Peter Weller, best known for his starring role in the film Robocop, has acted continuously in theatre and film, directed television, and writes for travel magazines. Nominated for an Oscar for best direction of live action short film and recently the star antagonist on last season’s U.S. television series 24, Weller also hosted his own series, Engineering Empires, on the History Channel. At the moment, he is directing and editing the Christmas episode of NBC’s Las Vegas. These varied accomplishments alone would qualify Weller as a ‘renaissance man’, but he also holds a master’s degree in Italian Renaissance art history, is self taught on the history of late Republican-early Empire Ancient Rome, developed and teaches a course, ‘Hollywood and the Roman Empire’ at Syracuse University, and conducts field trips for Syracuse University in Florence. Weller is currently finishing a Ph.D. at UCLA, in the history of fifteenth-century Venetian art, with a minor in Ancient Greek and Roman art. All of this while playing jazz trumpet in a bebop sextet in Los Angeles.