Peter Weller really is Buckaroo Banzai

So Peter Weller, who was so big in the 80s as Buckaroo Banzai and eventually Robocop, has returned once again to the small screen as Jack Bauer’s CTU recruitment officer in 24. It’s a nice performance and you could well imagine him as a match for RoboJack, unlike most of 24‘s previous enemies.

So I checked out Weller’s IMDB page to find out what he’s been doing over the years. Turns out he really is Buckaroo Banzai. Not only does he play in a band with Jeff Goldblum, he actually teaches a literature and fine arts class at Syracuse University and can be seen on The History Channel’s new documentary on Roman engineering. As if that weren’t enough, he holds a master’s degree in Roman and Renaissance art and is working toward a Ph.D.

No doubt, if we ever make it to the eighth dimension, we’ll be able to thank Weller.


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.