A B O U T

“I love to entertain and inspire. One out of two will do.” –P e t e r   A r p e s e l l a

Peter grew up in Italy at the Grand Hotel of Rimini (the one in Fellini’s award winning “Amarcord”), where Federico Fellini was a regular guest and dear family friend. After the violent death of his father, Peter helped the family avoid financial and moral bankruptcy and successfully recover, while getting his BA cum laude in business administration. He started his professional career as an investment banker. Then he went to therapy, became an actor and writer and moved to the United States.

T H E   A C T O R

Peter will be seen in the upcoming film “Live By Night,” written/starring/directed by Ben Affleck, slated to hit the theaters late in 2016.

Winner of the Best Actor award at the Route66 Film Festival, and winner of the Distinctive Achievement Award at the Wild Rose Independent Film Festival for his role in the multi-award winning “Into The Silent Sea.” Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 5.28.52 PM

He was featured in the award wining show Mad Men,” (season 6 “Collaborators) where he worked with Jon Hamm, Linda Cardellini and Brian Markinson, directed by Jon Hamm.

Peter plays the lead role of Father Luca in “The Listening Box,” winner of the DGA Diversity Jury Prize Award, The Austin Film Festival Audience Award and the Savannah Film Festival HBO Award.

He plays Markus in “KARA – An Unofficial Star Wars Film.”

He joined the cast of Think Like A Man (Screen Gems), based on Steve Harvey’s best selling book, “Act Like A Woman Think Like A Man.” He worked under the skillful direction of Tim Story (Barbershop, Fantastic Four) with Jerry Ferrara (Entourage) and Gabrielle Union (FlashForward, Bad Boys II).

Prolific Voice Over and Dubbing actor, Peter’s credits include the video game Assassins Creed 2: Brotherhood”, “Assassins Creed Final Episode” where he also coached lead actor Roger Craig Smith for his Italian accent, Dreamworks Animation “Madagascar 3 and Roberto Benigni’s Oscar winning “Life Is Beautiful.”

He co-stars in the acclaimed and award winning web series Karma’s A B*tch  selected as Best of Web on Virgin America.

For more information on Peter’s acting work you can visit his IMDb page. 

T H E   W R I T E R writing-awards

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize-Best Original Screenplay at the New York International Film & Video Festival with the original drama screenplay “Run With Me.”

Finalist at the Cannes Screenplay Competition with the original comedy screenplay “Joe’s Revolution.”

Recipient of Honorable Mention at the Headline International Film Festival for the original drama screenplay “New Eyes,” also a Semifinalist at the WriteMovies.com International Screenplay Competition and quarter finalist at the Austin Film Festival screenplay competition.
GoodLikeThisANovelCover_Peter Arpesella
Author of  
GOOD LIKE THIS, A Novel,” based on an award winning screenplay by Peter Arpesella.

Writer/director/actor of the one-man show “Life & Me…What A Couple!” performed at HERE Performance Space, in NYC, and tour.

Writer of “The Little Old Lady,” short story published in “Frightful Stages,” Hayworth Press, Inc., and in “The Psychotherapy Patient” (available on Amazon.com).