Peter Coyote (born Robert Peter Cohon October 10, 1941) is an American actor and author. He is the cofounder, with Emmett Grogan, of the San Francisco Diggers and a 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 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 Salt Lake City, Utah, with Glenn Close. He has also served as an announcer during Oscar telecasts.