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Laurence J. Peter (1919–1990)

Laurence J. Peter was born on September 16, 1919 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as Laurence Johnston Peter. He was married to Irene Joan Howe and Nancy Muriel Bailey. He died on January 12, 1990 in Palos Verdes Estates, California, USA. See full bio »

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 1977-1978 The Alan Hamel Show (TV Series)
- Episode dated 3 April 1978 (1978) ... Himself (as Dr. Laurence J. Peter)
- Episode dated 26 September 1977 (1977) ... Himself (as Dr. Laurence J. Peter)
 1972-1973 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series)
- Episode dated 20 February 1973 (1973) ... Himself (as Dr. Laurence J. Peter)
- Episode dated 14 February 1973 (1973) ... Himself (as Dr. Laurence J. Peter)
- Episode dated 16 October 1972 (1972) ... Himself (as Dr. Laurence J. Peter)
 1970-1972 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Himself - Dr. Peter / Himself - Author
- Episode #11.238 (1972) ... Himself - Dr. Peter
- Episode #9.153 (1970) ... Himself - Author
 1969 Philbin's People (TV Series)
- Episode #1.14 (1969) ... Himself

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Other Works:

(book, with Raymond Hull) "The Peter Principle, Why Things Always Go Wrong". New York: William Morrow & Co., 1969. See more »

Alternate Names:

Dr. Laurence J. Peter


6' 5" (1.96 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on Committee] To kill time, a committee is the perfect weapon.


Formulated what came to be called the "Peter Principle": In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence. See more »

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