movie theater. And, you don’t have to sweat out finding your car in some crowded parking lot after the film is over. Yes, for absolutely no admission fee you can check out one of the most dynamic action-packed dramas on television! SWAT is on every Thursday night on CBS-TV; 9:00 eastern time and 10:00 central time. Believe me, you really don’t want to miss another episode!